Iain MacGregor: Checkpoint Charlie

The Book Club | 4 August 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Iain MacGregor about his book Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, The Berlin Wall And The Most Dangerous Place On Earth. Discusses how, and why, the Russians cut a city in half overnight; and why we let them. Describes how events in Tiananmen Square reached Friedrichstrasse. Includes a lovely story about a single British soldier looking after the Red Army that they never forgot.

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The Second Reich

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 18 January 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katja Hoyer about her book Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918. Discusses the events (and Bismark’s machinations) leading up to the proclamation of King Wilhelm I of Prussia as Emperor of the German Empire in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1871.

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John Kampfner on Why the Germans Do it Better

The Bunker | 28 September 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Kampfner about his book Why the Germans Do it Better. Discusses the German political miracle, Merkel, relations with the UK, and why Germany is so much better than the UK at industry, political debate and social cohesion.

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David Henderson on the German Economic Miracle

Economics Detective Radio | 21 October 2017 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Henderson setting out the critical role of currency reforms, the elimination of price controls, and reduced marginal tax rates to the post-war German economic miracle. Downplays the role of the Marshall Plan. Lots of interesting anecdotes. Finishes with background on the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.

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The Thirty Years War

In Our Time | 6 December 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the war in Europe which began in 1618 and continued on such a scale and with such devastation that its like was not seen for another three hundred years. It pitched Catholics against Protestants, Lutherans against Calvinists and Catholics against Catholics across the Holy Roman Empire, drawing in their neighbours. Many more civilians died than soldiers, and famine was so great that even cannibalism was excused.

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