Andrew Roberts on Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine

Uncommon Knowledge | 2 April 2024 | 1h 03m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his book Conflict: The Evolution of War from 1945 to Ukraine, co-authored with David Petraeus. Discusses the differences in the way nations and allied forces prosecuted wars in the 20C versus today; his strong support for Israel in the current conflict in Gaza both in the media and in the House of Lords; and why Ridley Scott (the director of the recent film biography of Napoleon) is wrong when he says that historians are not to be trusted because “they weren’t there” when they describe historical events.

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Annie Jacobsen: Nuclear War

The Book Club | 3 April 2024 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Annie Jacobsen about her book Nuclear War: A Scenario. Discusses the meticulously sourced reporting about the effects of nuclear weapons and the structures and policies that govern them behind her book that details a realistic scenario for nuclear war.

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How the Navy Learned to Fight

ChinaTalk | 18 January 2024 | 1h 53m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Trent Hone discussing how the US Navy evolved over the first half of the 20C from a bunch of unschooled violent sailors who couldn’t shoot straight to the world’s largest and most technologically advanced fighting force. Considers the organizational design lessons we can learn from this transformation. Draws from his books Learning War and Mastering the Art of Command.

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Luke Glowacki: Is Human Warfare Ancient or Recent?

The Dissenter | 22 December 2023 | 1h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Luke Glowacki about the evolution of war, and human cooperation. Discusses the main sources used to study the origins of war including animal models, archaeological evidence, and contemporary traditional societies; the myth that ancestral populations did not have anything to fight over or were too egalitarian to wage war, and also the myth that nomadic societies did not make peace; the deep-rooters and the shallow-rooters, the best evidence and arguments from both sides, and the epistemic and moral implications of the debate; large-scale cooperation in small-scale societies, and the main costs and benefits of intergroup cooperation and aggression; and whether peace is easy to maintain, and the role of key individuals in coalitional conflict.

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The Vietnam War: The My Lai Massacre with Marshall Poe

Aspects of History | 9 December 2023 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Marshall Poe about his book The Reality of the My Lai Massacre. Discusses the build-up, the massacre of Vietnamese civilians by US troops in the village of My Lai, the events of that day, the cover-up, and why it happened.

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Andrew Roberts – Leading Historian on Warfare from Napoleon to Ukraine

Dwarkesh Podcast | 22 November 2023 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his books. Discusses Churchill the applied historian; Napoleon the startup founder; why Nazi ideology cost Hitler WW2; drones, reconnaissance, and other aspects of the future of war; Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Ukraine, & Taiwan.

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Rachel Chrastil on the Franco-Prussian War

History Extra | 1 July 2023 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Chrastil about her book Bismarck’s War: The Franco-Prussian War and the Making of Modern Europe. Discusses the Franco-Prussian War, which Prussia quickly won, but which left consequences that played out over the following century. Covers Bismarck’s leadership, the Paris Commune and why it fell, whether Prussian victory made German unification inevitable, and whether the French desire for revenge contributed to the First World War.

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Peter Wilson on the Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples

School of War | 11 April 2023 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Wilson about his book Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500. Discusses Germany, Germans, and German speakers at war, covering The Holy Roman Empire, The Thirty Years War, the Treaty of Westphalia, Prussia’s emergence, Bismarck, and the World Wars.

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