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History's Most

Alexander Clifford and Peter Daisley

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History's Most is a podcast that delves into interesting, under-reported and controversial topics in history and applies superlatives to them. We deep dive headfirst into a variety of topics, from history's most guilty man, to the most disasterous voyage, to complicated wars and confusing politicians.
 
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In this episode, we are joined by author, historian, and archaeologist, Dr. Matthew McCarty, for a discussion about one of the most enigmatic religions ever: Mithraism. A religion in stark contrast to the other contemporaries, Mithraism was often practiced in small, dark temples as opposed wide open spaces, and generally, each temple had a relative…
 
In this episode, we are joined by historian, professor, and author of the book France in the Second World War, Chris Millington. With him, we take a deep, reevaluating look at the 1940 fall of France, questioning the popular narrative of French cowardice, lack of preparation, and inferior military capability as being the reasons for their defeat. F…
 
Hi everyone! We're starting a new video series over on our YouTube channel about Britain's 1931 crisis called The Crisis. In it, we'll be looking at the key figures involved, the decisions they made, and the events as they happened, week by week, and sometimes day by day. And don't worry: this Podcast will be continuing alongside the video series! …
 
A general is captured at Tweebosch, a "glorious" charge at Rooiwal, and peace negotiations are taken up again.1) To read the article about the British Women's Emigration Association before it goes behind a paywall, go to this link: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/blog/2) Learn more about the day, the year that blacks finally got the vote in South …
 
In this episode, we continue our in-depth discussion with Stuart Ball on Britain in the 1930s, particularly focusing on the actions of the National Government, which we discussed the formation of in the last episode. From the economic and social reforms they passed, to their rearmament programs, to the outbreak of war, and much more, we take a look…
 
An epic clash at Vlakfontein, a comical scene at Groenkop, & some dark scenes elsewhere in this episode.Notes:1) Be a reason that there is a Q&A episode by using this link to send me questions related to the history we've covered: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/contact/2) Be the first to help the show go on and become a permanent part of an episo…
 
Jan Smuts and company take another shot at invading the Cape Colony while Louis Botha takes another crack at Natal. Will they yield the same fruit?Notes:1) Be a reason that there is a Q&A episode by using this link to send me questions related to the history we've covered: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/contact/2) Be the first to help the show go…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Stuart Ball, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at Leicester University, for a discussion about Britain's 1931 budget crisis, and the formation of the National Government. We take a look at the political situation in Britain in the years before, the people involved in the crisis, the critical moments during it, a…
 
Bergendal, Churchill's book tour, guerrilla warfare, De Wet's 4-pronged invasion, Botha and Kitchener's peace talks, and blockhouses ... all that in this episode.1) Learn more dates and districts for Churchill's elections using this article: https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/reference/churchills-elections/2) Be a reason that there is a Q&A epi…
 
Finally ... the story of Boer & black concentration camps in southern Africa during the South African War of 1899-1902.1. If you want a Q&A episode, send questions you have about the Boer Wars or these concentration camps to me using the following link: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/contact/. The more quality questions I get, the more likely I'l…
 
In this episode, we are joined by fellow podcaster Wesley Livesay of History of the Great War and History of the Second World War to discuss one of the most intriguing, historically important, yet oft-forgotten pieces of interwar history: Allied intervention during the Russian Civil War. With his help, we take a look at the reasons why the Allied p…
 
Did concentration camps really emerge for the first time during the South African War of 1899-1902? This second part of your 3-part answer focuses on camps that emerged in the Philippines and ... what scorched earth wrought in southern Africa.Notes:1. If I get enough of your questions about the show, you could hear an episode where I answer listene…
 
Did concentration camps really emerge for the first time during the South African War of 1899-1902? This first part of your 3-part answer focuses on camps that emerged in German Southwest Africa and ... Cuba.Notes:1. If I get enough of your questions about the show, you could hear an episode where I answer listener questions. Send me questions you …
 
Bokassa was a military colonel in the 1950's who took control of the Central African Republic in a coup d'état. His obsession with Napoleon and his lust for power drove him to commit some of the most depraved acts imaginable on his own people.As they say, absolute power corrupts, absolutely.Check out more of the Anthology of Heroes Podcast at https…
 
As British forces close in on Pretoria, the Boers argue about surrendering or fighting on. Which side will take more prisoners? Which side will triumph at Diamond Hill? What proclamations will ripple for decades?Notes:1) My brother laughed out loud when he saw me finally get this going.... my Instagram page. If you want to be amused by an amateur, …
 
