When Diplomacy Fails

By Zack Twamley

On Going since May 2012 • Updated weekly

A weekly podcast covering the build up to, breakout of and consequences of various conflicts in history.

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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 15 Oct 2017

Episode 7 of the Long War hits us like a Hungarian-shaped bang, as we are introduced first to the Sultan's method of war making as the resources, men and monies were gathered together by spring 1683, but also to the major incentive which moved the Ottomans to make war. In this episode I explain why I believe the Ottomans chose to attack the Habsburgs after 20 years of peace. The Hungarian situation was simply too ideal to let go, as the nemesis of the Habsburg rule in Hungary, a noble by the name of Imre Thokoly, began his rebellion against Vienna. Calling upon the Turk for support, Thokoly's actions and rebellions seriously contradicted the idea that the Habsburg-Ottoman clash was one of Christian vs Muslim, but that's not all we have to startle you with!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 10 Oct 2017

In the second part, Sebastian talks to us about all things to do with the Last Siege of Vienna, an event which has really captured our narrative and which will hold our attention for the next few months, so it should come as no surprise that Mr Major was enthralled by it too! What does he like about the event, what myths really struck him about it, and what are some of the dangers about the myths which can be commonly perpetuated? Find out here, in our final part of a lovely collab. A huge thankssss again to Mr Major, and if you want to check out his wonderful pod be sure to head on over to www.ourfakehistory.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 08 Oct 2017

In this episode we examine the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and its most important vassal, the Crimean Tartars. How this relationship was formed, the extent to which the Ottomans relied upon this steppe people and the utter devastation which said people could inflict - all of these are critically important topics to wrap our heads around if we're to grasp what was to come for Europe was a particular vengeance in summer 1683... Remember history friends, I rely on your support both moral and monetary and I appreciate it all so much - we are bring history and WDF to more people than ever before, and if you want to be a part of this journey then make sure you check us out on Patreon: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Our website: www.wdfpodcast.com Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhenDiplomacyFailsPodcast/ Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdfpodcast Yaaay let's make history thrive :D Zack. . .

  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 05 Oct 2017

Hello there! It's a good day to be a listener of WDF, because I've managed to convince myself to share the first episode of the EXCLUSIVE biography on Jan Sobieski, a 12 part series which will keep us fed and watered in the Xtra feed for the remainder of this year, and which will be releasing every single week until the final week of 2017! YOWZA! What can you expect from this series, and what exactly did Sobieski do when he wasn't charging to the rescue of his peers outside Vienna in 1683? Well, as you'll soon discover, there's so much more to Sobieski than merely Vienna and its siege. He is our window into the era of the turbulent 17th century. He is our weather gauge as we measure the turmoil which afflicted the portion of Europe around the Polish-Russian-Ukrainian border. As a story it sets us up well for our new Podcast on Poland in the 18th century, which is due out on in April, 2018. I hope you'll give it a listen, and remember if you want the full story, this whopper and wonderful series, as well as so many others, are only a few clicks away! Thankssss history friends, and I hope to welcome you soon to the best band of history fans this side of audio! :D Go to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails today to begin your Xtra feed membership! For only $5 a month you could be accessing incredible content just like this, as well as so much other quality stuff! For the price of a really overpriced coffee that you didn't even enjoy the other day, you could also be helping to make history THRIVE! Thankssss guys, you're all awesome :D. . .

  Direct Link   Download 72 Minutes 03 Oct 2017

Sebastian Major, otherwise known as the man, the myth, the legend behind Our Fake History, joins us for the first of two parts in this very special collab. In this first part, we talk to Sebby on a personal level, history podcaster to history podcaster, and find out what makes him tick, why he decided to begin history podcasting, what his day job is and why exactly the concept of Our Fake History so appealed to him in the first place. So much more goes on in here that I can't even recount it all, but join us here if you like your conversations fun and the atmosphere warm. You can find Mr Major on his podcast's website http://ourfakehistory.com/ Remember history friends, if you want BOTH parts right away, you can join us on Patreon, and be a part of the best group of history friends this side of audio! Head on over to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails and from as little as $2 a month, YOU can avail of some audio goodies! Thanksssss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 01 Oct 2017

Check the screen and a map of the Hungarian plain should be there - if not do let me know! In this episode we continue our narrative of the period immediately following the fall of Hungary and the escalation of the Ottoman-Habsburg rivalry. We investigate why that rivalry was so potent and how effected the relationships and development of the two states. The 17th century had taught the Habsburgs much, but the Ottomans seemed surprisingly content to rest on their laurels, even while they confronted an allied army at the Battle of St Gotthard. At first, all seemed well, but this victory would in time solidify the hostility between both camps, and lead us handily to the situation we find ourselves in by 1683, so make sure you listen in! Thankssss! Remember history friends, I rely on your support both moral and monetary and I appreciate it all so much - we are bring history and WDF to more people than ever before, and if you want to be a part of this journey then make sure you check us out on Patreon: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Our website: www.wdfpodcast.com Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhenDiplomacyFailsPodcast/ Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdfpodcast Yaaay let's make history thrive :D Zack. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 24 Sep 2017

Louis II, King of Hungary and many other places, ruled over a kingdom that hid a terrible secret. Not only had his nobility eroded the central power of the Crown, but on his doorstep was a great and terrifying enemy which he was terminally unable to halt. As unbalanced as the power match was, neither he nor his neighbours could imagine what would befall the spectators of Europe following the 1526 Battle of Mohacs. Stop by here history friends and patrons, as we begin our climb towards the peak of this tale, outside the walls of Vienna! Thankssss! Remember history friends, I rely on your support both moral and monetary and I appreciate it all so much - we are bring history and WDF to more people than ever before, and if you want to be a part of this journey then make sure you check us out on Patreon: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Our website: www.wdfpodcast.com Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhenDiplomacyFailsPodcast/ Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdfpodcast Yaaay let's make history thrive :D Zack. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 17 Sep 2017

In this episode we examine the War of the Reunions, as Spain finally gets sick of Louis' penchant for milking treaties and history. What follows is a bit of a smacking about of Spain, since everyone else is either busy or doesn't care. By the time of its conclusion, Louis will have grabbed what he wanted, but at what cost? Let's find out, in our last episode in the West before we turn our attention to the goings on in Vienna! Remember history friends, I rely on your support both moral and monetary and I appreciate it all so much - we are bring history and WDF to more people than ever before, and if you want to be a part of this journey then make sure you check us out on Patreon: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Our website: www.wdfpodcast.com Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhenDiplomacyFailsPodcast/ Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdfpodcast Yaaay let's make history thrive :D Zack. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 10 Sep 2017

Welcome back to the post-Nijmegen age of the early 1680s - you haven't been gone long! Herein we detail how Louis XIV planned to get what he wanted and turn the situation around in Europe. The war with the Dutch hadn't been universally satisfying, and to compensate, Louis sought to bring the peace to its logical conclusion. Before war would be arrived at, it remained to push the envelope as far as possible, and no better example of this exists than what Louis XIV did in Lorraine, a duchy on the eastern border of France which had more than its fair share of French schemes over the last few years. Louis was looking to take this to next level, and it is through the lens of what Louis tried to do in Lorraine that we explain what we trying to do on a wider scale with the so-called Reunions. Sound boring? IT'S NOT! Give it a listen, and make sure to let me know what you think! Remember history friends, I rely on your support both moral and monetary and I appreciate it all so much - we are bring history and WDF to more people than ever before, and if you want to be a part of this journey then make sure you check us out on Patreon: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Our website: www.wdfpodcast.com Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhenDiplomacyFailsPodcast/ Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdfpodcast Yaaay let's make history thrive :D Zack. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 05 Sep 2017

[PATRONS] Welcome to our first collab after Five Weeks To Run Wild! Joining us today is the one and only, Daniele Bolelli, and he and I have a great conversation about all sorts of goings on in the world of history podcasting. How did Daniele get into academia? What's his thought process when designing a new episode? Which medium does he truly prefer? All of these are questions asked and answered here, so I hope you enjoy this brilliant talk between two history podcasters. A huge thanksss again to Daniele for making this happen, and be sure to check him out at his website http://www.danielebolelli.com/ as well as http://historyonfirepodcast.com/episodes/ and finally http://thedrunkentaoist.com/ For those of you that are just joining us for the first time, you can find more When Diplomacy Fails in the following places: our website www.wdfpodcast.com on Twitter @wdfpodast on Facebook as FB Page "When Diplomacy Fails Podcast" and through emailing me directly if you have a question or comment to add wdfpodcast@hotmail.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 03 Sep 2017

At long last, we're back! In our special series covering the Long War, we bring you the series of interconnected conflicts which waged across Europe between 1679-1699, and included everything from Reunions, to the last siege of Vienna, to the Glorious Revolution, to the War of the League of Augsburg...PHEW! We're in for the long haul with this LONG war, so I hope to have you with me for the very entertaining ride. Since WDF is now officially my job - partly at least - we are here to bring you the best and worst of the era, starting, appropriately enough, with Louis XIV in a France barely removed from the Franco-Dutch War. The dust had settled, but it was clear that nothing would ever be the same and, more importantly, that Louis XIV was not finished yet. Remember history friends, I rely on your support both moral and monetary and I appreciate it all so much - we are bring history and WDF to more people than ever before, and if you want to be a part of this journey then make sure you check us out on Patreon: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Our website: www.wdfpodcast.com Our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhenDiplomacyFailsPodcast/ Our Twitter: https://twitter.com/wdfpodcast Yaaay let's make history thrive :D Zack. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 02 Sep 2017

Amazing! That is the best word to describe our situation now. Thanks to your guys' support with Patreon, When Diplomacy Fails Podcast is now officially MY JOB! It's finally happened and I couldn't be more excited to let you guys in on this brilliant news, as well some other great updates, so have a listen in here if you guys are interested! Thankssss to my lovely patrons for making this transition in my life possible. Thanks to all of you, I now get to do what I LOVE for a living, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. If you want to sign up and contribute to what is now my LIVING (I know right!) then follow this linky pie here www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Remember our website too www.wdfpodcast.com Thanksssss! :D. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 29 Aug 2017

Hey guys, welcome to the first proper feature episode of WDF THINKS! Here we begin what will hopefully be a common trend, of releasing an episode in line with an accompanying blog post, so follow this link here if you're interested in checking the episode out. http://www.wdfpodcast.com/thevassalstate/thetragicheir In this episode we examine the tragic but fascinating case of Alexis, son and heir to the greatest ruler Russia had ever known, Peter the Great. Peter did great things for Russia, and is rightly viewed today as a great reformer and thinker. Yet, as we discover here, Peter appreciated that such great gains came with a cost. His regime was vulnerable to inner revolt, and Peter was willing to do anything to find such revolts and squash them before they turned into an open rebellion. Just how willing was he? The title says it all, but let's just say that when it came to fatherhood, Tsar Peter was anything but Great. ********** History friends! If you enjoyed this episode be sure to let me know through the usual channels! Find everything you need on our site www.wdfpodcast.com Support us on Patreon for great goodies and rewards www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Remember find us on Facebook and Twitter too! Thanksssssssss. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 20 Aug 2017

Continuing our analysis of Louis XIV's Arms & Armies in the month of August, we've got some absolutely brilliant content on the way for all $5 patrons of this podcast! Remember to check us out at www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails if you want to join the party, but what's in the box here? Well in our four episodes for August we have the following tasters: Episode 6: the importance of quartering is further examined, as is the massive emphasis in the French command on siege warfare, as Vauban developed new ways to make the French attack unbeatable to the defender. Episode 7: we begin an enlightening look at the French navy with some incredible facts and figures - yes, the French navy really was the largest in Western Europe - the problem was, it was split between two seas. Episode 8: our coverage of the French naval arm continues, as we examine how naval officers, rare as they were during the period, honed their craft and sought advancement in a state still very dominated by the idea of military service on land. Episode 9: we conclude our analysis of the navy by examining how things became more familiar to those that know their history. The French decline in naval power came in the 1690s, when they began to spend more on the land armies and less on seapower, with the result that the French state navy resorted to some very effective and lucrative piratical policies. It wasn't what Colbert would have wanted, but it still stands out as an incredible period of history, when Louis XIV was able to hold his enemies at bay on sea and on land simultaneously. If any of these episodes sound interesting to you, my dear history friends, then be sure to have a look at the patreon page www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails once there you'll find a whole load of additional Xtra content, not to mention that there's a whole load of content to come, with a Jan Sobieski biography and of course a Bismarck biography exclusively for Patrons at the $5 level still to come. It's all very exciting indeed, so I hope you'll take a look! I hope also that you're looking forward to our normal episodic coverage resuming from Monday 4th September 2017 when we begin our examination of the Long War - this is going to be epic, and I'm so excited to begin! Remember you can follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest in our schedule and news. You should also visit the website www.wdfpodcast.com Other than that, thanksssss for listening history friends, you're the best! :D. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 05 Aug 2017

Welcome to the WDF newsroom! Here we have a very informative episode which aims to bring you guys up to speed on some very exciting news. We are making better use of the Facebook page, and plan to build up a regular schedule of posts over the week to keep our FB followers entertained, so don't miss out! Also make sure you check out the Twitter @wdfpodcast where we'll be making polls and reaching out to all interested history friends. WDF THINKS is incoming, and gives you guys the chance to have a say in what we'll cover in WDF. Stay tuned for more information, but it promises to be a great opportunity to break off from our usual programming to explore some new topics. Keep an eye on the blog as well, go to www.wdfpodcast.com/thevassalstate to read our weekly articles, released every Wednesday for your reading pleasure! Of course we must also talk about how changes are coming to the Patrons of this podcast. From 4th September 2017, $2 Patrons will be able to access the AXESS feed, which will give you early listening privileges, ad and BEFIT free episodes and the chance to binge on groups of episodes as they're released in a block. We're giving all history friends a choice - if you wanted to support but didn't think you'd have time to justify the XTRA feed's content, now there's a great alternative for you guys to enjoy. Finally, the other purpose of this episode was to explain what's to come in WDF's schedule. If you're interested, and not afraid of spoilers, make sure you stick around for the last third or so of the episode, where from 27:00 we'll be enlightening you guys on what's to come in WDF, effectively for the next two+ years. Any comments, questions or queries etc., you all know where to find me! A small reminder to check out the Patreon page of course - www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Thanksssssss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 23 Jul 2017

