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The REAL Reason why Hitler HAD to start WW2 The REAL Reason why Hitler HAD to start WW2

When you stop and think about it, the traditional narrative as to why Hitler went to war makes no sense. Hitler, they say, was a madman who wanted to conquer the world. Or a big giant farm in the East… because… Hitler wanted Germans to be farmers. And they say it’s because Germany got blockaded…

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Not all Fascists Are Nazis – Civil War in Austria | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1934 Part 2 of 4 Not all Fascists Are Nazis – Civil War in Austria | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1934 Part 2 of 4

So what do you do when you have to choose between Fascism and Naziism? Hard choice? Well, if only one of them comes with independence you might take that one – this is what conservative politician Engelbert Dolfuss does when he decides to become the Fascist Dictator of Austria in 1934. Welcome to Between-2-Wars a…

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The Soviets Finish a Costly Winter War – WW2 – 029 – March 16 1940 The Soviets Finish a Costly Winter War – WW2 – 029 – March 16 1940

No, 12% Of the whole population Yes! Okay March 16, 1940 Finland has been fighting off the Red Army of the USSR since the beginning of December, in some of the most appalling conditions for war imaginable with temperatures as low as -40, but this week the Winter War ends. I’m Indy Neidell; this is…

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The Fate of Soviet Prisoners of War #WW2 #History The Fate of Soviet Prisoners of War #WW2 #History

The main sources I’ve used are on the screen. But for a full list of all my World War Two sources, please see the link in the description. National Socialism went East in 1941. They expected the war with the Soviet Union to be over in a matter of weeks, and expected many more Red…

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Germany Never Elected Hitler | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1933 Part 1 of 3 Germany Never Elected Hitler | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1933 Part 1 of 3

On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler, Führer of the Nazi Party, walks out of the offices of German President Paul von Hindenburg with tears in his eyes. He is greeted by a small crowd cheering and saluting him with the Hitler Salute. When he gets into his car, he repeats; “we did it, we did…

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Rise of Evil – From Populism to Fascism | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1932 Part 4 of 4 Rise of Evil – From Populism to Fascism | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1932 Part 4 of 4

When you think of Fascism before World War Two, you mostly think of Germany and Italy, perhaps Spain. But that’s not quite right, in the 1920s and 1930s Fascism was fashionable, and almost created a global Fascist surge. Welcome to Between-2-Wars a chronological summary of the interwar years, covering all facets of life, the uncertainty,…

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Author Jared Diamond on the ‘breakdown’ of American democracy Author Jared Diamond on the ‘breakdown’ of American democracy

JUDY WOODRUFF: Award-winning writer and historian Jared Diamond has spent his career studying the rise and fall of civilizations. In his latest book, he examines major geopolitical events of the recent past, looking for lessons that may help navigate an uncertain future. William Brangham recently sat down with Diamond to talk about it for our…

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Public vs Private | TIKhistory Q&A 27 Public vs Private | TIKhistory Q&A 27

To fully understand the present, we must understand the past. And one thing I see time and time again is people misunderstanding elements of the past, which is bad because it leads to false conclusions, which in turn leads to horrible and needless suffering. One of my Patrons, John Hargreaves, recently asked me a question…

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Stalin’s 5 Year Plan for Economic Mass Murder | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1932 Part 1 of 4 Stalin’s 5 Year Plan for Economic Mass Murder | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1932 Part 1 of 4

So what do you do when you’ve ostensibly created the dictatorship of the proletariat, but you hardly have any proletarians? You build factories, lots of them, because where there are factories there are workers. But if most of the peasants become workers, who will provide the workers with bread? And now that we’ve abolished commerce,…

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Democracy in Black and White – Eddie Glaude | The Open Mind Democracy in Black and White – Eddie Glaude | The Open Mind

HEFFNER: I’m Alexander Heffner, your host on The Open Mind. Democracy in Black. That’s the title of Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude’s important exploration of how race enslaves the American soul. Chair of the Department for African-American studies, Glaude argues that racial inequality is institutionalized within the present democratic rule. One democracy for blacks, one…

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