A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.
When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, it freed the Nazis from having to worry about international opinion. Hitler and his followers could now do as they pleased.
The Winter War
With the other Great Powers involved in their own wars, Stalin and the USSR are now free to claim the territories Germany granted to their "sphere of influence."
The Calm Before the Storm
Adolf Hitler wanted to attack in the west immediately after the fall of Poland, but unfavorable weather kept postponing the offensive. Then a copy of the plan fell into Allied hands.
Winston Is Back!
In the final year before the war began, Winston Churchill's denunciations of Nazi Germany began to seem prescient, but Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain fiercely resisted calls to invite Churchill into the Cabinet until war came. Then Churchill became First Lord of the Admiralty, for the second time in his career.
Improbably, the nation of Norway finds itself the front line of the Second World War.
Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat
The Allied debacle in Norway sparked a revolt in the British Parliament against the Chamberlain government's conduct of the war.
The Enigma Machine
This episode provides an excellent description and explanation of the enigma machines.
Well done and there’s more to come I’m sure.
More entertaining than you’d think!
Whether you’re looking for a refresher on all the history you forgot or a laundry list of things you weren’t taught, this is the podcast for you. Unlike high school history teaching a few highlights, this podcast has a natural flow. You don’t just get Teddy Roosevelt, you get The Spanish American War leading into McKinley’s assassination leading into Roosevelt, with a sidebar on Booker T Washington and Scott Joplin. The dry Dad humor is a bonus. I wish this man would do the 19th century next!
Move over Mike Duncan
Excellent and thoughtful writing and long term planning. The premise of a chronology of such a well-documented period as the 20th century seems almost impossibly hard to execute but believe it or not, he’s doing it.