For the month of July the Xtra feed is lit up with five installments of Louis XIV's Arms & Armies, a very exciting and fascinating 10 part series (with the tenth part released in September) looking at how Louis managed to wage war with his troops, what he changed in the French state to make it happen and what the legacy of such changes was. It makes for some very interesting listening, and herein we give you a sample of each of the five episodes releasing in the Xtra feed in July, so I hope you'll check them out! For the record, here's a brief rundown of each ep. Episode 1: setting the scene of 17th century warfare and the French experience, how France had been threatened and how Louis planned to react. Episode 2: how Louis furthered the changes advanced by his predecessors in the constitution of French armies; how the armies wielded by the state went from mostly mercenaries to state funded and organised institutions in their own right, and how Louis XIV organised the monies around to pay for them. Episode 3: technology of infantry, above all the musket, and how it was gradually upgraded and adapted to make the most efficient use of its strengths, while making allowances for its limitations on the field. Episode 4: how the terrible impact of warfare in the 17th century forced Louis' armies to adapt and develop their own military drill, which came in time to represent a set of hard and fast rules religiously adhered to by each rank and file soldier. The aim was to produce an unthinking and unfearing killing machine, answerable only to his officers and immune to the concerns posed by the warfare waging around him. Episode 5: How the obsession for security in Louis' mind prompted Vauban to advocate the siege above all, and how the siege came to represent the fundamental backbone of all military procedures going forward, rather than the less conclusive and more costly pitched battle. I hope you enjoy these teasers history friends, and if you do, I hope again that you'll consider joining up to the greatest history club in podcasting, if I do say so myself! Check out www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails and sign up at the $5 level now to access all of this great content and so much more besides! Remember also to follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Visit the website: www.wdfpodcast.com Follow the journey on Facebook too! Thanksssssss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 21 Jul 2017

"History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme, said Mark Twain. From the fall of the Roman Empire to the rise of the modern world: history ebbs and flows over the centuries, driven by great tides of economic, social, political, religious, and cultural change that shape the world and everyone who lives on it. In this new series from Wondery, PhD historian Patrick Wyman (Fall of Rome) brings the cutting edge of that history to listeners in plain, relatable English. Premieres July 20th." Subscribe by clicking here! https://smarturl.it/TOH Hello history friends! This is the latest podcast project from Pat Wyman, and here at WDF we are very excited to point you guys towards his new show! It promises to be as engaging and well-produced as any historical film, so make sure and check it out by going to https://smarturl.it/TOH In addition, if you lovely listeners could please check out this very short survey it'd really help us folks at the Agora Podcast Network out, and we'd all really appreciate it! Thanksss! https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/OX7nLd. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 25 Jun 2017

Sick of me yet? Honestly history friends, I wouldn't blame you by this stage! Listen in here for my rundown on how I feel this whole crazy project went. Five Weeks To Run Wild - was it all worth it, what would I do differently, how was the feedback and what should you expect from WDF in the future. Whether you're a patron or just a regular listener, we've got lots planned, and there's a whole load to be excited about ahead. For the sake of closure, for the sake of ending this whole mad project in a satisfying way, I though it'd be best to wrap my thoughts and plans up all in one somewhat tidy episode, so I hope you'll give it a listen if you want my take on things. Thanksssss to everyone who has supported and joined us on this incredible journey, and to the new Patrons listening on their Xtra feed now - you are all so very welcome! It has been a pleasure, and I can't wait to unleash everything WDF has to offer. Until then though my name is Zack, and I'll be seeing you all soon! Remember that you can join.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 24 Jun 2017

To wrap up our coverage of the First Italo Ethiopian War and to serve as our final word on the Remastered project (sniff sniff) we have none other than Mr Italy himself, Benjamin Ashwell. Benjamin's a great guy who's been on WDF's radar since the beginning, so it was only right we got him on for a conversation that sheds true light on the plight of Italy, and delves into issues and questions which my analysis could not. Make sure to check Mr Ashwell out by going to http://www.talkinghistorypodcast.com/ and you can also tweet at him and let him know how much you care @TalkHistoryPod Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 24 Jun 2017

As the war is provoked between Italy and Ethiopia, Francesco Crispi attempts to bring about a victory overseas which would bolster Italian unity at home and Italian prestige in the world concert of powers, but all of these ambitions would be foiled by a tenacious defender far from Italian sensibilities, who, would you believe it, was in fact a lost white man! I hope you enjoyed this, the last uniform remastered episode in this project. Please do get in touch and let me know what you thought of it overall, and make sure you stay tuned for one more collaboration episode. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 24 Jun 2017

The cursed episode returns, as we do our best to improve upon the howlers we made first time around. A revamped episode is your reward, and here we examine the complexities of Italian unification, and how the strength Rome tried to project was mostly paper thin. How this would lead to outbursts in Africa, is another story. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 23 Jun 2017

By bringing the war to an end, much of what Bismarck had striven to achieve in Europe fell to pieces. Yet, Bismarck's careful alliance system was far from the only casualty of the peace - the Ottoman Empire, it seemed, was on its last legs. Britain's task of protecting Constantinople from Russia had come close to another war, but it was evidently a task that was far from finished. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 23 Jun 2017

As the revolts in their Balkan territories casts a shadow over the Ottoman Empire's ability to conduct itself on the world stage, the other powers weigh in on the debate. Disraeli attempted to ignore the problem, as did Bismarck, while the Vienna watched Bosnia with a barely veiled hunger. Let's see what went down! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 22 Jun 2017

A conflict which should be eerily familiar to you guys, as we've sallied forth into its events and impact on Britain for our Britain Goes To War series. Why should you listen in here? Mainly because this time our focus will not be on Britain alone, and we'll have the opportunity to place all of the continent under the microscope, so come and join us for this important scene setting experience. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 22 Jun 2017

Here we conclude our analysis of the war. Unable to provoke what he wanted from Vienna, Bismarck would go for broke and make a mountain out of a molehill. For a few precious moments, it seemed as though all was in jeopardy, but then the brilliance of Prussian arms was brought to bear, and all would be transformed. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 21 Jun 2017

How did Bismarck plan on getting the Austrians to declare war, and could such a feat really be accomplished when a cynical Europe looked on? Bismarck appreciated where he needed affairs to progress, but if he couldn't wait for nature to take its course, he was perfectly willing to shove them in the right direction, whatever the rest of Europe thought. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 21 Jun 2017

We couldn't redo these episodes without delving into arguably Otto's greatest hit, as he aimed to completely change the status quo in Europe before it was cool. While he would distinguish himself in time, here we set the background in Europe as the German Dualism issue remained intense. Would it be Vienna or Berlin? No spoilers please! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 20 Jun 2017

We return with part two of the collab, where we talk about historical inspiration, turning your art into a profession, the importance of history to what Aziz does, to continue our theme of course, and whether a fan of fantasy a la Game of Thrones can be led into loving history, or maybe historical fiction as a kind of gateway drug, so to speak. All very interesting stuff, and I also get a bit real as I discuss what happened to me recently thanks to my own silly ambitions. Maybe you're not all that interested in my personal life - that is of course fine - but I hope you'll give the episode a listen anyways history friends! To those of you that are joining me again from the History of Westeros after our sneaky plug, you're very welcome! And I hope you will all let me know what you thought through the usual channels, remember guys it's simply a matter of http://www.historyofwesteros.com/. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 20 Jun 2017

We are here with a huge two parter from our friend Aziz, from the History of Westeros podcast. Some of you may be super excited to hear what he has to say on a whole range of topics, others may be skeptical that a guy whose podcast is on "history" can have anything worthwhile to say - well ye of little faith! Aziz is full of wisdom, and his podcast on the History of Westeros explores the Game of Thrones universe as though it was a true life setting - an incredible fact when you consider that such a universe was all born from one man's mind - that of George RR Martin. Aziz is plainly a massive fan of the guy's creation, much like I am of Bismarck, and there's a lot to be said for the ability to create a world that lives and breathes like ours. Give it a listen and let Aziz and I know what you thought - and a huge welcome of course to all those that joined me here from the History of Westeros just to hear what their favourite host Aziz had to say for himself - I hope I do your maester proud! Find Aziz at.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 19 Jun 2017

With a well established presence, it remained to be see whether the British would become too big for their boots as their victories piled up and the native resistance vanished, just as the British control over the subcontinent became more total. Through an unintentional process, the incredible fact was that by the 1840s, the British possessed a monopoly on Indian affairs. The problem was this control seemed insufficient - they not only wanted to control Indian resources, but Indian hearts and minds as well. It was surely a recipe for disaster, but it utterly transformed the British Raj and the world once it occurred. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 19 Jun 2017

We return to this oft misunderstood event in British and Indian history, and this episode here essentially gives us the excuse we've been waiting for to unwrap the details of Britain's colonial experience in India, which began with great hopes and investment in 1600, when the first voyage set sail to establish what would become the East India Company. Have a listen and let me know what you all thought! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 18 Jun 2017

Anne stays with us for an important rundown on the varied events of podcasting. Anne asks me some interesting questions, which for the most part I wasn't expecting! Where did the name When Diplomacy Fails come from? Do I worry that people will see WDF and connect the dots to Mark Maron if you know what I mean? We get into it all here, and connect the dots together, rounding out what was a really enjoyable conversation, so hopefully it will be just as good to listen to. Remember you can find Anne http://anneisaman.blogspot.ie/ pr by simply searching for him in all good search engines. He's got a lot to say and you should listen, for he is wise! Thanksss for listening history friends, and remember to let us both know what you thought by tweeting at Anne @rabiakiva Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 18 Jun 2017

We are very excited to be joined on the podcast by Chris Stewart from a History of China, a chronological narrative of Chinese history from the most unpronounceable dynasty to the even more unpronounceable! Chris is a great historian, podcaster and fellow Agora alumni, so make sure you check him out and show him some love by visiting him https://thehistoryofchina.wordpress.com/ and tell him you loved hearing his unique take on the Boxers by tweeting him @thocpodcast Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 18 Jun 2017

We return and bear witness to the eruption of the Boxer Rebellion, as the Empress and her court feel compelled to throw their lot in with the Boxers, in the face of the insufferable demands of the Eight Power Alliance. How would the rest of the world react to this lucrative and highly beneficial client state descending into turmoil? The truth was, it formed just another chapter in the fractured international system, so I hope you'll give it a listen! Thanksss Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 18 Jun 2017

Returning with better pronunciations and ideally a better analysis, we're back with the Boxer Rebellion, which occurred in a tumultuous summer in 1900. Here we examine the circumstances which led to such an event, which itself contributed significantly to the worsening international situation, and played a key part in the increasing Anglo-Russian rivalry. Have a listen and let me know what you thought. Thankssss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 18 Jun 2017

The podcast reviewer extraordinaire joins us for a fun and detailed collaboration as we talk through a number of interesting points. The world of history podcasting comes under our microscope, and Anne [pronounced "AW-NUH"] lets us in on his view of it all. Anne has been around the block, and began talking about history podcasting waaay before it was what it is today. His podcast review blog can be found here: http://anneisaman.blogspot.ie/ This was what got him started in this crazy world, and ever since he's been sinking all of his teeth into history podcasts, some he liked, and some he didn't, but all came under his microscope. Sometimes referred to as Anne the GRUMPY Man, Anne's opinions are important, and even if I don't agree with EVERYTHING he says, for the most part he's got my vote, and was a tremendous guest to have for the show. As a guest he makes this whole project come full circle, so I hope you'll give it a listen in its entirety! Make sure you tell Anne that you loved hearing his dulcet.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 17 Jun 2017

If you need more 1812 in your life right now, then look no further than this classic TALK episode between two friends, as we detail the ins and outs of the war of 1812 as only we know how - with much banter and self-depreciating humour. Thankssss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 17 Jun 2017

Our coverage concludes with a striking image - Washington in flames and British soldiers across the lands, the war unpopular and Napoleon on the back foot. It was, it's true, the most incredible side show of the Napoleonic Wars, so I hope you've enjoyed this trip back down memory lane to examine it once more. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 17 Jun 2017

How did Britain and the US come to fight each other in 1812, and what can the war tell us about Anglo-American relations up to that point? The trade disputes and impressment controversies were heady, but surely calmer heads would prevail? Hint, they do not! Thanksss for joining me as we revisit one of history's forgotten wars! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 17 Jun 2017

Welcome to a conversational collaborational episode once again, as Jordan Harbour [Twilight Histories Podcast and long time friend of the show] talk through a range of alternative history scenarios which I've encountered in the first 19 episodes which I remastered for this birthday party. I hope you enjoy it, remember to check Jordan's great work out at http://www.twilighthistories.com/ Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 17 Jun 2017

With the change in Serbian government and increasing tensions provoking reactionary policies across the Balkans, it remained to be seen whether the European alliance system would save the peace or help destroy it. Find out here, and remember you catch Part 3 & 4 on Patreon, if you want to know what happens once the war begins. Thanksss! And either way remember to stay tuned for the interview I have with Jordan Harbour about all things alternative after the episode. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 17 Jun 2017

Welcome history friends, as we launch into a little sideshow I cooked up for you all. This is the first in a 4 parter series on alternative history, where we build a different world in the style you're used to, having asked the question - what would have happened if Gavrilo Princip missed, rather than actually successfully assassinated the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Using all I've gathered in my years studying the First World War and the July Crisis in particular, I give you my answer, so I hope you enjoy it, and that it adds somewhat to the party atmosphere we're creating here, as WDF RUNS WILD! Patrons will get all FOUR parts of this miniseries all at once, whereas you good history friends will get parts 1 & 2. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 15 Jun 2017

We continue our trifecta of TALKS for this period with a detailed look at everything Boer and wonderful. After the remastered two-parter which you of course listened to, this guy right here should prove a great accompaniment, even if it is 5 years old! Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 15 Jun 2017

The international situation takes up a great deal of our time as I approach the era with fresh sources and new eyes, and turn up some incredible facts. Meanwhile, Victoria leaves us all to less glorious eras, and the Boers contemplate defeat. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 15 Jun 2017

The Boer War was a pivotal colonial war fought by Britain's Imperial reserves far away in South Africa against the formerly independent Boer Republics. Here we begin our coverage with some background. By and large it seemed London was content to leave the Boers to themselves. With the discovery of precious materials though, their lives would never be the same. Imperial interest soon evolved into full-scale war. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 14 Jun 2017

The Crimean War doesn't change, so why should we? Have a listen right here to find out what happens when two bestos talk themselves silly about the geopolitical situation of the 1850s, and whether people really were that careless with men's lives after all. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 14 Jun 2017

