Thursday 31 December 2015

Monday 28 December 2015

Thursday 24 December 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 21 - Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff

This week, in a particularly unfocused episode, we move the narrative forward 15 days. In addition we also describe the legal situation of settlement in New England in 1620, have an overview of the Julian calendar, and I explain how to thatch a roof.

Map of Plymouth

Wednesday 23 December 2015

A History of the United States Membership Feed. Episode 6 - The Great Expansion: Part 2

This week we look at the final two campaigns of the great Expansion, at how Moctezuma finally defeated Chalco, and we begin covering Aztec social history. We look at some laws, before covering Aztec education.

Sunday 20 December 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 20 - The Voyage of the Mayflower

This week we take the Pilgrims across the Atlantic to Plymouth. Along the way we look at duels on the Mayflower, the Mayflower Compact, how much the Pilgrims hated Cape Cod, and terminology.

Listener Survey

Friday 18 December 2015

Listener Survey

Just a reminder that I'm currently doing a listener survey! We're 75% of the way towards the point where the survey has enough responses to become useful, so if you haven't filled it out yet then please do! It only takes 5-10 minutes and is completely anonymous.

Thursday 10 December 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 18 - Theologycast: The Reformation and the Puritans

This week we begin chapter 2 of the podcast, New England. But in order to do this we go back and cover the reformation and the origins of Puritans, we also take the Separatists over to the Netherlands in 1607.

Listener Survey:

Wednesday 9 December 2015

A History of the United States Membership Feed. Episode 5 - The Great Expansion Part 1

This week we look at the aftermath of the great famine and how that affected Aztec culture, we then look at the first two campaigns of the Great Expansion.

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Membership Episode 4 - War of Flowers

This week we take things from 1440 to 1455. We look at the beginnings of Moctezuma's war against the Chalca, the War of Flowers, the great famine, human sacrifice and Aztec views on the afterlife.

Monday 23 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 14 - Berkeley

This week we cover a lot: the 1644 Powhatan Uprising, the governorship of Berkeley, the English Civil War, the Navigation Acts, Mercentilism, the legalisation of slavery, exploration, and we introduce segments.

Friday 20 November 2015

Wednesday 18 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 12 - Powhatan Uprising

This week we return to the narrative (after a quick word about my MA results). After 8 years of English oppression, the Powhatans have enough and launch a war, meanwhile in London the Virginia Company collapses due to sheer incompetence.

Monday 16 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 11 - Introduction to Social History

This week we delve into social history for the first time this series. As the title suggests, we introduce a few elements which will be important as time develops, such as the introduction of slavery to Virginia and growing inequality. In short, we cover how miserable life was for your average Virginian.

Thursday 12 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 10 - The Kidnapping of Pocahontas

This week the English decide to kidnapping the Powhatan princess, Pocahontas. We also cover the state of the colony in the 1610s, Pocahontas' trip to England in 1616, the early growth of the tobacco industry (tomacco references aplenty) and look at the creation of the first democratic American institution, Virginia's House of Burgesses.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Membership Episode 3 - The Aztec Triple Alliance

This week we take things from 1428 to 1440. We look at the reign and conquests of Itzcoatl, the nature of the Triple Alliance, the ascension of Moctezuma, geography and the difficulties of our sources. If this sounds interesting, then considering signing up for membership! Just click on the PayPal Subscription Button.

Monday 9 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 9 - False Dawn

This week Jamestown attempts to rebuild itself under the governorship of Lord De La Warr, but things very quickly go horribly wrong. This is Jamestown, after all. Just another false dawn.

Friday 6 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 8 - The Starving Time

This week everything goes wrong. EVERYTHING GOES WRONG. Gates gets lost, hundreds starve to death, and Jamestown is abandoned. It's hard to see how things could be any worse.

Tuesday 3 November 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 7 - A Fresh Start

This week Jamestown enters the Starving Time and the Virginia Company decides that they need a fresh approach in Virginia and understand a revolution.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

A History of the United States Membership Episode 2 - The Rise of the Aztecs

This week in the membership feed we chart the rise of the Aztecs from 1111 to 1428. If you want to hear more, subscribe!

