I love history and know a lot of history, but Zack brings incredible research and a new perpsective on each topic. I've learned so much. My favorite is the July Crisis on the lead up to WWI. I was totally in the Germans started it end of story camp when I started the podcast. But the day by day events and sources that Zack brings have enabled me to see how complex the realy story is.
Every episode is well constructed and informative, very entertaining as well. My only complaint is that sometimes the host almost seems to have the mic on his lips because every p, t, b, or other hard consonant sounds like they're going to blow out my speakers.
The host is so prolific, it is hard to keep up. He has even come up with a unique way for the listener to get up close and personal with the historical subject. I still have a lot to learn and I think I want to learn it from Zack Twamley.
I stumbled on this podcast and I’m so glad I do. I know this podcast isn’t for everybody but Zach brings a point of view and a narrative that I have not encountered anywhere else. I love the style, the cadence of his voice and all the detail this podcast goes into.
A great podcast that illuminates all the wonderful bankroll dealing and politics that goes into diplomatic relations. Highly recommend the July Crisis, Easter Rising, the Korean War and the current Versailles Anniversary project
This is a groundbreaking podcast, and not only does it have some of the most thorough and interesting history content there is, Zack's bookending of WW I with the July Crisis and his Versailles series is a scholarly effort with a poetic elegance. The "day by day" production is a real breakthrough and is very moving. He does not shy away from revisionist historiography WHERE NEEDED, which is exactly what should always be done. Myself having been given the "it's complicated" answer to who started WW I in my own high school history class, I was very surprised to hear that across the Atlantic, the "Gerries did it all!" explanation was still considered gospel by serious people. But such controversy is perfect grist for a great podcast. The balance of narrative and analysis here is so finely tuned as to be seamless in an interesting way. Carlin, while untouchable in his singular genius, does tend to shift between narration and analysis modes in his presentation. Someone like Mike Duncan will do narrative only, and do it very well, and then write a paper book of analysis. Zack manages to get analytic in a way that overlays narrative continuously and therefore lets those even totally unfamiliar with a topic keep up, while even experts will find a perspective worth hearing. I felt as much at home in the WW I store of which I knew a lot, as I did in the Anglo Dutch Wars series, of which I knew next to nothing going into it. This scholar demonstrates the benefits of the best academic rigor without ever being blunted by the smallness of intellectual ambition or over-caution that pervades so much of "respectable" history. This is well-worth a listen, and if we don't destroy our civilization too badly in times ahead, I think people will be listening to this podcast 200 years from now. These words and ideas run that deep.
Aside from the early audio issues (seems standard for start ups)Twamley’s “I am not gonna talk about battles, this is diplomacy” stance is a little annoying. Not a play-by-play, but battles inform the diplomatic situation. He doesn’t come across as likable but the info is good, and I don’t mind malcontents.
This is the first time I am writing a negitive review, which is something I deeply regret. It is difficult to create something and all too easy to criticise.On the good side, this podcast is well produced,well researched and the narrator's voice is pleasent and easy to listen to.Now for the bad. The 1916 Easter Rising mini series. Zack, the narrator flagged well in advance that he held a very negitave and revisionist view of that event. Fair enough, I was prepared to hear a ballanced reasoned account of those events. Unfotunately Zack is neither ballanced of reasonable in his attitude. He omitted several facts which were relevant to events. For instance there was no mention of the Bachelor's Walk massacre which was a pivotal event that occured before the Rising.For me the final straw was in episode 9 when Zack says "At that time every Irishman was entitled to vote ". This is a terrible misleading statment.Men over a property theshold of a certain wealth could vote, about 15% of the Irish adult population in 1916. The other 85% had either not enough money or no right to vote. Mostly full sufferage was enacted in 1918, mostly as some women were still excluded.
Hey I'm new to podcasting but when I stumbled across this one I could not stop listening to every episode! I'm very interested in the Franco Prussian war era and really enjoyed that episode. The Talk episodes are a really nice break between the gritty stuff and really help me to take in all the information. Thanks for the lessons and I hope there are a lot more to come!
I recently came across this pod and it’s fantastically well researched, and I say that as someone with an MA in History. Zack navigates and narrates us tremendously well through some of most pivotal and intriguing moments in history getting the balance spot on between facts and narrative.
I came across this podcast recently and have flown through the episodes Each episode offers something diverse and interesting and I've learned much about wars and leaders I wouldn't have otherwise It's talk episode are a favourite of mine and as a fellow Irish poor student of history I was delighted to find this podcast Zach your podcast are on par with mike Duncan and Lars brownesworth in my opinion Please keep up the hard work!
I've been listener for about a year now, and the WDF podcast is one of my favorite podcasts out there. While the episodes are standalone, together they help to build up a picture of the political scene in various eras that I'd known little about. Keep it up Zack!