351 episodes

A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.

The History of the Twentieth Century Mark Painter

    • History
    • 4.8 • 541 Ratings

A chronicle of the history of the twentieth century, including art, music, popular culture, science, religion, and, of course, politics and war.

    Nazism Unleashed.

    Nazism Unleashed.

    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.

    • 49 min
    The Winter War

    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."

    • 45 min
    The Calm Before the Storm

    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.

    • 41 min
    Winston Is Back!

    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.

    • 43 min
    Operation Weserübung

    Operation Weserübung

    Improbably, the nation of Norway finds itself the front line of the Second World War.

    • 39 min
    Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat

    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.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
541 Ratings

541 Ratings

Mattc72 ,

Excellent podcast

One of the best history podcasts out there.

free virgal texas ,

Most underrated History podcast

I was going though Mike Duncan withdrawal when I stumbled upon this podcast and was blown away. There is something here for everyone even (art, science, politics, sports, and yes the wars). It is also structured in a way where you don’t have to listen chronologically, feel free to jump around and find the areas of history that interest you.

Dr. Tangent ,

Best Podcast Ever

There are a few good ones out there, but could this be the best podcast ever? Detailed, well researched, well organized, and above all, immensely informative and engaging. I’d even say entertaining. Ok, maybe the bits about British parliamentary politics set my mind slightly adrift, but the other 99.5% is wonderful. And broken into discrete enough parts that if you don’t feel like listening to nothing-but-this for a year (though really, you should), you can find an episode about the topic you are interested in. Dive in. It is deep.

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