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And we're back with part 4 of the 30 years war special! This time we look at the apparent cause of the war, at least in the beginning. We look at Bohemia, a lovely place, generally, and then analyse Freddy's decision to accept the crown of Bohemia, as well as Ferdinand's general mean-ness. Take a look!

Direct download: WDF25point3.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:16pm UTC
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Welcome to the long awaited third installment of the TYW special! Today we look at Scandinavia and the history of that region; what it meant for the rest of Europe and how Europe saw it. We also look at the truce between the Dutch and Spanish, the regency of Marie de Medici and Spain's Italian preoccupations. Check us out!

Direct download: WDF25point2.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:01pm UTC
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An insanely long title means it's time to (historically) party! So join me for the second part of our special as I delve into the crazy world of the HRE, the Poles, the Ottomans and more! Thanksssss!

Direct download: WDF_25point1.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:32pm UTC
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With a longer title than the war itself, we are finally here with the first of nine parts on the 30 Years War!!! I am very excited, so join me as we look at the rebuilding of France, the failures of Liz' fightback policies, the war within Ireland and much more! Thanksssss!

Direct download: WDF_25pointO.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:22am UTC
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Hello history friends, here we are at last to cover the next aspect of our 16th century narrative: the Spanish Armada. Think you know the story? Have a listen, you may surprise yourself. Today we are packed with the kind of diplomacy you love so what are you waiting for? Make like a 16th century monarch and take what you want! Also, keep your ears peeled for a special guest, never before seen on WDF before! Thanksssss

Direct download: WDF_24_The_Spanish_Armada.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:25pm UTC
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Here we are in Greece! This time we look at the worsening diplomatic and social situation that led to the Greek war for indepedence and the general international concerns over what Russia was doing in the world. Take a look and let me know what you thought!
Also thanks to Ben Ashwell for the intro; check out his podcast on the Italian Unification (his brother is in it too) by searching him in iTunes or Google or visiting his website talkinghistorypodcast.com

Direct download: WDF_23_Greek_War_of_Independence.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:26pm UTC
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SUCCESS! Welcome to the suplementary TALK episode on the Dutch Revolt that myself and my often present host Sean did on a rare sunny day. We hope you enjoy the ins and outs of the detail we go into, let us know what you thought as always! Thanksssss

Direct download: WDF_22point5_TALK_Dutch_Revolt.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:06pm UTC
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Hello history friends, and welcome to the wonderful story of the Dutch. At times it can get a tad confusing, but in terms of significant events in Medieval Europe there's few that come close to the importance of this little grouping of provinces. Settle down and relax, as I take you through a land and story that has beena long time coming on this podcast for a long time. Thanksssss!

Direct download: WDF_22_The_Dutch_Revolt.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:03pm UTC
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Welcome to WDF! Our new season starts here, with another war you're likely unaware of, but that is more than likely to tickle your diplomatic fancies. Herein lies the tale of Pope Julius II, ridiculous friend swapping and some other ground in between. Let me know what you think, and welcome back! Thankssss!

Direct download: Ep21-_War_of_Cambrai.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:55am UTC
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Welcome back history friends, as I introduce you to a new season in WDF. Got some important info for you here, and some pretty exciting news too. Have a listen to find out what's what and why. See you soon!

Direct download: State_of_the_Podcast_Address_5_4_13.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:18pm UTC
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Welcome history friends, to the FINAL episode on WW1, episode 20.99 (that's right I ran out of numbers) TALK. This time Sean and I run through pretty much everything in World War One, in my desperate attempt to cram 3 months of goodness into one episode, hence the previously unheard of length. However, I do feel it's worth it, and I hope you'll agree. It was the longest TALK episode ever, but dare I say it it was also the best, and the prefect way to conclude this saga of a special that has taken on a life of its own over the past 3 months. So here's to that journey and cheers for sharing your time with me! A lot of work went into this episode folks, so sit back, relax, and soak in the historical banter shared by two best friends. Thanks again for the help mate, and thankssss very much to you also guys. Enjoy!

Direct download: Ep20point99-_TALK.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 1:31am UTC
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Welcome back history friends, to the final solo episode on WW1: 1918. We look at the Duo's ever increasing monopoly on all things German, and the diplomacy that brought Russia down, as well as the final German offensive of the war. Hope you enjoy it guys, and thanksssss for being a part of this special!

Direct download: Ep20point9-_1918.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 2:26pm UTC
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Welcome friends of history, to 1917 in World War One. This time we cover Passchendaele, America and Russia, as well as the juicy diplomatic bits in between. Hope you enjoy it and perhaps even learn something new too! Also, stick around at the end for some wonderfully nostalgic music. You won't regret it. Thanksssss!

Direct download: Ep20point8-_1917.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:52am UTC
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Hello again, and welcome to 1916. We've got a lot to cover today, and we zip all over what was by 1916 a very global war, so come and join us already! Apologies for the cold, I'm practicing my sexy voice. Thankssss!

Direct download: Ep20point7-_1916.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:41pm UTC
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Welcome to the special, today we examine a ton of angles surrounding WW1 in 1915; expect to see some Gallipoli and some ships and some Germans and some Americans. I will give nothing away! Let me know what you thought, thankssss!

Direct download: Ep20point6-_1915.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:27am UTC
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Here we ACTUALLY are, apologies for that glitch, welcome to the wonderful world of post July crisis, where we look at the opening salvos of the war that was meant to be over before the leaves fall and all that. Thanksss!

Direct download: Ep20point5-_Over_Before_Christmas.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:51am UTC
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And here we are! In this episode are the ridiculous people that are responsible for the bloodiest century in human history, so be sure to thank them, as you listen to diplomacy failing miserably. Thanksss.

Direct download: Ep20point4-_1914_July_Crisis2.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC
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Here we are with part 3/9! Today we jump all over the world, first to Morocco, then the Balkans, then Morocco and then the Balkans again! So just two places really...but still fascinating in its impact on what would soon become the great war. Thanksssss

Direct download: Ep20point3-_1906-1913.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:53pm UTC
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And we're back! Speeding back into your ears is the second part of my WW1 special, so I hope you enjoy it. This time we look at German naval plans (way more interesting than it sounds) Germany's plans for America, Britain's dilemma in Europe and the usual messy sidenotes that go with it. Please let me know what you thought!

Direct download: Ep20point2-_1896-1805.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:59am UTC
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Welcome all! Thanks for stopping by, for the first of nine episodes on the first world war. Instead of reflecting on the mammoth tusk (get it?) in front of me, I intead march on with international diplomacy across the world, as well as covering Bismarck's final days as the head of Germany. Give it a listen, and as usual comments or feedback are all welcomed! Lets get this war started! Thanksssss!

Direct download: Ep20point1-_1886-1895.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:55pm UTC
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