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Welcome to a new chapter in When Diplomacy Fails. We've come a long way you and I, and this here is my chance to make a few announcements and break us into a new year and a new era of WDF. Thanks(sssssssss).

Direct download: WDF_State_of_the_Podcast_Address.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:34pm UTC
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Hello and happy holidays, I somehow managed to squeeze this in just before crimbo and just after my exams- you should all be proud. Today we look at Italy and Ethiopia in 1895 and what the war meant for all involved, as well as some other European stuff that is immensly absorbing. Thanksss and merry christmas!

Direct download: Ep19-_First_Italo-Ethiopian_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:08pm UTC
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Pull up a chair and have a listen, as WDF takes you into the minds of the Russians and Turks who fought each other yet again in the 1877 war. It intertwines nicely with our current flow of storytelling (BISMARCK!) so I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think!

Direct download: Ep18-_Russo-Turkish_War_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:12pm UTC
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Welcome history friends, have a listen to Sean and I answer the questions put forward by you, as we celebrate the 6 month birthday of WDF! We cover a wide range of topics, some of them critically important, others...well, you'll have to listen to find out. We hope you enjoy it!

Direct download: Ep-6_Month_Anniversary.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 6:13pm UTC
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Welcome all, this time we dive into the A-P War of 1866 and all the wonderful diplomatic delights that spin off from it. Please join me! Also, look out for the not so subtle 'Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles' rendition sometime in the episode. Hey it's a catchy tune, what can I say? Let me know what you thought history friends, thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

Direct download: Ep17-Austro-Prussian_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:51pm UTC
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Welcome back to WDF! After a short break imposed upon me by college, I am back with a vengeance! We cover today the Indian revolt that took place in 1857. It's quite the story, and I go into a history of the East India Company, as well as cover the background the British psyche. Check it out!

Direct download: Ep16-_The_Indian_Revolt_of_1857.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 2:45pm UTC
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The Boxer Rebellion is not a rebellion, and it has nothing to do with boxing, or people that box. However, it is absolutely fascinating, so take a look! I cover the main gripes of the Chinese at this time, and look at why the Boxers were able to rise as quickly as they did. Lemme know what you thought history friends! 

Direct download: Ep15-_The_Boxer_Rebellion_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 5:34pm UTC
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FINALLY! I know it's been a while, but I have just been so busy with them darn Boxers that I haven't had time to do this. Sean and I talk all things War and 1812, as best as we can. We were a bit tired, just a bit. Give it a go and send me some feedback!

Direct download: Ep14point5-_TALK_War_of_1812.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:12pm UTC
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This week we look at the 'Forgotten War', that of the less well known but fascinating conflict between America and Britain in 1812. The name of the war isn't exactly inspired, but don't be put off! There's plenty here for everyone, so have a listen now, and let me know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep14-_The_War_of_1812_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:36pm UTC
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Long time no see! This time Sean and I jump straight into to land of the Boers; we dicuss the campaign, the peoples, the struggles and more, so give it a listen and let us know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep13point5-_TALK_Boer_War_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC
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Hello and welcome to the Boer War! Today we look in detail at Germany's opinion of the Boers, who the Boers were, Queen Vicki and plenty of other fun stuff! It's a good one, full of diplomatic twists and turns and the usual imperialistic brilliance. Give it a listen and let me know what you though! Cheers friends.

Direct download: Ep13-_Boer_War_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:01pm UTC
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Take a while to sit back and relax, as Sean joins me for another TALK episode; this time on the Crimean War! We cover the states involved in the war, examine whether it could have become a world war and speculate fantastically about Prussia, give it a go!

Direct download: Ep12point5-TALK_Crimean_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:41pm UTC
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Welcome, please have a seat! Today we talk about the Crimean War of 1853-56; it involves a lot of incompetance, gore and other fun stuff, so please give it a listen and let me know what you thought! Expect a TALK episode to follow, thanks!

Direct download: Ep12-The_Crimean_War_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:56am UTC
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After a small break, we return with a bang in the form of the 1846-48 war between Mexico and America. It is quite the story! Texas gets looked into, as does Santa Anna, as does Tabasco, so check it out! I also have some pretty exciting news for you all AND a new BEFIT reminder. What more could you possibly want? You are so very welcome my history friends!

Direct download: Ep11-Mexican-American_War_Audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 3:52pm UTC
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FINALLY! As I'm sure you've noticed this one is massive, so jump right in to the world of Boney today! In this episode we look at the years 1798-1815, so that should give you an idea as to why it's so long! I hope you enjoy it, I myself am very much ready for a break! Thanks guys.

Direct download: Ep10-Napoleonic_Audio_Part_2.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:17pm UTC
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Another outrageous title means it's time for another episode! This time Sean joins me on the podcast to talk about his fantastic family history which includes; the Irish Legion, invincable Captains and a hard to pronounce and spell battle! Hope you enjoy it let me know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep105-Wars_against_the_French.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 2:19pm UTC
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Yes that is along title, but never mind that; you should be excited that we are now into our first of a two part special on the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars. In this episode, we'll cover the years 1787-1797 which includes; diplomatic dancing, Robby's favourite razor, Napoleon's entry onto the scene and a bit of revolutionary war thrown in too. I hope you enjoy it, be sure to let me know! 

