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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


The Dulles Brothers and Eisenhower – 1954 Explaining History

In this episode of the Explaining History Podcast, we dive into the story of the Dulles brothers and their impact on the Eisenhower administration in 1954. We explore the backgrounds of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, their rise to power, and the key events of their tenure as Secretary of State and Director of the CIA, respectively. We discuss their role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War, including their involvement in the 1954 coup in Guatemala, and the Suez Crisis. We also examine the relationship between the Dulles brothers and President Eisenhower, and the influence they had on his administration.Key Takeaways:The Dulles brothers, John Foster and Allen, played a significant role in shaping US foreign policy during the Cold War.As Secretary of State and Director of the CIA, respectively, the brothers were involved in key events such as the 1954 coup in Guatemala and the Suez Crisis.The relationship between the Dulles brothers and President Eisenhower was complex, with the brothers often exerting significant influence on his administration.Discussion Questions:How did the Dulles brothers' backgrounds and experiences shape their approach to foreign policy?What were the major events of their tenure, and how did they impact US foreign policy?How did the Dulles brothers' influence on the Eisenhower administration compare to that of other advisors?Links and Further Reading:The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer"The Dulles Brothers and the Eisenhower Administration" by Peter Grose in Diplomatic History"The Dulles Brothers and the Cold War" by David Tal in International History ReviewMusic credit: "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/explaininghistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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  7. Explaining History Study Extra: Lenin's Death and its consequences
  8. Churchill, Asquith and Lloyd George – 1916
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  10. Sir Mark Sykes and the Eastern Question – 1915

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