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I conduct in-depth interviews with military history and international relation authors and historians about wars and conflict across the centuries. We discuss everything from ancient warfare to medieval knights to World War II and beyond. For the aspiring writers and historians, I always conclude with a short discussion about how the author got published and what the experience was like.

Military History Inside Out Cris Alvarez

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I conduct in-depth interviews with military history and international relation authors and historians about wars and conflict across the centuries. We discuss everything from ancient warfare to medieval knights to World War II and beyond. For the aspiring writers and historians, I always conclude with a short discussion about how the author got published and what the experience was like.

    How Francis Drake and Elizabeth I crafted a new English naval empire – Interview with Laurence Bergreen

    How Francis Drake and Elizabeth I crafted a new English naval empire – Interview with Laurence Bergreen

    How Francis Drake and Elizabeth I crafted a new English naval empire – Interview with Laurence Bergreen

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    Interview Timeline

    Laurence Bergreen is a bestselling author and has written numerous books about past and present day exploration. He recently released a book on Francis Drake, Elizabeth I and English maritime development [power]. We spoke about the book, Francis Drake, naval practices and warfare of the period, and his other writing. In Search of a Kingdom: Francis Drake, Elizabeth I, and the Perilous Birth of the British Empire (Custom House, 2021)

    0:59 – Laurence talks about why he wanted to write a book on Francis Drake and Elizabeth I.

    3:20 – Laurence talks about the date range he covers.

    4:23 – Laurence talks about Francis Drake.

    5:52 – Laurence explains how Spain had a better Navy than England at the time.

    6:59 – Laurence talks about how Francis Drake gained the skills and resources to circumnavigate the globe.

    12:32 – Laurence talks about English naval resources.

    13:36 – Laurence talks about the time Francis Drake became a captain.

    14:22 – Laurence talks about the English crews.

    15:49 – Laurence talks about the book focusing on Elizabeth and Drake.

    23:23 – Laurence talks about English timber and ship resources.

    25:37 – Laurence talks about English and Spanish naval gunnery.

    26:17 – Laurence talks about Drake’s raids.

    29:15 – Laurence talks about European enemies while Drake circumnavigated the globe.

    33:45 – Laurence talks about navigation tools.

    37:37 – Laurence talked about spots the Drake stopped at.

    39:16 – Laurence talks about the ships Drake took on the trip.

    40:41 – Laurence talks about the weaponry Drake took on his circumnavigation.

    45:13 – Laurence talks about Drake’s relationship with the head of the English Navy.

    46:20 – Laurence talks about how he did his research.

    51:58 – Laurence talks about scurvy and the food the sailors ate.

    56:19 – Laurence wondered why Drake didn’t have children.

    59:59 – Laurence talks about Shakespeare’s character Prospero.

    1:02:41 – Laurence talks about the tragedies of Magellan’s voyage as opposed to Drake’s.

    1:03:24 – Laurence talks about his love of travel and research.

    1:09:11 – Laurence can be found at LaurenceBergreen.com

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/3vXr720

    https://www.harpercollins.com/products/in-search-of-a-kingdom-laurence-bergreen?variant=32139084791842

    https://laurencebergreen.com/

    Martha Wells discusses her science fiction Murderbot series

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    How murder and violence permeated Ancient Roman society, politics, and and military affairs – Interview with Emma Southon

    How murder and violence permeated Ancient Roman society, politics, and and military affairs – Interview with Emma Southon

    How murder and violence permeated Ancient Roman society, politics, and military affairs – Interview with Emma Southon

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/2Skr7KZ

    Interview Timeline

    Dr. Emma Southon holds a doctorate in ancient history and is the author of Marriage, Sex and Death: the Family and the Fall of Rome and Agrippina. She recently released a new book on murder and violence in Ancient Rome. We spoke about Caesar’s killing, gladiator combat, solider land allotments, and political paramilitary forces of Rome. A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome (Abrams Press, 2021)

    1:23 – Emma talking talks about how she wrote a book on murder in Ancient Rome.

    3: 14 – Emma talks about how the book is broken down.

    4: 31 – Emma talks about the time period she covered.

    5: 48 – Emma talks about death and killing in Rome.

    9:41 – Emma talks about how Romans treated all their foreign slaves captured in war.

    15:07 – Emma talks about how the Roman military dealt with conquered people.

    16:08 – Emma talks about the “paramilitary” political gangs in Rome.

    19:22 – Emma talks about these gang fights.

    20:36 – Emma talks about the land promised to soldiers.

    28:00 – Emma talks about politics, military, and Caesar’s death.

