May 5th, 2020 | Season 1 | 59 mins 48 secs
1919, american history, baseball, labor, season1, spanish flu, world war i
Baseball was the only truly national American sport in 1919, loved by fans across the United States. But the mood among players was grim--team owners kept salaries artificially low. When the Chicago White Sox won their league championship, the temptation to accept hard cash from gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series was irresistible. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
September 24th, 2019 | Season 1 | 47 mins 51 secs
1919, czech history, czechoslovak legion, european history, history, russian history, russian revolution, season 1, tsar nicholas, world war i
One of the strangest conflicts of the Great War happened 1000 miles east of Moscow between two units of Czech and Hungarian former POWs. What these troops were doing on the edge of Siberia is a fascinating tale of ethnic resentments, self-determination, and unintended consequences.
September 17th, 2019 | Season 1 | 49 mins 28 secs
1919, austria, germany, hungary, paris peace conference, season 1, treaty of versailles, world war i
The most important task at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference was the drafting of peace terms for the losers of the war. Germany and Austria assumed Woodrow Wilson would insist on a fair, respectful compromise peace based on the Fourteen Points. So they were shocked when the Treaty of Versailles demanded territory, demilitarization, and reparations. Is this what caused World War II?
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.
September 3rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 29 mins 40 secs
1919, canadian history, season 1, w.b. yeats, world history, world war i
Welcome to the Year That Was podcast, and welcome to the year 1919. It was time of enormous hope for some--the Great War had ended and there was a whole new world waiting to be build. But others saw nothing ahead but more violence, disease, hunger and fear. Who was right?