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Aspects of History is a magazine and website dedicated to history and historical fiction.

In each episode our editor, Oliver Webb-Carter, will interview historians and novelists about great moments of history.

If you'd like to know more, head over to our website https://aspectsofhistory.com where you'll find articles, interviews, short stories and book reviews, and all absolutely free.

Aspects of History Oliver Webb-Carter

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    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Aspects of History is a magazine and website dedicated to history and historical fiction.

In each episode our editor, Oliver Webb-Carter, will interview historians and novelists about great moments of history.

If you'd like to know more, head over to our website https://aspectsofhistory.com where you'll find articles, interviews, short stories and book reviews, and all absolutely free.

    Leanda de Lisle on Henrietta Maria: The Phoenix Queen

    Leanda de Lisle on Henrietta Maria: The Phoenix Queen

    My latest guest is Leanda de Lisle, author of Henrietta Maria: Conspirator, Warrior, Phoenix Queen. She was the wife of Charles I, the English king executed in 1649 after a bloody civil war. Poor old HM got the blame for many of Charles' blunders, even though she married him when she was 15, and he 24.
    She grew up in an abusive household - we'll hear about her father, Henri IV's parenting methods, and she was treated very badly when in England.
    But, despite her husband's killing, she rose again when her son, Charles II was restored, and her blood flows through Princes William and Harry.
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    Leanda de Lisle Links
    Henrietta Maria: Conspirator, Warrior, Phoenix Queen
    The Trial of Charles I - Aspects of History
    Henrietta Maria: Warrior Queen - Aspects of History
    Leanda on Twitter
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    Charles II: A Thoroughly Modern Monarch - Aspects of History
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    • 49 min
    Lawrence Freedman on Politics & War

    Lawrence Freedman on Politics & War

    My guest this week is the distinguished historian Sir Lawrence Freedman. He is the author of a new book, Command: The Politics of Military Operations from Korea to Ukraine, and so we discuss the relationships and characters involved in conflicts post 1945. We talk Douglas MacArthur & Korea, the French in Indochina and Algeria, Kennedy and his generals, Ariel Sharon and his tyrannical tendencies, and the British approach.
    Lawrence takes a high level view, and so this is not a military tactics discussion, more how important personalities are, as opposed to political persuasion.
    Don't forget, you can claim your 50% discount on an annual subscription to the Aspects of History e-Magazine using the code HISTORY50% at checkout -remember to add the product first.
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    Command
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    • 58 min
    Bonus Episode: Top 10 Families of History

    Bonus Episode: Top 10 Families of History

    After speaking with Simon Sebag Montefiore a few weeks ago, I was inspired to list my top 10 families of world history. Join me as I list them from 10 to 1, with links to books that you can read if you'd like to explore further. Of course Sebag's book, The World is hugely recommended. I talk about families from the Mongol steppes to the shores of the Aegean, from the High Plains of the Midwest, to the mountains of Iran.
    If you've got your own suggestions, let me know.
    Links
    Alexander the Great in the Dock - Aspects of History
    Books of 2022 From Aspects of History - Aspects of History
    Seizing Eichmann - Aspects of History
    Debate on the Parthenon Marbles
    Book Recommendations from the Top 10
    The Mongol Storm, by Nicholas Morton
    The Borgias, by Paul Strathern
    The Medici, by Paul Strathern
    Cleopatra's Daughter, by Jane Draycott
    Nemesis, by David Stuttard
    King of the World (Cyrus the Great), by Matt Waters
    Flashman & the Redskins, by George Macdonald Fraser
    Zulu, by Saul David
    Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis, by Max Hastings
    Alexander the Great, by Robin Lane Fox

    • 31 min
    Roger Moorhouse on the Nazi Soviet Pact

    Roger Moorhouse on the Nazi Soviet Pact

    In August 1939 the Nazi and Soviet regimes signed their non-aggression pact and the world was stunned. Within days, Poland had been invaded by Germany and Russia, and there then began 22 months of an alliance between Hitler and Stalin. Roger Moorhouse, author of The Devils' Alliance, joins me to discuss the negotiations, the reasoning behind the treaty, and the effects of it. We also discuss the lessons for today's conflict in Ukraine.
    Roger Moorhouse Links
    The Devils' Alliance Hitler's Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941
    First to Fight: The Polish War 1939
    The Katyn Museum
    The film, Katyń
    Roger on Twitter
    Aspects of History Links
    Ollie on Twitter
    Instagram
    Aspects of History Home

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Saul David on US Marines in the Pacific & Ukraine

    Saul David on US Marines in the Pacific & Ukraine

    Saul David is my guest this week. He's returning to chat about his new book, Devil Dogs, which follows a US Marines company throughout their campaign in the Pacific theatre of WW2. They fought from Guadalcanal all the way to the shores of Japan, and so were first in, last out.
    We also go on to talk about Saul's podcast, Battleground Ukraine, and his thoughts on the current situation, and what options there are to end the conflict.
    Saul David Links
    Devil Dogs
    Saul's Podcast, Battleground Ukraine
    Saul on Twitter
    Oliver Webb-Carter Links
    Email: history@aspectsofhistory.com
    Ollie on Twitter

    • 53 min
    Mark Urban on the Parachute Regiment in WW2

    Mark Urban on the Parachute Regiment in WW2

    This week I have Mark Urban onto the pod. Newsnight presenter, historian, journalist and broadcaster, his new book Red Devils is just out. We chat about the Paras in WW2, and deal with booze and fighting, Operation Market Garden, the creation of the regiment and how he juggles writing and the TV work.
    Mark Urban Links
    Red Devils: The Trailblazers of the Parachute Regiment in World War Two
    Mark on Twitter
    Aspects of History Links
    Ollie on Twitter
    Email me at history@aspectsofhistory.com to suggest your top 10 family from world history.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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This podcast provides a fantastic window into a fascinating world of human nature and to be honest is giving me an education as to the world around me that I should have had years ago. I’m really enjoying both the insights into events which are immediately relevant to today’s world (such as Max Hastings on the Cuban Missile Crisis) as well as other events completely new to me. I particularly like how Oliver asks the questions I’d like answered as a history “civilian”. His interviewees seem to like this as well - the sense of enjoyment is tangible from all concerned!

Thank you!

Carlito 29 ,

Enlightening

I found these history podcasts really accessible and interesting. Im not usually interested in historical fiction but I will definitely give these a go now.

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Fascinating

I am new to podcasts but Oliver’s easygoing style and well researched, fun questioning style makes these so much of a joy to listen to. I heartily recommend.

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