Our resumed coverage of the war unravels the terrible tragedies which were perpetuated on the battlefield and inflicted upon the common man. Britain would never sell commissions again, but the unfortunate truth was that Europe would go to war many more times, with results just as devastating as technology outpaced man. Find out what everyone thought about it here - thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 14 Jun 2017

The Crimean War was the ultimate showdown between Britain and its 19th century adversary in Russia, with France thrown in for good measure too! The story is a fascinating one, which shaped European relations and ideas about Russian power for years to come, so I hope you enjoy our new take on it! Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 12 Jun 2017

Here at WDF we've encountered the concept of national honour a great deal over the last five years. In many ways you could argue that I never shut up about it, and you'd be right, but I make no apologies. This serves as a round up of the concept, and an indication of where I hope to direct my PhD in history in the future if funding comes through. A reminder that the book I've written on the subject can be bought in signed copy format from me at http://www.wdfpodcast.com/shop/ and of course through Amazon Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 12 Jun 2017

My Agora besty Thom joins me to unwrap some more of the details about the nature of the Mex Us War. I hope you'll join us for the ride - Thom is an accomplished podcaster and great friend of the podcast to boot, which is probably the greatest combination a guy could ask for. He was also super nice and agreed to come on board with this insane project of ours, so he deserves props for that too. Make sure you track him down by going to https://www.acast.com/americanbiography and make sure you tweet him about it and tell him that you love us both together @american_bio Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 11 Jun 2017

As our coverage concludes, we begin to understand just how depressing a loss it was for the Mexicans, and how dangerous the victory became for the Americans. Nobody could deny that the campaign had been a success for Washington, but some found it difficult to reconcile the triumph with American values and identity. Such problems were to spiral out of control in the years to come, but our coverage ends here! Thanksss for joining me! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 11 Jun 2017

What led two continental giants to face off? Was there any possibility that they might avoid conflict, or where those pesky Texans always going to spoil everything? Find out here, as we revisit a fascinating era of American relations, and a profoundly important one for the identities of both states. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 10 Jun 2017

In this third and final part of the JDM collab, we spill the final beans on Napoleon Bonaparte and ask the final, most pressing questions of all. We are of course so proud to have J David Markham on the show, and it cannot be stated enough how grateful I am to him personally for helping us out here, and helping in the process to make history thrive, as well as make a certain history friend's pipe dream a reality. I had an absolute blast, and I would be remiss if I failed to mention J David Markham's initial foray into Napoleon for the final time too - remember check out: http://napoleonbonapartepodcast.com/ So what's in this final box then? Well in this third and final part of the collab David and I examine the following issues: whether JDM thinks that Boney pushed Europe too far; whether Europe simply wasn't ready for someone like him or whether such issues can be explained by other means. We examine the candidates for who we think the best ally of Napoleon was, as well as the opposite end of the scale.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 10 Jun 2017

We return here with part 2 of the interview/collab/conversation, to unwrap Napoleon Bonaparte with J David Markham. David is one of the foremost authorities on Napoleon in his field, and first shot into my ears with his Napoleon 101 podcast, undertaken alongside the podcast god Cameron Reilly. Make sure you track him down by going to: http://napoleonbonapartepodcast.com/ In this second part of our talk together we delve into a number of Napoleonic issues, including: the question of when JDM first become interested in the person of Napoleon, the fact that David takes issue with a number of misconceptions about Napoleon, and which in particular really bother him. We then change tack and ask whether there's much that can still be learned about Napoleon? What can we learn from him? Is there any room for further study on additional aspects of his life/personality/struggles etc.? What books on Napoleon can David recommend to us? What does he feel was Napoleon's best achievement or his worst mistake, and why.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 10 Jun 2017

That's right - the master of all things Napoleon Bonaparte and many other topics besides, J David Markham is here! We are absolutely indebted to David for coming on the show and talking to us - in a three part interview no less - about everything from his own career and experiences in the field of academia and scholarship, to the ins and outs of Napoleon the man, the legend, the enigma. It is, taken together, one of the greatest celebrations during Five Weeks To Run Wild, so I hope you'll give it a listen and let me know what you all thought. Remember to check out J David Markham and Cameron Reilly's podcast experience in Napoleon 101, where the idea for linking up with him first entered into my mind. It is still incredible to me that I managed to get him on the show - this guy was on the first conversational podcast I ever listened to, and on the second actual podcast to boot - but here he is! There's nobody I'd rather have more on WDF than a certain J David Markham, so I hope you'll listen to this part.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 09 Jun 2017

In our final episode, with the French pushed out of Russia and hurrying home to prevent another coup, it seemed as though all of Napoleon's pigeons had come home to roost. Could this mean the end of this endless struggle, and had the world's most enduring conflict finally showed signs of ending? Not until Napoleon rid himself of all ambition the allies said, for it was time for the legend to end. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 09 Jun 2017

Welcome back to our penultimate episode on the war, as the enemies begin to rearm themselves for another go at it, Napoleon begins to eye up Russia, and the continental system takes a turn. Under these circumstances Britain could excel, and she would muster all her resources once again in this marathon against her eternal enemy. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 08 Jun 2017

With his enemies in bits, Napoleon could be forgiven for thinking that nobody stood between him and endless glory, yet even as the honours were lining up, cracks were beginning to appear in the facade, cracks which in time shatter the glass that he had so brilliantly help to make shine. Basically, the Spanish ulcer started to open, and we look into in detail here. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 08 Jun 2017

With the wars back on in earnest, Napoleon was not too pleased. He can't have know the full extent of how much he would own all before him, but it certainly helped to MASSIVELY cement his legend as the saviour of France...but also the implacable enemy of Britain. Napoleon now had to mobilise every strategy to take these British down... Remember also to support the podcast as always through BEFIT, but for everything else check out www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 08 Jun 2017

In a much tidier episode than before, Sean remains present and able to talk about his important ancestor Terrance O'Reilly, so if you enjoy your Napoleonic story with a different flavour this is definitely for you! 5 years on I still find it fascinating, and I'm sure you will too! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 07 Jun 2017

We return with the pivotal moment of the wars where peace between Britain and France, that impossible dream, becomes Napoleon's greatest accomplishment. How did he do it, why was it possible and why did it eventually break down into further war, that's us in the Peace of Amiens. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 07 Jun 2017

Welcome to the third part of our coverage, where France has gone into overdrive, and forced peace on everyone in Europe save Britain. What would the next phase of the French war effort look like? Let's find out! Remember also to support the podcast as always through BEFIT, but for everything else check out www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 06 Jun 2017

With the King's head on the floor and nobody quite sure what's what, the Republic seemed in chaos. Little thought was given at this stage to what a Corsican general was up to, mainly because everyone was so distracted by the fact that France declared war ON EVERYONE! Why? Because France was insane, but you might get more insights by having a listen to this second part of this remastered special. Thanksss! Remember also to support the podcast as always through BEFIT, but for everything else check out www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 06 Jun 2017

Ta-da! It's time to remaster Napoleon, the French Revolution and this era in general, so if you're ready, let's jump into this incredible world. It's been a long time coming, so I can't wait to bring it all to you guys again! Remember to support the podcast through BEFIT and of course www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 05 Jun 2017

Our coverage resumes, with a somewhat depressing examination of the fortunes of the Poles. Who could have predicted such an unfortunate outcome for the Poles, a people and nation which had once been so proud. Say, someone should really do a podcast of their history, and do it justice! Could I be your man? We shall see! Thanksss for rejoining me for this amazing ride!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 05 Jun 2017

A fascinating and underrated war in the 1730s, this war dragged in a surprising number of powers, and was essentially the death knell in Polish independence. From hereon in, the Poles were an unfortunate victim of their neighbours, but Louis XV would at least acquire for France a measure of success! Find out what happened within, and who exactly that Stan guy was. Thanksss Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 04 Jun 2017

Poland is a state we'll be familiarising ourselves with a lot over the next few months, as the Polish miniseries on the 18th century, as voted by my lovely Patrons, is about to drop, since we're due to surpass the $500 a month goal that unlocks it. This fact is all kinds of awesome, and I cannot thank you all enough for your support. As an indication of where we're going next and what you can expect from such a miniseries, we intro you to the Silent Sejm of 1717, a terminal act in the history of Polish sovereignty, but one of the keys to unlocking this truly tragic, and immensely worthwhile story. So I hope you'll join me for it, and thanksss to all who made it possible. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 04 Jun 2017

Jamie Redfern from the HistoryOf podcast joins us for a brilliant show which is part American Revolution, part general banter and part serious talk about the problems we as young podcasters trying to break into academia face. It's a frank, sincere and friendly conversation and I am quite fond of it, as I am fond of Jamie for joining us for this hour and taking time out of his own busy schedule. The man is a podcast machine don't you know, check him out at http://thehistoryofpodcast.blogspot.ie/ Remember to tweet me and let me know you enjoyed the episode! @wdfpodcast Tell Jamie we make a great couple so that he won't leave me again @HistoryJamie Be sure to tell people that you support me, and that you are a proud member of the WDF family - history friends unite! Let's get the word out to as many peoples as possible! You guys are all awesome - happy birthday to us! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 03 Jun 2017

We return with a look at the international aspects of the war - how and why did so many foreign powers become involved in the struggle, and what options did Britain have when it came to waging war against its former colonists? Find out as we wrap up our coverage of the war - thanksss again for joining me!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 03 Jun 2017

Just as I did 5 years ago, here I jump into the era of the American Revolution with aplomb, whatever that means! The circumstances which led to said revolt are fascinating to me, so I do my level best to unpack them. Hopefully in the process bringing you a narrative that isn't the same as all the others. Thanksss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 02 Jun 2017

Vincent stays with us to talk more about publishing, why history is important today and why you should just go for it if you have an idea or a dream you want to pursue. It's a great conclusion to a great interview, and a huge thankssss again to Vincent for being as great a guest as he is a publisher and friend. This is unlikely to be the last you see of him, especially considering his interests in Polish history, not to mention his books! A reminder again, show Vincent some love @Vincestigator and find his publishing co. at https://www.wingedhussarpublishing.com/ I hope you guys enjoyed what was a really fun interview to host, make sure to let me know about it! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 02 Jun 2017

Vincent W Rospond is a publisher at WInged Hussar Publishing, and is responsible both for my recent book, 'A Matter of Honour', and for the next two books in my contract. Yet he's also a super interesting guy, and I hooked up with him in this two parter to give you guys an idea of what publishing is really like. Here we talk about Polish history in a good bit of detail, as well as some other bits of info on publishing which we pick up more on in the second part. I hope you'll give it a listen, and I hope you'll check out Mr Rospond's works at https://www.wingedhussarpublishing.com/ Vince is a great guy and a Patron of this podcast to boot, and he, like me, is doing his level best to make history thrive, so give him some love @Vincestigator Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 02 Jun 2017

It seemed as though nothing could stop the advance of Charles XII, with a Polish candidate of his choosing on the throne, Denmark peaced out and only Russia remaining a burden. Rather than make a peace though, Charles remained focused on taking the fight to Moscow, and this would prove to be the worst mistake of his life. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 01 Jun 2017

Remember this? While the war for the Spanish throne waged, those darned eastern Europeans just couldn't keep quite either. In actual fact, this was a war of profound significance for the future of our world, as the two empires of Russia and Sweden collided, in a contest where only one could emerge victorious. Give it a listen and let me know what you all thought! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 81 Minutes 01 Jun 2017

Stephen Guerra of the History of the Papacy Podcast joins Zack to unpack more of the incredible story which was the War for the Spanish Throne. Over time we saw the story change, as the fortunes of each actor improved or decreased in the mad world which was the early 18th century. By its end it seemed France and Spain and Europe itself had been forever changed. You can find Stephen and show him some love at http://atozhistorypage.com/index.html Thanksss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 31 May 2017

This final part of our tale bears witness to some of the most incredible scenes, as Louis final years become characterised by some of the most depressing and difficult experiences of his life. As the allies close in and his successors die off, Louis must have wondered if God had in fact abandoned him, or if this was all in fact punishment for his transgressions. As the final peace was made, nobody could deny that an era was approaching its epochal moment. As the Sun King breathed his last, nobody could argue that his had been a reign of anything other than profound significance. And here our tale of that man ends, one which we began so many years, episodes and hours ago. Thanksss for taking part! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 31 May 2017

With the war entering its most grinding phase, the question seemed to be how Louis XIV's France could possibly outlast the combined resources of his enemies, though affairs in Spain remained the one bright spark. See how it all came to a head in this third installment - thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 30 May 2017

Welcome back to the war, herein we revisit the issues which characterised the opening phases of the war - what was the deal with Bavaria anyway? Find out here! Thanksss Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 30 May 2017

We return to the late 17th/early 18th century with arguably one of the most infamous examples of early modern warfare EVER! It is a fascinating conflict, and since we all know Louis XIV that much better this time around, I figured it was only right to do it justice. I hope you enjoy the journey - thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 29 May 2017

How did Prussia go from a strange Teutonic creation to the cornerstone of Germany, and how was the country brought from a vague term to a national identity? Prussia has been the constant companion of this podcast, especially during its early years from episodes 1-19. This teaser episode demonstrates what's in store for us when the podcast achieves its $2,500 goal - incredible as that may sound - we're going to launch a whole new podcast, and YOU can help. Find us on Patreon and sign up now! Thankssss and enjoy this foray into Prussian history, as the first King IN Prussia is crowned...by himself. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 29 May 2017

We here at WDF are so privileged and excited to be joined by Turtle Bunbury - one of Ireland's foremost freelance historians and genealogists. Turtle has a wealth of works and experience behind him working in the field of history, and the best place to find out more about him is www.turtlbunbury.com He can also be found on Twitter, @turtlebunbury In this conversation here we talk about everything, from where Turtle got his name, to his incredible family history, to his love for history, to his opinions on how it's being taught, to the importance of podcasting for history as a discipline. Turtle did us a great service by coming on here and talking things out, so make sure you all return the love and let him know how much you enjoyed hearing him on this podcast! Thankssss! Remember to support this podcast in any way you can - spread the word about Turtle and his appearance on our pod through BEFIT! Support us on Patreon www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Visit our site www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 29 May 2017