    29:45 – Emma talks about Caesar’s plans to go to Parthia before his assassination.

    33:09 – Emma talks about how sacred the Senate was.

    35:20 – Emma talks about gladiators.

    40:52 – Emma talks about gladiators staging famous battles.

    42:31 – Emma talks about her research looking for murders.

    44:48 – Emma talks about the digitization of Roman records.

    46:22 – Emma talks about Roman belief in magic.

    49:39 – Emma talks about battle omens in the war with Carthage.

    51:30 – Emma talks about wanting to know who killed Germanicus.

    53:37 – Emma talks about infanticide in Ancient Rome.

    1:06:32 – Emma can be found at EmmaSouthon.com or @nuclearteeth on twitter.

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/2Skr7KZ

    https://www.abramsbooks.com/product/fatal-thing-happened-on-the-way-to-the-forum_9781419753053/

    https://www.emmasouthon.com/

    https://twitter.com/NuclearTeeth

    Andy Weir discusses his latest science fiction novel Project Hail Mary https://wp.me/p7CDU9-5ac

    Eric Berger discusses the early days of SpaceX and space and security issues http://spacewalksmoneytalks.com/p/883

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    For more “Military History Inside Out” please follow me at www.warscholar.org, on Facebook at warscholar, on twitter at Warscholar, on youtube at warscholar1945 and on Instagram @crisalvarezswarscholar. Or subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | a href="https:/...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    How a major Vietnam battle was hidden from the public for decades with Ed Sherwood

    How a major Vietnam battle was hidden from the public for decades with Ed Sherwood

    How a major Vietnam battle was hidden from the public for decades with Ed Sherwood

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    Interview Timeline

    Ed Sherwood led an infantry platoon at Tam Ky in Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry, fighting with the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division and was wounded in action on June 2, 1969. He served as an infantry officer until retiring from active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel. He wrote a book about the battle he was a part of and we spoke about the war, the book, and the battle. Courage Under Fire: The 101st Airborne’s Hidden Battle at Tam Ky (Casemate, 2021)

    1:03 – Ed talks about why he joined the Army.

    1:56 – Ed talks about whether he expected to go to Vietnam.

    2:40 – Ed talks about his plans to write a book.

    3:28 – Ed talks about what he focused on in the book.

    4:55 – Ed describes where Tam Ky is.

    5:51 – Ed talks about the weather in Vietnam.

    8:26 – Ed talks about how spread out the companies and platoons were.

    12:02 – Ed talks about his experience before the battle.

    14:16 – Ed talks about why he called it the hidden battle.

    19:02 – Ed talks about how they overcame being under strength.

    23:31 – Ed talks about their tactics in the field.

    26:37 – Ed talks about the bunker defenses.

    27:00 – Ed talks about the terrain and tunnels of the battle site.

    28:15 – Ed talks about the courage of his men.

    33:42 – Ed talks about targeting the enemy.

    36:38 – Ed talks about how to decide who takes the risks.

    39:10 – Ed talks about choosing your pointman.

    41:17 – Ed talks about the medics.

    43:25 – Ed talks about his injury.

    44:29 – Ed talks about what he thought when he was badly hit.

    47:07 – Ed talks about the E-5 who took over after he was wounded.

    48:00 – Ed talks about the difficulty of keeping in touch with his guys when he went to Japan.

    50:09 – Ed talks about his Army career.

    50:48 – Ed talks about how few people stayed in the Army after Vietnam.

    52:10 – Ed talks about the volunteers in the 101st.

    53:39 – Ed talks about whether the war was worth it.

    57:43 – Ed talks about recognition and feelings about the war.

    1:00:20 – Ed talks about air mobility and how they went to battle.

    1:01:51 – Ed talks about his research into the battle records.

    1:06:35 – Ed talks about inaccurate the records can be. He also talks about one of his guys who had been captured.

    1:13:48 – Ed talks about wondering why they were suddenly pulled off the hill after the battle.

    1:19:34 – Ed talks about the emotion of writing the book.

    1:21:11 – Ed talks about the work he put into the book.

    1:25:33 – Ed talks about instances where people or groups didn’t look good.

    1:30:18 – Ed talks about enemy POWs and dead.

    1:31:36 – Ed talks about his feelings about the enemy.

