53 episodes

History of the Second World War is a weekly podcast which will cover World War 2, beginning with the tumultuous years after the First World War, continuing into the descent into war during the 1930s, through the war years, and then into the post war aftermath.

History of the Second World War Wesley Livesay

    • History
    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings

History of the Second World War is a weekly podcast which will cover World War 2, beginning with the tumultuous years after the First World War, continuing into the descent into war during the 1930s, through the war years, and then into the post war aftermath.

    41: The Spanish Civil War Pt. 6 - International Involvement

    41: The Spanish Civil War Pt. 6 - International Involvement

    While the Spanish Civil War was Spanish in both origin and participation, there would be both diplomatic and military involvement from other nations around the world.

    • 26 min
    Spanish Civil War Interview Series 8: Basque Children with Dr. Ed Packard

    Spanish Civil War Interview Series 8: Basque Children with Dr. Ed Packard

    On this episode of our Spanish Civil War Interview Series I was joined by Ed Packard from the Basque Children Association. We discussed the story of the 4000 children that were brought to Britain in 1937. These children came to Britain at a time when their homes and their families were in serious danger, and their story is a mixture of fascinating and heartbreaking. If you want to learn more you go go to basquechildren.org, which I have included a link for in the show notes and on the podcast's website.

    • 45 min
    40: The Spanish Civil War Pt. 7 - Madrid

    40: The Spanish Civil War Pt. 7 - Madrid

    Madrid was the capital of Spain, and with its location in the center of the Iberian peninsula it was within striking distance of a nationalist advance. Capturing the city would be a huge political victory for the Nationalists, and so it would be the site of one of the first major battles of the Civil War.

    • 22 min
    Spanish Civil War Interview Series 7: International Brigades with Alexander Clifford

    Spanish Civil War Interview Series 7: International Brigades with Alexander Clifford

    On this episode of our Spanish Civil War Interview Series I was joined by Alexander Clifford to discuss the International Brigades which would be such an important part of the Spanish Civil War. These groups of international volunteers would bolster the Republican cause, both from a public relations perspective as well as on the battlefields of Spain. We discussed why these individuals chose to go to Spain, what they experienced during their time fighting in the war, and their view of the war when it was over.

    • 32 min
    Spanish Civil War Interview Series 6: British Public and the Civil War with Harry Taylor

    Spanish Civil War Interview Series 6: British Public and the Civil War with Harry Taylor

    On this episode of our Spanish Civil War Interview Series I was joined by Harry Taylor, a PhD researcher who focuses on the reaction of Britain to the Spanish Civil War. Harry has done a lot of research into information like how the Civil War was portrayed in British newspapers and the grassroots efforts to try and assist those experiencing hardship in Spain. We talked about many different topics, including milk tokens, a very ingenious way of bringing awareness to the public and of raising money for powdered milk to send to Spain.

    • 26 min
    39: The Spanish Civil War Pt. 4 - Disagreements

    39: The Spanish Civil War Pt. 4 - Disagreements

    In this episode we will discuss how the Republican zone of control was organized and some of the disagreements between the various factions. As these disagreements will be an essential theme of this entire series of episodes, this will not be the last time we discuss it. We will also end this episode with some discussion of the role of women within the Republic, and how that participation differed from the gender expectations before the war, and also how the Nationalists used that difference as part of their propaganda campaign. A few of the interviews will also focus on this topic, with some excellent individuals who are far more knowledgeable about the subject than I am.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Radiator lady ,

Highly Recommended!

Well researched and delivered, Wesley’s passion for the subject shines through. Recently he gave us a clear insight into the inevitable rise of fascism in Germany after WW1. Great work!

Grizzly Worm ,

Exactly what I was looking for!

I don’t (or didn't) know a lot about WW2, and this podcast is *exactly* what I’m looking for to get a great all-round AND in depth education.
Only 20 episodes in so far, and I have a much better understanding of the history of WW2, or the causes of it at least.
The content is detailed, but easy to grasp, and follows an pleasantly understandable, natural progression.
I certainly don’t mind that it sounds like he’s reading from something he has pre-written (very understandable!), because he still emotes as he reads.
And while some people might go back and edit out their mistakes (just stutters, or saying the wrong word), he corrects as he goes and leaves it all in. I really appreciate that.
If I could afford to patreon this podcast, I would.

JOdigie ,

Focuses less on narrative and too much on theory

Very knowledgeable podcaster but he focuses too much on theories and justifications rather than the narrative of the events which is mainly why I personally listen to history podcasts. I want to know what happened first and foremost not how and why most of the time. He’s good, but it honestly felt like I was listening to a college dissertation read aloud. Not for me.

Top Podcasts In History

Listeners Also Subscribed To