Welcome to another discussion episode, because you know you want more! Here we're joined by Ben Jacobs of the Wittenberg to Westphalia podcast, which is a brilliant show you should all love, and which serves as a great prequel in many ways to mine. I hope you'll show Benny boy some love by heading to http://wittenbergtowestphaliapodcast.weebly.com/ Thanksss again to Ben for joining the party and unpacking the man and the lovable scamp - Freddy the Greatest! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 29 May 2017

Just as we did 5 years ago for episode 5, here us 5 times 5 people talk 5 times about 5 different fives. So you are paying attention? Good! You'll have to, as Sean and I TALK about the Seven Years War in my personal favourite episode together. Check out this classic now, brought to you because some things are too good to leave behind! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 28 May 2017

In part 2, we ask how Frederick's Prussia, beset by enemies on all sides, could possibly endure what was to come. Meanwhile, Britain does pretty well for itself and France cries itself to sleep. I really enjoyed looking back into this war, so thanksss so much for joining me! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 27 May 2017

Looking forward to this one! It's been a long time since we last delved into the world of Frederick the Great, but I'm more than ready to do so again, so come and join me as I tackle arguably one of the greatest feats of endurance of the 18th century! Thanksss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 27 May 2017

And here is part deux! We conclude our analysis of the Spanish American war, and in the process wrap up a part of history which still profoundly fascinates me 5 years later. Thanksss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 26 May 2017

Welcome to a trip down memory lane - here we revisit the Spanish American War and all that entailed, but before we do that, I have an important story to tell you guys which goes to show exactly what Zack was going through 5 years ago. Thanksss for listening and I hope you guys enjoy it all!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 72 Minutes 26 May 2017

Mark Painter is the extraordinary podcaster responsible for the History of Twentieth Century podcast, and his is a podcast and world you need to familiarise yourself with - hence why I simply needed to get him on here to help us out with the Russians, Japanese and getting down to party of course! Thanksss again for joining us Mark, and if history friends want to show some love they can find him at https://historyofthetwentiethcentury.com/. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 26 May 2017

Check into this trip through memory lane, as Sean and I recount some of the hits and misses of the Russo Japanese War. Nothing new here per se, but it is a great chance to listen to two friends shooting the breeze on history if you have yet to do so, and of course it's a great exercise in listening for everyone else besides, so give it a listen now! Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 25 May 2017

Welcome back, as the utter stupidity and ineffectiveness of the Russians are laid bare, we also see just how far the Japanese have come since first bursting on the world stage. After this war, nothing would ever be the same again. Thanksss for joining me for it, and I hope you enjoyed it! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 25 May 2017

No Russian accents this time - I swears! It brings me great pleasure and joy to deliver into your ears this remastered version of the Russo-Japanese War in two parts. I hope you enjoy this foray into arguably the most important war before the First World War overshadowed everything. I hope you enjoy it, and remember this is ALSO the 5th birthday of BEFIT - so make sure you do that to celebrate! Thanksss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 24 May 2017

It's been bear time since you and I looked at Hannibal, that obviously Mike Duncan inspired foray into the Ancient World which made absolutely no sense five years and still doesn't make sense, but we're gonna own it and say bring it on Scipio, we're ready for you Hannibal! Let's see what you think of it this time around - thanksssss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 24 May 2017

We're both privileged and delighted to be joined by Robin Pierson from the History of Byzantium podcast, which you of course know very well! He's a great history friend and we talk through some fascinating issues ranging from how the Byzantines did diplomacy, to who was just really bad at it. If you somehow don't know Robin, make sure you check him out by going to https://thehistoryofbyzantium.com/ Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 23 May 2017

In this second part we apply what we've learned about Bismarck and his use of psychology and information about his enemies to the international situation in summer 1870, and discover how Bismarck, only through his own sheer force of will, managed to manipulate the entire French Empire into obeying the course he desired. It was of course despicable, but there was also something incredibly fantastic about the whole ordeal, and I believe he's earned himself a miniseries through acting, so let's make it happen and bring Patreon to $1,000 a month! Thanksss history friends! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 23 May 2017

Welcome history friends to an incredible two-parter, where we examine in more detail the psychology behind the idea that Bismarck managed to provoke his enemies, chief among them Napoleon III of France, into declaring war against him to touch off the Franco-Prussian War. It is essentially a deep dive which I've always wanted to investigate in more detail, and forms part of what I like to call WDF THINKS, special episodes launched just for this remastered party of ours. It also gives us all a foretaste of what's to come for Patrons, as once I reach the $1,000 goal on Patreon, a miniseries on Bismarck's life and career will be available to my lovely Patrons, which is of course just lovely news! Thankssss for listening and I hope you all enjoy it! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 23 May 2017

Hello there, as if we couldn't drag out the Franco-Prussian War any further, here I am joined by everyone's favourite podcast machine Travis J Dow, purveyor and publisher of 349 million podcasts - probably, but you can find his stuff at http://www.podcastnik.com/ Here we have a great conversation about all things Franco, some things Prussian and of course a whopper dosage of Bismarck. Let me know what you think, as there's plenty more to come! Thanksss again to Travis for taking part in the 5th birthday party - make sure to show him some love!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 22 May 2017

It's the ultimate question, and if I cannot answer it there's not much point in going any further. If you, like me, have ever been confronted with the idea that history, the study or pursuit of it, is somehow not worthwhile, then this episode is for you. It's my defence, my apology and my declaration in total favour of history, and it's a determined reminder that WDF is WHERE HISTORY THRIVES! So I hope you'll give it a listen and see for yourself that history is both immensely worthwhile and thoroughly rewarding. Thanksss! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 22 May 2017

Part 2 of the war sees our focus take us into military matters, as well as the way in which the situation was manipulated by Bismarck so that the Iron Chancellor could get exactly what he wanted. Check it out!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 22 May 2017

As promised, essentially a re-injection of this episode back into the feed, so that my earlier clear out doesn't remove them altogether, or take away the opportunity for future listeners to listen in. It was a great time 5 years ago and I still enjoy these now, so I hope you'll enjoy 20 year old Zack talk with his good friend Sean about all things Franco, Prussian and War, even if we didn't quite know what all these things meant! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 21 May 2017

Here we are! The first remastered episode of our special and the official beginning of a very exciting project from WDF. Now that we're finally here I can shut up about it all, and introduce you back into the world which we were last a part of...5 years ago. Thankssss for making all of this possible history friends, and remember to support us at WDF is you are as excited as I am to begin! Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast and find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 20 May 2017

How about that! We have none other than Mr History of English Podcast himself, Kevin Stroud on the podcast, because this is the best birthday ever and you are all invited! It should be added, that this is Part 1 of 2, and that the second part is available exclusively for Patrons. I gotta be businesslike at some point history friends, but you can rest assured that those Patrons who are now feasting upon the second part of Mr Stroud's interview are really glad they signed up! I hope you're not too angry at me history friends, because there's a whole load of other great content to come even if you feel miffed about missing out here. I mean like, a whole lot. I hope you guys understand, but I gotta home to keep don't ya know! Anyways, Kev is a great guy and an even greater podcaster, and he was super obliging and just genuinely nice, so you can feel feel great about loving his stuff, and I can feel great about bringing this quality content to you guys. The first part is related to questions I had for him in.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 19 May 2017

Welcome friends, to another episode designed to keep the excitement levels high as we count down to the official launch of the Remastered birthday project on Monday, 22nd May (Unless of course you are a Diplomat or higher rank on Patreon - in which case it's all available to you right NOW!) Here you'll find a curious audio experiment - you see, over the last 5 years we've been through a lot together, and as a podcast WDF has grown and morphed into something miles beyond my expectations. To illustrate this, I feel this episode does this journey justice, as we begin at the start of our pod's life, and detail our experience through the mixing of audio clips from our years of podcasting. It is in many ways a different kind of project from one I'd normally do, but if you're one for nostalgia and seeing how far we've come, I feel there's few better ways to celebrate our 5th birthday, and get yourself pumped for what's to come! Remember history friends to support this podcast any way you can - continue to BEFIT.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 18 May 2017

You and I have come a long way since our very first full length episode on the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn was released first on the History of England Podcast, and then in WDF's feed on 19th May 2012. Here we revisit that chapter of history - exactly 5 years on. I've learned a lot in those five years, and this is essentially an exercise which you may or may not enjoy, where I pretty much take the piss out of my self. Give it a listen and see what you think, as we kick off our craziest project IN HISTORY. We have 5 weeks to run wild history friends, and we haven't even TECHNICALLY started yet! Thanksssss Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 17 May 2017

This is it! Finally after all the waiting, all the work, all the preparation, all the stress, all the hints, all the excitement and all the curious riddles, we are LIVE! This is WDF Remastered, and this project has five weeks to run wild! Within this introduction episode you will learn all there is to know about what I've got planned for this incredible project, and you patrons have it super good, as every single episode is released RIGHT NOW to you guys. To the regular listeners, you guys are in it for the long haul, as every day for five weeks you'll have at least two episodes a day to feast upon! The sheer scale and scope of this project is incredible, and if you want more info, this episode will serve it all up in spades. We have remastered episodes, original content, topic deep dives, fantastic conversations with talented creators, podcasters and professionals and so much more. All of this is because of you, because you stuck with WDF and made it such a great place to be for the last five years. This.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 15 May 2017

History friends, this is probably the most exciting Teaser we've ever hosted, so stick around for a sneak preview of what's to come in our 5th Birthday, and remember that Diplomats have got it made, so come and visit us if you want to see for yourself just what we got cookin'! Thankssss! Join up by visiting www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails and make sure to tweet us about how excited you are about the contents of this episode by using @wdfpodcast You're all awesome, and after this bomb, I can't wait to see how you all react! I will be on my honeymoon at this stage, but still, go nuts!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 14 May 2017

This is it, the final episode in the series - a massive blowout of all we've seen and experienced so far, and a fitting conclusion to such an incredible conflict! Within this episode, we bring the narratives together and reveal that, although it had taken all this time to arrive at such a destination, Europe was no closer to peace than it had been in 1672. While the treaties were of course hammered out, troubling clouds remained on the horizon, yet what no power could deny was the fact that behind these clouds, and around which their interests seemed to revolve, was the Sun King. If the FDW meant anything for the continent then, it meant that, amidst the failed hopes, fleeting triumphs and horrific losses, Louis XIV had definitively arrived. Let’s see how it all went down, as I take to you to mid-1678, in this, the final episode of the FDW… Remember my dear listeners the importance of BEFIT to this podcast - please also make sure to follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Support us on Patreon.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 14 May 2017

Within this latest episode we examine Charles' ongoing struggles with Parliament, and the domestic woes of Britain that saw Danby face off with the other lobby group led by Shaftesburg, Buckingham and the French Ambassador Barillon. These men all agitated for different reasons towards their stated policy of preference, but the international situation continued to advance apace of their concerns. Louis' recent gains in Ghent and Ypres remained a constant pressure on the allies, and Paris fully intended to use that pressure to its full capacity. With different agendas in play in all the relevant capitals, what remained at the heart of all this feverish activity was the Sun King, whose very whims had the power to drastically effect what the future held. Remember my dear listeners the importance of BEFIT to this podcast - please also make sure to follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Support us on Patreon www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 07 May 2017

Within this episode we continue our examination of the political and diplomatic implications of the marriage – what Louis XIV thought about it, and how certain figures in Britain wished to build upon the marriage, thus making it into an Anglo-Dutch alliance, which incidentally, incredible as it may sound, would be the end result. Have a listen and make sure to let me know what you all thought! Remember history friends, make sure you BEFIT! Support us on Patreon and access the Xtra feed: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 07 May 2017

In this latest episode of the FDW, we continue our analysis of the rise of the Earl of Danby, and his plans to ingratiate his king towards Parliament in order to get the grants from that institution he needed. Through such grants, Danby believed, Charles II would be freed from such a heavy reliance on Louis XIV’s subsidies, which even though the full extent of them were not known, they were suspected. To distance his king from the French, and side with the more popular Dutch, as 1677 looked to be another hard slog for the allies, Danby sought a solution which would grant his administration some popular outcome, amidst a returning Parliament that had been prorogued for 15 months. Danby found it in the culmination of some feverish Anglo-Dutch diplomacy instigated in the first instance by William of Orange. Another marriage of Orange to Stuart, it seemed, was on the cards once more.... Remember history friends, make sure you BEFIT! Support us on Patreon and access the Xtra.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 30 Apr 2017

Today we jump on from 1675 and examine another heady year of the FDW – 1676, which saw stalemate ensue on all sides, and a level of intransigence set in amongst the French, as Louis became determined to hold all that he had gained, and the allies became convinced that only through rupturing the carefully crafted French defensive belt could peace be brought to bear. In the meantime, we will bid a tragic farewell to yet another war horse, and witness the war spread to pastures new. Remember history friends, make sure you BEFIT! Support us on Patreon and access the Xtra feed: www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 23 Apr 2017

In this latest episode, we are drawn to 1675, a year of great events and the beginning of a trend of struggle and attrition along the key conflict areas of Europe. We bid farewell to yet another great man in history, and the Great Elector of Brandenburg is given some troubling news, as he seeks to craft his legend by taking on the most formidable enemy in his state's history - Sweden. Frederick William's experience here would set in motion a chain of events that would resound throughout history for many centuries to come, as Brandenburg-Prussia stepped out onto the world stage. Don't forget to BEFIT! Support us on Patreon www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 16 Apr 2017

In episode 18 we examine the difficult days of 1674. Louis feels the pinch as the varied theaters of war compel him to divide his forces; Schomberg attempts to fight a war with the Town Watch unit from Rome: Total War, and affairs heat up along the Rhine as Turenne pulls off an incredible military feat. All of this and more is in episode 18! Remember history friends to make sure you BEFIT Follow WDF on Twitter @wdfpodcast Become a Patron www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Visit the site: www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 10 Apr 2017

Welcome! This week we show you how Charles II fared in Britain over late 1673 early 1674, and how a combination of factors in the realm of British public opinion contributed to shatter the British perceptions of the war, and turn the populace heavily against the French. This trend was made worse by Charles' tactics, which in the past had included stonewalling and bare faced lies. Now though, the Dutch pigeons had come home to roost, and peace was all the British people would accept. Remember history friends to make sure you BEFIT Follow WDF on Twitter @wdfpodcast Become a Patron www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Visit the site: www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 05 Apr 2017

