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Modern History HSC Podcast

Modern History HSC Podcast

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A student and teacher made guide for HSC Modern History. No PhD experts, just awesome people looking to learn and chat about life’s big events.
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Modern History #1971 Are you the 33%? feat. Heavily Armed Clown

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Modern History 53# Nukes, London has Fallen, Cracks in the EU and Protest in Iran
In this macro world update, I fill you in on the failed Russian mobilisation plans, reasons for the crash in the GBP, look into cracks appearing in the EU as well as discuss protests in Iran. 
September 26, 2022
Modern History 52# Film Review - They shall not grow old
From the top, sorry about the audio quality, I am learning on the fly how to manage multiple mics. You can hear everything, there is just a bit of an echo sometimes. Overall, this episode is a great deep dive into the value of the film, especially for the understanding of the impact of the first world war on soldiers. 
September 21, 2022
Modern History #51 Russia is still not fighting a "WAR" in Ukraine
Underpaid, undersexed and running away, how have the Russians squandered months of consolidation time in Ukraine? In this update, I discuss why. Also, I miss spoke in the recording saying Ukraine captured 80,000 km of territory, I meant to say 8,000 square kms.
September 19, 2022
Modern History #50 A masterclass in Nazi propaganda feat. Dr. Berg
In this episode, we do a deep dive into the less talk about aspects of Nazi propaganda and territorial control. This is a fascinating discussion and we are humbled to have Dr Berg on our show. 
September 13, 2022
Modern History #49 The Queen is dead and Europe is out of time
The UK identity crisis predicted in an earlier episode is about to begin. Also, Putin plays his cards in the energy wars. Also I make an error in the recording when I 100% GDP I mean to say 100% debt to GDP sorry.
September 09, 2022
Modern History #48 Centralised Power
In this episode the student do a deep dive on three separate topics, Chernobyl, the state under stalin and the rise of the Nazi Party. 
September 09, 2022
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September 04, 2022
Modern History #47 JFK's Secret Tapes EXCOMM
During the Cuban Missle crisis of 1962, JFK assembled a task force of senior executives including the president's brother Robert to discuss the situation which was quickly escalating into world war III. Kennedy had parts of these private discussions recorded unbeknownst to the members of EXCOMM. Here is what it sounds like when 25 men are managing the fate of the world. Note (I have done my best to remaster the files, but the tapes are less than crisp). 
August 29, 2022
Modern History #46 Gallipoli and Shrek - Year 11 Hotseat
In this episode Year 11 flies solo to work on confidence and the discussion flow. Everything for Gallipoli to Shrek will feature in this fireside chat. 
August 24, 2022
Modern History #45 How the Cold War started
We analyse where the lines were drawn in the post war order, plus introduce our new cover art! 
August 22, 2022
Modern History #44 Russia is winning the war in Ukraine?
We are 170 days into this conflict in Europe and war fatigue is truly set in. Here is what you need to know. 
August 17, 2022
Modern History #43 Why did the Soviet Union collapse?
Reagan vs Gorbachev or a Reagan Gorbachev team up?
August 05, 2022
Modern History #42 Cuban Missile Crisis
In this episode, we will be reviewing the film Thirteen Days.
August 02, 2022
Modern History #41 How did Stalin win the power struggle from 1924-1928?
Demi-Gods, Grey Blurs and political manipulations, all in a day's work for Stalin.
July 29, 2022
Modern History #40 4 is a magic number?
In this episode, we speak about the unlucky nature of 4 in Chinese history. The 4 pests, the gang of 4 and 4 olds. 
June 15, 2022
Modern History #39 Deep State Australia
Today we introduce the history and roles of both ASIO and ASIS. We discuss historical events linked to the agencies, the moral issues of operating in grey zones, and what job is most appealing in the world of the spy.
May 24, 2022
Modern History #38 Glory - Film Review
In this episode, we review the characters of the Oscar award-winning film Glory.
