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Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!

Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!
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Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!

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English


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The Arrogant and the Clueless: The Battle of Arausio and its Severe Consequences for the Roman Republic

12/3/2018
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By the late second century BC, the Roman Republic had persevered and conquered through many disasters: so many, in fact, that conquest and eventual victory were taken for granted. In response to a barbaric tribal threat, a small group of selfish and complacent Roman aristocrats would bungle Rome into a catastrophe that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. The price for eventual victory would be freedom itself, as events were set in motion that would destroy the Republic and replace it with...

Duration:00:58:47

Overthrow Your Superiors: Samurai Japan and the Rise of Hideyoshi

11/18/2018
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The samurai era conjures up many ideas for most of us: honor codes, poetry, tradition, and splendid warriors with legendary swords. This image was never truly accurate, but it was gone by the 1540s. The once-glorious capital was half in ashes, the old lords had nearly all been destroyed, and the country had been in anarchy for two generations. It was a time of total disaster, but also a time in which the class structure was fluid enough that a simple peasant would rise in time to reunify...

Duration:01:16:31

Restorer of the World: Emperor Aurelian and the Saving of Western Civilization

10/31/2018
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The man known to history as Aurelian rose to power in the Roman Empire during the chaotic “Crisis of the Third Century”—a time when rampant civil war, foreign threats, and a collapsing economy brought Western Civilization to the edge of ruin. Over the course of less than five years, this son of a common peasant turned back barbarian hordes, rallied the last imperial resources, and restored breakaway fragments to the whole. A grateful Roman Senate named him “The Restorer of the World,” but...

Duration:01:40:47

One Man's Gamble: The Short Reign of King Harold and the Birth of the English Language

10/31/2018
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William “the Conqueror” gets all the press. As the man who changed the course of British (and World) history with his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, he’s one of the more famous leaders to be crowned King of England. His victory, however, was anything but a foregone conclusion. In a three-way fight for the throne, the decisions of his rival Harold Godwinson loomed large in William’s eventual victory, making The Conqueror’s conquest (and the birth of this wonderfully odd hybrid...

Duration:01:09:09

761 Steaming Scalps: Chief Little Turtle, the Arrogance of George Washington, and the Greatest Military Defeat the U.S. Army Ever Suffered Against Native People

10/31/2018
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Against the rushing tide of white European settlers, victories for the native peoples of America were difficult to come by and rarely had even a fleeting effect on the course of events. In the popular imagination, the “Great Indian Warrior” sits astride a horse on the Great Plains, waiting to outmaneuver columns of arrogant, blue-coated cavalry. Few know that the greatest triumph of tribal people over American armed forces came as far back as 1791, held back the line of settlement for...

Duration:01:32:47

Guerrilla! Ibn-al-Khattab’s jihad and the Humiliation of the Russian Army

10/31/2018
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Guerrilla wars are hard to fight under any circumstances—guerrillas are typically outgunned and outnumbered in any one battlefield, and must deal with constant shortages in supply, medical equipment, and ammunition. Some of the few advantages to being a guerrilla are that at least you can blend in with the local population to hide when you are not fighting, and usually that population and its culture far outnumber your enemy’s army. How do you manage, then, when you don't even have those...

Duration:01:35:49