Explaining History Podcast

I have a note on my desk that reminds me what Explaining History is for. It says:

“Create useful stuff for students and teachers”

And that’s what I am trying to do here. Each video or audio podcast is created for students to help them not just master modern history so they can get good pass marks, but to become fascinated by it. To become absorbed into it, enmeshed in it, connected to it. As we move away from the 20th Century (which my work is predominantly about), it becomes harder to understand this brutal and yet enigmatic period. The meaning of the 20th Century is highly contested and hard enough for professional academic historians to grapple with, let alone mere history teachers such as I.

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Investigating the 20th Century


Eisenhower and the downfall of Joseph McCarthy Explaining History

Eisenhower found McCarthy distasteful but had not desire to enter into a political fight with him. He thought that this would diminish the presidency and give lie to the idea that America was a harmonious post war society. He hoped that the public mood would change and when McCarthy was finally defeated the evidence suggests that attitudes were transitioning away from hysteria anyway. It was his decision to conduct televised hearings into suspected communist subversion in the army that eventually led to his political demise, and in this podcast we explore how Eisenhower was able to play a role at the 11th hour. Explaining History Podcast listeners are eligible for a 10% discount on all history book orders from Story Tellers Bookshop (email Katie@storytellersinc.co.uk and quote Explaining History) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
  1. Eisenhower and the downfall of Joseph McCarthy
  2. Britain's War at Sea 1939-45 Part One – Imperial Overstretch
  3. Richard Nixon and the beginning of the Watergate Scandal 1972-3
  4. German Militarism and Social Cohesion in 1914
  5. Debt, decline and post Prague Spring Eastern Europe 1969-1989
  6. The Indian Army in the Middle East – 1940
  7. Hitler, the Luftwaffe and the 'England Problem' – 1940
  8. Grain seizures and famine during the Great Leap Forward
  9. Harold Wilson and MI6 – 1963-76
  10. De-Maoification 1976-1989

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