Explaining History

  • Socialism and Fascism - what they are and are not

    Hi everyone, I get trolled from time to time on Twitter by various far right types who object to a particular video I did years ago which states that Hitler was not, in fact, a socialist and did not , in fact, have socialist ideas. Here I revisit the argument, though I doubt it will do me much good.Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts (unless you want to tell me he is a socialist, and whilst I'm all for free discourse, you should know that I've heard this one before, lots).ThanksNick
  • Resistance from the right: America's campus backlash against the counter culture

    In this thought-provoking episode of the Explaining History podcast, we delve into the often overlooked conservative resistance on American college campuses during the height of the counter-culture movement. Join us as we sit down with Lauren Lassabe Shepherd, academic at the University of New Orleans and distinguished historian and author, who sheds light on the dynamic and complex interactions between conservative students and the liberal ideologies that defined much of the 1960s and 70s academic landscape.Through our conversation, Lauren provides a nuanced analysis of the motivations, strategies, and impacts of right-wing student organizations and their efforts to challenge and shape campus culture and policies. From sit-ins and protests to the intellectual debates that raged within classroom walls, we explore the breadth of conservative activism that countered the era's prevailing liberal norms.This episode offers listeners a unique perspective on a pivotal moment in American educational and political history, highlighting the diversity of thought and activism that contributed to shaping contemporary campus climates. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a student of political science, or someone curious about the complex interplay of ideologies in education, this conversation with Lauren Lassabe Shepherd offers invaluable insights into the forces that have influenced American colleges and universities.Tune in to "Resistance from the Right: America's Campus Backlash Against the Counter Culture" for a deep dive into a fascinating aspect of America's educational and political history that continues to resonate today.
  • Wilson, Jenkins and austerity 1968-70

    Description:In this insightful episode of the Explaining History Podcast, we delve into a pivotal period in British history - the years 1968-1970 under the leadership of Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Roy Jenkins. Drawing from Kenneth O. Morgan's meticulously researched book "The People's Peace," we explore the significant economic challenges and austerity measures that defined this era.As Britain faced mounting economic pressures, Wilson and Jenkins's policies aimed to stabilize the economy and curb inflation, leading to a series of austerity measures that had profound impacts on the British society and politics. This episode examines the delicate balance they attempted to strike between economic necessity and political feasibility.We'll discuss the backdrop of global economic trends, the pressures of the Cold War, and domestic political dynamics that influenced their decisions. Furthermore, we'll look at the social and cultural shifts occurring in Britain during this period and how these interacted with the government's economic policies.Join us as we unravel the complexities of this crucial period in British history, shedding light on how the decisions of Wilson and Jenkins have shaped the economic and political landscape of modern Britain. Whether you're a history buff, a student of economics, or just curious about the past, this episode offers a compelling glimpse into an era of transformation and challenge.Harold Wilson government policies, 1960s UK economic reforms Harold Wilson, Labour Party under Harold Wilson, Harold Wilson Prime Minister achievements, British social change in Harold Wilson era, Harold Wilson government impact on UK, Harold Wilson's term as PM analysis, Harold Wilson's foreign policy 1960s, Educational reforms Harold Wilson government, Harold Wilson and the welfare state, Critique of Harold Wilson's government, Harold Wilson economic challenges 1960s, Harold Wilson's leadership style, Harold Wilson government healthcare reforms, UK political landscape during Wilson's tenure, Harold Wilson and trade unions relations, British decolonization under Harold Wilson, Harold Wilson's cabinet members, Harold Wilson's impact on British culture, Harold Wilson's government controversies, Harold Wilson and the Cold War, Harold Wilson's economic strategies, Harold Wilson government and education, Key legislations of Harold Wilson's government, Harold Wilson's approach to civil rights, Analysis of Harold Wilson's premiership, Impact of Harold Wilson on UK's foreign affairs, Harold Wilson and the nuclear deterrent, Harold Wilson's government and the media, Public opinion on Harold Wilson's government, Harold Wilson's role in European integration, Harold Wilson's government and immigration, Harold Wilson's economic reforms critique, Harold Wilson's government and technology, Harold Wilson's influence on UK's economy, Harold Wilson's approach to UK's industry, Harold Wilson government and British identity, Harold Wilson's policies on healthcare, Harold Wilson's government and youth culture, Harold Wilson's strategies during economic crisis.
  • Gaza 2024

    Hi everyone, this is a podcast I should have done a couple of months ago and I have been remise in not creating it sooner. This are some thoughts on the ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
  • The rise and fall of Harry Clifton and the English Aristocracy - In conversation with David Slattery-Christy

