106: Breaking the Blockade

RMS Lusitania, in happier days.

 
While the British sought the decisive naval battle that would settle things once and for all, Germany devised a new form of warfare, which led to the sinking of Lusitania.
 
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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

Prelude from Das Rheingold
Composed in 1869 by Richard Wagner. Public domain.
Performed by The United States Marine Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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105: The Action of a Lunatic

An askari from German East Africa, holding aloft the colonial flag.

 
Germany’s largest colonial holding in Africa was German East Africa (modern Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi). When the Great War began, the first British attempts to take control of the territory failed.
 
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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

Lacrymosa from Requiem in D Minor
Composed in 1791 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; arranged for piano by Franz Liszt. Public domain.
Performed by Markus Staab and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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104: The Birth of a Nation

Actual title card from The Birth of a Nation.

 
The NAACP is formed. Jack Johnson becomes the first black world heavyweight boxing champion. Leo Frank, The Birth of a Nation, and the Ku Klux Klan. Our African-American History Month episode.
 
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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

Prélude from Carmen Suite No. 1
Composed in 1875 by Georges Bizet. Public domain.
Performed by Papalin and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

“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.

Closing War Theme

 

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103: Colonialism without Bloodshed

 
Germany claimed Southwest Africa in 1884. This episode traces the history of that territory during German rule until its capture by South Africa in 1915.
 
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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

Funeral March from Siegfried
Composed in 1871 by Richard Wagner. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Marine Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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102: They Showed Us the Way

British Army illustration depicting Sikh soldiers assaulting a German trench during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

 
By the end of 1914, the Western Front had degenerated into hundreds of miles of stalemate. Nothing like it had ever been seen before, and 1915 promised to be more of the same. Allied commanders tested new tactics in the hope of breaking the deadlock.

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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

“Jimbo’s Lullaby,” from Children’s Corner
Composed in 1908 by Claude Debussy. (Arranged for wind ensemble.)
Performed by the Riverside Wind Consort, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-ND 3.0 license. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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101: Strike a Blow Somewhere

Italian Alpine soldiers in 1915.

 
At the beginning of 1915, the Central Powers had to confront the fact that they were under what amounted to the biggest siege in the history of warfare. To hunker down behind barbed wire was to guarantee defeat. They needed to strike a blow somewhere.

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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Composed in 1901 by Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
Performed by the Skidmore College Orchestra. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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100: These Desert Places of the Earth

Map of Africa in 1913, colored according to colonial control: (British [pink], French [blue], German [green], Belgian [yellow], Portuguese [purple], Spanish [magenta], Italian [chartreuse], and independent states [gray]). Map is overlaid with modern borders.

 
The Great War was not limited to Europe. Many of the European nations involved in the war had colonial territories in Africa, and when war began in Europe, it inevitably spilled over.

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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

African Drum Jam
Recorded in Shanghai, China by RTB45 and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

Street Music
Traditional. Public domain.
Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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099: Jihad

Great War-era German postcard depicting Enver Pasha.

 
The Ottoman War Minister, Ismail Enver Pasha, contrived to bring the Empire into the Great War as a German ally. This opened up interesting strategic possibilities against Britain in Egypt and Russia in the Caucasus. The Grand Mufti of Constantinople declared jihad against the Allied powers.

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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

“Leylim Ley”
Traditional. Public domain.
Performed by EKVelika. Public domain recording. Source.

Adagio in G minor
Attributed to Tomaso Albinoni, but probably composed by Remo Giazotto in 1958. Public domain.
Performed by Markus Staab and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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098: Shackled to a Corpse

Ethnic Ukrainian Austrian soldiers in an entrenched position in the Carpathian mountains in 1915.

 
Once it became clear that the Great War was not going to end in a matter of weeks, as most observers expected, Germany found itself in an unenviable position: surrounded by numerically superior enemies and stuck in an alliance with Austria, a nation whose military contribution to the war effort might charitably be described as “disappointing.”

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Fanfare

Opening War Theme

Mazurka
Composed c. 1860 by Henri Wieniawski. Public domain.
Performed by Jean-Claude Féret and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 3.0 license. Source.

Mazurka
Composed c. 1820 by Frédéric Chopin. Public domain.
Performed by Edward Neeman. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme

 

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