October 15th, 2019 | Season 1 | 43 mins 8 secs
1919, american history, history, india, ireland, season 1, spanish flu, world history
The emergence of the flu virus that swept the globe between 1918 and 1920 was entirely unexpected, but the resulting pandemic can't be called an entirely natural disaster. Governments made decisions that made the flu much, much worse, and those decisions would have long-lasting consequences--and leave between 50 and 100 million dead.
October 8th, 2019 | Season 1 | 20 mins 24 secs
1919, american history, history, russian history, russian revolution, season 1, world history
In 1919, thousands of American soldiers fought Russian troops on Russian soil--despite the fact President Woodrow Wilson had promised to allow Russia to determine its own political future. Why did the Allies rush to land troops in eastern Siberia and along the Arctic Ocean? And why have we forgotten all about it?
September 24th, 2019 | Season 1 | 42 mins 46 secs
1919, american history, art history, dada, european history, return to order, season 1, surrealism, world history
In 1919, two competing art movements went head-to-head in Paris. One was The Return to Order, a movement about purity and harmony. The other was Dada, a movement about chaos and destruction. Their collision would change the trajectory of Western art.
September 10th, 2019 | Season 1 | 37 mins 54 secs
1919, american history, episode 2, league of nations, paris peace conference, season 1, woodrow wilson, world history
Woodrow Wilson believed he and he alone could end war--forever. His plan for the League of Nations would usher in an era of eternal peace. So it really hurt the president's feelings when not everyone agreed with his vision.
September 5th, 2019 | Season 1 | 37 mins 46 secs
1919, american history, bonus episode, kaiser wilhelm ii, season 1, woodrow wilson, world history, world war i
In August 1914, the world's most powerful nations stumbled into the most devastating war the world had ever known. But why? We examine the origins of the Great War as if it were a bar fight--an analogy that makes more sense than you might imagine.
August 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 18 mins 2 secs
1919, american history, season 1, world history
We think of history as a series of individual events--but really, history happens everywhere, all at once, at the same time. Welcome to The Year That Was, the podcast that looks history as it was really experienced, one year at time. We're starting with 1919, a year of peace and war, disease and discovery, hope and anxiety.