Hello history friends, here we are with another Teaser episode, this time for April. Within you'll get to hear a sneak preview of our Xtra content for the month, wherein we ask the question in a two parter episode - Was Louis XIV's Foreign Policy A Success? Sound interesting? It is! Have a listen and see if you might be interested in becoming a Diplomat, and discovering your true history friend potential today! If signing up and supporting us on Patreon sounds like your jam then woohoo! visit www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails And choose the $5 Diplomat option now! Thanksss history friends, you're all awesome!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 02 Apr 2017

Welcome to episode 16, wherein we examine the inner workings of the Bourbon plot to make the war great again. Louis attempts to besiege Maastricht, thus enabling me to introduce to you, ever so briefly, how sieges sort of worked. Kind of. Then we touch on Charles II in Britain, leading into our next episode which will examine his experience in more detail. Remember also history friends, to make sure that you BEFIT! Visit our website www.wdfpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Find us on Patreon by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 28 Mar 2017

Hello history friends! This is the first of what will be monthly episodes aimed at giving you an idea of what's going on in the world of WDF XTRA and, more critically, whether you think it'd be worth your while. Have a listen as we give you samples of WDF Xtra's two episodes for March 2017: #2: The Balkan Wars & Eastern European Foreign Policy and #3: Fritz Fischer & the Question of German War Guilt. Listen in also for information on what WDF's schedule will look like going forward, and whether certain projects/miniseries might be of interest to you guys. I hope you'll give it a listen and check it out for yourself, and I also hope you'll remember that you can find us at www.wdfpodcast.com and clicking on the glorious Patreon banner, or by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Both of which will bring to this exciting new step in WDF's direction. There's a whole load of exciting stuff coming up in our timeline history friends, and I can't wait to share it all with you, so thankssss for joining.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 26 Mar 2017

Welcome to the terrible world of the FDW! It's terrible because, of course, a certain de Witt is no longer with us. However, we will have to continue on as best as we can, because there's much ground and goodies still to cover, and there's a whole load of stuff to tackle which I feel you guys will find super interesting, so let's do it! And thanksssss, by the way, for 1 million downloads on Acast! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 20 Mar 2017

In this latest episode we are greeted with a scene I haven't been especially looking forward to, but it's a story we must tell if we are to advance the story. Enjoy! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 13 Mar 2017

In this episode, as the French invasion seemed to stabilise across its wide front, citizens across the Republic began to speculate whether it was possible that their state may in fact survive the storm after all. With the English en route and troubles afoot though, it remained to be seen whether the Netherlands would emerge from the other side of the experience anything other than utterly transformed. Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 06 Mar 2017

In this latest installment, see how the Dutch, French and British dealt with one another, as the inevitable downfall of the Dutch Republic seemed only days away in the face of a multi-pronged invasion and a national collapse. Who could stand firm against such terrors? We shall have to see for ourselves. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 27 Feb 2017

In this episode the war begins! After the axe so clearly fell on the Dutch, how would they respond or survive in the face of such a terrible onslaught? Find out within! Also you should know that WDF is on PATREON! You can support us, further this podcast, make history thrive and get great gifts for doing so. Go to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails to find out more! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 23 Feb 2017

Hello! Welcome to WDF's first Xtra episode, which gives you a good indication of what to expect if you become a patron to this podcast, and set us up by bringing us to our 4th goal of $300 a month! If you want to see more content like this, then come and join the party, head on over to https://www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails and start your journey as a qualified history friend today. Thanksss a million history friends - together WE can make this happen! :D Thanks for the music goes to Music for Manatees Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 21 Feb 2017

In this states we drop some important news on you guys - WDF has jumped on the glorious bandwagon that is Patreon! Listen here to find out what this means for WDF going forward, why you should be excited and more! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 20 Feb 2017

With our coverage of late 1671-spring 1672 we bring our incredible story up to date and perhaps get to grips at last with how the Franco-[English]-Dutch War FINALLY broke out. Will we make it to the war here? [We do] Will de Witt persuade his countrymen to see sense? [he won't!] Tune in, as we bring our coverage to a critical watershed moment in this long running story of ours! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 13 Feb 2017

Welcome to episode 9! A whole lot goes on here folks, as we unravel the remainder of 1671 and explain how in this last year of peace, various powers were making their plays either to ensure their security or to prepare for the coming conflict. Check it out, in an installment which I feel captures well what WDF is all about. Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 06 Feb 2017

Welcome to part 8! Herein we examine the journey of William of Orange to London, and we try to assess the pressures that the man was under as leader of the House of Orange. After that, we switch gears and try to unwrap the character of Louis XIV - was he really mad at the Dutch, or was it all just an excuse to get some juicy glory for himself and his reign? Find out here, and make sure you all get the book! I made it! :D Thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 23 Jan 2017

Welcome back to the Franco-Dutch world! This week we're untangling Arlington's role in what went down in summer 1670, specifically when Minette came to Dover to finalise the details of the Treaty of...Dover. How did we get here, and how did Britain's de facto PM feel about the deal? (hint, not super). Have a listen, and lemme know what you think! Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 16 Jan 2017

Welcome to episode 6! Here we look at Charles, that pesky monarch, who managed to lead his country out of the doldrums of the post-war defeat to the Dutch, into the most powerful alliance agreement he'd ever known. What was more, it was top secret (so be quiet Arlington!) What was more MORE, it was to prove the greatest mistake of his reign. We explain why Charles didn't see danger, only the $ signs and the promise of revenge against the hated Dutch. Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 09 Jan 2017

In this episode we delve into the complicated nature of Dutch domestics; what de Witt planned to do to rid himself of the Orange influence once and for all, and how William III sought to outmaneuver his Regent rival by seeking an early appointment in a neighbouring province. All the while, Louis XIV and Charles II looked on, as they moved closer together and plotted the downfall of the Dutch Republic. Thankssss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 19 Dec 2016

In this episode we further unravel the events and complications surrounding the TA and the secret articles within it. What made Louis so angry and why did Johan de Witt feel he had no choice? Also, why was Charles II smirking in the corner, waiting for everything to develop? Find out here, in our final episode of 2016! Thankssss for a great podcasting year! :D Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 12 Dec 2016

In this episode, we investigate the truth behind the historical consensus. The Triple Alliance of Sweden, Britain and the Netherlands has traditionally been attributed to Johan de Witt's freak out over Louis XIV's invasion of the Spanish Netherlands, but the reality, as we'll see, is more interesting (and more Stuart) than one might expect. Sound good? Check us out! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 05 Dec 2016

In this episode, we examine the War of Devolution, what led Louis to it, if his excuses and rationale were really credible, and what Spain had to say about all this. It should serve as a good window into the mind of the Sun King, and a good indicator of where we're going to go from here. Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 28 Nov 2016

Here we are! In our first installment of what will be a rather considerable project - we unpack the war which raged between 1672-1678, but which began in fascinating circumstances and came to involve everything on the continent. Here we look at an unlikely starting point for the narrative: the Earl of Clarendon, Charles II's longtime minister and friend. Clarendon would come to encapsulate this new era, where old statesmen would be left behind, and the ambitions of new officials (and monarchs) would redefine where Europe went next. Let's investigate! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 21 Nov 2016

Here is our final part of the WDF ASKS series. After the shocking revelations of the last episode *deep breath* I now present this concluding episode to you guys! Within we judge the arguments of both sides, and conclude with an appeal to everyone about how we think and study history. Please join me! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 14 Nov 2016

Back again, this time looking at things from the anti-Westphalians point of view. Expect controversy, explosive revelations, and to question everything you thought you knew about everything! Sound good? Check us out Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 07 Nov 2016

Welcome! Here's the first episode of WDF ASKS. Here we ask if the peace of Westphalia from 1648 has been overrated by the historical canon. Expect much introduction to the major themes and terminology in this episode, as we present the 'Westphalian' camp to you guys. Hope you enjoy this interesting new series WDF has for you - thankssssss for listening and lemme know what you all think! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 02 Nov 2016

What an earth am I doing?! Find out here. If I know you, and if I know you to have a certain curiosity for certain historical matters, then this occasional series should pique your interest. JUST GIVE ME A CHANCE OK!? :D Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 17 Oct 2016

In our final episode on the Second Anglo Dutch War (12/12) we examine the critical final year of the conflict, which included a stunning display of Dutch tenacity, British poverty and French ambition. All in all, it sets us up for the next chapter in the era, as all involved already looked ahead to what would come next. Thanksssss, and I hope you enjoyed the war! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 09 Oct 2016

Welcome to this episode (11/12) on the Second Anglo Dutch War! Herein we examine the first half of 1666, and the efforts both sides made to bring about an effective victory that would bring them an advantageous peace, or at least convince their allies of their power. It leads us with a series of fascinating anecdotes and background pieces nicely into the final showdown waiting for us in the next episode, so I hope you enjoy it! Thanksssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 02 Oct 2016

In this episode (10/12) we examine autumn 1665, and how the indefatigable Johan de Witt managed to balance the different parties of opinion at home. We hear about the difficulties in getting the French on side, the low Dutch morale and we receive a refresher course on the lay of the land in Dutch provincial matters. Thanksssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 25 Sep 2016

In this episode on the Second A-D War (9/12) we look at the opening moves of the war, with a British naval victory, plague in London and Dutch stubbornness. What does the first year of the war say about what's to come? Have a listen and find out! Thankssssssssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 17 Sep 2016

In this episode (8/12) we examine how in the final year of semi peace, Britain and the Netherlands finally came to blows. It's a story of court conspiracy, costly bluff, underestimation, foreign theatres and home pressures, but it culminated in the outbreak of war for the second time in March 1665. Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 11 Sep 2016

Welcome to ep 7/12! As we make our way through the story, I may have gotten a tad excited. Good lord that intro, how did I do? Please forgive me, as within this episode we examine the important background to the Anglican Royalists, William III and more. It's more building blocks folks, but it forms vital parts of the story we're trying to tell, and it's pretty darn entertaining to boot! So thanksssssssss and enjoy! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 04 Sep 2016

Welcome to the war! (almost) episode 6/12 is here, and herein we examine how Johan de Witt of Holland managed to pile the pressure onto Denmark, as the campaign for the hearts and minds of Frederick III's agents continued. How would de Witt use his cards against the Danes, what secret deals did France have, and could all three of them join forces in a triple alliance of their own? Let's find out, as we continue this ongoing saga. Thankssssssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 27 Aug 2016

Welcome to episode 5/12! Herein we examine the unnatural lengths Charles II of GB went to in order to acquire the diplomatic insulation against the Dutch that he thought he needed. While Charles worked to get his triple alliance in the early 1660s, he also had to be wary of the machinations of his cousin, Louis XIV, and Holland's Grand Pensionary, Johan de Witt. How did he fare in his efforts? Let's find out, in an episode that is truly the bread and butter of what we do here at WDF! Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 21 Aug 2016

In this episode (4/12) we look at Charles II's marriage and alliance with Portugal, and how while on the surface it may seem like another example of Charlie coming under his cousin's spell, the truth is far more interesting, and revealing of Charles' character. So check it out - hopefully by the end you'll have a better idea of what's going on in Europe and why Charles seemingly went against the grain. THankssssss, and lemme know what yas thought! :D Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 14 Aug 2016

Welcome to episode 3/12! In this episode we examine Charles' landing in Britain and how he managed to redirect his country back towards the House of Stuart after a decade of monarchical drought. It's an enjoyable episode, and though it doesn't contain much diplomacy per se, it does set us up well for all the juicyness that is to come, so I hope you enjoy it! Thankssssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 07 Aug 2016

In this episode (2/12) we examine what brought young and hopeful Charles II to the moment of truth - standing across the Channel, poised for his return. What forces brought him here, and why did the British and Irish people collectively decide to bring their king back, after killing their last one (and his father) only a decade before. Hope you enjoy it, and let me know what you thought through the usual channels! Thankssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 31 Jul 2016

The drought is over, the dust is settling and a new war is on the horizon. Who are we? We are When Diplomacy Fails, and we are back to our roots looking at the series of wars and events which occurred during the era of Louis XIV - the Sun King. In this episode we intro you all to the first of our twelve parter (I know!) on the Second Anglo-Dutch War, a critical war for the history of the era in its own right, and one which sets us up for so much of what's to come, so let's begin, in a makeshift room on some dingy island (and I'm not talking about my desk!). Thankssssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 31 Jul 2016

You and I, we've been through a lot together. Now is the time to fill you in on where I've been and what I've been up to over the past half year or so. It's quite a loaded episode, but by the end of it, hopefully you'll be as excited as I am! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 91 Minutes 21 Jun 2016

It's time to say good bye, as we wrap up the era and conclude on all of its issues, themes and lessons in a style that you hopefully appreciate, with a body of work that you have hopefully enjoyed. Please let me know what you thought, and please visit the blog as I suggested wdfpodcast.blogspot.ie if you want even more of 1916! MUSIC: 'The Leaders Will Be Court Martialled', '1916 Theme', 'Surrender' & 'GPO Dublin' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'; "Tragedy" "Marching" & "March Stress" by Anna on flute also included. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THESE SONGS OR ALBUMS. Thanks again for all the support and encouragement history friends, and I'll see you all soon. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 78 Minutes 20 Jun 2016

Covering a list of issues far too long to list off here, the epilogue is where we examine where our story goes next. WB Yeats, all the usual martyrs and retrospective ingredients make this a must listen. Ideally it should explain why I hold the views I do, because of the journey Irish history went on and the contradictions such a journey provides for the current narrative, which states that 1916 was the birth of independent Ireland as we know it today. MUSIC: 'Execution - McDonagh's Air' self titled tune by Anna on flute. 'The O'Rahilly', '1916 Theme', 'The Leaders Will Be Court Martialled' & 'Mise Eire II' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG/ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 15 Jun 2016

In our final episode (and also our longest!) we examine the complex series of events which led Ireland to exterminate its Irish Parliamentary Party in the 1918 General Election, to replace it with the Sinn Fein Party - the political arm of the 1916 Rising, and the vehicle through which revolutionary violence would dominate Ireland for the next few decades. It is a winding listen, tying together a number of issues as well as posing a series of controversial, challenging questions to you guys, so I hope you all enjoy it, and let me know what you think! MUSIC: 'The Mother' & 'James Connolly' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG/ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 12 Jun 2016

