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

Update: Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland and the prospects for reunion Explaining History

Two weeks ago Sinn Fein achieved something that had previously been considered politically impossible in Northern Ireland, it gained a majority in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections and is now likely to form a government. This edition of the update explores the ramifications for Northern Ireland, Britain, the Irish Republic and the EU of this momentous event and the ongoing problems caused by Brexit. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/explaininghistory.
  1. Update: Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland and the prospects for reunion
  2. Empire, Fascism and War 1931-39
  3. Rebuilding Germany – 1945
  4. Britain's Convoys, Germany's U-Boats
  5. Update: Roe vs Wade
  6. Update: The long game emerging in Ukraine
  7. Stalin's War (Part One)
  8. Two revolutions and a constitution: In conversation with James Philips
  9. Update: Musk and Twitter
  10. Chiang Kai Shek and war with Japan – 1937 (Part Two)

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