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102 They Showed Us the Way

1/14/2018
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In 1914, the war in the West ground down to a stalemate. There seemed no sign that 1915 would be any different. Allied commanders experimented with new tactics to deal with this new warfare.

Duration: 00:38:24


101 Strike a Blow Somewhere

1/7/2018
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The beginning of 1915 sees the Central Powers under something like a giant siege. What can be done to break out?

Duration: 00:46:44


These Desert Places of the Earth

12/17/2017
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The Great War was by no means restricted to Europe. In this episode, we begin an occasional series examining the war in Africa.

Duration: 00:42:20


099: Jihad

12/10/2017
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When the Ottoman Empire joined the war, it opened new strategic possibilities for the Central Powers. It also led to a declaration of jihad against the Allies.

Duration: 00:39:21


098 Shackled to a Corpse

12/3/2017
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The phrase "shackled to a corpse" is often used to describe Germany's dilemma in the Great War. Surrounded by enemy nations that collectively have a greater population and larger economies, she also finds herself stuck with a disappointing alliance partner.

Duration: 00:42:08


097 The Banana Wars I

11/19/2017
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By the beginning of the twentieth century, the USA was the major market for Central American coffee, cotton, sugar, and especially bananas, leading to US investment in the region, leading in turn to US involvement in Central American affairs.

Duration: 00:53:13


096 The Rape of Belgium

11/12/2017
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German soldiers committed numerous war crimes against civilians in the initial offensive, especially in Belgium. The Allies made use of this for propaganda purposes, while adding lurid embellishments.

Duration: 00:39:02


095 The Far Seas

11/5/2017
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When the Great War began, Germany had a number of naval units stationed around the world. These ships attempted to disrupt British shipping.

Duration: 00:48:43


094 The Puritan of the North

10/29/2017
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The murder of Francisco Madero and the iron-fisted rule of Victoriano Huerta that followed might seem like the end of constitutional democracy in Mexico, but in fact the revolutionaries like the ones who had overthrown Díaz took up arms once again, and the US military occupied the Mexican port city of Veracruz.

Duration: 00:54:54


093 The Twenty-One Demands

10/22/2017
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The UK and Japan had an alliance agreement, and when the Great War began, Japan was eager to enter the conflict. Aiding their ally was nice, but the Japanese were also eyeing German colonial possessions in the Pacific.

Duration: 00:40:17


092 Home Before the Leaves Fall

10/8/2017
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Kaiser Wilhelm told the troops they would be "home before the leaves fall." By autumn of 1914, it was clear they would not.

Duration: 00:35:01


091 The Luxury Navy

10/1/2017
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Germany invested heavily in building itself a great navy, including paying the price of a strained relationship with the United Kingdom. Now that the world is at war, how is this navy going to be used?

Duration: 00:39:39


090 I Will See It Through

9/24/2017
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The Great War began as a confrontation between Austria and Russia. It soon became about a lot more than that, but for Austria, job one is defeating the Russians, or at least holding them at bay. The Austrian Army will prove incapable of accomplishing either.

Duration: 00:43:17


089 A Good Five-Cent Cigar

9/17/2017
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President Wilson pushes through more reform legislation, including the Federal Reserve Act. The outbreak of the Great War creates a financial panic in the US, and Vice President Marshall pines for the days of a really good five-cent cigar.

Duration: 00:44:00


088: The Miracle on the Marne

9/10/2017
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The German First Army was only thirty miles from Paris, and the final victory was tantalizingly close. But the German Army was weakening, and the French and British not so beaten as the Germans believed.

Duration: 00:48:52


087 The Cossacks Are Coming!

8/27/2017
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In response to pleas from the French, the Russian Army undertakes an invasion of East Prussia in the hope of taking some of the pressure off of France.

Duration: 00:51:59


086 Paris Cannot Hold Out

8/20/2017
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The failure of the French counteroffensive has the Allies in retreat across the front, and it now appears there is no stopping the Germans short of Paris.

Duration: 00:43:07


085 Serbien muß sterbien

8/13/2017
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The Great War started as a conflict between Austria and Serbia. Now, amid all the other conflicts emerging as the war goes continental, Austria makes its bid to punish Serbia for the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand.

Duration: 00:42:44


084 So Much the Better

7/30/2017
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The French plan to respond to a German offensive was a counteroffensive into the German center. The French attempted this on August 21-23; it was an utter failure.

Duration: 00:41:54


083 The Flight of the Goeben

7/23/2017
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The outbreak of the Great War saw one of the German Navy's newest and most powerful battlecruisers in the Mediterranean. She was a threat to the Entente and had to be stopped. Only...what exactly is she trying to do?

Duration: 00:49:47

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