The AskHistorians Podcast (general)
A podcast by history nerds for history nerds (and everyone else too).

Elos discusses some of the prominent and popular ideas about The Great War, particularly in the anglosphere. Covered are the notion of "lions led by donkeys" and the idea of marching lockstep into machine gun fire, as well as the expected time an average soldier would spend in a combat zone. Key, however, is challenging the idea that WWI was a static and senseless conflict, instead of a dynamic engagement whose tactics and strategy were rooted in practical considerations.

Direct download: AHP_034_WW1Misconceptions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:48am EDT
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Caffarelli composes a special episode on Alessandro Moreschi, the famous castrato opera singer whose voice was preserved by early recording technology. She discusses his life, his music, limitations on recordings, and the practice of musical castration. This solo episode is followed by a short Q&A session.  

Direct download: AHP_034_Moreschi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT
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Usual host 400-Rabbits takes a turn as the interviewee, speaking on the relationship between the sister cities of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco. The early history of the Mexica, the founding of the cities, and their different trajectories in Mesoamerican history are covered, culminating in the 1473 CE war between the two polities. In the background of the episode is the problem of interpreting primary sources, their biases and inconsistencies.

Direct download: AHP_033_TenochtitlanTlatelolco.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59am EDT
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Dr. Jennifer Evans, lecturer in history at the University of Hertfordshire, and Dr. Sara Read, lecturer in English at Loughborough University, make a special appearance on the AskHistorians podcast to discuss women's health in England during the early modern era. Covering the medical schema and standard of care of the time, Drs. Read and Evans touch on fertility, infections, menstruation, and the lived experience of women at the time. 

More of their work can be found on their blog, Early Modern Medicine. In addition, both have works of interest: Dr. Evans' Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England is available from Boydell & Brewer, and Dr. Read's Menstruation and the Female Body in Early Modern England is available from Palgrave-MacMillan. 

Direct download: AHP_032_EarlyModernWomensHealth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am EDT
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Cordis_Melum discusses the ambitious mid-20th Century modernization program in mainland China known as the Great Leap Forward. The ideology behind the push to establish a self-sufficient communist utopia; the steps and mis-steps taken in industry and agriculture; the political blowback; and the aftermath covered.

Direct download: AHP_031_GreatLeapForward.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am EDT
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Continuing the conversation with Husky54 about the Book of Daniel. In this episode we cover the later chapters of Daniel before moving on to chapters and additional text considered apocryphal in some traditions. 

Till 18:38 - Chapters 8-12

18:38 - Prayer of Azariah

26:28 - Susanna and the Elders

33:37 - Bel and the Dragon

43:14 - Interpretations of Daniel

Direct download: AHP_030_BookofDaniel2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EDT
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Husky54 returns to the podcast for an in-depth delve into Daniel, the Book of. Approaching the work as a historical text, this episode -- the first of two -- covers the relationship of Daniel to other works in the Hebrew Bible; the language and content of the first seven chapters; and situates the book within the historical context of the time it was written. 

3:20 - Background and Dating the Text

16:50 - Chapters 1 & 2

33:35 - Chapter 3

41:17 - Chapter 4

48:53 - Chapter 5 

54:20 - Chapter 6 & Darius the Mede

1:05:17 - Chapter 7 

 

 

Direct download: AHP_029_BookofDaniel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am EDT
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James Brooks, city editor of the Juneau Empire and author of 9.2: Kodiak Island and the World's Second-Largest Earthquake, talks on four natural and manmade disasters in Alaska. Through the 1912 Katmai-Novarupta volcanic eruption, the 1925 Nome Serum Run, the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake, and the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, we get a picture of how the state of Alaska changed throughout the 20th century.

Direct download: AHP_028_AlaskanDisasters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EDT
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Keyilan takes on the topic of official language policy in China (both PRC and Taiwan), North and South Korea, and Japan. Dispelling some myths about languages in East Asia, he goes on to cover efforts at character simplification; efforts to promulgate "proper" language; modern linguistic differences stemming from political divisions; and why Taiwan spoke Japanese for a while, among much more.

One of our longer single episodes, China takes up most of the show, with Korea being covered around minute 56 and the section on Japan around 1 hour 20 minutes in.

Direct download: AHP_027_AsianLanguagePolicy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39am EDT
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AsiaExpert provides an overview of the politics and social unrest of South Korea since the end of the Korean War. Starting from the meteoric rise of Syngman Rhee and continuing up to the establishment of the 6th Republic, this episode covers everything from the April Revolution, to Park dictatorship, to the chaebol system, to some reasons why South Koreans today may be less familiar with the smell of tear gas than their parents and grandparents.

Direct download: AHP_026_SouthKorea.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EDT
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