March 28, 2022
Modern History #37 The Iron Curtain
Today we do a recap of the first 7ish years of the Cold War. The Big Three, Atomic Power, Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade, Communist China, and the Korean War. 
March 21, 2022
Modern History #36 Are you ready for the global world order to change?
What are some of the bigger implications of the war in Ukraine and the applied sanctions? What is clear is that on the 24th of Feb 2022, the global world order shifted in a tectonic way. 
March 03, 2022
Modern History #35 Conspiracy and Book Burnings
Year 11s first podcast is interesting, to say the least, we discuss conspiracy theories, contested history, and the dangers of destroying history in the modern age. 
February 24, 2022
Modern History #34 How did the Bolsheviks stay in power?
In today's episode, we are back to start a new season for 2022. Jade, Ben, Jack, Campbell, and Laydan discuss the choices the bolshevik party made to hang onto the reins of power post-WWI, as well as, explore how Stalin created a network of fear. 
February 23, 2022
Modern History #33 Russian Revolution
Today we are speaking about Soviet Russia, the motivations of Lenin, and the Civil War. 
December 03, 2021
Modern History #32 War with China predicated?
Was the fall of the status quo predictable? Listen to the chronicle of one Space X Psychohistorian.  Note that while this recording is fiction, the trends are well known. 
November 04, 2021
Modern History #31 Quiz Time!
Test your skills with our three part audio quiz on the Nazis, Cold War and Soviet Union.
October 22, 2021
Modern History #30 How to take power by force for dummies
Today the Modern History class is talking about how to take power by force. We will be breaking it down into 3 concepts which are conditions needed, historical examples and Hitler's failed attempt. We will also hear what a punch sounds like on a podcast. 
October 18, 2021
Modern History #29 Ideology 101
If you found the year 12 chat on ideology too much, then this might be a good chance to go back to basics. I am joined for the first time since the break by Paige, Campbell, Ben, Jack, and Levi to discuss how they are starting to build their understanding in regards to ideologies. 
October 12, 2021
Modern History #28 Capitalism vs Communism vs Fascism
We are back from the holidays with an ideology recap. What are the differences between the big three systems, or are they the same thing with a different buzzword. Find out on this deep dive with Luke, Scott, Sophie Mark and Thomas
October 08, 2021
Modern History #27 Trendspotting feat. Mitch Hanlon
This is a holiday break special, where I speak to my mate Mitch, managing director of Hanlon Consulting. I wanted to pick his brain on how curiosity and macro awareness can make an individual an effective employee and leader. Mitch is passionate about the democratisation and improvement of education in regional areas and also thinks rural kids could potentially benefit from macro changes brought on from covid and the 4th industrial revolution. This is a great chat for anyone about to enter the workforce, or for people looking to future proof their industry. 
September 28, 2021
Modern History #26 The Psychopath Epidemic feat. Cameron Reilly
In this episode, I have a very special guest. Cameron Reilly is Australias first History Podcaster, all-around good bloke and professional storyteller. He has produced over 9 podcasts, authored books like the Psychopath Epidemic and written and directed "Marketing the Messiah". Our discussion is a deep dive into why you can sometimes never learn about the other side of history and why it is important to create a heatmap of broad understanding before undertaking an argument. We also chat about how Psychopaths often rise to positions of power and how stories based on poor sources are often our greatest foundation stories. So I admit live on air that Chris Brown is one of my favourite music artists, so you know mistakes were made. I love this chat, and I hope you will too. 
September 23, 2021
Modern History #25 Crushing the Protest - Collective Amnesia
This is a bonus episode focused on recounting and analysing the unfolding and forgetting of the Hong Kong protest. 
September 22, 2021
Modern History #24 China’s centrally planned nightmare - Chinese Cultural Revolution
This episode will focus on the Great Leap forward and its disastrous effects on china and Moa's legacy. Also, we explore how Moa would inspire a cultural revolution in order to regain his lost power, at the cost of tradition, education and productive life. 
