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Reflecting History is an educational history podcast that explores significant historical events and themes without losing track of the ordinary people involved. Covering a wide variety of topics, it is a narrative driven podcast that delves into the connection between history, psychology, and philosophy on a personal level.
 
The Maritime History Podcast is a chronological look at maritime history and its numerous facets. Beginning with ancient history, the podcast looks at trade, exploration, boat and ship-building, economics, and the relationship between the ocean and the development of society and culture throughout history. Learn more about the podcast at https://maritimehistorypodcast.com.
 
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In July 1848, a group of activists gather in Seneca Falls, New York, to press for women’s rights. Subsequently, in 1893, New Zealand becomes the first country to grant voting Rights to Women. It takes another 27 years, before women in the US can finally vote. Access to birth control and safe abortion becomes the next obstacle to overcome and the 19…
 
In this episode, I sat down with Vietnam War veteran and now best selling author William V. Taylor to talk about his memoir “On Full Automatic: Surviving 13 Months In Vietnam.” During the discussion we talked about his enlistment and training process, the types and nature of combat during his time there, the role of the environment and how factors …
 
On December 25, 1991, the Soviet flag flies over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev announces that after 74 years as one of the world's most powerful nations, the Soviet Union no longer exists, and will break up in 15 separate countries. Though the groundwork of the political and economic collapse was laid duri…
 
Tracing the events in Pakistan immediately post independence - its challenges towards drafting a Constitution and the delicate balance between democracy, secularism, religious right and the military. The biggest challenge and issue was Pakistan's relationship with the Bengali speaking majority in East Pakistan.…
 
In this episode I sat down with historian Susan Carruthers to discuss her new book "Dear John: Love and Loyalty in Wartime America." We discuss the history of the Dear John letter in times of war, how relationships and emotional life are stressed during times of war, social norms and gender roles in regards to letter writing in times of war, the sw…
 
Tracing the history of creation of treaties that consolidated, made up the Geneva Protocol. The Protocol starts with protecting the rights of the wounded soldiers in battle and expands to prisoners of war and finally expanding into protecting rights of civilians during a conflict. But will the world adhere to the guidelines or blatantly flout all n…
 
Welcome, crew. This is a temporarily unlocked member episode, open to everyone for the remainder of March since I was unable to record a regular episode this month. It will revert to subscriber-only access on April 1. Today we depart slightly from a focused look at ships, and branch out to consider mythology that has some loose ties to ships. The G…
 
What is freedom? Is it possible to truly make free decisions? How does this relate to the political concept of tyranny? In a world where freedom is often seen as one of the highest ethical priorities, it's worth taking a closer look at what freedom really is. Questions about freedom have been pondered since the beginnings of humanity, including the…
 
After WWII Yugoslavia under its new leader Josip Broz Tito refuses to take orders from Moscow. Tito takes Yugoslavia out of the Soviet bloc, successfully defying Stalin's determination to destroy him. Tito co-founds the Non-Aligned movement with India and Egypt and builds political and economic clout across the globe. His balancing act keeps Soviet…
 
Today we continue following the evolution and exploits of the Delian League. In the 450s BCE, they become embroiled in two theaters of conflict. The first saw them begin to more squarely meet Sparta and many other allied cities of the Peloponnesian League in what is called the First Peloponnesian War. At the same time, Athens and the Delian League …
 
"There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen." Vladimir Lenin's famous words beg the question: are some moments in history more significant than others? Are there "crossroads" time periods in history where a given path can branch into multiple different pathways? What are some examples of these crossroads momen…
 
After a delayed entry into the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1973, the UK institutes a referendum in 1975 but votes to remain in the EEC. In 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron initiates another referendum and this time the UK votes exit, though the vote is heavily divided across regions (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and age…
 
Is it possible to ever be truly happy? What if your happiness rests on a backbone of degradation and exploitation? Is it right to sacrifice the few for the many? What should be done about injustice in the world? All of these questions and more are contemplated in Ursula Le Guin's amazing short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas." Read the st…
 
Now that we have witnessed the birth of the Delian League, in today's episode we trace their exploits in the 470s BCE. The league does a good job landing more blows against the Persian Empire, but at the same time they begin to more strongly resemble an empire, and some league members are not amused. A new military leader named Cimon emerges to lea…
 
