Dan Carlin — Blueprint for Armageddon
I love Dan Carlin’s work and this podcast is no exception. It’s a detailed, sometimes tormentingly so, description of not so much politics as soldier life (and death) in WW1.
In my family tree research I’m done with WW2 for now and it’s time for me to move on to WW1. I’ve been postponing it since it’s such a massive undertaking. I feel like I know the “intro to WW2” pretty well just because of where I live but WW1 has up to this point been a mystery. And even though this podcast focuses mainly on UK, France, Germany and Russia I think I finally have the decent base to build my research on. At the very least, I know who was on which side of the war now.
Personal stuff aside, this is such a well told story if you want to understand what people went through in that war and why it ended up no in fact “ending all wars” but possibly sparking the next one.
It was interesting for me to notice how WW2 taught us something about war which we then applied too generally. For “little people” WW2 was about good guys beating the bad guys. (I mean, for politicians it was about redistributing wealth but in this war humanity had a stake.) But pretty much every war before and after, the first one included, was a war of politics — that is to say, most people who died in them, would have been better off staying home and plowing their field. If you remove national pride there is literally nothing in any of these wars for regular people to fight for. And national pride is such a made up feeling I don’t even know how to handle people waving it at me. Good for you for being born here and not there, I guess. - IMO you can love your culture and language and traditions without turning them into us vs them mentality.
I’m about to go listen to his “Suffer the Children” because I hate the “Well my mother beat me/didn’t love me/made me kill my dog etc. and I turned out fine” army of “where is this world going to” doomsday apostles and this podcast is about how kids were raised in the (g)olden days and if it had a negative effect on them. Super excited to hear the opinion because I think hell yes even if I don’t think it’s as simple as “violence breeds violence.”
I’m not even pretending to write a review at this point, it’s just “3 things I thought when I finished listening to this.” :D
But anyway, if you don’t like reading or you can’t read, and you’re interested in history, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History is amazing and cheap (sometimes free!) and you can learn a lot.