In this episode, we are joined by Professor and Author Nicholas Higham to continue our discussion about Britain's 5th century. We begin to dive into the legend of Arthur, his historicity and how legendary figures can be distorted into factual, historical ones as time passes, even into the 20th century. As well as that, we take a look into Gildas's …
 
Blacks were more than victims and unskilled laborers in this war. Learn enough today to see through the glass more clearly.SHOW NOTES:1. Yes ... you did hear baby Evan losing his mind at about the 14 minute mark :)2. You can share the show on your preferred social media platform using a text like this: “ Want to know more South African history than…
 
Finally ... the door is open for Christiaan De Wet to wage guerrilla warfare as the British close in on Pretoria. Does the door slam in his face, or does he throw it wide open? The Battle of Korn Spruit (aka Sanna's Post) will tell you.1) If you’d to play free poker with me online, contact me using this link: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/contac…
 
In this episode, we continue our discussion of 5th Century Britain. This time, we are joined by Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at Cambridge, and author of The Emergence of the English, Susan Oosthuizen. With her help, we continue to dive down the rabbit-hole of Britain's so-called "Dark Ages", to hear her opinions on change vs. continui…
 
The Boers are reeling and on the run. The British are on a roll to ... Bloemfontein. How costly will marching into Bloemfontein be?Notes: 1) Learn more about Russian support and undermining of the Boers war effort before the article goes behind a paywall: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/blog/ 2) Grow yourself and support the show using this Master…
 
Piet Cronje lets himself get circled by Lord Kitchener & Lord Roberts. Cecil Rhodes flexes his obnoxious muscle at Kimberley. Thousands of men and animals will face starvation, dehydration, and exhaustion. This isn’t going to end well.Notes-Try Fiverr & help the show: https://track.fiverr.com/visit/?bta=231913&nci=9380 Read my article “Where Are Al…
 
In this episode, we are joined by archaeologist, historian, and author Max Adams to discuss one of the most fascinating and mysterious periods of time: the 5th Century in Britain. With very little contemporary sources, the dark ages are a widely debated era, where fact is very hard to separate from myth. But over the next few episodes, we will be t…
 
General Buller & company are hoping this time ... and the next time will be different when they try to break the noose around Ladysmith's neck.Notes-1) Buy a Forgotten Wars mask: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/merch/2) Try Fiverr & help the show: https://track.fiverr.com/visit/?bta=231913&nci=93803) Learn more about typhoid fever: https://www.may…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Professor Alan McPherson to discuss the assassination of Orlando Letelier: the topic of his book Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet's Terror State to Justice. In September 1976, former Chilean ambassador and human rights advocate Orlando Letelier was killed in a car bombing o…
 
General Redvers Buller's "premonitions" are confirmed at Colenso and Lord Methuen makes mistakes at Magersfontein.1. Contact me using this link: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/contact/2. Check out this link to the article I wrote about balloons used in 19th-century warfare, especially in the South African War, BEFORE ... the article goes behind a…
 
The British score costly victories along the western front and suffer the beginning of "Black Week" simultaneously.1. Share this free tool with any of your friends who teach social studies: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/teachers/2. Buy access to dozens of my articles or other Patreon benefits: https://www.patreon.com/forgottenwars3. Treat yourse…
 
In this episode, we are joined by fellow podcaster Chris Stewart of The History of China to discuss one of the bloodiest wars in all of human history: the Taiping Rebellion. We take a look at a timeline of the conflict, from the formation of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom by its leader, Hong Xiuquan (a man who believed himself to be Jesus's brother),…
 
Why the Boer generals were so bad, why Buller's situation was so bad, and what happened at Belmont & GraspanNotes: 1) If you're wanting to see the sources used for this & all our episodes, and are wanting to see transcripts with pronunciation guides ... check out our Knowledge is Power Tier here using the Patreon option: https://forgottenwarspodcas…
 
A brief look at young Winston Churchill before he embarks on his South African adventure, and how he "ran into" some of South Africa's most famousNotes: 1) Treat yourself to Master Class using the following link: https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=797461&u=2673298&m=62509&urllink=&afftrack=2) Read more about "heliographs" mentioned in this episode befo…
 
Today, we are joined by Professor, Historian, and Author Jay Lockenour to discuss a man we talked about all the way back in Episode 1 of History's Most: Erich Ludendorff. We discuss his post-war life, including his mental breakdown (and whether it should be considered relevant), close association (and then disassociation) with the Nazis, the creati…
 
