15 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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    • 4.1 • 53 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. 14: Kevin Hymel on General George S. Patton

    Ep. 14: Kevin Hymel on General George S. Patton

    Historian Kevin Hymel joins the show to discuss the life and leadership of the American World War II general most feared by the Nazis: George S. Patton.

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    01:48 - Introduction

    04:38 - Recently uncovered details about General Patton

    08:38 - History’s first draft

    10:51 - How Patton became one of the most famous World War II leaders

    13:35 - Patton before the war

    17:34 - Patton in North Africa

    23:08 - Problems with General Dwight D. Eisenhower

    26:55 - Patton’s leadership style

    28:20 - Fighting in Tunisia 

    32:49 - Patton’s risk calculations

    34:16 - Patton’s behavior, temperament, and treatment of other officers

    43:05 - The Civil War and Patton’s strategy in North Africa

    45:00 - Patton’s role in Sicily 

    49:49 - Shell shock and Patton's anti-Semitism

    55:21 - Sicily and combat stress

    • 59 min
    Ep. 13: Thomas Clavin on Joe Moser

    Ep. 13: Thomas Clavin on Joe Moser

    Journalist and author Thomas Clavin joins the show to discuss the harrowing journey of Joe Moser, an American fighter pilot during World War II and the subject of Lightning Down: A World War II Story of Survival. 

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    01:41 - Introduction 

    03:33 - Why a book on Joe Moser

    09:44 - The Lockheed P-38 Lightning 

    11:09 - August 13, 1944

    13:48 - Nazis send Moser to Buchenwald

    15:44 - Buchenwald and the concentration camp system

    17:48 - Karl-Otto and Ilse Koch

    19:36 - Life at Buchenwald

    21:34 - Colonel Phil Lamason

    23:00 - Hannes Trautloft and Moser’s survival

    27:27 - Leaving Buchenwald 

    31:47 - Joe after the war

    • 36 min
    Ep. 12: Hal Brands on the Cold War

    Ep. 12: Hal Brands on the Cold War

    Hal Brands, the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, joins the show to discuss the Cold War's lessons for great-power rivalry today.

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    01:24 - Introduction

    02:47 - Halford Mackinder and how Eurasian geopolitics framed the Cold War

    05:37 - Mackinder's theory of the heartland

    07:47 - China's Belt and Road Initiative as an application of Mackinder's theory

    09:07 - Comparing the United States' approaches to the USSR and China

    13:04 - Nuclear power during the Cold War

    17:24 - How Cold War-era nuclear logic applies today

    21:02 - No first use policy

    26:56 - The Nixon administration's critique of containment strategy

    29:58 - The collapse of the Soviet Union

    32:15 - Theories of victory that led to the Vietnam War

    35:08 - End of the Cold War

    39:17 - Infrastructure needed to fight the Soviets in the United States, and what the U.S. needs to take on China today

    44:02 - China's moves to decouple economically from the United States

    46:47 - The United States' harrowing responsibility to take on adversarial powers

    • 50 min
    Ep. 11: John Matteson on the Civil War's Cultural Impact

    Ep. 11: John Matteson on the Civil War's Cultural Impact

    John Matteson, Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, joins the show to discuss how the Civil War—and in particular the fall of 1862—left its mark on the nation's culture and on some of its most famous citizens.

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    01:25 - Introduction

    03:28 - Fall of 1862

    09:19 - Matteson's selection of Americans included in A Worse Place Than Hell


    12:17 - Oliver Wendell Holmes and the 20th Massachusetts

    16:13 - John Pelham

    18:23 - Holmes, Pelham, and the battle of Antietam

    23:56 - Holmes, Pelham, and the battle of Fredericksburg

    27:23 - Valor and luck in battle

    30:22 - The 20th Massachusetts in the battle of Fredericksburg

    36:38 - Walt Whitman

    40:17 - Oliver Wendell Holmes


    Recorded December 7, 2021

    • 45 min
    Ep. 10: Shane Brennan on Xenophon

    Ep. 10: Shane Brennan on Xenophon

    Shane Brennan, associate professor of history at the American University in Dubai, joins the show to discuss the new Landmark edition of Xenophon's Anabasis, which he co-edits. The Anabasis, long unjustly neglected, is Xenophon's classic memoir of war and command in the lands which today constitute Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

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    01:26 - Introduction

    05:07 - Who was Xenophon

    06:09 - Late 5th century Athens

    09:07 - Prince Cyrus of Persia

    12:17 - The Greek's position and Xenophon's rise to leadership

    16:46 - The army's path though Syria, Iraq and Turkey

    20:42 - The end of Xenophon's expedition

    23:42 - Xenophon's lessons for military leadership today

    27:40 - Importance of Xenophon's work



    Recorded December 9, 2021

    • 33 min
    Ep. 9: David Stahel on the Eastern Front in WWII

    Ep. 9: David Stahel on the Eastern Front in WWII

    Biography
    David Stahel is a senior lecturer of history at the University of New South Wales in Australia. His research focuses on European military history, specifically Nazi-Soviet warfare from 1941-1945. Stahel is the author of several books, including his latest, Retreat from Moscow: A New History of Germany's Winter Campaign, 1941-1942.

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    01:29 - Introduction

    06:33 - Germany sends troops into the Soviet Union, summer 1941

    12:24 - Flaws in Germany's plan

    14:50 - "Cauldron" battle

    22:10 - Culpability of German soldiers for atrocities during Operation Barbarossa

    26:55 - Germans cede land to the Soviet Union, winter 1941-1942

    29:38 - German's defensive position and strategy during the winter

    39:11 - Ideology and military strategy

    45:20 - Applicable lessons to strategists today


    Recorded on November 23, 2021

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

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Andrew Roberts

I listened to the interview of Andrew Roberts’s interview on King George III with great interest. While I think it would be difficult to follow the discussion without a fairly complete understanding of the War of Independence and the major players, I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. I don’t understand the negative reviews. I am left with the assumption that people lack a basic knowledge of major events in world history and therefore have no basis upon which to fairly evaluate the programs. My personal belief is that most educational systems do students a tragic disservice. Due to that they are doomed to swallow every social narrative pushed by media and politicians. “Those who ignore [or are ignorant of] history are doomed to repeat it.”

Cullen@theCauldron ,

Guy Knows His Stuff - Excellent Listen

I thoroughly enjoy this show! It’s fantastic, the host, the guests, the topics, and the production are all excellent. A must listen!

Monte 46580 ,

Looks Good

Based on the first episode, this looks to be a good series. Hope they can keep it up.

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