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How Did Reading Books Shape War?

January 09, 2024
00:00 50:06
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This episode we examine the intersection of books and war as we sit down with esteemed historian Andrew Pettegree. We discuss his groundbreaking work, 'THE BOOK AT WAR: How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading,'

Pettegree challenges the notion that books and warfare exist in separate realms. Instead, he explores their intricate relationship throughout history, revealing the profound impact of words on the battlefield.

From providing solace to troops during World War II to acting as agents of warfare, books play a multifaceted role in shaping societies during times of conflict.

Our guest, Andrew Pettegree, a distinguished professor of modern history at the University of St. Andrews, brings his expertise to unravel the complex and often ambivalent dynamics between books and war.

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Josh Cohen is a journalist and commentator living out of the Midwest.

He has written for a number of reputable publications.

His fascination with history is in the story of our existence and how it is told. Keeping the tradition of storytelling alive in Eyewitness History is what drives him.
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