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History Unplugged Podcast | American History, World History, World War 2, US Presidents, Civil War-logo

History Unplugged Podcast | American History, World History, World War 2, US Presidents, Civil War

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#137: A Short History of the War of the Roses

11/22/2017
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The Wars of the Roses were a series of battles that were fought between the supporters of the House of Lancaster (Lancastrians) and the supporters of the House of York (Yorkists). The wars were called the Wars of the Roses because the Yorkists were represented by a white rose and the Lancastrians by a red rose.

Duration: 00:07:48


#136: Richard Francis Burton—The Man Who Knew the Most Languages in History

11/21/2017
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Richard Francis Burton was an explorer, translator, and contender for the 19th-century's world's most interesting man. He was also functional in dozens of languages and translated monumental works of scholarship from Arabic and Portuguese in English.

Duration: 00:07:07


#135: The Scopes Monkey Trial, HL Mencken, and Religion in Public Life—Darryl Hart

11/20/2017
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If you’ve seen the 1960 Spencer Tracy movie Inherit the Wind, you know about the Scopes Monkey Trial. In this real-life 1925 case, John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which had made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school. The case became an enormous media sensation. It was reported on like a boxing match, science vs. fundamentalism. But oddly enough, Scopes was not originally brought to trial by any fundamentalists. The trial was...

Duration: 00:55:06


#134: The Reformation Happened 500 Years Ago, But It's More Timely Than Ever—Benjamin Wiker

11/17/2017
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Secularism, radical Islam, and nationalism all sound like buzzwords pulled straight from today’s headlines. But you might be surprised to know that 500 years ago they were at the epicenter of one of the greatest religious and political convulsions in western history—the Reformation. Today I talk with Prof. Bejamin Wiker, author of the new book The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know. He brings to light the enduring relevance of one of the most significant events in...

Duration: 00:39:16


#133: How Did You Call the Police Before the Phone Was Invented?

11/16/2017
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Dialing 9-1-1 is a new innovation (at least in the sense of the scope of human history), but the need for emergency services goes back to the earliest settlements. How did a pre-modern civilization call for help when there were no phone lines?

Duration: 00:06:29


#132: All the Presidents Who Owned Slaves and How They Treated Them

11/15/2017
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A whole bunch of presidents owned slaves considering they took an oath to uphold the rights of their citizens. But how many of the pre-Civil War presidents actually owned slaves? And how did they treat them?

Duration: 00:06:09


#131: Who Were Worse—The Spanish Conquistadors or the Aztecs?

11/14/2017
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The Spanish conquistadors have rightly been called out for their brutal treatment and enslavement of native populations. But did they behave worse than the Aztecs?

Duration: 00:07:36


#130: The Lives of Slaves, Heretics, Cave-Dwellers, and Other People Ancient History Never Tells You About—Robert Garland

11/13/2017
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The 19th-century historian Thomas Carlyle wrote, “The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” In a sense that's true. We have plenty of biographies of emperors, popes, kings, queens, and leaders of the ancient world. But what about those who made up 99.999% percent of the population and didn't have such illustrious lives? Professor Robert Garland has focused on the world of history’s anonymous citizens. We discuss daily life for workers, the poor, the elderly, the sick, the...

Duration: 01:23:26


#129: What Did Entertainment Do To The Romans?

11/10/2017
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You can point to hundreds of factors that led to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire (which Edward Gibbon and many others have been doing for centuries). Decadence and frivolous entertainment are among the main culprits. But did bread and circuses really do in the Romans? TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:09:11


#128: Syriac-The Best Language for Conquering The Ancient World

11/9/2017
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If you were transported to the ancient world, there's only one language that could be used in Roman Briton and China alike. It was Syriac: the lingua franca of the Silk Road and your best language to learn to conquer the ancient world. TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:08:37


#127: The Most Valuable Lost Treasure That Still Exists

11/8/2017
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As Imperial Spain transported literal tons of gold from the New World to the motherland, hurricanes sunk much of it to the bottom of the Atlantic. Find out about the most valuable treasure that is likely still out there. TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:05:35


#126: Did Vikings Have Tattoos?

11/7/2017
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Vikings left behind nearly no writings, except for Runic scripts on rocks. New burial site excavations show they also left them behind on their bodies. TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:08:23


#125: Call of Duty: WW2's Historical Advisor Marty Morgan on Bringing the War to Life

11/6/2017
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Call of Duty is top best-selling first-person shooter series based on real events, but lately it has veered into futuristic sci-fi country. Call of Duty: World War II is an attempt to go back to the games WW2 roots. And historian Marty Morgan is there to make sure they get it right. He's an expert in military history who specializes in the World Wars. Morgan is a consultant for Sledgehammer Games. He has also has led hundreds of tour groups at the battle sites of D-Day, the Battle of the...

Duration: 01:22:55


#124: The Codpiece—The Worst Fashion Trend in History

11/3/2017
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A wealthy man in the 1500s wore a large flap on the front of his trousers to accentuate his "credentials," which looked like an exterior athletic cup. How did this bizarre fashion trend take off, why did it end, and will it make a comeback? TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:06:56


#123: Why Almost No Medieval Peasant Cottages Survive Today

11/2/2017
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Archeological findings have led to breakthroughs in our understand of the Roman and ancient Near Eastern worlds, but little survives from the 500s-900s. Why weren't medieval buildings made to last? TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:07:13


#122: How a Nikita Khruschev Mistranslation Threatened Nuclear War

11/1/2017
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When Nikita Khruschev pounded his shoe on a podium, declaring "We will bury you!" many feared imminent nuclear war. Turns out a better translation of his original Russian completely changes the meaning of the phrase TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:07:49


#121: British Girl, Nazi German POW—A Love Story

10/31/2017
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Were there any British women who fell in love with German POWs living in England in the mid-1940s? Despite the extreme cultural taboo, the answer is yes. Love always finds a way. TO HELP OUT THE SHOW Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help and I read each one.Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher

Duration: 00:09:21


#120: Assassin's Creed's Resident Historian Maxime Durand on Mixing Fact with Fiction

10/30/2017
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Like it or not, far more millennials will learn about Renaissance and medieval history through Assassin's Creed than they ever will through a history book. That can be dispiriting on the one hand —the game, after all, seems like a completely ahistorical look on the Nizaris—or Assassin's as they are known in the West—and the knights Templar. Plenty of flipping and stabbing but little in the way of fact. But what if Ubisoft, the creators of Assassin's Creed, actually take their history very...

Duration: 00:57:01


#119: Cruel and Unusual (Medieval) Punishment

10/27/2017
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An inquisitor thirsty for a confession had plenty of medieval tools of torture at his disposal: the iron maiden, the judas cradle, the rack, or the brazen bull. Turns out many of these devices are fabrications from hundreds of years later made for museums that wanted to display the barbarism of the "Dark Ages." TO HELP OUT THE SHOW iTunesiTunesStitcher

Duration: 00:13:03


#118: The Easter Uprising of 1916

10/26/2017
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Learn about one of the most important events in modern Irish history. On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, a group of Irish nationalists proclaimed the establishment of the Irish Republic. They, along with some 1,600 followers, staged a rebellion against the British government in Ireland. It all started at a modest post office in Dublin and led to a direct clash with British troops. TO HELP OUT THE SHOW iTunesiTunesStitcher

Duration: 00:09:00

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