In 1819, the Sikhs capture Kashmir from the Afghans. Post the Anglo-Sikh Wars, the British give Kashmir to Gulabh Singh to make it a Princely State under the British Empire. After 130 years of Dogra rule, the State must choose between India and Pakistan post India's independence in 1947. But Pakistan and the British, both have strategic interests i…
 
From universities down to the Hitler Youth, the education system in 1930's Germany was co-opted by Nazi ideology. In what ways did the endorsement of Nazi ideals by prominent thinkers and intellectuals impact popular opinion? In what ways did the education system change to align itself with Nazi beliefs? How did this impact ordinary people? Try the…
 
Ukraine becomes independent post collapse of the Soviet Union. Contentious issues like Nuclear Disarmament and Black Sea Fleet are handled via a Treaty during Boris Yeltsin's time as Russian President. But after Vladimir Putin becomes President, Ukraine faces immense pressure to abandon its strategy of engaging with the EU. The paranoia about NATO …
 
For as long as there has been history, there has been a struggle to interpret and analyze that history. Different perspectives, ideologies, and approaches permeate the study of the past. So which interpretation of history is the correct one? Could we all come to a consensus? What if we had a time machine that allowed us to all go back to the same m…
 
Can something be valuable, good, or useful if it isn't real? Depending on your answer to that and your definition of real, fantasy and science fiction may not qualify. But in this episode I argue for the positive benefits of reading and watching fantasy, why it's inherently valuable, how it helps the study of history, and how it can be useful in th…
 
As we kick off Series 3, it's now time to examine one of the most recognizable institutions that existed in Ancient Greece: The Delian League. To make sense of things, we'll compare the Peloponnesian League and Sparta's motivations there, against the Hellenic League that was formed to stand against Persia's incursion. Then, against these two we wil…
 
Hey everybody, here is a bonus episode I released a few months ago on my Patreon feed. Hope you enjoy and have a great Thanksgiving. The recent discovery of "Dragon Man" and it's potential relationship to early humanity has created some level of controversy in history and archaeology circles. What does this new discovery tell us about the "process"…
 
Is there a conflict between a zoomed-out historical approach that is focused on facts, events, and dates, versus a more bottom up approach that is focused on ordinary people and their experience of those facts, events, and dates? More recent popular histories and storytellers have focused on the human element (myself included) to bring more emotion…
 
This episode is a recapitulation of the 20 episodes that make up Series 2 of the Maritime History Podcast. The season as a whole examined the high points of maritime history during the early Iron Age, with a specific focus on the maritime activity of the Phoenicians and how they eventually intersected with the Greeks. Although initially a land-cent…
 
The United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference was held in July 1944 at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, where delegates from 44 nations created a new international monetary system known as the Bretton Woods system. These countries saw the opportunity for a new international system after World War II that would draw…
 
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" by William Hope Hodgson is a horror/survival novel where survivors of a shipwreck, clinging to the remaining lifeboats, contend with the weird and terrifying elements of a strange land. Part 4 contains the chapters 13 through 17. Part 1 is available here, Part 2 is available here, and Part 3 is available here. Chapter…
 
The League of Nations was formed post WWI to maintain World peace. During the course of WWII, the United Nations was conceived as the new global body to maintain peace. However, as the Cold War ensued, the US and its western allies formed NATO and the Soviet Union retaliated with the creation of the Warsaw Pact. The newly independent nations formed…
 
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" by William Hope Hodgson is a horror/survival novel where survivors of a shipwreck, clinging to the remaining lifeboats, contend with the weird and terrifying elements of a strange land. Part 3 contains chapter 9 through 12. Part 1 can be found here and Part 2 can be found here. Chapter 9 - What Happened in the Dusk Ch…
 
The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" by William Hope Hodgson is a horror/survival novel where survivors of a shipwreck, clinging to the remaining lifeboats, contend with the weird and terrifying elements of a strange land. Part 2 contains chapter 5 through 8. Part 1 can be found here. Chapter 5 - The Great Storm Chapter 6 - The Weed-Choked Sea Chapter 7 …
 
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