Allan Mallinson: The Shape of Battle

The Book Club | 21 July 2022 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Allan Mallinson about his book The Shape of Battle: Six Campaigns from Hastings to Helmand. Discusses why everyone should take an interest in warfare – as being the most complex of all human interactions; whether war is always “hell” for everyone involved; and how while the technology may change, the essentials remain the same.

John Mueller – The Stupidity of War

Ideas Having Sex | 4 July 2022 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with John Mueller about his book The Stupidity of War: American Foreign Policy and the Case for Complacency. Argues that international war is in decline, that the threats have been exaggerated, and recommends a policy of complacency and appeasement.

Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization

Quillette Podcast | 20 December 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Lockhart about his book Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Discusses the enormous military and political upheavals set in motion by the adoption of gunpowder-based weapons from the 13th century onward – including the demise of the medieval castle, the empowerment of large centralized states, and the deployment of permanent standing armies.

AI & Warfare with Kenneth Payne

Carnegie Council Audio | 17 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kenneth Payne about his book I, Warbot: The Dawn of Artificially Intelligent Conflict. Discusses the impact of artificial intelligence on the nature and character of war and warfare. Considers whether AI systems will transform the future battlefield so dramatically that they will render existing paradigms and doctrines obsolete.

Stories of War with Max Hastings

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 14 November 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Max Hastings about his book Soldiers: Great Stories of War and Peace. Examines not just the heroism of those who have fought wars over the centuries but also the suffering and squalor that conflict brings. Reflects on his own experiences as a battlefield reporter in Vietnam and the Falklands, the effect those experiences had on him and why battlefields continue to fascinate him and the public.

Giles Tremlett: The Spanish Civil War (1936)

Travels Through Time | 3 November 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Giles Tremlett about his book The International Brigades: Fascism, Freedom and the Spanish Civil War. Describes in three scenes the International Brigades gathered to fight in the Spanish Civil war: Barcelona on July 19, 1936, the day that the (failed) coup launched by General Franco and others reached Barcelona; Paris in October 1936, as young men (including famous writers) gathered from various countries to travel to Marseilles; and Madrid in November 1936, as the same men march in uniform to the University City, which will soon become the front line.

Snakes and Dragons. Modern Conflict’s Dangerous Evolution

RNZ: Nine To Noon | 13 May 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Kilcullen about his book The Dragons and the Snakes: How the Rest Learned to Fight the West. Argues that state threats, (like Russia and China) and non-state threats (like terrorist organisations) now overlap and intersect. And they’ve learnt from each other, enabling them to outmanoeuvre conventional military tactics, with new methods like political manipulation and cyber militias.

Christina Lamb: Our Bodies Their Battlefield

The Book Club | 4 March 2020 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Christina Lamb about her book Our Bodies Their Battlefield: What War Does To Women. Describes the past and present of rape as a weapon of war, from the fates of Yazidi and Rohingya woman at the hands of IS and the Burmese military to the German victims of the Red Army and the Disappeared of the Argentinian Junta. Discusses why rape as a weapon of war is so little reported or discussed, let alone prosecuted, how it happens, what it means – and why it’s seemingly on the increase even as wealthy western liberals congratulate themselves on the success of the #metoo movement.