September 21, 2021
Modern History #23 Plans and Propaganda - Nazi Germany
This time I am joined by Sophie and Mark, who will be picking up from ep 11 to speak about the consolidation of power. Understanding the cult of personality, need for jobs, desire for tradition, deep shame and politics can give listeners a more detailed image of the Third Reich. 
September 19, 2021
Modern History #22 The Quest for Sound Money - A Short Historical Biography
In this episode, we will be crafting a short biography of the Birth and early life of the Bitcoin Network and community. This bonus episode is an example of how historical investigation and analysis into the construction of history can be applied to any subject. 
September 16, 2021
Modern History #21 To what extent did the reforms of Deng Xiaoping transform China?
12 Mark Question - To What extent did the reforms of Deng Transform China?  This is also a source-based question, and our cover art is the source in question. Note, if you are listening on Apple podcast you will not see the custom cover art. So instead click the link  Host: Mark Guests: Thomas, Sophie, and Scott
September 15, 2021
Modern History #1971 Are you the 33%? feat. Heavily Armed Clown
In this episode, I speak to Collin "Heavily Armed Clown" co-creator of the viral website and meme WTF happened in 1971? We discuss inquiry-based learning, the impacts of monetary policy on global events across time and the folly of nations believing that this time is different when it comes to central planning. We hope you enjoy this discussion. 
September 11, 2021
Modern History #20 Which CCP leader had the most important impact on China?
In this episode, we compare the actions and impacts of the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party during the early years of Communist China. Scott, Luke, Thomas and Mark are back to decide between the impacts of Moa, Zhou and Deng. This is a great overview of the power struggles and decisions made by these three men, and the final decision is not what most people would expect. 
September 10, 2021
Modern History #19 If I was a soldier in WW1...
In this bonus episode, Paige and Jade from Year 11 are back to discuss the condition of different armies in the early stages of World War I. We compare the mobilisation plans, conditions and early battles of World War I until 1916. Comparing the French, German and Russian perspectives. Spoilers our winner was clear. 
September 08, 2021
Modern History #18 The White Rose - We resisted the Nazis
This is a short story of the actions of the White Rose, a youth league violently opposed to Nazi atrocities. Its members are largely unknown to the average person, and this story aims to rectify that fact.
September 07, 2021
Modern History #17 Who would win… A Nazi henchmen bid for power?
In this episode, we are playing out the hypothetical scenario, what if Hitler died in operation valkyrie and the German army did not have a plan for the other Nazis? Who would be most likely to seize power? Who was closest to Hitler? Who had the most power and influence? This is a really fun debate, and you might be shocked by our final decision. 
September 06, 2021
Modern History #16 Set up to fail - Nazi Germany
In this episode, I am joined by Luke and Sam to discuss the conditions which produce dictatorships. This discussion will explore how the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles, and Germany's exclusion from the League of Nations ultimately set the groundwork for consolidation of power.
September 05, 2021
Modern History #15 Who is the Greatest... US President?
The criteria for this episodes debate is which US president had the greatest impact on the Cold War. We have majority support for JFK, but minds are swayed back and fought through the discussion. 
September 03, 2021
Modern History #14 Collapse of the American Dream - USA National Study Part 1
In this episode I bring in a good friend Peter Grace, with the USA national study outside of my wheelhouse, I had to bring in a 14-year expert on the subject. This discussion is so enlightening and shows the difference between a person that just knows facts and a real storyteller. We start in 1919, with America's identity crisis, the nation of religious alcoholics is betting big on the stock market, and when the bill comes due the American dream collapses. This is only part 1 of a two-part discussion to come later, so I hope you stay tuned through the ad break.  
September 02, 2021
Modern History #13 Who is the Greatest... Soviet Leader?
The criteria for this episodes debate is which Soviet Leader oversaw the most important period of the Soviet Unions history. Each debater takes a different leader and things really kick up a level in the second half of the debate after Blake says everyone is wrong! Find out why. 
