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.
67: The Third Republic Pt. 7 - Rearmament
If France wanted to compete militarily with the growing power of Germany, it was going to have to start a serious effort to rearm itself.
23: A Naval Chat with Dr. Alexander Clarke
Usually these interviews start with a topic and go from there, but in this case I was joined by Dr. Alexander Clarke for a wide ranging discussion on naval history. We talked about the Royal Navy, the perception of its preparations for war, the role that naval aviation played in naval planning during the interwar years, Dr. Clarke's upcoming book on British destroyers, and several other topics.
You can find Dr. Clarke's upcoming book Tribals, Battles and Darings: The Genesis of the Modern Destroyer at:
You can find far more Dr. Clarke over at:
66: The Third Republic Pt. 6 - Political Cleanup
In the last years before the war there were many different concerns in Paris, honestly too many to cover in one episode, but this episode discusses a few of them.
22: The Politics of Veteran's Benefits with Dr. Crotty, Dr. Diamant, and Dr. Edele
After the wars were over, there were millions of veterans and each nation and each group of veterans found themselves in different positions. In this interview I was joined by Dr. Martin Crotty, Dr. Neil Diamant, and Dr. Mark Edele to discuss their book that looks at the experiences of veterans from many different nations after both World Wars.
Check out The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth Century here https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501751639/the-politics-of-veteran-benefits-in-the-twentieth-century/#bookTabs=1
65: The Third Republic Pt. 5 - Popular Front in Power
With the victory of the Popular Front it was time to completely transform French society, to fix all of the problems they had identified in the previous years....right? RIGHT?!
64: The Third Republic Pt. 4 - Left Left Left Right Left
The events of February 6th 1934 would result in a new unity on the French Left, enter the Popular Front.
Please no more interviews
The WW1 podcast was wonderful and to the point but this one keeps suffering from mission creep. The interviews are a huge distraction and mostly boring. Please get to the Second World War , like the title. 3 professors talking about veteran benefits?! Veterans are of course important but I thought I was goin to hear about the War and not rambling interviews totally outside the time period. I’ll start listening again if September 1 1939 ever arrives. I’m 63 now and at this rate I’ll never get to 1945
If I have a subscriber version, should I be hearing Ads?
Back on track!
Wesley does a great job writing these episodes. I got a bit fed up with the amount of time spent on the Spanish Civil War and found the interviews really hard to listen to, but very glad that he’s back on track with the narrative episodes and moving on to the events that led up to the start of WWII.