In this episode we bid farewell to our protagonists, many of whom we've followed from their early days. The British act of executing the 15 rebels, who varied from leaders to random captains, would ingrain a sense of injustice in the Irish people at the whole proceedings, and would also fulfill the prophecy of men like Pearse, who had believed in the power and necessity of sacrifice to awaken Ireland. Within this episode we'll also see the Irish MPs in Westminster like John Redmond, John Dillon and even Edward Carson weigh in on the debate, as how to best proceed and what not to do is debated, and the British administration appear helpless to penetrate the control of Sir John Maxwell, the military governor they had appointed to rule Ireland under a system of martial law. The results would be profound. MUSIC: 'Poblacht na hEireann' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives!.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 09 Jun 2016

The world was a strange place in 1916. In this episode, we'll do some more contextualising (don't sigh at me like that) by examining an unlikely mirror image of Patrick Pearse in the thoroughly nationalist France of 1914. Additionally, we'll examine in closer detail the beliefs of the rebels on their deathbeds, and what they expected to come after their sacrifice. We also take a look at how the reporting of events during the war changed after the rising, something which adds to the idea that the rising was an avenue of the First World War which went on to have such dramatic consequences for Ireland and the wider world. MUSIC: 'The O'Rahilly' by Patrick Cassidy, from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG OR ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 05 Jun 2016

In ep 13 we look at what happened once the rebels officially handed over their weapons and placed themselves in the custody of the totally overwhelmed and unprepared British, who responded in various blankety ways. Some rebels looked at the surrender in grave terms - wishing they had done more or fought for longer. Others saw the surrender as merely the beginning of their plan to awaken Ireland from its slumber and continue on the fight as a whole. MUSIC: 'The Four Courts' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG/ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 02 Jun 2016

In ep 12 we continue our coverage of the rising's military events, as the city of Dublin and the island of Ireland take our attentions. The 'price of defiance' was paid not just by the rebels, but by average civilians such as those living in North King Street during the rising, or by the relatives of the Kent family in Cork, or by average citizens all across Ireland, in Dublin or elsewhere. The price was high, but to the rebel leadership their finest hour was dawning. MUSIC: '1916 Theme' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 30 May 2016

We're back again! Episode 11 returns to the narrative of the 1916 rising and examines its early running battles. We also tell you the story of Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (whose name is really hard to say at times). Between these anecdotes, the beginning of shelling of the rebel positions by a thoroughly brutalised British response and the spreading of fires, a strong figure was needed on the British side to wrap the whole thing up, and delicately deal with what had just occurred. Instead, we got Sir John Maxwell. MUSIC: 'Insurrection' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 27 May 2016

In this episode we bring you a different angle on the whole situation. We take a step back from straight up coverage to take you down a different path, where you must use your imagination to picture a very different world than the one we have today. Hopefully by doing this, you'll be set up to listen to my spiel on the moral aspects of the 1916 Rising, and why I remain convinced today that it just isn't justified. Let me know what you guys thought, as always. Thankssss! MUSIC: 'The Irish Volunteers' by Patrick Cassidy from the album '1916'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG OR ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 24 May 2016

In this episode we detail the final hurdles that almost prevented the rising from going ahead, only for the Military Council to surge on regardless, dooming the rising's limited chances of success to a fool's errand, and committing all that took part to certain failure. Some within the organisations that took part would have told you though, it was not military success that mattered, so much as an action in the first place. If the British reacted afterwards, then the next chapter would be written in their favour. Little thought was given to the men fighting in Europe in the name of the Empire and Home Rule - they would learn of the rising with disbelief and horror, but these emotions would soon be replaced with rage, a rage that was the majority opinion of those Irish that hated the rebels and all they stood for. While it did not seem as though the eventuality that the rebel leaders fought for would ever come to pass, they recognised that this was merely early days - this was the first element of their.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 21 May 2016

Welcome to ep. 8! Herein we'll take a good look at the people behind the rising and weigh in on their beliefs. Did Patrick Pearse really see himself as a messianic like figure? Did other moderates within the group want to die? What did they seek to aim by sacrificing their lives? We also delve into the structure of the IRB a little more, and detail how a small fringe group within the larger organisation managed to hijack and control it. Give it a listen! Thankssss! MUSIC: Anna on flute playing 'Excecution MacDonagh's Air' (self-titled tune). Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 16 May 2016

In this episode, we look at the beliefs and passions of men like Patrick Pearse, Tom Clarke and James Connolly, as well as set the scene for the radicalisation of Pearse following his return home from the United States. We unwrap the structure of the IRB, and detail how a minority came to take over the group and control it with radicals. It's a critical building block for what's to come in the series, so I hope you'll check it out and enjoy it! MUSIC: 'Absent Friends' by Anna on the flute, self titled theme. 'Padraig Pearse', full credits to Patrick Cassidy, and the album 1916. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG OR ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 13 May 2016

In this episode we examine the world's descent into the First World War and how it impacted the escalation in tensions between the nationalists and unionists, who by 1914 had received large illegal shipments of guns. Now armed, both sides looked to the passing of the Home Rule Bill, since the House of Lords could no longer veto the Bill. The war forced both sides to look to events other than those occurring in their ruddy island, and with this new focus came decision time for the nationalists, led by John Redmond. Redmond's decision to call for Irish support of the war is examined here in the context of the time that it was made. Redmond's expectations and hopes for what Britain would grant to Ireland after the war revealed his motives, but his stance cost the unity of nationalists at home, as the Irish Volunteers split, and the group that elected to remain neutral set themselves on a path which for some would lead to the 1916 rising. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 10 May 2016

Welcome back to ep. 5. In this episode we will examine the relations between nationalists and unionists, and the extent to which the breakdown in civil talks affected their control over their respected armed camps of the UVF and IVF. Then, we'll introduce you to an important character of the Rising - Patrick Pearse, and give you some background info that should set us up well for future episodes. MUSIC: Anna on flute playing 'March Stress', self-titled tune. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 06 May 2016

In this episode we examine the development of the British politics with the passing of the Parliament Act in 1911, which effectively neutered the influence of the House of Lords by limiting its veto to only two uses. This meant that Home Rule was suddenly more possible than ever before, but standing in the way of this eventuality were the Unionists, emboldened by Sir Edward Carson and determined to voice their dissaproval in a Solemn League and Covenant, and resist HR by force, if necessary. Thus began the North's militarisation of Irish life before 1914, and thus began the critical step towards imminent civil war... As prominent Irish scholar and nationalist Eoin MacNeill wrote, 'The North Began'. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 02 May 2016

In this third episode of 1916, we examine the cultural and linguistic influences that were so critical in shaping and moulding a sense of Irish identity before the Rising took place. We also trace the development of crucial figures like Arthur Griffith, Douglas Hyde It was Hyde who responsible for the title of this episode when he claimed that, following the establishment of the Gaelic League, the GAA and numerous dramatic institutions, Ireland no longer a poor old woman, but a beautiful young maiden, who had not only started to 'move and play, she has begun to sing'. Ireland certainly was singing by the turn of the century, and as its political parties reunified, political nationalism seemed destined for a revival at the same time. Just at this moment though, the Fenians lurked in the background, preparing the next generation of rebels for the next phase in Ireland's history. MUSIC: Anna on flute playing 'Revival', self entitled tune. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 28 Apr 2016

In this episode of 1916 we examine the important other pillar of Irish nationalists; the republican or Fenian elements. Expect a great deal of background info as we detail what the aims of these groups were and what drove them onwards. We will meet key characters and bring the story up to the level with #1 where the republicans and nationalists begin to cooperate for the sake of land reform, but Parnell's death creates an exclamation point which they must adapt to. MUSIC: Anna on flute playing 'Republican' (self-titled tune). Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 25 Apr 2016

In our first proper episode, we bring you into Ireland as it was during the 1850s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Up to the point that men like Charles Stewart Parnell were making a real difference, as well as making loads of new groups - thanks for that guys... It's a critical background ep because it introduces you all to key themes and people that will still be knocking around by the endgame of 1916, so I hope you can stick with it! MUSIC: Anna on Flute, playing 'Home Rule' (self-titled) slow air. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 24 Apr 2016

100 Years Ago on this day, Patrick Pearse read out the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, a document and event which was to have profound consequences for the island of Ireland for the next century. In this episode, experience the atmosphere of that event, and a special vocal history of Ireland up to the point that the Rising took place - from Gladstone's news that he would have to form a government in 1868, to the point that Dublin became the warzone that was the 1916 Rising, where a terrible beauty was born. MUSIC: Credits to Patrick Cassidy 'Mise Eire'. I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG OR ITS ALBUM. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 23 Apr 2016

It's here at last. 100 Years Ago, my ancestors in this country acted in a certain way at a certain time - historians, citizens and politicians [everyone] has been talking about it ever since. This is the intro episode to a little special I have cooked up for just such a centenary. Well you didn't think I'd let the moment escape without one did you? Give it a listen and see what you think - it's certainly different to what you've heard from WDF (and me) in the past, but hopefully it will strike a chord with you, and make you curious to read into the history of events in Ireland 100 years ago, rather than just accept the version of history you have been told. CREDITS: Anna on the flute for the Intro - thanks again my love. MENTIONED: Patrick Cassidy '1916', please check this album out on iTunes etc to discover more music like it. FINALLY: Welcome, to the miniseries. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 92 Minutes 10 Apr 2016

At last, Sean and I sit down to discuss the last 24 episodes of Britain Goes to War in the relaxed, casual, often zany style that you guys (hopefully) love. It's a fun conversation; we delve into the major issues from the importance of Lord Darby to the contrasts between 1914 and Disraeli's government. It's an episode that's sort of hard to define, but we had a blast doing it, so I hope it'll be of use to you guys as we put our BGTW on hold for the mo and reflect on how far we've come so far. As usual, let me know what you all thought! Thanksssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 03 Apr 2016

In this episode of BGTW we examine the Congress of Berlin at last! Disraeli's finest hour is at hand, but although even Bismarck gives into to the PM's wily charms, an undercurrent of trouble is at hand within the Empire which will in time burn everything down to the ground. This is the last episode before a brief hiatus until the end of the month of April 2016, upon which time we will hit you with something truly special - see you then! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 27 Mar 2016

Welcome once again to another installment of Britain Goes To War - this week we take a look at the essential end of Lord Darby in the Foreign Office, and how, even despite all that he had been through, his mark on it and on British history was still profound. We hear from Darby himself in the House of Lords, as he concludes his career with a must-hear speech, and we set ourselves up for the conference which must come down the pipeline at any moment now, if only the darn Russians would agree to it! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 21 Mar 2016

In this episode of BGTW, our coverage of the worsening Darby-Disraeli situation continues. Darby continues to be a one man show against the pro-war camp, but his reserves are beginning to run low as the Russians grow more testy and the smear campaign against him comes to a head. Check us out! Thankssssss :D Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 14 Mar 2016

In this episode of BGTW we examine the worsening situation in Disraeli's Cabinet, and how Darby was forced to leave only to return, thanks to the PM's farce of a foreign policy. It's all here! Thankssssss for listening! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 07 Mar 2016

In this final part of our closer examination of the speeches in the Houses of Parliament, we see the end of Disraeli's speech, a challenge from the Duke of Argyll and a declaration from Salisbury. It's all pretty revealing stuff! I also give you an update on how much money we've made so far, and we prepare the ground for the next episode when we're back to normal. Thanksssssss for all the support guys! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 29 Feb 2016

In this episode of BGTW we turn our focus to the House of Lords on 17/1/1878, where we hear from Earl of Granville, and bear witness to Disraeli orchestrating a massive revision of his Cabinet's history. Have a listen, and thanks again for all your support so far - you guys are the best! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 22 Feb 2016

In this second of our four parter mini-series examining the Houses' debates on 18th January 1878, we see Gladstone, Lord Montagu and a significant Irish MP raise their voices. Within are sly critiques of government policy, an urging to stand up for a forceful policy, and pleas to give Ireland the Parliament it deserves. The content is rich with historical goodness, so I hope that you enjoy it as part of a balanced historical diet. I don't know. Enjoy anyway history friends, thankssssss! And thanksss also to Mark Painter from the History of the Twentieth Century Podcast, for reminding us all how to BEFIT! Just do what he says (and check out his pod too!) Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 15 Feb 2016

In the first of a four part miniseries, BGTW takes a small detour here as we examine the reactions and speeches which were made in response to the Queen's speech on 17th January 1878. Herein we hear from heavy hitters Lord Hartington and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, among others, so I hope you'll join us for a special kind of focus! Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 12 Feb 2016

In this State of the Podcast Address, Zack drops some HUGE news about his personal and professional life, and enlightens us on how we can help him out with it, as well as how much we've already helped him thus far. Check it out - Thankssssss! [NOTE - I DID NOT GET THE FUNDING BUT IT'S OK AND I'M HAPPY I SWEARS] Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 08 Feb 2016

In this episode of BGTW we examine the months of December 1877 and January 1878. Two months in which Cabinet unity and personal relationships were tested to their limits, where Salisbury's loyalties are fought over by Disraeli and Derby, and where on numerous occasions Britain looks set to lose its government for the sake of war which some insisted was essential, while others believed it was reprehensible. Hope you'll give it a listen - Thankssssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 01 Feb 2016

In this episode of BGTW we examine what happened immediately after war was declared, and how it seemed to some to suggest that a new war would soon be upon the British Empire, while to others it suggested that new efforts must be scrambled to ensure peace. The problem was, of course, that the individuals who possessed these views could be found in the same Cabinet, and used to be the best of friends. Thankssss and I hope you enjoy it! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 25 Jan 2016

Welcome to this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War)! Herein we examine the details of the Constantinople Conference, its interested parties, what was at stake, and why it failed. Let me know what you thought through the usual channels. Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 18 Jan 2016

Herein we examine in this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) the complex series of events that led to a conference in Constantinople in December 1876. SPOILER - much of it has much to do with what Bismarck did. Find out more within, and thanksssss for stopping by! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 11 Jan 2016

In this episode of BGTW we examine the steps Disraeli took to ensure British diplomatic predominance, and how they didn't really take off... Disraeli was faced with a morass of problems from late spring to autumn 1876, from ambitious Russians to wily Bismarcks, but even he could not have anticipated the sudden abrupt return of his nemesis on the public sphere, or the serious impact it would have on his policy. Thanksssss for listening and welcoRemember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.comme back!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 21 Dec 2015

In this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) we examine the series of events that occurred from mid-1875 to mid-1876. Within this imprecise timeframe a good deal of challenges confronted Disraeli's cabinet; mostly we will encounter pressure from the governments of Europe as the varied continental powers try to find some way to defuse the crisis in the East. Will Disraeli help or hinder their efforts? Let's find out, in this final episode of BGTW in 2015! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 14 Dec 2015

