History of the World podcast
By Chris Hasler
History of the World podcastJan 20, 2019
Vol 4 Ep 59 - Heian Japan
794 - 1180 - We are covering the period of Japan's history from the relocation of the capital city to Heian-kyō up to the outbreak of the Genpei War.
Ancient Japan (debrief)
A big catch up since the episode on the Delhi Sultanate. We look at the source material for both the Delhi Sultanate and Ancient Japan. Another look at the struggles of an Englishmen learning the nature of intonation in the languages of the Far East, and some honest assessments on the current regularity of episodes.
Vol 4 Ep 58 - Ancient Japan
40000 BCE - 794 CE - We haven't studied Japan in too much detail until now, so it is necessary for us to introduce the story of the islands from the very beginning.
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 1st September 2023
This week's magazine episode takes us back to pre-historic Europe when modern humans met the neanderthals, ancient Mesoamerica where we encounter the Olmecs, Classical Rome where we study the early years of the life of Julius Caesar, and the story of the first Europeans to visit New York City.
Vol 4 Ep 57 - The Delhi Sultanate
1206 - 1526 - After the Ghurids crossed the Khyber Pass, Islam fast became a major religion of the Indian subcontinent, adding to the cultural diversity of these lands, but would this change be short lived or permanent?
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 16th August 2023
In this week's episode we look back on the mysterious Mitochondrial Eve, the mysterious Xia dynasty of ancient China, and the not so mysterious Battle of Carrhae between the Roman Republic and the Parthian Persian Empire.
The Cholas (debrief)
Any opportunity for everybody to enjoy a debrief episode where we talk in further depth about the experience of making this episode and some of the sources used to get it done.
Vol 4 Ep 56 - The Cholas
848 - 1070 - From humble beginnings in the far south, the Chola initially took advantage of territorial expansion before taking to the seas and establishing more power away from mainland India. This episode plots the rise and fall of the Cholas.
A look back on the source material used for the podcast and the approach used to try to condense such a wide subject into a thirty minute podcast episode.
SPECIAL - Historiography
This episode essentially talks about the history of history writing, and what history writing has meant for the wider world over the timelines of history itself.
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 25th July 2023
In this week's magazine episode, we will be looking at what chimpanzees can teach us about how our ancestral species communicated with each other, we will be examining the artistry of the Indus Valley Civilisation, and we will be looking at the final conflict of the Second Punic War between the Carthaginians and the Romans.
The History of Thailand (debrief)
Looking back over the source material for the special episode on Thailand as well as me contending with Thai pronunciation and the desire to remain impartial. I chat about Chalke Valley History Festival and Beaulieu Motor Museum, and introduce the new History of the World podcast social media presence on Threads.
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 18th July 2023
In this week's magazine we look back at Europe as the Western Roman Empire fell, the Battle of Cannae when Hannibal's Carthaginians met the Romans in battle, the fantastic story of the Trojan War, and how to make your own stone age tool using hard hammering percussion.
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 10th July 2023
In this episode, we'll be looking back at the paleoanthropologist Eugene Dubois; the relationship between the Mycenaeans and the Minoans; the incredible journey of Hannibal across the Alps; and the rise and fall of the Macedonian Empire.
SPECIAL - The History of Thailand
The complete journey from the beginnings of human occupation right through to the aftermath of the death of King Rama IX, and everything in between. We explore the reasons why Thailand has such a unique identity but also how it is a nation of divided opinions.
26th June 2023 Magazine (debrief)
A brief discussion reflecting on the five years of the podcast and many of the things that have been learned about reporting history and creating quality productions along the way. Also a look at how the podcast went from a humble but ambitious project, to a small business of its own with plenty more potential going forward.
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 26th June 2023
The History of the World podcast is five years old, so we go back and listen to an excerpt from the first ever episode, as well as looking at the modern evolution of writing, the enigmatic King Pyrrhus of Epirus and the reason why the Mayans caused some to believe that the world would end in the year 2012.
Easy Company (debrief)
More chit chat about Easy Company and the works used to construct the episode.
SPECIAL - Easy Company
1942 - 1945 - Easy Company were such a closely knit unit of men, that they have been referred to as a "band of brothers", a phrase inspired by the writing of William Shakespeare. Follow the Second World War story of these United States army paratroopers.
SPECIAL - Elizabethan Sea Dogs
1532 - 1624 - With the advent of transatlantic seafaring came the opportunity for Spain to become great. Queen Elizabeth I of England wanted to limit Spanish power and so she would grant her greatest naval commanders a free reign, bringing some great characters to the fore.
Elizabethan Sea Dogs (debrief)
This long episode was aided by a number of sources for information and this debrief episode explains those sources and how they were used to construct this special episode.
The History of the World podcast Magazine - 5th June 2023
Unscripted (52) - In this episode of the podcast, we look back at the day of the Battle of Hastings in England in 1066, the incredible geoglyphic creations of the Nazca cultures of Ancient Peru, the amazing life of the early modern King of Sweden, Gustavus Adolfus, and what happened to Egypt after the fall of the New Kingdom.
SPECIAL - The Pre-Columbian Mound Builders of North America
800 BCE - 1750 CE - This episode serves as a general overview of the archaeological cultures of North America and their connections to each other, as we learn more about the type of people who were living in the eastern United States before the arrival of Europeans.
The Pre-Columbian Mound Builders of North America (debrief)
A look at some of the source material for the podcast, and exactly what defines the label "expert" when it comes to historians and podcasts about history.
Vol 4 Ep 42a debrief - The Emirate of Granada
A closer look at the source material used in the construction of this special episode which focuses on the final stages of the Reconquista.
Vol 3 Ep 64a debrief - The Evolution of Religion
A brief discussion about the books that were used to construct this episode, and a look at the advantages of advertising.
