Uncategorized

The Cold War

So we all know that good, red-blooded Americans hate those pinko Commies, right? But why? Well… because… they’re Communist? Sure. But why was Communism seen as antithetical to our American values? (Listen to the entire episode here!)

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

Chairman Mao | Communist China

China. Oh, China. You’re so confusing and so simple at the same time. China is a land of tradition and continuity. But one guy is going to try to change all of that in the postwar world. His name is Mao Zedong. (Listen to the entire episode here!)

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The Fall of the Soviet Union

We’re going to go back and look at what was going on outside of the US and the USSR soon. But if I can skip ahead for a second – and I can, because it’s my podcast – let’s talk briefly about how the Cold War ends. Basically, by the 1980s the Soviet Union was …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The Depression

After World War I, all of the major powers turned inward and focused on rebuilding their own economies.  Nowhere was this more difficult than in Germany. If you remember, they were saddled with billions of dollars in reparations payments. And as they struggled to pay the Allies, France invaded and occupied the Rhineland – a …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The Rise of Hitler

The worldwide depression had a lot of impacts but none more important than the rise of extreme dictatorships around the world. We see this in Russia with the rise of Stalin, Italy with Mussolini, and Japan with its intense military government. But for today, let’s focus on Germany. (Listen to the entire episode here!) Adolf …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The Holocaust

I’ll be honest. I really didn’t want to write this part of the episode. Partly because it makes me sad and uncomfortable but more so because I know I can’t do it justice. There are so many better resources than me to explore in depth the various aspects of the Holocaust, one of the best …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The War | WWII

For the first few years of the war, the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) were rapidly expanding. The Germans successfully used their lightning war, or “blitzkrieg.” The idea was to quickly invade a place rather than waiting for all parts of your military before advancing. Using new technology like the radio, airplanes, and motorized …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The Post-War World

By 1945, World War Two had become the deadliest conflict in human history. 78 million people died during the war. And, thanks to “total war,” more civilians died than soldiers. The United States lost 418,000 people and Great Britain lost 450,000 in the war which, amazingly, is low compared to the other nations involved. For …

Continue Reading
Uncategorized

The MAIN Causes of WWI

So, what were the causes of WWI? (Listen to the entire episode here!) By the early 1900s Europe is solidly in charge of the world, thanks to a few hundred years of challenging authority, innovating, conquering, subjugating, and industrializing. But now they’ve hit a snag because they’re running out of land to conquer – it’s …

Continue Reading