In this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) we examine the opening months of Disraeli's dominant Conservative government, Gladstone's defeat and retreat from public life, and the beginnings of rumbles in the Balkans which would soon explode in Europe's face. We also intro a number of important characters for the future. Check us out! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 07 Dec 2015

In this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) we examine the Irish problems Gladstone faced when he tried to fulfill his vision of the reform-filled future. They were legion; and just as his plan imploded, Disraeli's Conservatives were on the rise and the Home Rule League was massing in Ireland. Give this somewhat content heavy episode a listen and lemme know what you think! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 30 Nov 2015

In this episode of Britain Goes To War (BGTW) we examine the aftermath of Disraeli's political loss to Gladstone in the late 1868 election which catapulted Gladstone to power at the head of a Liberal majority. While Gladstone set about solving things abroad and reacting to major changes in Europe, Dizzy was biding his time to strike back at his eternal foe, only to suffer a devastating loss closer to home... Check us out in our new Acast home! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 26 Nov 2015

You guys are the best, so you deserve to know what's new and what's about to happen in the life of WDF as well as Zack's life too! Within this long-winded, but also very frank and surprisingly personal episode, you'll discover Zack's plans for the future in academia, exciting news about his Masters and the direction this podcast should go in. Whether you stick it out to the end or only listen to bits of it, I feel indebted to you listeners, and I feel like I owe you updates like these. Feedback is welcome - please be nice, I am sensitive at the moment... Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 22 Nov 2015

In this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) we examine the reform bill of 1867. Though that may sound dull as dishwater, it was in fact a critical event in the history of Britain, not least because it pitted Gladstone and Disraeli against one another yet again, and bore witness to behind the scenes intrigue, political defections, shocking comebacks and finishers that came from out of nowhere! I may be joking about that last part, but regardless, take a listen to this episode and see what you think! Thankssssssssss as always Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 16 Nov 2015

In this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes to War) we examine the period of 1858-1865. Within are political struggles at home, as governments fall are remade once more, and the Liberal Party is finally formed as an official unit. Abroad things become yet more complex; while some in Britain worried about Napoleon III would do, America decended into war and Bismarck began his first in a trifecta of wars designed at unifying Germany, to the utter bewilderment of Lord Palmerston's Cabinet, not to mention his Chancellor of the Exchequer William Gladstone. Check it out, lemme know what you thought! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 09 Nov 2015

In this episode of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) we look at the founding principles of British politics in the 1840's. Specifically, we look at Sir Robert Peel and how his stance on Corn Laws and free trade dramatically affected the future of the Conservative Party. We also look at two very important, but very different, individuals who became political towers in their own field: Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone. This episode isn't what you're used to, but it's the first of many episodes that establish a really important grounding in Britain and its political world before 1897. It may not be what you're looking for in WDF, but I promise it will be neither dry nor dull. Give it a try! Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 02 Nov 2015

In this episode of Britain Goes To War (BGTW) we take a brief look at the history of two very different resources; coal and opium, both of which had very distinct impacts on Britain in the early 19th century, with consequences that reverberated throughout the remainder of that era. Thanksssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 19 Oct 2015

Britain did not overnight become an Empire. It wasn't built in a day, and the lessons it applied to its towering apparatus were not learned in one either. Listen here to discover the origins of the Empire that covered so much of the world by 1897. The importance of Ireland, the uniting of crowns, the establishment of dominions and the loss of America - all were critical lessons learned by London in an age of expansion and consolidation, when its Star was only on the rise, but still showed signs of one day shining brightly in the sky. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 12 Oct 2015

How the British Empire's achievements filtered down to the more niche aspects of the British World is the main theme of this episode. The trade networks, the control of naval systems, the cross pollination of peoples, crops and livestock, and the need to flee for a better life abroad. All were concerns that Queen Victoria's subjects experienced, and we examine them here. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 05 Oct 2015

Our first chapter within our first part within our first episode of #2 of BGTW (Britain Goes To War) takes us to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and introduces the British Empire in all of its glory. Britons had established something incredible in the space of two generations, and they had showed no signs of slowing down by the century's end. Having created this Empire for themselves, and with the world at their feet, what would London look to next? Were storm clouds on the horizon, and who was tasked with clearing them away? Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 03 Oct 2015

Still here? In that case have a looksee at what the plan is for the project: what is the schedule, what's the craic with that music, where I got the inspiration from to actually do it etc. After listening to this you should have all of your questions answered and hopefully you'll also feel psyched for it all to begin. This is the last intro episode, so after this we begin the meat of the project. Thanksss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 02 Oct 2015

You've heard the cute prologue, but why should you stick around for the rest? Here I justify why doing BGTW is worthwhile, and why listening to the whole thing will be well worth your time. The most important questions and my aims are revealed, so you can judge for yourself whether or not you think you'll follow us in the future. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 01 Oct 2015

You are a citizen of the British Empire, the date is 22nd June 1897, and you couldn't be more excited to take part in the diamond jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria. However, strange events are afoot. A gallery of unusual paintings and a curator of uncertain ambitions await you... Dare you step into this, this first page of WDF's newest special? Listen away my friends. Welcome to a project that has been over a year in the making. Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 28 Sep 2015

Herein we conclude our analysis of the era by summarising our major findings and determining the level of importance that code of honour could justifiably be said to have had in 1914. I hope you enjoyed the miniseries! Please remember to BEFIT and stay tuned for more WDF goodness in the very near future! Thankssssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 28 Sep 2015

Our case study shines a light on Belgium and the surprising issues that faced those that argued for both war and peace. Interestingly, honour featured heavily in the arguments of both, and thus our analysis takes us yet deeper into the psyche of the statesman at the time. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 21 Sep 2015

In this episode our focus takes us to the other side of the fence: those that favoured neutrality and wanted to avoid war at all costs for their varied reasons. We examine here how important the code of honour was to their stance and how it manifested itself in their arguments and media. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 14 Sep 2015

Our study deepens as we examine the first major grouping: those that favoured war - the interventionists. We examine in this episode how honour imacted their arguments and reasoning, and whether it was actually as important a factor as some of the other, more well-known issues. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 07 Sep 2015

Herein we define what the code of honour meant to British statesmen in summer 1914, where it came from as a concept and how it became as important and ingrained on the sense of self and national identity. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 07 Sep 2015

Here we are with the first of my dissertation episodes, which forms one out of a six part miniseries. I hope you enjoy it! Here we intro the entire concept, and I provide you with some background on the ideas I am about to present before we launch into the actual 'Introduction' of the dissertation proper. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 93 Minutes 29 May 2015

Sean joins me on the pod for a very special episode that looks at everything of note I've done recently. Wanna know what happened in London? Gallipoli? Or how the dissertation is going? Wanna know what the story is with that guy in the corner with the big orange head? Then by all means, history friend, listen in to our episode here. 3 Years in the making and 1 million downloads strong. I couldn't be happier and prouder of you all! Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 27 Apr 2015

In this final episode of the Swedish Deluges (and of the first phase of Season 3!) we look at the campaign that faced Denmark and nearly erased it from the continent, but Europe was not about to let Charles Gustav have his cake and eat it... Have a listen and see what happens when you push public opinion too far and commit one deluge too many. Thanksss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 20 Apr 2015

Sweden prepares for its strike against the suicidal Danes, but before abandoning Poland it leaves just enough mess behind in Central Europe to keep its enemies busy for most of 1657... Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 13 Apr 2015

The dramatic and incredible invasion of Poland by the Swedes that bore witness to its almost complete disintegration is examined here in full, covering the period of summer 1655 to early 1657. It is the longest episode released thus far, but when you listen to it you'll see why. The campaigns of the Swedes and their devastating impact were one issue, but how the rest of Europe reacted, from the Holy Roman Emperor to the Dutch Republic, was another issue entirely. Hope you enjoy this extended episode! Thankssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 06 Apr 2015

This episode explains how Poland-Lithuania got to such a dreadful position by 1655. Its selfish nobles, ridiculous laws and troublesome Cossacks tore the heart out of the state, so that by the time Russia and Sweden looked upon it in 1655 it resembled only a shell of its former self. Check it out! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 30 Mar 2015

Welcome to the next war! This time we look at the background behind the two empires that would perpatuate the beginning of what history terms the Second Northern War, or the Swedish Deluge (even though Sweden 'deluges' on another power within our wider narrative too!). Find out how Sweden did after 1648, how Cristina was getting on and what her kingdom's issues were. Find out also why Sweden's eternal enemy Poland was finding things so tough herself. Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 23 Mar 2015

The concluding episode on the A-D War looks at the desperation on the Dutch side, as well as the fears harboured by Cromwell thanks to the Stuart and Orange families lurking in the background. His fears would compel him to strive for peace once his takeover was secure over the Commonwealth, but it would not be an easy road to the end of conflict for either side. Check it out, as we cover the final part of the Anglo-Dutch War! Thanksssssssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 16 Mar 2015

In our third part of the Anglo-Dutch War we examine the final issues that sparked off the war, and the opening salvos that suggested bad tidings for the Dutch, though at this early stage they had yet to grasp how bad things were yet to be. Check us out! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 09 Mar 2015

In part II we examine in more detail the competition that existed between the English and Dutch across the world, as well as the incredible feats of economic engineering achieved by the Dutch that enabled them to reach their peak of trade and money after 1648. Thankssss for keeping up with the war! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 02 Mar 2015

We begin our post-Westphalia era with the First Anglo-Dutch War; within this episode, the first of four parts, we look at the background info that would eventually lead the two Republics to bang heads. Thankssssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 01 Mar 2015

Who was doing what in a brief intro to the powers of the period, complete with catchy music and my gorgeous voice. Consider this your prologue to the coming stories that will constitute season 3! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 01 Mar 2015

We are BACK! After months of silence, WDF returns to the post-Westphalian Era. Here's everything you need to know about Zack, WDF and what is in store for you guys in Season 3 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 91 Minutes 16 Aug 2014

We TALK at last! Sean and I sit down for a fun conversation about the July Crisis, how it went for me and if it really was that hard after all (it was!). Sean presents an interesting competition, and we officially wrap up the era in our usual style. We hope you like it! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 08 Aug 2014

Here we rap up our analysis of events, and deliver a stunning verdict on what went on in the process Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 05 Aug 2014

The results of the mess of the July Crisis was worse than anyone could have imagined, as the war acquired its own aura and the events that preceded it were left behind and forgotten. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 04 Aug 2014

How would Britain finally react to the news of what Germany had done? The same way everyone else had reacted to everything in the past week of course! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 03 Aug 2014

Sir Edward Grey was delivering his speech to a packed meeting in the House of Commons, in which he hoped to bring British opinion around to intervention. Meanwhile, Germany was declaring war on France, and preparing to move against Belgium. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 02 Aug 2014

How did Grey persuade Britain towards intervention? Or had he really done the job by the end of the day? The time was coming near for Britain to decide its stance. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 01 Aug 2014

How did we get here and why don't we stop should have been the questions European statesmen asked themselves on 1st August 1914. Instead to them the peace was already lost, and all that remained was to jump into the abyss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 31 Jul 2014

How could the powers of Europe push through the recent diplomatic calamities? You'll be sorely dissappointed if you think they were at all capable of doing so... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 30 Jul 2014

On 30th July Germany was reacting to the news that Russia had effectively been pulling the wool over its eyes for the past 5 days. As the last efforts to acquire peace came to nothing, Sazonov was attempting round 2 of mobilisation in St Petersburg.. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 29 Jul 2014

The aftermath of Austria's war declaration was felt across Europe, when the real intentions of all seemed to appear more and more clear. By the end of the day, it was clear to all where Europe was going. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 28 Jul 2014

On 28th July, contrary to both their previously declared policy and common sense, A-H declared war on Serbia. Europe scrambled to understand what had just happened. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 27 Jul 2014

How were the powers in Europe on so many different levels? The dissemination of information, barely considered in most histories of the event, was in fact a key point for all involved Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 26 Jul 2014

On 26th July 1914 Sazonov met with numerous officials from foreign states. He said one thing to them while his country was doing another... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 25 Jul 2014

How would Serbia react to the deadline now that they had Russian support? Could Britain do anything to dissuade the powers away from their respective courses? On a day that three states mobilised, was there any stopping anyone anymore? Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 24 Jul 2014

24th July greeted the Russian foreign minister as instantly busy. He had much to do... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 23 Jul 2014

The process that landed Austria-Hungary in the position of delivering an ultimatum to Serbia has been covered in previous episodes, the details of the ultimatum and its delivery is covered here. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 22 Jul 2014

Over the course of 20-23rd July 1914, the French President and the Russian Tsar met in a summit that had been many months in the making, but which happened to coincide with the plans of Habsburg statesmen back in Vienna... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 19 Jul 2014

By the time of 19th July, the word of the ultimatum had already reached the majority of European capitals; yet, in Vienna, Habsburg ministers carried on blindly.. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 18 Jul 2014

On 15th July the French president and Prime Minister set off from Paris to join the Russian Tsar for a summit in St Petersburg on 20th July, herein we recount the journey. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 91 Minutes 16 Jul 2014

The story of how Russia came to be opposed against Germany and Austria is one you have heard many times. This time, we take a different tone, and suggest that Russia's old enemy may not have been as forgotten as some histories would have you believe... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 14 Jul 2014

Armed with his pro-action arguments, the Austro-Hungarian foreign minister believed he had finally acquired the tools he could use to persuade the most ardent opposer of his plans: the Hungarian minister president... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 13 Jul 2014

Picking up the pieces after the death of the Russian ambassador, the Habsburg foreign minister acquires evidence which he believes, will finally persuade the Hungarian minister president towards war. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 10 Jul 2014

On 10th July, as Berchtold and Conrad attempted to overcome their own respective obstacles, an event occurred in Serbia which dramatically changed the atmosphere... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 07 Jul 2014

On 7th July Austro-Hungarian statesmen met to discuss the previous events and formulate policy. The result was a fundamental transformation of how the Habsburgs planned on representing themselves in the coming days. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 05 Jul 2014

On 5th-6th July the infamous 'blank cheque' was created in Berlin. Here we trace its origins and expel the myths that surround it Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 03 Jul 2014

WW1 is a story incomplete without Austria-Hungary. Herein lies the tale of Habsburg decline, and should help explain the mind-set of its statesmen during the July Crisis. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 30 Jun 2014