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/2QCLd2x

    https://www.casematepublishers.com/courage-under-fire.html#.YId3x6EpCM8

    Modern horror films with David Church https://wp.me/p7CDU9-59X

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    For more “Military History Inside Out” please follow me at www.warscholar.org, on Facebook at warscholar, on twitter at Warscholar,

    • 1 hr 46 min
    How the French Royal Navy used privateers to augment their naval operations with Henning Hillmann

    How the French Royal Navy used privateers to augment their naval operations with Henning Hillmann

    How the French Royal Navy used privateers to augment their naval operations with Henning Hillmann

    Check out this book here https://amzn.to/3efdp3n

    Interview Timeline

    Henning Hillmann is professor of economic and organizational sociology at the University of Mannheim. He wrote a book on the privateers of France in the long 18th century in order to understand what motivated these privateers and how they organized themselves. We spoke about the book, the privateers, and the French Royal Navy. The Corsairs of Saint-Malo: Network Organization of a Merchant Elite Under the Ancien Régime (Columbia University Press, 2021)

    0:49 – Henning talks about how he got into studying privateering in France.

    4:08 – Jenning talks about the region and time range he focused on.

    5:43 – Henning talks about privateering in peace and war.

    11:36 – Henning talks about economic pressures to go to war.

    15:17 – Henning talks about how merchants protect themselves during times of war.

    17:42 – Henning talks about relations between privateers and the French Royal Navy.

    20:39 – Henning talks about the nationalities of these crews.

    24:01 – Henning talks about how the privateers armed themselves.

    26:14 – Henning talks about how the privateers fared in various wars.

    28:42 – Henning talks about privateer involvement in naval battles.

    32:10 – Henning talks about the destruction of enemy merchants.

    35:06 – Henning talks about the French Royal Navy taking prize ships.

    37:17 – Henning talks about where the privateers operated.

    38:40 – Henning talks about cases where privateers would join together to capture ships.

    39:19 – Henning talks about the weapons the privateers used.

    41:03 – Henning talks about what happened to captured crews.

    43:14 – Henning talks about the low ranking sailors.

    44:10 – Henning talks about the prize courts.

    45:47 – Henning talks about where the prize courts were.

    46:52 – Henning talks about the research he did for the book.

    51:50 – Henning talks about holding the historical documents.

    53:12 – Henning talks about wishing he could have figured out the profits of these ventures.

    54:52 – Henning talks about the detective work of history.

    56:33- Henning talks about how hard the sailor lives were.

    58:14 – Henning talks about the books’ goals and about Saint-Malo.

    1:03:02 – Henning talks about what Saint-Malo is like now.

    1:05:43 – Henning talks about a museum at Saint-Malo.

    1:06:27 – Henning talks about a historic ship at the time.

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/3efdp3n

    http://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-corsairs-of-saint-malo/9780231180399

    Suparno Banerjee and the development of Indian science fiction https://wp.me/p7CDU9-59G

    Cesare Barbieri and the search for extra-terrestrial life http://spacewalksmoneytalks.com/p/860

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    For more “Military History Inside Out” please follow me at www.warscholar.org, on Facebook at warscholar, on twitter at Warscholar, on youtube at warscholar1945 and on Instagram @crisalvarezswarscholar.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Why the battlefields of ISIS were so horrible with Hollie McKay

    Why the battlefields of ISIS were so horrible with Hollie McKay

    Why the battlefields of ISIS were so horrible with Hollie McKay

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/2OJH1NJ

    Interview Timeline

    Hollie McKay is a foreign policy expert and war crimes investigator. She has worked in many areas hit by political, humanitarian, and conflict crisis and has written numerous articles on these events. She recently published a book on her investigations in Iraq and Syria and we discussed the war against ISIS and her work in Iraq and Syria. Only Cry For the Living (Jocko Publishing, 2021)

    Comic writer/Sonic show writer Justin Peniston interview https://wp.me/p7CDU9-59x

    1:10 – Hollie talks about how she got into war reporting and writing on ISIS.

    3:35 – Hollie talks about when she started working in Iraq.

    4:41- Hollie talks about what it took to get in country.

    5:28 – Hollie talks about the book covering ISIS in Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2019.

    6:44 – Hollie talks about how she took care of travel logistics.

    8:48 – Hollie talks about dangerous situations.

    11:29 – Hollie talks about what she had planned for the book.

    13:39 – Hollie talks about she chose the people to talk with.

    15:56 – Hollie talks about being a female reporter in this region.

    17:38 – Hollie talks about how she dealt difficult topics.

    19:55 – Hollie talks about how she fact checks claims.

    21:54 – Hollie talks about getting involved in the stories.

    23:18 – Hollie talks about talking to US personnel.

    25:01 – Hollie talks about changes she had seen over time.

    26:46 – Hollie talks about refugee camps.

    28:23 – Hollie talks about the spots she went to.

    29:34 – Hollie talks about the protection she used.

    31:44 – Hollie talks about being surprised by the age range of fighters.

