59 episodes

This podcast seeks to learn what war teaches. There’s a steady decline in the study of military history and its associated theoretical discipline, strategy. Avoiding the knowledge of war is dangerous. This podcast solves that problem by diving into military and diplomatic history. 

We study strategy, and the words and deeds of significant battlefield commanders, diplomats, strategists, policymakers, and statesmen who have trained directly in the school of war.  

This podcast is primarily an interview show. The subject of any given episode may be the story of an historical battle, campaign, or conflict; the conduct of policy in the course of a major international competition; the work of a famous strategist; the nature of a famous weapon; the legacy of an important military commander or political leader in wartime.  

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    • 4.5 • 137 Ratings

This podcast seeks to learn what war teaches. There’s a steady decline in the study of military history and its associated theoretical discipline, strategy. Avoiding the knowledge of war is dangerous. This podcast solves that problem by diving into military and diplomatic history. 

We study strategy, and the words and deeds of significant battlefield commanders, diplomats, strategists, policymakers, and statesmen who have trained directly in the school of war.  

This podcast is primarily an interview show. The subject of any given episode may be the story of an historical battle, campaign, or conflict; the conduct of policy in the course of a major international competition; the work of a famous strategist; the nature of a famous weapon; the legacy of an important military commander or political leader in wartime.  

    Ep 58: Philip Taubman on George Shultz

    Ep 58: Philip Taubman on George Shultz

    Philip Taubman, lecturer at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation and author of In The Nation's Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz, joins the show to discuss the legacy of American statesmen George P. Shultz.
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    • 01:52 Introduction
    • 02:14 First encounters with Schultz
    • 06:44 An old-fashioned patriot 
    • 10:10 Secretary of State 
    • 15:38 Different approaches to defeating Communism 
    • 20:00 Two sides to Reagan 
    • 26:44 Hawks
    • 31:05 Schultz, Clark, and Dobrynin
    • 33:35 Arms control 
    • 38:24 The end of the Cold War
    • 41:55 Tension as a tool

    • 45 min
    Ep 57: Mike Gallagher on China and the U.S. Military

    Ep 57: Mike Gallagher on China and the U.S. Military

    Congressman Mike Gallagher, U.S. representative for Wisconsin’s 8th district and chair of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, joins the show to discuss his time as a Marine in Iraq, the dangers posed by the CCP, from Tik-Tok to maritime threats, and the crisis confronting our military’s culture.
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    • 01:26 Introduction
    • 02:11 The China Committee
    • 08:56 What’s the problem with Tik-Tok?
    • 13:12 A reverse Opium War 
    • 15:25 A Marine from Green Bay 
    • 21:16 On the ground in Iraq
    • 28:52 What’s the American interest in Taiwan?
    • 32:05 Consequences of Taiwan’s defeat
    • 38:21 Marine Corps force design
    • 41:42 The Navy’s fighting spirit
    • 46:31 Culture in the military

    • 51 min
    Ep 56: Ronald H. Spector and the Chaos of Postwar Asia

    Ep 56: Ronald H. Spector and the Chaos of Postwar Asia

    Ronald H. Spector, Professor Emeritus of History at George Washington University and author of A Continent Erupts: Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945-1955, joins the show to discuss the fall of Japan, the spread of Communism, and the role of the United States in postwar Asia.
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    • 01:34 Introduction
    • 05:57 No clear plan
    • 08:30 The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
    • 10:51 The Indian National Army 
    • 12:12 Marines in North China 
    • 15:49 Levels of violence
    • 17:24 Was 1949 preventable?
    • 22:32 U.S. attitudes towards Korea 
    • 26:25 Kim Il-sung
    • 28:17 Ho Chi Minh goes to Moscow
    • 31:08 Stopping the spread of communism 
    • 33:03 Reconstruction 
    • 35:09 Post 1955

    • 36 min
    Ep 55: Myke Cole and the Spartan Myth

    Ep 55: Myke Cole and the Spartan Myth

    Myke Cole, author of The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy, joins the show to discuss what most people get wrong about Sparta, arguing that Spartan warriors were neither more deadly, nor more successful in war, than other Greeks of their day.
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    • 01:09 Introduction
    • 05:13 “Not especially tough”
    • 09:17 Getting it right, not being right
    • 10:48 What is the “Bronze Lie”? 
    • 16:57 Captured by politics
    • 23:23 Who were the Spartans?
    • 30:11 Spartan slavery 
    • 34:09 The Greco-Persian Wars 
    • 37:00 Thermopylae
    • 41:32 Sparta and soft power
    • 45:30 “Making the time”

    • 52 min
    Ep 54: Jonathan Kirshner on Realism

    Ep 54: Jonathan Kirshner on Realism

    Jonathan Kirshner, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Boston College and author of An Unwritten Future: Realism, Uncertainty, and World Politics, joins the show to discuss realism and realists.
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    • 01:40 Introduction
    • 02:25 What is Realism?
    • 07:10 The birth of modern Realism
    • 11:59 To be “scientific” and “predictive” 
    • 15:10 Not a rejection of social sciences
    • 19:30 “Purpose matters”
    • 23:40 Liberalism 
    • 28:04 The Twenty Years Crisis 
    • 36:00 Ideology matters
    • 42:07 The China challenge
    • 48:04 Sleepwalking into war?
    • 55:48 Where does classical realism fall short?
    • 01:02:10 Finding moral counsel

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 53: David M. Pritchard on Athens at War

    Ep 53: David M. Pritchard on Athens at War

    David M. Pritchard, Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland and author of Athenian Democracy at War, joins the show to discuss how and why ancient Athens fought its wars.
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    • 01:41 Introduction
    • 02:3 Martial culture in Athens
    • 05:08 Democracy and victory
    • 11:42 Innovation and participation
    • 15:38 Joining up in ancient Athens
    • 19:10 Broad support for war
    • 24:43 Military morality 
    • 30:49 Control of the battlefield is victory
    • 38:28 Democracy and war today

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

seancall84 ,

Best military history podcast since Thucydides

Would you please publish a reading list based on all the authors you’ve interviewed. Would love to have one place to reference all the topical books as well as others mentioned as great or must reads mentioned during interviews Thank you

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Myke Cole

Myke cole historian no ,political hack yes … let’s take the Spartans and judge them by 2023 woke standards .., BYW foul mouth for effect, sad to waste ink on his books

Hewhite ,

Great podcast

I enjoy the podcast. But, the last one about Sparta had too much cursing. The author did not help his case with all the foul language. Sounds like a smart guy with interesting points, but I can’t listen with my kids if he talks like that.

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