September 01, 2021
Modern History #12 Hitler's Inner Circle of Evil
This episode is a must-listen, fellow teacher Chris is back with me to discuss the inner circle of the Nazi Party. There is no dead air in this drama for the ages. 
August 31, 2021
Modern History #11 WWI Short Stories - Battles of WWI
In this episode Year 11 is back again to cover some of the battles of WWI. Jade, Ben, Paige and Jayden will be discussing the Eastern Front offensives, the Caucasus campaign, Gallipoli and the battle of Verdun. We had a few technical hiccups, but hey that learning from home for you. 
August 31, 2021
Season 2 - Who is the Greatest...?
Get ready for Season 2 of Who is the Greatest...?, where students battle it out to determine which leader had the greatest impact? 
August 30, 2021
Modern History #10 Life under Stalin - Soviet Union
In our final ep of season 1, we explore what it would have been like to live under Stalin during the early years of the Soviet Union. We discuss Stalin's cult of personality and how the Soviets become the new religion with Stalin as the messiah. We look at how he improved the lives of many and arguably made one of the largest contributions to Russia in recorded history in terms of industrial advancement, but at the cost of many lives. It's a complicated world in Life under Stalin.  
August 29, 2021
Modern History #9 Peace, Land and Bread - Soviet Union
In this episode, we explore the troubled birth of Soviet Russia. The team explores the motivation behind Bolshevik ideology, the signing of the TOBL, and the impact of the Russian Civil war and NEP. My guest today are Scott, Sophie and Thomas. 
August 25, 2021
Modern History #8 WWI Short Stories - Causes for WWI
Today the year 11 team covers MANIA, the causes for WWI in 1914. Jayden, Ben, Jade, Jack and Paige each take a topic to master and serve it up in this 16 min overview which is essential listening for all Preliminary Modern History Students. Also, we have another one of a kind album art on display. 
August 25, 2021
Modern History #7 New promises, Old reactions - Chinese Cultural Revolution
This episode will be focused on the Rise of Deng Xiaoping and the response and outcomes of the Tiananmen Square Protest.
August 20, 2021
Modern History #6 WWI Short Stories
Today on Short Stories, I bring in two year 11 students to discuss aspects of WWI. Ben will be investigating the impacts of Trench Warfare, and Jack will be covering the German U-Boat. This is a shorter ep for the curious. Also, our Album Art for this ep is one of a kind and we used an AI bot to add colour to a photo donated to the school from an old scrapbook. 
August 20, 2021
Modern History #5 "Enemies without guns" Chinese Cultural Revolution
This episode is another trailer and primer for our student HSC discussion. In under 10 mins, we will cover the rise of the CCP out of the ashes of WWII to Moa taking centre stage after the death of Stalin in 1953. 
August 19, 2021
Modern History #4 Mr Gorbachev tear down this wall! Cold War - End of the Cold War
This is our follow up episode to the Cold War topic where we look at the end of the Cold War. We discuss the perfect storm of Regan and Gorbachev, as well as, potential HSC questions and ways to tackle them. Our guests are Thomas, Luke and Mark. 
August 18, 2021
Modern History #3 We choose to go to the moon! Cold War – Brinkmanship
This is our first of a student made series. Today I am joined by Sophie and Mark, they will be exploring the idea of Brinkmanship, the arms race and the space race, as well as, giving an overview of the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
August 18, 2021
Modern History #2 Fall of Saigon vs Fall of Kabul
In today's main episode we are joined by Steve of Tamworth Highschool and Chris of Quirindi Highschool. We will be discussing the war on terror and the recent events in Afghanistan. 
August 17, 2021
Modern History #1 The War on Terror
What is the War on Terror? This episode is focused on giving listeners the need to know the basics for understanding the War on Terror and the reasons for the invasion of Afganistan in 2001.  
August 17, 2021