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


Britain's post war strategic questions Explaining History

In the aftermath of the Second World War, the economic strains on Britain after six years of conflict were immense, but Britain's international commitments were if anything even greater than during the war. Imperial overstretch, the temporary re-conquest of other European colonies like French Indochina and the Dutch East Indies, the occupation of Germany and the involvement in the Greek Civil War, and the new realities of the Cold War world meant that Britain needed to maintain a large standing army. Many military and civilian planners also blamed British disarmament between the wars for the rise of war mongering regimes in Germany, Italy and Japan. This podcast explores the impact of the international situation on Britain's peacetime national service Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/explaininghistory. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
  1. Britain's post war strategic questions
  2. Tenth Anniversary Special – Myths of the Blitz
  3. The Croat Spring 1971
  4. Iraq and India – 1941
  5. The Soviet State and the Peasants (Part Two)
  6. Displaced Persons in Germany -1945
  7. The Soviet State and the Peasants
  8. Stalin and Poland – 1939
  9. Journalism, Propaganda and War – Explaining History special
  10. Mobilising the Habsburg Empire: Austria-Hungary and war in 1914

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