Normally I upload new episodes of my podcast on the 1st and 16th days of each month, but because February is the shortest month, I am giving you the second episode a day early. For Episode 39 we will see how the Japanese conquered most of Indonesia, an area the Dutch had dominated for more than three centuries, in only three months.
Yesterday Dan Carlin, the "Godfather of history podcasting," presented his latest contribution, and now my latest podcast episode is available! The podcasters I hang out with do not speak evil of each other’s work, so go ahead and plan your day around listening to Dan’s episode (I certainly will), but I will be happy if you listen to mine, too.
Episode 38 continues on the topic the podcast has been covering since the year began — World War II in Southeast Asia. This time we will see the Japanese invasion of the Philippines begin, but it won’t finish in this episode; resistance to the Japanese is far tougher here than it was in Malaya and Singapore. And this episode will also give the biography of the American commander, Douglas MacArthur, up to 1941, because he will be a key figure in the war from this point on.
As promised, Episode 37 of the podcast is now available! In the last episode you heard about Japan invading China, occupying French Indochina, and bombing Pearl Harbor. Now this episode covers the 1941 Japanese invasion of Thailand, Malaya, and Singapore. Are you ready?
Happy New Year! To begin 2018, the podcast will cover the course of World War II in Southeast Asia. For this episode, we will start by looking at the events in the early twentieth century that motivated Japan to conquer most of East Asia and the western Pacific, and we will finish with the event that brought the United States into the war, the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This is the last episode in the French Indochina mini-series (the others are Episodes 25, 26 and 34), and the last episode for 2017. Here we wrap up by looking at the development of nationalist movements in Vietnam before World War II, with special emphasis on Ho Chi Minh, who will be the most important nationalist after the war. And then we will meet the Cao Dai and Hoa Hao, two new religious sects that got started in South Vietnam in the early twentieth century.
Episode 34 is now available! This time we continue our look at Southeast Asia in the early twentieth century (up to 1941), with a visit to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, while the French were running those countries. If you’re interested in the Vietnam War coming later on, you may consider this episode a prequel, or a table-setting episode. Don’t miss it!
The latest podcast episode continues our narrative on Southeast Asia in the early twentieth century, by looking at Indonesia, then called the Dutch East Indies, from 1901 to 1941 (A.D.). First we will learn how oil was discovered in the islands, and how it replaced spices as Indonesia’s most important product. Then we will see how the Dutch administered the islands during that time. Finally we will follow the development of Indonesian nationalism, and meet Sukarno, the first leader of modern Indonesia.