The Podcast History of the World
052 - The Shang Dynasty10/29/14
The second dynasty of China, although it's the first we have written evidence for! The Shang certainly have an interesting history, although it's kind of all feeling like deja vu...
051 - The Xia Dynasty
Armed with more primary sources, it's time to embark on our tour of China's dynasties! And what better one to start with then the one people can't even agree existed.
050 - The Origins of China
We begin our tour of ancient China! Gonna throw it out there right now, I do my best with the pronunciations. I think they're decent but they're not perfect. If you want to hear fluent speakers there are two excellent Chinese History podcasts...
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Apologies to those checking their feeds and seeing this instead of episode 50! Please don't skip this one over although it's ok if you do...I'll understand...Naw it's cool. Episode 50 will be out later this month!
049 - Empires and Invasions
In this, our last exciting episode in Ancient India, we'll see what happens when good empires go bad! We're condensing a lot of 'civilizations' into this wrap-up episode - Baktrians, Kushans, and the always hard to pronounce Yuezhi, or Yueh-chih. Both...
048 - Ashoka the Great
India's greatest emperor isn't known for his military conquests or building projects or really anything else other emperors do! What Ashoka has that others don't is a genuine compassion for life and a desire to spread happiness. Well, I mean, after a...
047 - Chandragupta Maurya & Son
I originally planned this as a one shot episode on the Mauryans, but there's too many good stories! Also in this episode, our Macedonian timeline crosses into our current one. Normally you don't want to cross streams but since I don't see any ancient...
046 - Magadha
First off it's pronounced mah-guh-duh, not maGAHdah - so I got it right! Keep your ears open for a word I just can't say right no many how many times I try! This was initially supposed to be a longer episode but then I found a neat story that I had to...
045 - Nirvana
Smells like...an episode on some very important religious figures of Indian history!
044 - The Vedic Age
An episode in which I try to mispronounce as many languages as possible, and then attempt to reconcile massive historical controversies in just under 20 minutes. Fun!
043 - The Indus Valley Civilization
Our first episode in India! Although really most of it takes place in Pakistan. Not that either exist at this point. And it's another episode based on no written information whatsoever! Hooray!
042 - Alexander the Great pt.2
Who says you can't condense the life and adventures of Western Civilization's most famous conqueror into two episodes? We wind up our travels with Alexander in this, our final episode with the ancient Greeks! Oh who am I kidding. I'm sure we'll see...
041 - Alexander the Great
Was he so great? Well his mom certainly thought so, and so did he! And really, when it comes right down to it, he did more by 20 than pretty much everybody since then. Lousy overachievers...
040 - Philip II
You can't talk about Alexander without talking about his dad, Philip II! Without him Macedon wouldn't have all the institutions and military doohickeys that let Alex pretty much go straight to work on the Persians.
039 - Attack of the Philosophers!
It took a lot of self control to not include war, fighting, or any form of soldiers with pointy objects trying to poke other soldiers with pointy objects in this episode! Don't you start falling asleep on me, I ASSURE you it's interesting! And for you...
038 - Socrates and the War's End
Will the brutal militarism of Sparta triumph against the brutal democracy of Athens? And Socrates - what's up with him? Doesn't he know that every rose has its thorn just like every night has its dawn? With a guest introduction from Benjamin Ashwell...
037 - The Peloponnesian War
In which a bunch of Ancient Greeks remember that they never really liked each other in the first place and off to war they go!
036 - The Age of Pericles
It's a good time to be an Athenian when Pericles is in the house! Smooching girlfriends, building temples, and teasing the Corinthians. All in a days work!
035 - Athens Strikes Back!
Well that took long enough. The story continues after the Persian Wars! Greece is still standing! Athens wants to get back in the game! And heroes are once again dealt with the only way the city knows how.
034 - The Persian Wars: Culmination
Part two of our look at the war for THE FATE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. Whoops! My hyperbole button got stuck for a second. Lots of military stuff in this here episode, so if you dig that, this is the one for you!
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