    33:52 – Hollie talks about how the women felt.

    35:40 – Hollie talks about how prisoners are treated.

    37:22 – Hollie talks about Iraqi treatment of prisoners.

    39:22 – Hollie talks about foreign fighters.

    40:44 – Hollie talks about the motivations for some terrorists.

    43:11 – Hollie talks about the Yazidis.

    45:38 – Hollie talks about brainwashing by ISIS.

    46:40 – Hollie talks about systemic rape in war.

    48:18 – Hollie talks about male rape of prisoners of war.

    49:34 – Hollie talks about what she enjoyed during her time in Iraq and Syria.

    51:13 – Hollie talks about whether the West cares about the area anymore.

    53:08 – Hollie talks about how she took her notes.

    54:50 – Hollie talks about not using a camera.

    55:48 – Hollie talks about breaking down a few times.

    57:59 – Hollie talks about trying to understand why people committed atrocities.

    59:33 – Hollie talks about what she hopes readers will get from the book.

    1:05:48 – Hollie talks about the war reporter adrenaline junkie stereotype.

    1:08:05 – Hollie talks about what it feels like to return from a war zone.

    1:09:33 – Hollie can be found @holliesmckay on twitter and instagram and at holliemckay.com

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/2OJH1NJ

    https://www.jockopublishing.com/only-cry-for-the-living

    http://holliemckay.com/

    https://twitter.com/HollieSMcKay

    https://www.instagram.com/holliesmckay/

    Contact Information

    • 1 hr 12 min
    How pagan medieval kingdoms were conquered and became Christian with Carsten Selch Jensen and Stephen Bennett

    How pagan medieval kingdoms were conquered and became Christian with Carsten Selch Jensen and Stephen Bennett

    How pagan medieval kingdoms were conquered and became Christian with Carsten Selch Jensen and Stephen Bennett

    Check out this book here   https://amzn.to/31RZnit

    Interview Timeline

    Carsten Selch Jensen has published many works on the process of Christianization, warfare, and crusading, especially in the Baltic. Stephen Bennett is a historian specializing in medieval warfare. I spoke to the two of them about Christian and pagan kingdoms and their wars in the tenth century and on. Christianity and War in Medieval East Central Europe and Scandinavia (Arc Humanities Press, 2021)

    Sci-fi author Juliette Wade https://wp.me/p7CDU9-59e

    Aristotle with Barbara Scalvini http://spacewalksmoneytalks.com/p/851

    1:08 – Carsten and Stephen talks about how he got into this subject.

    4:07 – Stephen and Carsten talks about Lithuanian history and crusading knights. (Note: I meant to say the Teutonic Knights, not the Templars, were seen as bad guys by my grandparents.  However I was taught that all those religious knights were troublesome to Lithuanians.)

    6:46 – Carsten detail the areas and time periods they cover.

    8:16 – Stephen talks about the term warrior clerics.

    12:23 – Carsten talks about how warrior clerics managed their military activities.

    16:41 – Carsten and Stephen talk about borders and fighting in this area and time.

    22:30 – Carsten talks about Scandinavian conquests. Stephen goes into details about warrior clerics.

    26:54 – Carsten talks about the difference in weapons between these kingdoms.

    29:18 – Carsten talks about the major cities and forts in the non-Christian kingdoms.

    34:34 – Carsten talks about the experience of conquest in Denmark.

    38:46 – They discuss the pagan religions of the newly Christianized kingdoms. Stephen talks about the Mongols.

    42:45 – Carsten talks about different Christian traditions.

    51:31 – Carsten talks about the king versus the religious leaders in cultures.

    54:26 – They discuss religious leaders who fought.

    57:46 – They talk about how the research was done.

    1:00:11 – Carsten talks about not realizing how many local stories there were about newly Christian kingdoms.

    1:02:05 – They talk about the written historical records.

    1:04:37 – They talk about how important the histories are to modern societies.

    1:11:47 – Carsten cane be found online at the University of Copenhagen. Stephen can be found on twitter @stephen876

    Links of interest

    https://amzn.to/31RZnit

    https://arc-humanities.org/products/c-67104-10597-68-8253/

    https://teol.ku.dk/english/dept/akh/staff/?pure=en/persons/161221

    https://qmul.academia.edu/StephenBennett

    https://twitter.com/stephen876

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    For more “Military History Inside Out” please follow me at www.warscholar.org, on Facebook at warscholar, on twitter at Warscholar, on youtube at warscholar1945 and on Instagram @crisalvarezswarscholar. Or subscribe to the podcast on a href="https://itunes.apple.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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