Episode 53

The Destruction of Smyrna, 1922 with Giles Milton

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This week’s pod discusses the horrific events in Smyrna, Asia Minor, in 1922 – modern day Izmir in Turkey. On the centenary, Giles Milton and I discuss the horrific events that killed tens of thousands of Levantines living peacefully in the city, and caused a humanitarian disaster. If you don’t know about this, you should. Giles is a friend of the show, and author of Paradise Lost, all about the tragedy.

After that, I chat briefly with Paul Lay, author of Providence Lost (you see what they’re doing here?) about his Buckingham History Festival, which features many friends of the show and is on soon.