The background story as to why Austria so suspected Serbian involvement in the assassination cannot be understood unless one looks at the background of that Balkan state, which is what we seek to do here. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 29 Jun 2014

How did the powers of Europe react to the news that Austria-Hungary's heir had been assassinated? The answer may surprise you... Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 28 Jun 2014

The shot heard around the world' sparked the July Crisis; herein we examine it as a prologue to our wider project on the crisis itself. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 27 Jun 2014

100 years ago our ancestors launched the First World War. Now it is time to examine their moves, mistakes, decisions and hopes in a day by day account of the month that preceded the war; the so-called July Crisis. Herein, I explain what my plan is for it, why I'm doing it and why you should be excited. A brand new project starts here, and in case you didn't know, I'm SUPER excited! Thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 89 Minutes 22 Jun 2014

Finally, it's been a long time in the making, but we can at last bring you the final part of the WDF special on the TYW. Herein lies the tales that wrap up the most destructive, but also the most important, conflict in the 17th century. Here my thoughts and conclusions on the whole thing, as well as whole raft of thanksssss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 88 Minutes 16 Jun 2014

We're back with our penultimate episode on the TYW! Within you'll find the final stages of the negotiations, especially those happening in 1646, as all involved try to leverage their way into a better position. Check it out! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 06 Jun 2014

We continue our narrative here, as everyone decides what it will take to make them make love not war. The Ottomans make a cameo too! What's not to love? Thanks! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 06 Jun 2014

So much happens in the years 1645-48 that I elected to split it into 4 more manageable episodes rather than 2 large ones. We jump into the first part here; we establish the major ideas that were going around at the time, and we introduce you to what everyone wanted and what tried to make everyone think they wanted. Thanks! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 76 Minutes 31 May 2014

Nobody told them that Westphalia was due to be signed in a few short years, so there's still plenty going on! Spain continues to shrivel up, while France desperately goes it alone thanks to Swedish preocupation with... well I won't spoil the surprise, you should just know that France and Sweden came a little bit prepared thanks to their requests to ____ to join in the war. Well you can't expect me to give it all away can you? Just listen! And thanksssssSSSSSSSSS Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 79 Minutes 31 May 2014

Welcome back! Here we look at the years 1638-42; what everyone was doing and why. Of particular mention is the Spanish ruin in the face of its angry so-called friends, as well as the numerous meetings that would soon form the backbone of Westphalia. Eventually. THANKSSSSSSS! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 85 Minutes 11 Apr 2014

Back so soon? Today we look at the results of Nordlingen, how France justified war and how Sweden and the Dutch tried to hold on despite the new Imperial onslaught. Thanksss! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 86 Minutes 11 Apr 2014

Hello folks! Today we look at the situation in Europe following the death of Gustavus; Axe Ox's plans for Germany and the increasing comebacks of the Habsburgs. Thankssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 85 Minutes 19 Feb 2014

Today we look at Gustavus' legend, imperial goings on and many other issues, as well as the diplomacy you all know and love. Take a bite of me and enojoy! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 72 Minutes 19 Feb 2014

History friends! Great to be back with our second double batch 3 weeks later. Today we examine the diplomacy like never before; everyone gets a look in, so sit back and relax as everyone talks very nicely for selfish reasons. Thanksss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 29 Jan 2014

Part Two of 25.5 looks at Ferdinand's 'fruits of victory' within the HRE: the Edict of Restitution and the problems it was soon to pose. We then examine the changing diplomatic and strategic situation for the Habsburgs, and outline how the Dutch managed to reverse their fortunes. Thankssss. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 29 Jan 2014

We're back in two parts! An even more ridiculously long title than before means that you're in for a good one as well! So sit back and relax as we look today at the machinations of Fredrick, who was still very much active from the Hague, while the Danes FINALLY make a move, and generalissimo Wallenstein emerges from Ferdinand's sleevey ace thing! Check it out! Thanksssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 81 Minutes 13 Jan 2014

Surprise! Sean joins me for a TALK episode as we run through Europe's pressing issues up to around 1625. Take it for a spin if you want to fill in the gaps and revise in time for the heavy hitters coming your way soon! Thankssss Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 08 Jan 2014

Wow it's great to be back! Here we bring you up to speed on the years that would make the 30 years war; the building blocks of the conflict if you will! We see a Winter King, a broken Truce and a worsening geopolitical situation that Ferdinand in particular is getting ready to chow down on. Thanks (ssssssssssss). Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 83 Minutes 15 Oct 2013

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 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 76 Minutes 23 Sep 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 77 Minutes 01 Sep 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 77 Minutes 20 Aug 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 95 Minutes 01 Aug 2013

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 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 81 Minutes 16 Jul 2013

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 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 29 Jun 2013

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 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 88 Minutes 18 Jun 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 87 Minutes 26 May 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 05 Apr 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 142 Minutes 31 Mar 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 90 Minutes 20 Mar 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 14 Mar 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 13 Feb 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 06 Feb 2013

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 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 01 Feb 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 20 Jan 2013

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. Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 15 Jan 2013

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 Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 09 Jan 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 58 Minutes 04 Jan 2013

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! Remember history friends, you can help this podcast and ensure that this is where history thrives! Support us by going to www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow me on Twitter @wdfpodcast And visit our official website www.wdfpodcast.com. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 31 Dec 2012

Welcome to a new chapter in When Diplomacy Fails. We've come a long way you and I, and this here is my chance to make a few announcements and break us into a new year and a new era of WDF. Thanks(sssssssss).. . .

  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 24 Dec 2012

Hello and happy holidays, I somehow managed to squeeze this in just before crimbo and just after my exams- you should all be proud. Today we look at Italy and Ethiopia in 1895 and what the war meant for all involved, as well as some other European stuff that is immensly absorbing. Thanksss and merry christmas!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 27 Nov 2012

Pull up a chair and have a listen, as WDF takes you into the minds of the Russians and Turks who fought each other yet again in the 1877 war. It intertwines nicely with our current flow of storytelling (BISMARCK!) so I hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 18 Nov 2012

Welcome history friends, have a listen to Sean and I answer the questions put forward by you, as we celebrate the 6 month birthday of WDF! We cover a wide range of topics, some of them critically important, others...well, you'll have to listen to find out. We hope you enjoy it!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 82 Minutes 11 Nov 2012

Welcome all, this time we dive into the A-P War of 1866 and all the wonderful diplomatic delights that spin off from it. Please join me! Also, look out for the not so subtle 'Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles' rendition sometime in the episode. Hey it's a catchy tune, what can I say? Let me know what you thought history friends, thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 21 Oct 2012

Welcome back to WDF! After a short break imposed upon me by college, I am back with a vengeance! We cover today the Indian revolt that took place in 1857. It's quite the story, and I go into a history of the East India Company, as well as cover the background the British psyche. Check it out!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 30 Sep 2012

The Boxer Rebellion is not a rebellion, and it has nothing to do with boxing, or people that box. However, it is absolutely fascinating, so take a look! I cover the main gripes of the Chinese at this time, and look at why the Boxers were able to rise as quickly as they did. Lemme know what you thought history friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 28 Sep 2012

FINALLY! I know it's been a while, but I have just been so busy with them darn Boxers that I haven't had time to do this. Sean and I talk all things War and 1812, as best as we can. We were a bit tired, just a bit. Give it a go and send me some feedback!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 16 Sep 2012

This week we look at the 'Forgotten War', that of the less well known but fascinating conflict between America and Britain in 1812. The name of the war isn't exactly inspired, but don't be put off! There's plenty here for everyone, so have a listen now, and let me know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 07 Sep 2012

Long time no see! This time Sean and I jump straight into to land of the Boers; we dicuss the campaign, the peoples, the struggles and more, so give it a listen and let us know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 05 Sep 2012

Hello and welcome to the Boer War! Today we look in detail at Germany's opinion of the Boers, who the Boers were, Queen Vicki and plenty of other fun stuff! It's a good one, full of diplomatic twists and turns and the usual imperialistic brilliance. Give it a listen and let me know what you though! Cheers friends.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 26 Aug 2012

Take a while to sit back and relax, as Sean joins me for another TALK episode; this time on the Crimean War! We cover the states involved in the war, examine whether it could have become a world war and speculate fantastically about Prussia, give it a go!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 25 Aug 2012

Welcome, please have a seat! Today we talk about the Crimean War of 1853-56; it involves a lot of incompetance, gore and other fun stuff, so please give it a listen and let me know what you thought! Expect a TALK episode to follow, thanks!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 15 Aug 2012

After a small break, we return with a bang in the form of the 1846-48 war between Mexico and America. It is quite the story! Texas gets looked into, as does Santa Anna, as does Tabasco, so check it out! I also have some pretty exciting news for you all AND a new BEFIT reminder. What more could you possibly want? You are so very welcome my history friends!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 131 Minutes 05 Aug 2012

FINALLY! As I'm sure you've noticed this one is massive, so jump right in to the world of Boney today! In this episode we look at the years 1798-1815, so that should give you an idea as to why it's so long! I hope you enjoy it, I myself am very much ready for a break! Thanks guys.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 28 Jul 2012

Another outrageous title means it's time for another episode! This time Sean joins me on the podcast to talk about his fantastic family history which includes; the Irish Legion, invincable Captains and a hard to pronounce and spell battle! Hope you enjoy it let me know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 25 Jul 2012

Yes that is along title, but never mind that; you should be excited that we are now into our first of a two part special on the French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars. In this episode, we'll cover the years 1787-1797 which includes; diplomatic dancing, Robby's favourite razor, Napoleon's entry onto the scene and a bit of revolutionary war thrown in too. I hope you enjoy it, be sure to let me know!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 18 Jul 2012

Never heard of this war? Take a seat my friends; this war is another essential piece of the 18th century war pie that everyone in Europe wanted a slice of. It contains the return of everyone's favourite Polish pretender in Stan, some of Eugene and even a bit of Villars too. Enjoy, and please let me know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 13 Jul 2012

I know, I know, I said before I wouldn't do this war, but listen here you; it really does make sense so that I can set the scene for what I have planned in the coming weeks. So, this episode contains hopefully some stuff you didn't know about the AR. For example, did you know there was a third European power at war with Britain while it fought America (so not just SPain and France). Or that some of the alternatives to independence involved ideas such as dominion status? You didn't? Well, there you go then! Have a listen, enjoy and let me know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 04 Jul 2012

Hello and welcome! The GNW is a fascinating war in European history, so don't be put off if you've never heard of it before. Also, I apologise for it being a long one, I promise if you have the patience it's well worth it! Sweden versus everyone...enjoy!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 27 Jun 2012

Hello my friends, this week we look at the 1702-14 conflict fought in Europe over the Spanish crown. Expect lots of Louis, Churchill (not that Churchill) and a bit of Eugene of Savoy on the side. Hope you enjoy it, be sure to let me know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 23 Jun 2012

I'm joined on the podcast by my ever present guest Sean this week and we talk about a range of topics in the Seven Years War including Peter III, Dutch neutrality and how Prussia overcame the odds. Among other things of course. We hope you enjoy the history related banter!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 19 Jun 2012

Hello history friends, welcome to episode 5! Today I'll be covering the Seven Years War which raged from 1756-1763 and pulled in practically all the nations of Europe into a war of massive proportions. It's a long one this week, but it's well worth listening to if you have the patience. I promise, I've been working on my excited voice. Enjoy!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 11 Jun 2012

Sorry about the delay this time guys, had some issues I had to sort out this past week. So episode 4, what's in the box? Well, I talk about the state of Spain in the late 19th century, America's worldwide plans and the hilarious story of Guam. Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you thought and remember: BEFIT! Thanks.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 05 Jun 2012

Another TALK discussion episode from me to you. In this episode Sean and I talk about Zasulitch's stupidity, why China was so bad and other country's perception of the war at that time...among other things. We both hope you enjoy the witty banter! Remember to let me know what you all thought about it!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 01 Jun 2012

This week we look at the 1904-05 war between a young Japan and a massive Russia. I talk about some interesting Japanese history, Russia's greatest defeats and I put on a fantastic Russian accent. Trust me. Thanks to all of you for your support, hope you enjoy this one. Be sure to let me know what you thought!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 29 May 2012

Hey guys, welcome to the wonderful world of Hannibal! In this episode, expect to hear just how often and effectively Hannibal owned the Romans in battle, only to eventually lose the war. I expose my nerdiness; yes I love Rome: Total War, so go and play it if you haven't already! And then I talk about Roman strategy and Varro's...stupidity. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 26 May 2012

Hey guys, this is a supplementary episode for the Franco-Prussian War that I love so much. I'm joined on the podcast by my very good friend Sean and we have a fantastic discussion about European affairs, Bismarck's awesomeness and Prussia's railroads, among other things. This is the very first in my series of TALK podcasts and is my attempt to break the situation down for you and make the topic as a whole a bit more interesting. Speaking of interesting, see if you can count how many times the word 'interesting' is used in this podcast.... . .

  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 22 May 2012

Hey guys, welcome to the first official episode of When Diplomacy Fails. Since it's my first, I decided to celebrate by talking about my favourite period in history: The Franco-Prussian War! It's got a fantastic amount of diplomacy inside, you'll get to hear about Bismarck owning Napoleon's nephew and about where it all went wrong for France. What's not to love? Well, my pronounciation for one. Sorry about that, I hope I didn't offend any German-sensitive ears with my ignorance... Please give it a listen and let me know what you think!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 19 May 2012

Hey guys, this week's episode is the same one from David Crowther's History of England that he let me use for episode 61a (27/5) of the podcast, if you missed the episode where I talked about Bannockburn then you're in luck; here it is! If you have heard it before, then why not listen again? It's free after all, store it in your library and save it for later!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 18 May 2012

When Diplomacy Fails Podcast is the historical brainchild of Zack Twamley, BA, MA all round awesome guy, and it takes on different wars throughout history as its focus. International relations, diplomacy, the outbreak of war and the characters behind those conflicts are what really interests us, so stop by here and have a listen to see if we can tickle your historical fancy, and if you'd like to add us to your list of podcast subscriptions today! Thankssss! To support us, remember you can BEFIT by finding our blog through www.wdfpodcast.com Support us financially on Patreon at www.patreon.com/WhenDiplomacyFails Follow us on Twitter @wdfpodcast Facebook under the When Diplomacy Fails Podcast. . .

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