The oft-forgotten role of armed blacks, and about how Ladysmith was a trap.Help the show go do another season:1) Choosing one of many options on this page: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/donate/2) Sharing the show and writing a review if you're an Apple Podcast listener.3) Treat yourself and support the show by buying a Master Class subscription …
 
We'd like to invite all History's Most listeners to the Spring 2021 Intelligent Speech Conference on the 24th of April at 10 AM EST/3 PM BST! Hear Alex and many other fantastic content creators talk about fascinating stories from history, all revolving around the theme of 'escape'. Early bird ticket prices are $20 until March 24th, and you can get …
 
This story centers on mistakes made around Ladysmith ... on Mournful Monday.Notes:Become a Blog Fan on Patreon so that you can access the article I mention about an "American-led" brigade of Irishmen as it is now sealed behind a paywall. This link will take you to the blog section of Forgotten Wars: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/donate/…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Jack Arscott, PhD student at the Institute of Modern Languages Research in London, to discuss Weimar journalism, literary culture, patriotism, and many other topics that made up part of Weimar Germany's culture at large. From the story of Die Weltbühne, a magazine which published several stories about German rearma…
 
ANOTHER general will bite the dust... this time at Elandslaagte.Notes:1) Keep Forgotten Wars going by treating yourself to one of our sponsors or supporting us in any number of ways. Check out this link: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/donate/2) Check out our blog here: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/blog/…
 
Today, we're joined by Professor and Author George Vascik to discuss the infamous stab-in-the-back myth, a conspiracy theory born out of the loss of World War I, and one that would become entrenched in many aspects of Weimar Germany's culture and politics. From its quick spread in the early days of the Republic, to its impact on the rise of the Naz…
 
As General Redvers Buller sails to the Cape Colony with possibly the most famous reporter to ever live, another general dies during the first major battle of the war.Big news as of 2/24/21:The website got a wonderful overhaul complete with among other things... a new look, a new blog, and even a resource to help my fellow social studies teachers. I…
 
How the South African war should have started, how the South African War did start, and a broken clock that was right ... several times a day.Notes:1) If you have history teacher friends you care about, share this free resource that I would have loved to have had when I started teaching: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/teachers/2) If you have show…
 
In today's episode, we are joined by historian and author William B. Taylor to discuss the story behind his new book, Fugitive Freedom: The Improbable Lives of Two Impostors in Late Colonial Mexico. We take a look at the lives of Joseph Aguayo and Juan Atondo, two men who had impersonated priests during the late Mexican Inquisition, their reasons f…
 
Was Milner most responsible for starting the Second Boer War aka the South African War ... OR were others just as responsible? This episode and the previous episode attempt to give you background to help you work to come to your own conclusion. As a newcomer and an American, I can honestly tell you that I'm not trying to sway you one way or the oth…
 
It's an ongoing debate among this coming war's historians and enthusiasts: Was Milner most responsible for starting the Second Boer War aka the South African War ... OR were others just as responsible? This episode and the next attempt to give you background to help you work to come to your own conclusion. As a newcomer and an American, I can hones…
 
In this episode, we conclude our 4-part discussion of Weimar Germany. We take a look at the Great Depression and its effects on Germany, the resumption of political violence and how it came about, the German elections of 1932, and how the decisions made in the final years of the Republic eventually led to its downfall. Our Patreon: https://www.patr…
 
Events that some call the first shots of the South African War of 1899-1902 (the Anglo-Boer War).Notes:1) Cecil Rhodes's previous episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/forgotten-wars/id1535351938?i=10004942910502) The show cannot go without you sharing the podcast and leaving a written review if you're an Apple Podcast user. Something as s…
 
In our first episode of 2021, we continue our exploration of interwar Germany by taking a look at the so-called "Golden Age" of the Weimar Republic. A time of stability only in comparison to the proceeding (and following) years, we take a look at the German economy, and how it recovered from hyperinflation, the way negotiations with the allies impa…
 
The Transvaal continues to feed its appetite for expansion while President Paul Kruger's administration continues to make stronger enemies ... within the Transvaal.Notes:1) Get more from the show and help it grow by visiting this page: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/donate/2) If you have show questions or guest suggestions, contact us here: https…
 
All about President Kruger, the star of our next few episodes, the man who led the Transvaal into the South African War of 1899-1902 (Anglo-Boer War).If you have any questions or feedback for me the show host, reach out using the following link: https://forgottenwarspodcast.com/contact/By Michael Buster
 
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