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Twenty five minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

Explaining History Nick Shepley

    • Society & Culture
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Twenty five minutes of 20th Century History for students and enthusiasts.

    The experience of military mobilisation in Germany and Austria Hungary 1914

    The experience of military mobilisation in Germany and Austria Hungary 1914

    Fear and solidarity defined both Austro Hungarian and Germany societies in August 1914. The pace of mobilisation meant that over three million soldiers in Germany alone were in uniform in just twelve days. Soldiers said emotional farewells to loved ones and took last minute photographs with sweethearts, and both German and Austro Hungarian economies were plunged into crisis by the disruption of war, with families losing most of their income from the loss of a breadwinner. This podcast looks at the lived experience of German and Austro Hungarian people during the first days of the First World War.
     
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    • 26 min
    Getting Churchill wrong and the problem of fake history - Explaining History in conversation with Otto English

    Getting Churchill wrong and the problem of fake history - Explaining History in conversation with Otto English

    History as entertainment has shaped, for many, the understanding of the past. Mythologisation of key moments of the past crafts powerful and often misleading national stories that provide simple and often comforting notions about the past. In his new book Fake History, Otto English takes many of these fantasies to task, and today we explore one of the most enduring myths of all, the fantasy figure that is Winston Churchill.
     
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    • 43 min
    1937 - The Year of the Great Terror (Part One)

    1937 - The Year of the Great Terror (Part One)

    Throughout the 1930s the forces that led to a year of terror in 1937 had been gradually developing, from the trials of bourgeois specialists in the1920s to the murder of Sergei Kirov. The regime initially looked to the population at large to show their anger and rage at figures such as Iuri Piatikov, who as a former ally of Trotsky, was cast as a saboteur and wrecker. Others were characterised as corrupt embezzlers as well as foreign agents. In a time of constant setbacks in industry and society, shortages and hunger, these accusations in the Soviet press led to widespread anger and condemnation.
     
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    • 27 min
    The Motherland Calls - the Soviet Union's Second World War memorials

    The Motherland Calls - the Soviet Union's Second World War memorials

    In present day Volgograd, one of the largest Second World War memorials in the world stands. The city, once known as Stalingrad, is home the gigantic concrete and steel sculpture, The Motherland Calls, which was built in 1967, eleven years after Stalin himself had been denonced and disgraced by his successor. The immense losses that the USSR suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany and its allies will shape Russian memory for centuries to come and this podcast explores the creation of the memorials that were built after the war, and those which are still being constructed.
     
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    • 28 min
    Maoism, Vietnam and the Domino Theory

    Maoism, Vietnam and the Domino Theory

    John F Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson both saw Vietnam as the vital frontline in America's struggle against communism, but it was Chinese, as opposed to Soviet communism they were most concerned about. The widely accepted 'Domino Theory' which postulated that one country in Asia after another would fall to the communist rule was widely accepted across the administrations of both presidents, and it was also a vision that Mao and his inner circle hoped for. However, the lack of understanding about Indochinese history on the part of the USA meant that America was blind to the intense animosities and rivalries between China, Vietnam and Laos. This led to countless miscalculations by both Kennedy and Johnson, and Mao also failed to predict that an assertive and well armed North Vietnam would soon wish to throw off the mantle of 'obedient pupil' and wish greater autonomy in its affairs. This would be an unforgivable affront to the great helmsman in Beijing.
     
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    • 25 min
    Neville Chamberlain's diplomatic and strategic world view - 1937

    Neville Chamberlain's diplomatic and strategic world view - 1937

    When Neville Chamberlain succeeded Stanley Baldwin as Prime Minister in 1937 he inherited a highly precarious world situation. His predecessor was exhausted from his time in office but also was defeated by the dilemmas posed by rearmament. Chamberlain believed that a broad policy of appeasement in both Europe and Asia would stabilise the world situation that had been produced by the peace making of 1919 at the Paris Peace Conference
     
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    • 27 min

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