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    30YearsWar #49: The Peace in the East

    30YearsWar #49: The Peace in the East

    With Denmark exiting the war in Germany, everything seemed to be looking up Ferdinand in spring 1629, but there was a problem. While on the military front, the Emperor still held the edge, on the diplomatic front, forces were conspiring to turn the war on its head. Cardinal Richelieu recognised that if Sweden and Poland could be brought to the peace table, Gustavus Adolphus would be free at long last to intervene in Germany. 
    Both the Swedes and the French went deeper than this, though. Each recognised that Russia, far to Poland's east, could play a pivotal role in occupying the attentions of the Commonwealth just long enough for Sweden to make history. But could it be done? Could these tangled diplomatic branches actually bear fruit? In fact, they proved central to ushering in the next phase of the Thirty Years' War...
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    • 34 min
    The Trent Affair #5: From The Brink

    The Trent Affair #5: From The Brink

    In Episode 5 of the Trent Affair - our final episode, for now! - we ask the big questions, and finish our narrative which stretched across both sides of the Atlantic. At the last moment, it seemed, calmer heads had prevailed, and an Anglo-American War was not required as the price for stained British honour. 
    But the two sides had come VERY close to such a nightmare, closer, in fact, than they had since 1812. Could something be learned from this exchange? Or, as the gloomier pundits warned, was the Trent Affair merely the first in a long string of incidents between the British and US? Though the Trent hadn't provided the spark, they said, a third Anglo-American War was only a matter of time...
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    • 41 min
    The Trent Affair #4: Ultimatum Received

    The Trent Affair #4: Ultimatum Received

    Listen here to our penultimate episode on the Trent Affair, and the moment when peace or war hung in the balance!
    After a tense wait, Britain's ultimatum finally arrived in Washington. How would Lincoln and Seward respond to its terms? The Confederate commissioners would have to be returned, and a suitable apology offered, if the British were to be satisfied, but there was room for some manoeuvre. This breathing space was thanks to the fact that nobody was particularly enthusiastic about the prospects of an Anglo-American war, even though many had become resigned to the fact that it was inevitable.
    Back in Britain, Palmerston's government was preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best. National honour demanded nothing less than complete satisfaction, however painful for the Americans to grant. They would be courteous, polite and respectful, but the message was a sobering one. War was inevitable if America did not concede. Could diplomacy succeed, and persuade Lincoln to relent at the last moment? Let's find out, in our penultimate episode of the Trent Affair!
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    • 38 min
    The Trent Affair #3: Britain's War Plan

    The Trent Affair #3: Britain's War Plan

    Welcome to our third episode of the Trent Affair, here we confront an important question!
    Would the Americans choose peace, or would they choose war? The ultimatum had been sent on 2 December. The restrictions of communication meant that the British would be waiting a while for the answer - as much as a fortnight. But, in the meantime, what did the British government do? Incredibly, the British prepared for the unthinkable: the third Anglo-American war in under a century.
    Indeed, the British devised a fascinating war plan. It involved a naval landing in the State of Maine, which would surely see sense and leave the American orbit once the redcoats landed. The defences of Canada would be strengthened, the Confederacy would be recognised and supported, and a wholescale blockade of the Union's ports would be implemented. This would turn the tables on the Yankees, and burn their candle at both ends.
    While the British people and government awaited America's answer, these plans were developed, and even partially put into action. Reinforcements were sent to Canada; naval squadrons in North America received new vessels, and imports of war materiel to the US ceased. The British were deadly serious, and thanks to the demands of national honour, nothing less than satisfaction would do.
    The Americans could submit, or they could have war. There could be no third way.
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    • 34 min
    The Trent Affair #2: For Law And Honour

    The Trent Affair #2: For Law And Honour

    Welcome to the second episode of this special miniseries! Happy christmas and thanksss for tuning in!
    When news of the Trent Affair reached Britain, the British cried foul. The Government made immediate preparations to wrest a satisfactory reply from the Americans. Only the return of the commissioners and an American apology would satisfy Palmerston government. The British people demanded justice for broken laws and their dishonoured flag, but what did such ideas mean?
    Why was something as difficult to define as national honour able to have such an impact on British hearts and minds? Why were the principles of international law considered so sacrosanct, when the very idea of such a law had only been a relatively new invention? Law and honour were two issues which the Americans could not ignore, and in episode 2 of our Trent Affair analysis, we delve into what they looked like, and what impact each issue had on the development of the crisis.
    Don't worry - it's much more exciting than it sounds!
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    • 30 min
    The Trent Affair #1: Setting the Scene

    The Trent Affair #1: Setting the Scene

    Hello and merry christmas history friends and patrons! To say thanksss for your support and patience over the last year, I thought I'd give you a special miniseries, set in an unfamiliar but fascinating era. Allow me to introduce you to the Trent Affair, also known as the crisis which nearly sparked off a third Anglo-American War!
    In November 1861, an American vessel boarded the Trent, a British steamer, and whisked away two Confederate commissioners who were bound for Europe. The act violated the standards of international law at the time, but more outrageous was the fact that Britain - the Empress of the Seas - had just been insulted. 
    When the news broke in Britain, it caused a sensation, and to the British Government, there could be only one course: either there would be satisfaction, complete with an American apology, or there would be WAR! How would such a crisis in Anglo-American relations be resolved? Tune in here to the first of five episodes to find out, or access the five episodes in one large block!
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
595 Ratings

595 Ratings

Grazingcattle ,

Found this from 10 American presidents

Really enjoying the show and the well researched material. Appreciate the more nuanced information and deeper dive you get here.

The Man in Revolt ,

I really want to like this….

But unfortunately I can’t. The monotone, full steam ahead delivery means that what should be a fascinating subject sounds like a lecture Ferris Beuller is about to skip.

exk5 ,

Fantastic History podcast

If you, like me, are a bit apprehensive about diplomatic history, fear not! Zach’s thorough, well researched, and enthusiastic tellings of how and why diplomacy failed never fail to deliver. Even areas of history that I never though I would be interested in (like the Korean War) end up as fascinating and though provoking series

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