December 29

Ep. 0046: ‘The Strong Do What They Can…”

…and the weak suffer what they must.’  Here’s a look at how Athens was warped by the Peloponnesian War against Sparta in the 400s BC, using two of the most famous sections of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War.  In Prof CJ’s opinion, war has a corrosive, de-civilizing effect on a people — even a people who ostensibly espouse humane values.  And the longer a war lasts, the more dramatic this effect becomes, until a people unabashedly proclaim that might makes right, that might is right.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • A very brief bit of background on this war & on Thucydides
  • Pericles’ Funeral Oration
  • The so-called Melian Dialogue
  • The fate of Melos
  • Some thoughts on what these reveal, and examples from more modern history

Announcement:  The Dangerous History Podcast is now available on Stitcher.

(“Aegean Islands Stock Photo” courtesy Suat Eman/freedigitalphotos.net)

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December 18

Ep. 0045: Philip Dru, Administrator

Philip Dru, Administrator:  A Tale of Tomorrow, 1920-1935 is an attempted novel written by “Colonel” Edward Mandell House in 1912.  It’s a book few have read (with good reason), but many have referenced.  Here, Prof CJ gives you his lowdown on this literary monstrosity.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief synopsis of this novel
  • Some of the themes found in it, with excerpts to illustrate some of them
  • Some thoughts on the book’s literary merit (or lack thereof), again with illustrative excerpts

The Dangerous History Podcast is now on Stitcher

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December 11

Ep. 0044: DHP Villains: “Colonel” Edward M. House

This is the story of Edward Mandell House, the top henchman to Woodrow Wilson (in Prof CJ’s opinion a strong contender for Worst President Ever.)  House initially served as a go-between between Woodrow Wilson and the American corporate elite; later, he performed a similar liaison function with regard to the British elite.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The backstory of House’s father Thomas
  • House’s early life
  • House’s involvement in Texas politics at the turn of the century
  • How House got involved with Woodrow Wilson
  • House’s role in helping Wilson attain the presidency
  • The major role House had in the Wilson Administration, especially in foreign policy, where House was a key figure in US intervention in WWI
  • House’s estrangement from Wilson, his supporting role in the early rise of FDR, and his death
  • The significance of House to American history

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December 2

Ep. 0043: “Knowledge Is Power” — Not Just a Cliche

Or if you prefer the Latin:  “Scientia potentia est.”

Either way, there’s more depth to the old cliche than there might appear at first glance.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • Some of the earliest known usages of this phrase in print
  • Some examples from history from ancient to modern of this principle in practice, including the more ‘culty’ religious organizations, laws against slaves learning to read, the connection between literacy & slave uprisings, and the modern US government’s love of keeping its own actions secret while spying on everything you do

Empower yourself by pursuing knowledge!

(“Knowledge is Power” pic courtesy Stuart Miles at freedigitalphotos.net)