Direct download: Ep10-Napoleonic_Audio_Part_1.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 5:31pm UTC
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Never heard of this war? Take a seat my friends; this war is another essential piece of the 18th century war pie that everyone in Europe wanted a slice of. It contains the return of everyone's favourite Polish pretender in Stan, some of Eugene and even a bit of Villars too. Enjoy, and please let me know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep9-War_of_the_Polish_Succession_Audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm UTC
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I know, I know, I said before I wouldn't do this war, but listen here you; it really does make sense so that I can set the scene for what I have planned in the coming weeks. So, this episode contains hopefully some stuff you didn't know about the AR. For example, did you know there was a third European power at war with Britain while it fought America (so not just SPain and France). Or that some of the alternatives to independence involved ideas such as dominion status? You didn't? Well, there you go then! Have a listen, enjoy and let me know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep8-_The_American_Revolution_Audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11am UTC
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Hello and welcome! The GNW is a fascinating war in European history, so don't be put off if you've never heard of it before. Also, I apologise for it being a long one, I promise if you have the patience it's well worth it! Sweden versus everyone...enjoy!

Direct download: Ep7-Great_Northern_War_audio.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:47pm UTC
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Hello my friends, this week we look at the 1702-14 conflict fought in Europe over the Spanish crown. Expect lots of Louis, Churchill (not that Churchill) and a bit of Eugene of Savoy on the side. Hope you enjoy it, be sure to let me know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep6-War_of_the_Spanish_Succession_Script.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:18pm UTC
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I'm joined on the podcast by my ever present guest Sean this week and we talk about a range of topics in the Seven Years War including Peter III, Dutch neutrality and how Prussia overcame the odds. Among other things of course. We hope you enjoy the history related banter!

Direct download: Ep5point5-TALK_The_Seven_Years_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 1:05pm UTC
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Hello history friends, welcome to episode 5! Today I'll be covering the Seven Years War which raged from 1756-1763 and pulled in practically all the nations of Europe into a war of massive proportions. It's a long one this week, but it's well worth listening to if you have the patience. I promise, I've been working on my excited voice. Enjoy!

Direct download: EP5-The_Seven_Years_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:22pm UTC
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Sorry about the delay this time guys, had some issues I had to sort out this past week. So episode 4, what's in the box? Well, I talk about the state of Spain in the late 19th century, America's worldwide plans and the hilarious story of Guam. Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you thought and remember: BEFIT! Thanks.

Direct download: EP4The_Spanish_American_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:27pm UTC
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Another TALK discussion episode from me to you. In this episode Sean and I talk about Zasulitch's stupidity, why China was so bad and other country's perception of the war at that time...among other things. We both hope you enjoy the witty banter! Remember to let me know what you all thought about it!

Direct download: EP3point5-_TALK_The_Russo-Japanese_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:48pm UTC
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This week we look at the 1904-05 war between a young Japan and a massive Russia. I talk about some interesting Japanese history, Russia's greatest defeats and I put on a fantastic Russian accent. Trust me. Thanks to all of you for your support, hope you enjoy this one. Be sure to let me know what you thought!

Direct download: EP3-_The_Russo-Japanese_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:15pm UTC
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Hey guys, welcome to the wonderful world of Hannibal! In this episode, expect to hear just how often and effectively Hannibal owned the Romans in battle, only to eventually lose the war. I expose my nerdiness; yes I love Rome: Total War, so go and play it if you haven't already! And then I talk about Roman strategy and Varro's...stupidity. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

Direct download: EP2_2nd_Punic_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:21pm UTC
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Hey guys, this is a supplementary episode for the Franco-Prussian War that I love so much. I'm joined on the podcast by my very good friend Sean and we have a fantastic discussion about European affairs, Bismarck's awesomeness and Prussia's railroads, among other things. This is the very first in my series of TALK podcasts and is my attempt to break the situation down for you and make the topic as a whole a bit more interesting. Speaking of interesting, see if you can count how many times the word 'interesting' is used in this podcast... 

Direct download: WDF_FP_War_Discussion.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:07pm UTC
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Hey guys, welcome to the first official episode of When Diplomacy Fails. Since it's my first, I decided to celebrate by talking about my favourite period in history: The Franco-Prussian War! It's got a fantastic amount of diplomacy inside, you'll get to hear about Bismarck owning Napoleon's nephew and about where it all went wrong for France. What's not to love? Well, my pronounciation for one. Sorry about that, I hope I didn't offend any German-sensitive ears with my ignorance... Please give it a listen and let me know what you think! 

Direct download: EP1_Franco-Prussian_War.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:10pm UTC
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Hey guys, this week's episode is the same one from David Crowther's History of England that he let me use for episode 61a (27/5) of the podcast, if you missed the episode where I talked about Bannockburn then you're in luck; here it is! If you have heard it before, then why not listen again? It's free after all, store it in your library and save it for later!

Direct download: EP_Bannockburn_not_HoE.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 3:40pm UTC
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Hello world! Welcome to the very first episode of When Diplomacy Fails, technically it's not the very first but oh well. This week, I'm just introducing myself and explaining my plans for this podcast. Please subscribe for future historical fun. See what I did there?

Direct download: When_Diplomacy_Fails_Intro.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:52pm UTC
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