083: The Flight of the Goeben

SMS Goeben.

 
The sudden outbreak of the Great War found a German battlecruiser, SMS Goeben, alone in the Mediterranean except for the light cruiser, SMS Breslau. But these two ships would give the Entente navies no end of grief.
 

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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Composed in 1897 by Paul Dukas. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Egmont Overture
Composed in 1810 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Public domain.
Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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082: No, Whatever the Consequences

Punch Magazine’s take on Belgian resistance to the German offensive, published in August 1914.

 
The first military action of the war was the German offensive against France, which began with invasions of Luxembourg and Belgium. The Belgians surprised everyone with the ferocity of their resistance.
 

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Fanfare

Opening WarTheme

Fantasie fromSiegfried
Composed in 1876 by Richard Wagner. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Marine Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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081: Offense to the Utmost

French Commander-in-Chief General Joseph Jacques Césaire “Papa” Joffre

 
A look at pre-war planning by the French, British, and Austrian militaries.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Élégie
Composed in 1880 by Gabriel Fauré. Public domain.
Performed by Hans Goldstein. Used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Source.

“Who Can from Joy Refrain?”
Composed in 1689 by Henry Purcell. Public domain.
Performed by Michel Rondeau. Used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 3.0 license. Source.

Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Composed in 1876 by Johannes Brahms. Public domain.
Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

 

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Reminder

There will be no new episode this week. The next episode will be released on July 10.

In the meantime, listener Liam has posted his own performance of the theme music to The History of the Twentieth Century, so go check it out here.

080: Keep the Right Wing Very Strong

Generalfeldmarschall Alfred von Schlieffen.

 
A look at pre-war planning by the German and Russian general staffs, and in particular, the famous “Schlieffen Plan.”
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
Composed in 1870 by Richard Wagner. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Marine Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Farewell of Slavianka
Composed in 1912 by Vasily Agapin. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Coast Guard Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

 

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079: Lessons Learned II

The Congress of Vienna redrew the map of Europe following the Napoleonic Wars and laid the foundation for the Concert of Europe.

 
In this episode we examine why the Concert of Europe failed, and how this led to the Great War.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Closing Theme

 

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078: The Lamps Go Out II

Front page of the Lübeckische Anzeigen for Sunday, August 2, 1914, announcing the German mobilization.

 
The July Crisis continues as Germany mobilizes and declares war on Russia and France. With German soldiers crossing into the neutral states of Luxembourg and Belgium, the British Cabinet and Parliament take the decision to side with their entente partners.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Cello Concerto in E Minor
Composed in 1919 by Edward Elgar. Public domain.
Performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

 

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077: The Lamps Go Out I

The front page of the Washington Times for the evening of July 28, 1914.

 
Austria presents Serbia with an ultimatum. The Serbian response is conciliatory, but stops short of complete capitulation. Austria declares war on Serbia. Russia and Germany are poised to mobilize their own militaries.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, “Pathétique”
Composed in 1893 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Public domain.
Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

 

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076: Today Is Better Than Tomorrow

Franz Xaver Josef Conrad von Hötzendorf

 
The government of the Dual Monarchy spends most of the next four weeks after the assassination pondering its response. Meanwhile, the rest of Europe is moving on, not expecting a strong Austrian response.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“Werdenfelser Trompeten-Ländler”
Traditional. Public domain.
Performed by the Dachauer Bauern-Kapelle, under the direction of Hans Straßmaier. Public domain recording made in 1910. Source.

Closing Theme

 

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075: The Great Illusion

German Kaiser Wilhelm II (l.) and Russian Emperor Nikolai II (r.) Each is wearing the uniform of the other’s military.

 
In Europe during the last days of peace, Britain, France, and Russia are preoccupied with internal matters, while Austria and Germany discuss war.
 

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

“God Save the King”
Traditional. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

“Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean”
Composed in 1843 by Thomas A. Becket, Sr. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

“God Save the Tsar!”
Composed in 1833 by Alexei Lvov. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

“La Marseillaise”
Composed in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Navy Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing Theme

 

Except when otherwise indicated, the contents of this podcast are © and ℗ 2016, 2017 by Mark Painter, all rights reserved. Some music and sound effects used by arrangement with Pond 5. Above photograph from the German Federal Archives used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 DE license.