Peasants & Emperors is a podcast presenting topics related to democracy, science, culture, women’s issues, current events and critical thinking. A new podcast is produced and available for listening/download approximately every two weeks.
In episode four, join the cast as they present a different take on Remembrance Day while also addressing some important issues related to the eating of meat.
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Episode Corrections & Clarifications
1. In 1932 Europe was caught in the throes of the Great Depression; it became evident Germany could not meet its reparations payments. The major countries of Europe met in 1932 at the Lausanne Conference and agreed to suspend payments indefinitely. In 1952 the London Debt Agreement was reached whereby it was determined if/when Germany was ever reunited it would repay its war debts as set out in the Treaty of Versailles (1919). Germany began reparation payments in 1996 and made their final payment in 2010.
2. J. R. R. Tolkien fought at the Battle of the Somme which took place between July 1 and November 1, 1916, between the armies of France, England and Germany. The British suffered approximately 420,000 casualties, the French around 200,000 while the Germans suffered about 465,000. Tolkien lost two good friends at the battle (Robert Gilson and Geoffrey Bache Smith). According to the Lord of the Rings Wiki (http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_the_Somme), Tolkien’s involvement at the Somme lasted from July to October 1916. He served as a battalion signalling officer to the 11th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. The was in the Battle of Thiepval Ridge helping to capture the Regina Trench from the Germans. The wretched conditions of the trenches and areas of battle along with stress caused Tolkien to come down with trench fever and trench foot which put him out of the war permanently.