Monday 26 October 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 5 - Mr. Smith Goes to Werowocomoco

This week we follow John Smith's misadventures with the Powhatans, where he travels to their capital at Werowocomoco. We also look at how Jamestown made its way through the winter, Newport's return to the colony, and Smith's exploration missions.

Thursday 22 October 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 4 - The One Where Everyone Dies

In this week's Friends themed episode Newport sails back to London to report on the foundation of Jamestown, but in Virginia everything starts falling apart. There is an outbreak of Typhoid Fever, everyone starts arguing, and then Smith goes on an adventure.

Tuesday 20 October 2015

A History of Hannibal. Episode 74 - The Debate

In this week's monster 30 minute+ episode we complete the story in Sicily before moving on to the epic debate in the Senate between Fabius and Scipio.

Monday 19 October 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 3 - Jamestown: The Settlement

Surprise early episode! This week introduce the Native Americans in the region, the Powhatan Confederacy. We look at their leadership, society and culture. We then actually found the Jamestown settlement.

Chesapeake Bay and the Powhatans:

Jamestown Island:


Friday 16 October 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 2 - Jamestown: The Voyage

This week we begin the real narrative. We look at the foundation of the Virginia Company, the failed settlement of St. George's Fort, North Virginia, and the voyage of the ships which would found Jamestown. Also included are a witty observation by Thomas Jefferson about the weather and the worst Back to the Future joke ever.

Wednesday 14 October 2015

Membership Feed: Episode 1 - Aztec 101

We have an overview of Mesoamerican history prior to the Aztecs. We also have an exploration of how information is preserved and delve into cyclical time. If you want access to this episode, subscribe to the membership feed!

Monday 12 October 2015

Friday 9 October 2015

A History of the United States. Episode 1 - The New World

This week we begin telling the story. We cover the early voyages by the French to the New World, see how New Spain gained control of Florida, and look at why England was so perfectly poised to be the most successful of the colonists. The situation is set up for an introduction to Jamestown next week.

Monday 5 October 2015

Hannibal Episode 72 - Completing the Conquest

This week the podcast returns to something resembling a normal schedule! We watch Scipio be victorious over Hasdrubal, who fled to Italy, and then over Gisco to win the Spanish theatre of the war.

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Arab Spring - Episode 32 - Hostages

A NEW EPISODE IS OUT!!! This week we recap events in Iran, more specifically the hostages in the American embassy in Tehran. We also introduce Ronald Reagan, and cover the 1980 US Presidential election. Listen on iTunes, or right here.

Tuesday 23 June 2015

iTunes Review Reminder

Hey guys, just an update! I've been busy uploading the the back catalogue of episodes to the new feeds, so there should now we quite a number up for you to listen to, but we are not yet at the point of new episodes coming out. This means that there is still enough time to subscribe before then if you haven't already! The feeds are linked a recent post on this website, as are the links to the iTunes store. If you use iTunes and have not already left a review, please do! It is one of the best ways out there to support the show!


Saturday 6 June 2015

New Feeds

So, after much heartbreak on my part over the last 6 months, I now have a more stable hosting situation set up and the podcasts are back! They shall all be up on iTunes over the next few days, but should you use a different podcatcher the feeds are available here.

Alexander Remastered

Arab Spring


New Alexander Logo

Monday 6 April 2015

Podcast Return Time-Scale

PODCAST NEWS! Thanks to A LOT of help from Jordan Harbour of the Twilight Histories Podcast, and listeners Mike and Kevin, I think I know how to get the feeds back. And, I actually have a time-scale now! I'm currently entering what I call "crunch". This is when I have looming deadlines and tend to be working almost all day, almost every day. This is a 6000 word piece on Cicero due on the 12th May, and a Greek exam on 15th (5 weeks, 4 days away). But, once this is over, I have 3 and a half months until my next deadline, the dissertation - 7th September. This gives me a couple of free weeks I haven't had since last September, and should give me time to fix the feeds, now I have some serious leads. So, if things stay as they are, expect the podcasts to return in the last 2 weeks of May! I hope you have a good 6 weeks, and I'll hopefully see (well, be speaking to you I guess) shortly!