    In this captivating episode of the Explaining History podcast, we sit down with David Slattery-Christy, author of "Flyte Or Fancy," to delve into the tragic and fascinating life of aristocrat Harry Clifton. Join us as we explore the tumultuous world of Harry Clifton, a figure whose life story reads like a novel, filled with grandeur, crisis, and heartbreak. David Slattery-Christybrings to life the compelling narrative of Clifton, heir to a vast family fortune that was squandered in a lifetime. An eccentric interwar figure and an increasingly isolated and lonely man later in life, Clifton was the reluctant custodian of a fortune amassed from land ownership over several centuries. His forays into film production in Hollywood made him a target for crooks and con artists, and by his death in 1979, most of the money was gone. From his extravagant lifestyle to his lonely demise, we discuss how Clifton's story offers a unique window into the aristocratic world of his time and the declining fotunes of the British aristocracy in the 20th Century. You can buy Flyte of Fancy here and David's biography of Ivor Novello (also mentioned in this week's episode) hereBritish history podcast episodes, Best British history podcast 2023, Medieval British history podcast, British royal family history podcast, WW2 British history podcast, British history podcast for students, Top rated British history podcasts, British history podcast series, British history podcast for beginners, Download British history podcasts, British history podcast reviews, Victorian era British history podcast, British history podcast Spotify, Learn British history podcast, British history podcast Apple, Interactive British history podcasts, British history podcast list, Free British history podcasts, British history podcast recommendations, Educational British history podcast, British history storytelling podcast, British history podcast for kids, Short British history podcast, British history podcast with transcripts, Famous British history podcast, British history podcast episode guide, British history podcast about war, Award winning British history podcast, British history podcast on Google Play, British history podcast for schools, Detailed British history podcast, British history podcast network, Ancient British history podcast, British history podcast with experts, British history podcast latest episodes, British history podcast for beginners, British history podcast online, Engaging British history podcast, Comprehensive British history podcast, British history podcast analysis.
  • Merze Tate - Groundbreaking scholar of colonialism and disarmament

    In this episode of the Explaining History podcast, we turn our focus to the remarkable life and enduring legacy of Merze Tate, a groundbreaking intellectual whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the study of international relations, disarmament, colonialism and post colonialism, race, gender and injustice. Joining us for this exploration is esteemed Professor Barbara Savage, an expert in African American history and culture.Professor Savage guides us through the extraordinary journey of Merze Tate, the first African American woman to attend the University of Oxford and to earn a Ph.D. in government from Radcliffe College. We delve into Tate's remarkable achievements in a time of significant racial and gender barriers, highlighting her role as a pioneer in academia and diplomacy.The discussion illuminates Tate's influential work as a historian and political scientist, where she challenged conventional narratives and offered fresh perspectives on international relations and peace studies. Professor Savage shares insights into Tate's unique approach to scholarship and her impact on the field, particularly in understanding the dynamics of imperialism and disarmament.Listeners will gain a deeper appreciation for Tate's contributions, not only as a scholar but also as a role model and mentor to many. The episode also touches on the challenges Tate faced, including the racial and gender discrimination of her era, and how she navigated these obstacles with resilience.
  • Discussing Che Guevara

    In this episode of the Explaining History podcast, we dive deep into the complex legacy of Che Guevara, the iconic revolutionary figure whose image has transcended generations. Our special guest, acclaimed author Otto English, joins us to discuss his new book, "Fake Heroes," which critically examines the myths and realities surrounding Che Guevara.English, known for his incisive analysis and engaging storytelling, sheds light on the lesser-known aspects of Guevara's life and the consequences of his actions. The episode navigates through Guevara's journey from a young idealist to a key figure in the Cuban Revolution, questioning the romanticized portrayal that often overshadows the more contentious aspects of his legacy.Listeners will be treated to a nuanced conversation that delves into how Guevara's image has been commodified and romanticized over the years, often at the expense of historical accuracy. English brings a fresh perspective, challenging the traditional narratives and exploring the dichotomy between Guevara's ideals and the methods he employed to achieve them.This episode is a must-listen for history enthusiasts and anyone interested in understanding the complexities of revolutionary icons. Join us as we unpack the myths, explore the controversies, and gain a deeper understanding of Che Guevara through the critical lens of Otto English's research and insights.
  • SAS raids in Italy 1943-45

    Description:In this episode of the Explaining History podcast, we delve into the clandestine world of the Special Air Service (SAS) during its critical missions in Italy from 1943 to 1945. Joining us is n historian and author Damien Lewis, an expert on the SAS, whose new book "Forged in Hell" meticulously chronicles this intriguing chapter of World War II history.Lewis provides captivating insights into the daring and audacious raids carried out by the SAS, shedding light on the unwavering bravery and unique military ethos that defined this elite unit. We explore how these soldiers operated deep behind enemy lines, facing not only the relentless threats from the Axis forces but also the uncertainty of their future due to the scepticism and opposition from senior figures within their own military ranks.Throughout the episode, we unravel the tactics, challenges, and triumphs of the SAS, understanding their pivotal role in the broader context of the war. Lewis shares anecdotes and stories, many of which are untold until now, bringing to life the sheer determination and ingenuity of these soldiers.Whether you're a military history enthusiast, a fan of untold war stories, or simply intrigued by the SAS's legendary reputation, this episode promises to be a captivating journey into the heart of covert operations and unyielding courage. Don't miss this deep dive into history with Damien Lewis, as we uncover the legacy and indomitable spirit of the SAS in Italy during World War II.So, tune in, and prepare to be transported back in time to the treacherous terrains of Italy, where the SAS fought not just for victory, but for their very existence and recognition.You can buy the book hereAnd if you've enjoyed today's podcast and would like to support with a one off donation, you can do so here
  • Interwar Espionage and the rising threat of Nazism

     Winthrop Bell is probably the most important spy you've never heard of. In this episode of the Explaining History podcast we hear about his life and exploits and his attempts during the 1930s to draw attention to the growing threat that Nazism posed. Academic and author Jason Bell joins us on the podcast to discuss the life, career and legacy of Winthrop Bell and his new book Cracking the Nazi Code. You can order a copy of the book here