How To Start A War - WW2 Podcast
Desperation | Chapter One

Desperation | Chapter One

December 13, 2020

How does the deadliest event in human history happen? What are the foundations of the crime of the century? How are the criminals who committed this crime allowed to thrive? This is How To Start A War: A story from the past that can help us understand our world today – and what happens when good people do nothing to stop the worst people on earth while they still can. 

In Chapter One, we introduced to the first set of criminals who caused the Second World War to happen and the lessons they learned in their early attempts to take power. We also discover the many outside factors that set the stage for these men to take advantage of a desperate situation, and start a world war. 

Divided, We Fall | Chapter Two

Divided, We Fall | Chapter Two

December 20, 2020

How do democracies fail? It's not as unlikely as you might think. The institutions are not set in stone, nor do they function on their own. They are susceptible to failure when they are not defended. In this episode, we learn about what happens when a fledgling democracy comes under attack by a demagogue and is weaponized against itself. 

Long Knives | Chapter Three

Long Knives | Chapter Three

January 7, 2021

Insurrection, from the inside out. Hitler's quest for power did not end when he was made Chancellor. A villain put into a position of power was only the first step of a brutal, murderous consolidation of power. A dark chapter of betrayal, deception, and how a government official uses violence to transform himself into a dictator.

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Fear | Chapter Four

Fear | Chapter Four

February 8, 2021

How do you conquer a country by telephone? How do you invade a free nation without firing a shot? With a different kind of weapon - Fear. 

Now that Hitler had consolidated power in Germany, he began to look beyond his borders to Austria, his home country. 

A tragic chapter in the rise of Nazi Germany, where fear was used to intimidate, bully, and threaten others into submission. 

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Appeasement | Chapter Five

Appeasement | Chapter Five

March 26, 2021

What are the obligations of powerful nations to keep peace? What level of sacrifice is acceptable for the greater good? Is it permissible to destroy one small country to save ten large ones?

These are the questions that Neville Chamberlain and the leaders of the great powers of Europe would have to wrestle with in this chapter of How To Start A War.

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Broken Glass | Chapter Six

Broken Glass | Chapter Six

June 14, 2021

In the darkest chapter of this series, we experience Kristallnacht through the voices of survivors. We take a candid look at ourselves, and ask what could have been done to stop the Holocaust – and prevent something like it from happening again. 

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Permission | Chapter Seven

Permission | Chapter Seven

September 7, 2021

What permission structure allows a nation to wage war? In the second-to-last chapter in the series, we follow the foreign ministers of two hostile nations find that they are actually more alike than they thought. What is public is not reality. 

 

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Catastrophe | Final Chapter – Part One

Catastrophe | Final Chapter – Part One

December 13, 2021

The Final Chapter, Chapter Eight – Part 1 of 2

In the last chance for peace, desperate diplomats will criss-cross Europe in an attempt to prevent a World War, and a return to the horrors of only 20 years before. 

This is the first installment of the two-part series finale.

Part 2 will release next week.

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Catastrophe | Final Chapter – Part Two

Catastrophe | Final Chapter – Part Two

December 20, 2021

The Final Chapter, Chapter Eight – Part 2of 2. This is the final episode of the series.

The world goes to war, and how this story from the past helps us understand our world today. 

This is the second installment of the two-part series finale.

The End. 

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