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History's Lost Speeches

Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: History, World
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Summary

A five part series exploring how the story of Western ideology may have unfolded differently in the 20th Century, based on the undelivered speeches of world leaders. Features academics, writers and historians talking to presenter Professor Suzannah Lipscomb.

Tracking through the 20th century, from the Western heroic rhetoric borne of Allied success in the D-Day Landings, all the way to Britain's present day relationship with Europe, we'll explore the fragile balance of power, nuclear armament, warfare, heroic narratives and the spread of democratic protest throughout the world.

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Interesting and enjoyable, asking What if...

I hope another series of this podcast will be commissioned because it's very interesting and enjoyable to speculate about what might have been different has key historical events happened differently. Of course we can never know, but it's fun to wonder and explore the role of significant events in the self images of various nations. Reminds you that nothing is guaranteed, that the fates of millions can hinge on events, on luck. I wonder how future generations will think about the decisions we make now.

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I just love counterfactuals

As a non-professional history buff, who lived through 4 of the 5 chapters discussed by the author, all I can say is "what happened ,happened ". It was interesting to hear the alternative speeches. Unfortunately , I won't be around in 30 years time to listen to Brexit and Corona virus discussed in a similar vein by future historians. If you are under 40, do download and listen.

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Interesting and thoughtful

Interesting and thought provoking. Listening to Episode 4 took me back to almost forgotten feelings and fears of the 1980s, while Episode 1 in particular, made me realise that every moment, for good or bad, pivots before committing us all. An enjoyable listen.

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Very interesting and well articulated

Thoroughly enjoyed and would love to see more content like this. Well edited and presented.

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Brilliant

Stumbled across these short podcasts. Thought provoking and insightful looks at key moments in modern history. Would could have happened?

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thinking of what, may have been?

really enjoyed the series as it made you think of the "what it question" ...

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Thought provoking, well reasoned, clearly presented accounts of what might have happened if democratic history had taken a different path.