Rank #1: 001 Age of Empires
We take a brief look at the world as it is on 1 January 1901--the birthday of the twentieth century.
Rank #2: 100 These Desert Places of the Earth
The Great War was by no means restricted to Europe. In this episode, we begin an occasional series examining the war in Africa.
Rank #3: 002 A Place in the Sun
Germany is pretty much a world leader in everything at the beginning of the 20th century. 13 Nobel Prizes in 10 years. Top that, everyone else!
Rank #4: 003 Touch Me Not
This episode looks at the history of the Philippines through the start of the Spanish-American War.
Rank #5: 135 Stupidity or Treason?
When the Great War began, Russian political factions mostly united in a common front to support the war effort, as political parties did in the other belligerent nations. But when Russia's military reversals and shortcomings in leadership became too obvious to ignore, opponents of the government began to speak up.
Rank #6: 007 La Belle Époque
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
Rank #7: 049 Tales of Old Vienna
The Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary struggles to remain relevant in the quickly changing nineteenth century.
Rank #8: 149 Passchendaele
After the failure of the Nivelle Offensive, and with Russia collapsing into chaos, the British Cabinet unleashes Haig, who begins his latest offensive.
Rank #9: 010 Lest We Forget
Britain is still very much a class-bound society at home and a military power abroad. A look at the state of the Empire in the late 19th century, with a special emphasis on Ireland and South Africa.
Rank #10: 159 The Liberal Crisis
The Great War was framed in the West as a fight for the future of democracy, but in this episode we ponder how the demands of war are weakening democracy at home.
Rank #11: 110 The Shell Shortage
By the spring of 1915, it was clear that the war would last for a long time and that it would be taking an economic toll on all the nations involved, and there would likely be political consequences as well. In Britain, the debate centered on whether the government was doing enough to support the French, and in particular, whether British soldiers were being supplied with enough artillery shells to get the job done.
Rank #12: 134 The Zimmerman Telegram
With the Mexican Revolution winding down and the prospects of war between Mexico and the USA seeming increasingly remote, the German Foreign Secretary explores the idea of inviting Mexico to declare war on the United States.
Rank #13: 158 So Thoroughly Policed
We look at economic and social changes in America brought on by the war, including the Espionage Act and new restrictions on freedom of expression.
Rank #14: 008 J'Accuse...!
France at the turn of the century was rocked by the Dreyfus Affair, where an innocent soldier was convicted of treason, and the Army went to incredible lengths in its refusal to acknowledge what became increasingly obvious.
Rank #15: 027 Too Soon to Thank God
Slavic people occupy half the land area of Europe, and Slav nationalism is going to be a driving force in the history of the 20th century. This episode explains the history of the Slavs, with a special emphasis on the most important Slav nation: Russia.
Rank #16: 105 The Action of a Lunatic
In 1914, Germany and Britain held adjacent colonial territories in East Africa. When the Great War began, Britain attempted to seize German East Africa.
Rank #17: 055 So Far From God
Mexico began the century under the rule of the now elderly Porfirio Diaz. But Diaz was not able to keep up with changing times, and the fall of his rule is the opening chapter of the Mexican Revolution.
Rank #18: 154 The Balfour Declaration
As British troops advance into Palestine, the British Cabinet formally embraces the concept of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, but does not explain what that means.
Rank #19: 011 Moving Like the Wind
The British get the war they want with the Boer republics in South Africa, but the Boers turn out to be more than the British can handle. At first.
Rank #20: 111 The Bulgarian Summer
By the summer of 1915, both the Central Powers and the Allies were keen to get Bulgaria to join the war on their side. The Central Powers won the bidding war, and Bulgaria became the fourth (and last) member of the Central Powers.