Episode 156

Why Do We Go To War? With Richard Overy

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When Alexander crossed the Hellespont to invade the Persian Empire in 334BC, he began a thirst for war that could not be sated. Territory was not his aim, nor was power for its own sake. What of Germany in 1914 and 1939? Competition with the great powers in the former case, and a demand for resources in the second were important motivations.

Joining to discuss these and other examples is Richard Overy, historian of the Second World War and the author of many bestselling and award winning books.

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