Beyond The Walls podcast is the audio expression of writer and speaker Ben James. The goal of this podcast is to take a look beyond the walls in our lives in regards to issues and topics ranging from Religion, History, Relationships, Culture, Community and more.
The Golden Doorstop
Battle of the Eclipse
The Iron Curtain
After two once in a lifetime kind of wars that changed the landscape of the world in the span of 30 years, it was not just the soldiers that wanted the fighting to stop.
Outlooks, beliefs, practices, faith, loyalty, and security, just to name a few of the things that had been changed as a result of these conflicts.
And this wasn’t just in the general population, this was a time when the world saw a changing of the guard so to speak in the way of diplomacy.
Foreign relations and overall trust also changed; to the point that the allied countries in WW2 were at a preverbal global risk board in a dimly lit corner of the room long before the war had even ended.
This was a time that, even as world leaders were meeting with each other as allies speaking strategy out of one side of their mouth, they were, on the other side making “backroom” deals and maneuvers to make sure that they came out on top not only of the ones they were fighting against, but also the ones they were fighting alongside.
There maybe no better example of this than the positioning plays that were done at the Yalta conference where the big 3 met to decide on the reorganization of Europe after the war concluded.
Josef Stalin, the Russian president, had always feared that the other countries aligned themselves with Russia as a result of the concept of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And, in reality, this really wasn’t that much of a stretch.
After all, the allied coalition was made up of countries that the only thing they opposed more staunchly than Soviet communism was German fascism and what Hitler represented.
As it turns out, Stalin’s paranoia wasn’t completely unfounded.
Also, if we want to look at the polarity of the situation, the natural enemy to communism was capitalism of any kind, whether it be the Democratic Capitalism that America represented or the Imperial Capitalism that was in operation in Europe.
The constant looking over of every shoulder in this time period was not only warranted, but also a necessity.
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The what, why, when are all questions that can be debated about the beginning of the Cold War. In this episode we take a look at what, we believe, to be one of the critical launching points of this "not hot, but warm" conflict as we consider what might be the first arms race of this era.
In this introduction, we present to you 10 of the most influential technological advancements that WW1 brought to the world stage. This list is by no means exhaustive, and you will probably have points where you disagree with this, but that's okay. After all, the WW1 era may have possibly been the era where technology was making one of its biggest steps forward.
Our main research source for this series is the book, "The Cold War: A New History" by John Lewis Gaddis. Purchase his book from Amazon from the link on the books title.
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When One Man Saved The World
At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov had the power to decide whether or not World War III would begin.
With the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of nuclear war, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the tensest moments in modern history.
But at the peak of the crisis, one Soviet naval officer managed to keep a cool head and avert nuclear devastation.
After weeks of U.S. intelligence gathering that pointed toward a Soviet arms buildup in Cuba, the inciting incident came on Oct. 14 when an American spy plane flying over the island photographed missile sites under construction.
With Cuba a mere 90 miles from the U.S. mainland, missiles launched from there would be able to strike most of the eastern United States within a matter of minutes.
The Soviets and their fellow communist allies in Cuba had secretly reached a deal to place those missiles on the island in July. The Soviets wanted to shore up their nuclear strike capabilities against the U.S. (which had recently placed missiles in Turkey, bordering the Soviet Union, as well as Italy) and the Cubans wanted to prevent the Americans from attempting another invasion of the island like the unsuccessful one they’d launched in April 1961.
Through a series of tense negotiations over the coming days, the Americans and the Soviets worked out a deal to end the conflict. By Oct. 28, the Americans had agreed to remove their missiles from Turkey and the Soviets had agreed to remove their missiles from Cuba.
But while the two countries’ leaders were handling the negotiations, they were largely unaware of a much more precarious situation that was going on below the surface in the Caribbean.
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