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When Diplomacy Fails Podcast Zack Twamley

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 611 Ratings

A podcast covering the build up to, breakout of and consequences of various conflicts in history.
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    30YearsWar #62: The Great Showdown

    30YearsWar #62: The Great Showdown

    Since my laptop died, I would REALLY appreciate your support in getting a new one. RIP my twelve year old lappy!
    After so many years of cold war, finally, by 1635, France and Spain were destined to face each other in the battle - and what a battle it was! As defensive and offensive plans collided, and each side verged from crisis to stability and back to crisis again, the world shivered with nervous excitement. This was a test for the ages, a great power confrontation like no other, which would dramatically affect the future of the continent. Would it Richelieu's France, or Olivares' Spain? There could be only one.
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    • 32 min
    30YearsWar #61: The Eastern Context

    30YearsWar #61: The Eastern Context

    Sweden's strategic situation was pretty desperate by early 1635, but to appreciate just how desperate it was, we have to look away from the Holy Roman Empire, and towards the East, where in Poland, the truce was about to expire with Sweden's dynastic enemy. Worse, for Swedish Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna, the grand plan of distracting Poland by orchestrating a Russian war had failed as well, leaving the Poles vengeful, the Russians weakened, and everything apparently in the air.
    Before the French could arrive on the scene, Sweden would have to fend for itself, and salvage what remained of Gustavus Adolphus' legacy. How could they fare? Axe Ox wasn't feeling particularly optimistic...
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    • 36 min
    My Ten Favourite Series

    My Ten Favourite Series

    What's your favourite podcast series under WDF's umbrella? We've covered an awful lot, and a wide range of history, from the obscure, to the famous and infamous, to the shockingly misunderstood. We've come a long way in these ten years, and picking ten of my faves was a difficult task, but after a brutal process of elimination, here it is - complete with music to get you all nostalgic.
    Do you agree with my choice? Were you surprised by my number one? Thanksss again for a brilliant decade of history podcasting!
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    My Ten Favourite Historical Figures

    My Ten Favourite Historical Figures

    After ten years of history podcasting, I've come across many remarkable and fascinating historical figures, but can I pick a favourite? The task is a difficult one, so to make it easier for myself, I picked ten. Find out here which figures make the cut, as I rank them from number ten all the way down to number one.
    Did my choices surprise you? Do you feel a particular character was unfairly maligned or skimmed over? The debate can continue in the WDF Facebook group, so I hope to see you there...soon!
    Thankssss again for a brilliant decade of podding - you guys are the best!
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    1) To support the podcast financially in return for some extra audio content, check out Patreon!
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    4) Matchlock and the Embassy, our new historical fiction novel, is out NOW! Get it here
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ten Years of When Diplomacy Fails Podcast - A Retrospective

    Ten Years of When Diplomacy Fails Podcast - A Retrospective

    On 18 May 2012, When Diplomacy Fails Podcast broke into the history podcast scene, and the rest is history! For more than a decade, this show has granted me opportunities and experiences I never dreamed possible. It made me who I am today, from my past jobs, to my education, literally down to where I am professionally and personally right now. 
    This is the story of how something as simple as a history podcast can radically change a young guy's life, and although this episode is basically me talking about myself for over an hour, I hope it'll prove to you how ANYONE can do something like this. All you need is passion, and a lot of patience. I cannot thank you enough for helping me get this far, and I can't wait to see where we take WDF in the next decade! Thanksss for an incredible ten years!
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    1) To support the podcast financially in return for some extra audio content, check out Patreon!
    2) To find a community of history friends, look at our Facebook page and group!
    3) To keep up to date with us, follow us on Twitter!
    4) Matchlock and the Embassy, our new historical fiction novel, is out NOW! Get it here
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    30YearsWar #60: Richelieu's Last Stand

    30YearsWar #60: Richelieu's Last Stand

    As spring 1635 approached, France had a choice to make. She could remain neutral, and allow the Imperial-Spanish triumph to overwhelm the Swedish and Dutch. Or, she could join their struggle, and end once and for the Bourbon-Habsburg cold war that had lasted a generation.
    It's decision time for Cardinal Richelieu...
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    1) To support the podcast financially in return for some extra audio content, check out Patreon!
    2) To find a community of history friends, look at our Facebook page and group!
    3) To keep up to date with us, follow us on Twitter!
    4) Matchlock and the Embassy, our new historical fiction novel, is out NOW! Get it here
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
611 Ratings

611 Ratings

InsultingRetard ,

This guy knows his stuff

Dense in facts and engaging all the while. Really fantastic work. Also an amazing and gutsy revision of the Korean War with (again) a lot of facts to back his claim

Ryan deLo ,

Only one word - phenomenal

Drove from NC to Texas to the tune of the Korean War series, and then drove back listening to Versailles. Just wonderfully quality content, well researched and explained, and interesting perspectives to say the least. Can’t speak highly enough about this podcast - it deserves to be held in similar regard to popular historical-based podcasts such as The History of Rome, The History of Byzantium, and the legend Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. That last name should be praise enough for history podcast fans.

Proletarians unite ,

Incredible podcast! One of a kind!

This is one of the few podcasts that goes into detail on Early Modern History and he pulls it off so well! Definitely give this a listen!

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