Unscripted (51) ( Retrospective special )
Join us on this journey back in time to New Kingdom Egypt, Ptolemaic Egypt, Classical World China, and medieval Iceland.
Unscripted (51) debrief
We discuss the latest developments with the podcast, including advertising and re-recording old episodes.
Vol 2 Ep 28a debrief - The Yamnaya Culture
A discussion about the source material used for the production of the main episode.
Vol 4 Ep 55 debrief - Medieval Europe
A look at the preparation, resources and struggles of producing the last two episodes and a thorough overview of the eight special episodes that will be coming in the next set of broadcasts.
Vol 4 Ep 55 - SUMMARY - Medieval Europe, Part Two
1000 - 1453 - The modern countries of Europe were beginning to evolve and mature as they jostled for lands and superiority over one another. Underpinning the status of the new nations was the influence of religion with the Papacy attempting to rule supreme over the kingdoms of Europe and attempting to create a Roman Catholic bubble that may persecute other religious movements at will.
Vol 4 Ep 54 - SUMMARY - Medieval Europe, Part One
600 - 1085 - The modern nations of Europe begin to emerge as populations civilise, populate and Christianise. The Papacy becomes central to European politics.
Vol 4 Ep 53 - BATTLE - The Battle of Kutná Hora ( 1421 )
1421 - The execution of Jan Hus caused rebellion in the Kingdom of Bohemia, when early Protestants against the Catholic Church rallied to send a message to the Holy Roman Empire and the Pope. This battle is a part of the wider Hussite Wars.
Vol 4 Ep 53 debrief - The Battle of Kutná Hora
A brief subscriber only chat about some of the source material used in the production of this episode.
Vol 4 Ep 52 - BATTLE - The Battle of Grunwald ( 1410 )
1410 - The Christianisation of the states of north-east Europe left the Teutonic Order with no neighbouring nations to conduct military missions against. As the relatively new nations of Poland and Lithuania tried to establish their status, the Teutonic Order would inevitably become involved.
BONUS - The Ancient World Cup Final
A special preview of the Ancient World Cup Final between the Ancient Egyptians and The Romans
Vol 4 Ep 51 - BATTLE - The Battle on the Ice ( 1242 )
1242 - Paganism remained dominant in the north-east corner of Europe, but the race to convert the natives brought the Western Catholic Crusaders into conflict with the Eastern Orthodox Russians. The resulting conflict took place on the surface of a frozen lake.
Vol 4 Ep 51 debrief - The Battle on the Ice
An exclusive subscribers' episode revealing more about the sources used for this week's episode and some of the latest developments and news from the podcast.
Vol 4 Ep 50 debrief - The Siege of Orléans and Joan of Arc
A subscribers episode explaining some of the sources used for the Siege of Orléans and Joan of Arc episode and some other bits and pieces.
Vol 4 Ep 50 - The Siege of Orléans and Joan of Arc
1415 - 1431 - The incredible story of how a young peasant girl managed to convince the French royal court to show a more aggressive attitude to the wars in France and how it was able to turn the tables on the English during the Hundred Years' War.
Unscripted (50) ( Retrospective special )
Something completely new for the History of the World podcast. While we wait for the new episode, we revive some of the great stories that we have already told in years gone by. Plus the result of the first semi-final of the History of the World podcast Ancient World Cup.
Vol 4 Ep 49 - BATTLE - The Battle of Agincourt ( 1415 )
1415 - King Henry V of England was committed to targetting the French and launched an attack on France to reclaim lost lands and take the hand of the French king's daughter. Henry would actually end up in a race against time to escape France with his life.
Vol 4 Ep 49 debrief - The Battle of Agincourt
A subscribers' episode discussing the sources used for the recent Hundred Years' War episodes, a look ahead to what will happen after the conclusion of the Ancient World Cup and a pledge for help from all of you wonderful people in regards to Volume 5.
SPECIAL - Snorri Sturluson
The original episode, now unpublished and since replaced. 1179 - 1241 This episode tells the life story of the Icelandic saga writer and statesman who lived during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries during the closing years of Icelandic independence.
SPECIAL - The Picts
The original episode, now unpublished and since replaced. 43 - 848 - When the Romans invaded Britain they discovered people who had decorated their bodies with bright colours. Who were these people and what became of them?
Vol 4 Ep 48 - BATTLE - The Battle of Crécy ( 1346 )
1346 - All of the male descedants of King Philip IV of France had died out, apart from one, King Edward III of England. The French would find a way to avoid crowning Edward in favour of a cousin and this would cause Edward to raise a massive army and invade the north of France.
Vol 4 Ep 47 - The Hundred Years' War
1337 - 1453 - The Hundred Years' War was a series of conflicts between the kingdoms of England and France and their ruling dynasties, the Plantagenets and the Capetians. This is a whistle-stop tour of the main events that shaped the conflicts.
Vol 4 Ep 46 - The Black Death
1346 - 1353 - It was not the first time that the bubonic plague had hit Eurasia, but this time nobody could have expected the sudden and relentless wave of devastation that affected all of the nations of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
Vol 4 Ep 45 - BATTLE - The Battle of Bannockburn ( 1314 )
1314 - After the death of King Edward I of England, the Hammer of the Scots, the self proclaimed Scottish king, Robert the Bruce started a campaign of seizing Scottish castles garrisoned by the English. When Stirling Castle was about to fall to the Scots, King Edward II of England had no choice but to act.
Vol 4 Ep 44 - The First War of Scottish Independence
1290 - 1314 - A series of tragedies left the comparatively stable Scottish monarchy in disarray leading to the opportunistic King Edward I of England attempting to enforce overlordship on the Scots. William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in particular looked to oppose this action.