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.

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.

Antony Beevor: Arnhem

The Book Club | 17 May 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Sir Antony Beevor about his book Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944. Describes the military failure and the personalities involved along with insights on the experience for the ordinary men and women involved.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita on the Spoils of War

EconTalk | 12 December 2016 | 1h 15m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Spoils of War. Backgrounds the correlation between US presidential reputations and the number of people dying while that president is in office. Argues that the decision to go to war is made in self-interested ways and makes the case for a revisionist perspective on the presidencies of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and others.

Clausewitz and On War

In Our Time | 17 May 2012 | 0h 42m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss On War, a treatise on the theory and practice of warfare written by the Prussian soldier and intellectual Carl von Clausewitz. Informed by Clausewitz’s experience in the Napoleonic wars, the work looks not just at the practicalities of warfare, but offers a subtle philosophical analysis of the nature of war and its relationship with politics. Its influence is felt today not just on the battlefield but also in politics and business.