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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.
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A History of Europe, Key Battles Carl Rylett

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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe.
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    70.1 Battle of Königgrätz 1866 - Background

    70.1 Battle of Königgrätz 1866 - Background

    Any list of decisive battles of European history would be incomplete without a battle which occurred on 3 July 1866 near the town of Königgrätz, in the north of the today’s Czech Republic.
    The victorious allies of the Schleswig War of 1864, the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, soon after fall out with each other and go to war.
    Austria faces great challenges - in the centre of Europe and facing in two directions – north and west to Germany, and south and east to a number of various ethnicities in eastern Europe and the Balkans
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    Music composed by Camille Saint-saens: The Carnival of the Animals - Aquarium and Swan
    Picture - Map of Central Europe

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    • 20 min
    69.2 Schleswig War of 1864

    69.2 Schleswig War of 1864

    When in November 1863 King Frederick VII of Denmark died, a dispute arose over who had a legitimate claim to rule over the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. Otto von Bismarck saw this as a great opportunity to increase Prussian power in the region and decided, together with the Austrians, to invade Denmark.
    The key battle in the war was the siege of Dybbøl in April 1864
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    Music composed by Anton Bruckner (Erinnerung) and Sergei Rachmaninoff (Preludes, number 10, Lento in B minor)
    Picture - Siege of Dybbol 

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    • 23 min
    69.1 Schleswig War of 1864 - Background

    69.1 Schleswig War of 1864 - Background

    A border dispute between the German Confederation and the Kingdom of Denmark in the regions of Schleswig and Holstein breaks out into an inconclusive war in 1848-1850, and tensions remain into the 1860's.
    Meanwhile, a common culture was developing across the German population of Europe, with the literary works of Goethe and Schiller, and philosophers Kant and Hegel. On the political scene, Otto von Bismarck rises to power as the Prussian chief minister. He urges the need for the king’s military reforms, famously stating that the great questions of the time would not be resolved by speeches or parliamentary votes but by ‘iron and blood’.
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    Music composed by Edvard Grieg (Peer Gynt Suite - Aase's Death, Anitra's Dance)
    Picture - Otto von Bismarck

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    • 23 min
    68.2 War of Italian Unification

    68.2 War of Italian Unification

    Napoleon III of France and Cavour, chief minister of Piedmont come to an agreement to try to remove Austrian influence from the Italian peninsula, and provoke Vienna into war. One of the largest battles was at Solferino where there were three monarchs - Franz Joseph of Austria, Victor Emanuel of Piedmont and Napoleon III. The ensuing conflict lasted until 1861 when finally emerged the brand new nation of Italy
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    Music composed by Giuseppe Verdi - Overture, Iphigenia In Aulis; La Traviata - Conclusion - Ah, fors' e lui. Courtesy of musopen.org.
    Picture - Entry of Garibaldi to Napoli, by Franz Wenzel Schwarz

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    • 33 min
    68.1 War of Italian Unification - Background

    68.1 War of Italian Unification - Background

    The Napoleonic Wars had a dramatic impact on Italy, completing redrawing boundaries. Even though the French were defeated, many of their political reforms were to be both profound and long-lasting. And the temporary unification of parts of the peninsula encouraged Italians to be aware of a common nationality. Yet only decades afterwards would there be real change. Some of the protagonists were Giuseppe Garibaldi, Giuseppe Mazzini and Camillo Cavour, the Prime Minister of Piedmont
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    Music composed by Franz Liszt - Die Loreley, S. 532 (Piano Solo)
    and Mikhail Glinka - Trio Pathétique

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    • 24 min
    67.4 Crimean War - Siege of Sevastopol

    67.4 Crimean War - Siege of Sevastopol

    An allied army of British, French and Italians besiege the Crimean port of Sevastopol in late 1854. Fighting also took place in the Baltic Sea and in the Far East, and in the Caucasus mountains at the siege of the fortress of Kars. The main event at Sevastopol was particularly protracted and bloody as the allies attempted to break through into the city
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    Music composed by Frederich Chopin: Preludes No. 7 'The Polish dancer'; Nocturne in F sharp major
    Picture - Battle of Malakoff


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    • 27 min

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