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Arrow of History

Jul 29, 2019

In this episode, we explore the place between diplomatic cowardice and courage. When Neville Chamberlain declared 'Peace in Our Time' after handing Czechoslovakia to Hitler in 1938 in an attempt to prevent war, was he acting out of political cowardice or was this truly the best card to play out of a doomed hand? 




May 6, 2019

Episode 3 traces the intellectual origins of the gas chambers in Nazi Germany. We go back... way back. And though the path is long, it is not overgrown, and we can still get a sense of how ideas that once seemed scientific and rational evolved into the not so well-oiled machinery of destruction and death.

Feb 7, 2019

Before Hitler was even in power, Stalin was responsible for the death and enslavement of tens of millions. In this episode, the Arrow of History explores the murderous logic of Stalin's Soviet Union, which used food as a weapon to manufacture famine against its own people. Tune in to hear how a determined dictator...

Feb 7, 2019

World War 2 started well before 1939. Its roots stretch back nearly a decade - to clashes between the Japanese and regional Chinese governments and peoples living in the hotly contested borderland of Manchuria. The terror this conflict wrought is largely disregarded by history: this is one of WWII's great tragedies.