Patrick Leigh Fermor with Artemis Cooper
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
4d ago
On a dark night in April 1944 a German general was returning to his villa on the Nazi occupied island of Crete. Suddenly, two men, dressed as Wehrmacht soldiers, emerged from the darkness and stopped the car. The two men were British officers, and together with Cretan resistance fighters, they bundled the general into the back, and drove through Heraklion and 22 checkpoints. So began one of the most audacious operations of World War Two, orchestrated by Patrick Leigh Fermor, autodidact, writer and war hero. Artemis Cooper, biographer of Paddy, joins to discuss his early life, the operation, hi ..read more
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James I with Steven Veerapen
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
1w ago
On the 24th March 1603 at Richmond Palace Elizabeth I died. She had not named a successor, but James VI of Scotland was proclaimed king in London that same day, and he headed south to accede to the English throne. What sort of man was he, and how had his rule in Scotland shaped his character? Steven Veerapen joins to discuss James, his rule, the union of the crowns of Scotland and England and the new show Mary & George which has been making waves in its depiction of the Stuart court. Steven Veerapen Links The Wisest Fool: The Lavish Life of James VI/I Steven's episode on Elizabeth I Steven ..read more
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Colonial Kenya & the Mau Mau with Nicholas Rankin
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by Oliver Webb-Carter
2w ago
The Mau Mau Uprising ran from 1952 to 1960 in a Kenya administered by Britain. The conflict was a brutal one, with atrocities committed by both sides and it remains controversial to this day. Nicholas Rankin grew up in Kenya from the of 3 to 13, arriving in 1954 and he has written a moving and powerful book that addresses the questions of rebellion and colonialism. Nicholas Rankin Links Trapped in History: Kenya, Mau Mau and Me Telegram from Guernica: The Extraordinary Life of George Steer, War Correspondent Nicholas on X Aspects of History Links Clash of Empires: The Anglo-Ashanti Wars - Aspe ..read more
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Women's Secret Diaries with Sarah Gristwood
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
3w ago
Sarah Gristwood returns to talk about the secret diary entries of women's diaries, from the 1st January all the way to the 31st December. There are many great names, and some less well-known, but we delve into some heart-breaking, funny, tragic and shocking accounts written with stunning honesty. Sarah Gristwood Links Secret Voices: A Year of Women’s Diaries Sarah on X Aspects of History Links Subscribe to the magazine: only £/$9.99 per year Ollie on X Get in touch: history@aspectsofhistory.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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The Rise of the Mafia with Louis Ferrante
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
1M ago
This week's guest is a man who has lived about what he writes. Louis Ferrante was a former member of the Gambino crime family, one of the Five Families of New York. He rose up the ranks until he was convicted of crimes and sent to prison where he became a changed man. He has now written a fantastic first volume of three on the history of the mafia, Borgata, and he chatted with our editor on the rise of the mob from their humble beginnings in Sicily through to the 1930s prohibition in the US. Louis Ferrante Links Borgata: Rise of Empire: A History of the American Mafia Mob Rules: What the Mafi ..read more
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Film Club: Schindler's List (1993)
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
1M ago
Steven Spielberg's 1993 masterpiece is hugely influential even today. His adaptation of the Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize winning Schindler's Ark, filmed in black and white, brought the Holocaust to a mass audience. Joining Ollie to discuss the film are Roger Moorhouse and Tim Hewitt, and they look into the history, the filmmaking process and much more. Links Discussed The Forgers: The Forgotten Story of the Holocaust’s Most Audacious Rescue Operation, by Roger Moorhouse Spielberg interview on the film and girl in the red coat Ralph Fiennes interview on the bath scene Ralph Fiennes interview ..read more
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The Arctic Convoys with John McKay
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
1M ago
On the 2nd September 1942 in Loch Ewe, Scotland, a large convoy of ships carrying food, ammunition, tanks, artillery pieces and materiel set sail for Archangel, Russia. This convoy would be of vital importance to the Soviet troops fighting the Nazis at Stalingrad. The Germans did all they could to disrupt and destroy the ships of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy, and many of the green recruits, at sea for the first time, had the freezing weather conditions to deal with as well as the enemy. John McKay joins to discuss the horrors experienced by the crew members of PQ18. John McKay Links Arctic ..read more
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Great British Commanders: WW1 Also Rans with Gordon Corrigan
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by Oliver Webb-Carter
1M ago
Gordon returns to discuss those WW1 Commanders that lost out to Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. Plenty of talent here, and some less so, however we start off with Alanbrooke as he was barely discussed in the previous episode. The list Admiral Jellicoe Admiral Beatty General Wilson General Plumer General Chetwode General Allenby Major TE Lawrence General Maude Field Marshal Robertson (the Editor's favourite) Gordon Corrigan Links Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War Douglas Haig: Defeat Into Victory Ollie Links - Get in Touch Ollie on X/Twitter history@aspectsofhistory.com Links ..read more
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Film Club: Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
Aspects of History
by Oliver Webb-Carter
1M ago
You've read the story of Jesse James Of how he lived and died. If you're still in need; Of something to read, Here's the story of Bonnie and Clyde. So wrote Bonnie Parker, partner to Clyde Barrow and the famous couple that attracted fans, headlines, cops and in the end, bullets. Ollie and Tim discuss the iconic film and include the regular categories including Simon Baker Award for Best Performance, and the Argo Award for Most Inaccurate Scene. Links Discussed Bonnie & Clyde Bonnie's Poetry The book to read Ollie on X Tim on X Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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Film Club: Public Enemies (2009)
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by Oliver Webb-Carter
1M ago
On the 22nd July 1934 John Dillinger left a movie theatre in Chicago having just enjoyed the Clark Gable film, Manhattan Melodrama. He didn't get far before FBI agents shot him four times - the era of the romantic bank robber was over - or was it? Johnny Depp's portrayal of Dillinger is iconic, even if we think the legacy rating of Public Enemies is low. Also starring Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Jason Clarke, Billy Crudup, Stephen Lang, Branka Katic, Stephen Dorff, David Wenham and James Russo, Tim Hewitt and Ollie think it's a movie overlooked. Links discussed Public Enemies The book on ..read more
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