A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.
The Unending Quest
India is one of the world's oldest nations. In the early 18th century, it was the world's largest economy. By the end of that century, it was entirely under the control of a foreign multinational corporation.
A Return to Normalcy
In the two years since the Armistice, virtually nothing had gone right in the United States. In 1920, voters chose the candidate who promised a return to normalcy.
1919 - Germany VI
By 1923, inflation was raging in Germany, and so was the right wing.
1919 - Germany V
When reparations payments first came due in 1921, the German economy was in bad shape and the government resisted payment, while the German right opposed paying them at all.
1919 - Germany IV
Germany receives the Treaty of Versailles and is given the choice of accepting the treaty as it stands, or restarting the war.
1919 - Germany III
Imposing an indemnity on the defeated enemy after a war was a longstanding practice. At the Paris Peace Conference, reparations were supposed to be something more just and civilized: a charge for losses to civilians during the German occupation of Belgium and France.
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I look forward to a new episode every week.... great background stories of major events
I enjoy this podcast very much. There is no doubt fascists are evil. I hope mark keeps the same tone when he starts talking about the communists later in the narrative.
Consistent, interesting and with perspective
Mark is incredibly consistent in the format of the podcast, which adds to its listen-ability. He brings his own perspective to the facts that he shares with us about history. His pacing helps to make complex events become linked and understandable. He sees the events of history as having been shaped by real people with strengths, weaknesses, brilliance and blind spots. I am learning so much and looking back at history is helping me to keep our own times in some kind of perspective.