October 1

Ep. 0080: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 4)

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  • Some of the post-WWII wars of ‘decolonization’ the British & French fought in places like Malaya, Kenya, & Algeria
  • Vietnam, comparing the French performance there in the 19th century to the French & American performance there in the mid-20th century
  • Some thoughts on the recent wars in the Middle East and Southwest Asia

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September 28

Ep. 0079: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 3)

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  • Col. T.E. Lawrence’s operations in Arabia during the First World War
  • The Anglo-Irish War and its primary mastermind, Michael Collins
  • The concept of “peak guerrilla” or “peak G” in the West in the years 1916-1922
  • Mao Tse Tung as theorist and practitioner of guerrilla warfare in the Chinese Civil War

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September 24

Ep. 0078: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 2)

 

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • The 1807-1814 Peninsular War in Spain during the Napoleonic era (with a few remarks about the potential effectiveness of fighters with no prior military background, and some examples of this from the American Revolutionary War)
  • Confederate partisans, ‘rangers’ and some of their precursors in the Kansas & Missouri violence of the 1850s
  • The Anglo-Boer Wars in South Africa in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century
  • The little-known but astonishing campaign of Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck in East Africa during World War I

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(Featured image for this episode is of the guns Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck scavenged from the ship Konigsberg & then used on land in his African campaign; Attribution: Bundesarchiv, Bild 105-DOA3100 / Walther Dobbertin / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons)

September 21

Ep. 0077: History of Irregular Warfare with Bill Buppert (Part 1)

This episode is the first part of my conversation with Bill Buppert on the history of irregular warfare.

Bill Buppert is a retired Army officer. He has been a writer for a number of publications including lewrockwell.com. He is particularly interested in the issues of liberty, survival, shooting and history. He has made frequent media appearances. He wishes to continue the abolitionist project of men like William Wilberforce and Lysander Spooner.  A recognized authority on irregular and guerrilla warfare, he is the founder and publisher of zerogov.com.

Join CJ & Bill as they discuss:

  • The 4 Generations of Modern War
  • The meaning of terms such as irregular warfare, guerrilla warfare, terrorism, and insurgency
  • The concept of counterinsurgency, or COIN
  • The earliest manifestations of irregular warfare in human history (or prehistory)

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August 28

Ep. 0074: The Western Way of War vs the Eastern Way of War

To begin laying some of the groundwork for the upcoming miniseries on the history of modern guerrilla and unconventional war, here’s a discussion of two different paradigms of what war is supposed to be and how it is supposed to be fought.  One is the Western (or European) Way, which originated in Greece and from there filtered through the Romans to become the dominant paradigm among Westerners to this day. The other is the Eastern (or Asian) Way, which originated in China and from there filtered to other parts of the Asian world and beyond, and which forms the intellectual basis of much of modern guerrilla tactics and strategy.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • The origins of the Western Way and how it has evolved over the centuries
  • The origins of the Eastern Way and how it has evolved over the centuries
  • Why this matters to understanding the modern world in general, and the history of modern unconventional warfare in particular

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August 11

Ep. 0072: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

This month is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, and the subsequent surrender of Japan to the United States, ending World War II.  The standard mainstream American narrative about this portrays it as a no-brainer, a morally unquestionable & absolutely necessary decision that saved untold numbers of lives.  This narrative is not supported by many serious academic historians who are experts on this topic these days, and it is highly questioned in countries other than the United States, to put it mildly.  What’s the truth about these bombings?

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • A brief word on mass-bombing of civilians in WWII, and how prior to its entry into the war, the US government condemned any mass bombing of civilians, but began engaging in it on a larger scale than anyone else once in the war
  • The successful “Trinity” test of an A-bomb, and the effect that had on the US government’s decision-making
  • What was going on in the Japanese government & in the US government at the time
  • The Potsdam Conference & Declaration of July, 1945
  • The bombing of Hiroshima & its effects
  • The entry of the Soviet Union into the war against Japan & its effects
  • The bombing of Nagasaki & its effects [*Note:  Had an error I made here pointed out by a listener named Matt via Facebook: I said in the episode that Enola Gay also dropped the second bomb; it did not.  The E-G was involved in the 2nd mission as a weather recon plane, but another B-29 named “Bockscar” actually dropped the 2nd bomb.  I messed that detail up in my notes & as a result messed it up in the episode.]
  • Japan’s surrender
  • Some closing thoughts & observations on the bombings, their morality (or lack thereof), and debates that have continued ever since

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June 1

Ep. 0062: The American Revolution Part V: Ending the War, Winners & Losers

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  • The British government’s cessation of hostilities following Yorktown
  • The Paris Peace talks & the terms of Treaty of Paris, 1783
  • Why the British lost the war
  • Winners & Losers as a result of this war, which is a more complicated topic than you might think

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May 21

Ep. 0061: The American Revolution Part IV: 1778-81

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  • The increasingly influential counterrevolutionary faction among the independence leaders, as exemplified by John Adams & his essay, “Thoughts on Government”
  • The largely mythical “Conway Cabal” against George Washington
  • The fate of radical & guerrilla warfare advocate Gen. Charles Lee
  • The impact of French & Spanish intervention
  • Baron Von Steuben’s effects (for good & ill) on the Continental Army
  • Benedict Arnold’s Betrayal
  • The British switch to a Southern strategy, which initially goes well for them
  • How the British began to get bogged down by partisan warfare and chaos in the Backcountry, and how clever American commanders such as Nathanael Greene and Daniel Morgan were able to turn the tide
  • The retreat of the British Southern Army to Yorktown, VA, and their ultimate surrender to a Franco-American force in 1781, ending major military operations of the war

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May 12

Ep. 0060: The American Revolution Part III: 1776-1777

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  • Thomas Paine & Common Sense
  • The British evacuation of Boston
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • An overview of some of the military operations and battles of 1776-7, including Long Island, Trenton, Bennington, and Saratoga
  • The winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge
  • A word about the 1777 British government document, “Considerations on the Great Question, What is Fit to Be Done with America?”

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April 28

Ep. 0059: The American Revolution Part II: 1775

 

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  • Some thoughts on Great Man historical narratives
  • An overview of what was happening in terms of rising tensions in late-1774 and early-1775, much of which related to British attempts to limit colonists’ access to weapons and gunpowder
  • A fairly detailed account of the Battle of Lexington & Concord on April 19, 1775
  • The actions of the Continental Congress, including the appointment of George Washington as Commander of the new Continental Army, and its consequences for the war and the future of America
  • Ethan Allen & his Green Mountain Boys
  • Some other early battles
  • The situation as of the close of 1775

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