Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The History Files - episode #11: The Armenian Genocide

 In episode #11 of the History Files, Gordon gives some background to and insight on the first horrific genocide of the 20th century, that perpetrated by the Turkish government against Christian Armenians from 1915 to 1918.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The History Files - ep 10: Foreign Intervention in Russia's Civil War

"Mount your horses, workers and peasants! The Red Cavalry is the pledge of victory." Designer unknown, 1919.
In this episode of the History Files, we're back in the Ukraine, but this time it's in the midst of the turbulent Russian Civil War of 1917 to 1921. Bonus material: Ever wonder what Gordon talks about "off mic"? Since the show ran a little short this week, we've included a little extra chatter at the end about rock stars who moonlight as defense analysts and the changing world of intelligence.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The History Files - episode 009: The Fall of Empires

The average duration of empires the world over seems to be about 250 years. In this episode of the History Files Gordon and Dylan look at the classic symptoms of decline, which are often confused with causes, and reflect on "The Fate of Empires" by Sir John Glubb.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The History Files - Episode 008: The Spanish Civil War

The International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, image via Wikimedia Commons
  There's truly nothing new under the sun, and journalistic bias is one of those things. In this episode of the History Files podcasthttp://badcatshows.net/historyfiles/2015/4/8/episode-008-the-spanish-civil-war-journalistic-favoritism Gordon talks about the Spanish Civil War, specifically George Orwell's experiences which he fictionalized in his novel Homage to Catalonia.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The History Files episode 7: The formation of Canada and the US

In episode 007 of the History Files podcast, Gordon discusses Breki Tomasson's musings about where Canada may be headed, recommends the 2004 feature film The Alamo, and then adds his own thoughts on the formation of Canada and the United States and what the future may hold for North America.