Cold War culture and the path to the First World War
In this November 2013 podcast Margaret MacMillan tells us why she believes the First World War broke out when it did, while Dominic Sandbrook explores how the Cold War impacted on many aspects of British life.
In last month’s podcast we were joined in the studio by the acclaimed Yale historian Adam Tooze to talk about his new book The Deluge, which focuses on the climax of the First World War and the resultant rise of the United States. Plus, we kicked off our new Our First World War series with audio clips of interviews with veterans of the conflict.
Professor Hew Strachan considers the ideologies that propelled combatants in the 1914–18 war, in a lecture delivered at BBC History Magazine‘s First World War day event. This podcast was broadcast in April last year.
Richard Sanders considers how Europe’s monarchs ended up on opposing sides in the First World War, while Eugene Byrne explores the talents of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This podcast aired in February 2014.
Earlier this month Peter Finn and Petra Couvee revealed how the CIA tried to change the course of the Cold War by smuggling banned literature into the USSR, including Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago. Plus, in the second instalment of a series of extracts of interviews with First World War veterans – recorded by the Imperial War Museum – retired parachutist Dolly Shepherd, reservist George Ashurst and Royal Navy seaman George Wainford take us back to July 1914: Franz Ferdinand is dead, and war is looming on the horizon.