Episode 21: Hew Strachan and the First World War, 100 Years Later

Good evening, podcast listeners! We have an excellent show for you this week.

This Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, which kicked off a war that cost nearly 10 million lives, and twice as many wounded. Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, looks back on what was a “banal terrorist act” and the events that it set off.

The conversation touches on the rationale behind trench warfare, the changing opinion of the relationship between military commanders and their political masters during and after the war, and the lessons learned for grand strategy today.

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Published on: June 30, 2014
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  • Anthony

    Indeed an excellent show! And both a beneficial and productive use of 30 minutes of listener’s time (1/48 of day).

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