Tides of History

By Wondery / Patrick Wyman

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Mike
 Feb 13, 2020
Educational and enjoyable presentation that helps me understand why things happened as well as what happened.


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Luke
 Nov 23, 2019
well delivered hybrid of educational and narrative history

listener
 Oct 21, 2019
Awesome history podcast, narrating the evolution of society through bringing the many aspects of life and society together, from beliefs to economics, with a great narration. thanks!

Description

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.


Episode Date
Bone, Stone, and Genome: Understanding Humanity's Deep Past
00:47:14

Welcome to a new season of Tides of History! Over the next year, we'll be traveling from the very origins of our species through the peopling of the planet, the Ice Age, and then to the beginnings of agriculture, cities, metalworking, and states. Today, we cover our deepest past, from the divergence from our closest ape relatives to the first appearance of anatomically modern humans.

To see visuals of our earliest ancestors, and how-to videos for making ancient stone tools, check out Patrick's website.

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Jul 02, 2020
Did I End My Early Modern Series in the Right Place? Interview with Keith Pluymers
00:57:19

How do we tell when one period ends and another begins? What are the fundamental characteristics of the early modern period? My dear friend (and friend of the show!) Keith Pluymers, assistant professor of history at Illinois State University, returns to chat with me about periodization, the Great Divergence, and riots in the early modern period.

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Jun 18, 2020
Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland
00:04:39

It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James Remar

Listen to Murder in Hollywoodland: wondery.fm/tidesofhistoryMiH.

Jun 17, 2020
The Globalization of the Year 1000: Interview with Professor Valerie Hansen
00:36:46

Around the year 1000, merchants, explorers, and missionaries slinked the world together from Newfoundland to China. Trade goods, people, and above all ideas flowed across a rich assortment of routes, connecting previously distant places into a single unit. This was the first instance of what we can call globalization, according to Professor Valerie Hansen of Yale, who wrote a compelling new book on the topic: The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World - and Globalization Began.

Get Professor Hansen's book here.

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Jun 11, 2020
Alaric, the Goths, and the Sack of Rome: Interview with Professor Douglas Boin
00:45:02

Alaric was one of the most famous barbarians of antiquity, and yet we know little about him - or at least, we knew very little, until Douglas Boin's excellent new book came out. It's entitled Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome. In today's episode, I chat with Professor Boin about the book, the Goths, and how we should understand this period of Roman - and Gothic - history.

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Jun 04, 2020
John Maynard Keynes and His Legacies: Interview with Author and Journalist Zach Carter
00:49:27

John Maynard Keynes was one of the most important figures of the 20th century, creating the economic structures and ideas that defined the Second World War and its aftermath. I spoke with Zach Carter, author of the wonderful new Keynes biography The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, about Keynes's wild life and enduring legacies.

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May 28, 2020
Introducing The Daily Smile
00:04:12

Everyone needs a reminder about just how good people can be. On Wondery’s new series The Daily Smile, host Nikki Boyer brings you stories that will make you feel good each weekday morning. With interviews, inspiring clips, and chats with special guests and passionate friends, The Daily Smile takes you on a journey into goodness, gives you all the feels, and will leave you with a smile on your face. Listen to the full episode: wondery.fm/dailysmileTOH

May 18, 2020
Malta, Lepanto, and the End of an Era
00:51:01

We reach the epic conclusion of our series on the early modern period with the Great Siege of Malta and the Battle of Lepanto.

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May 14, 2020
The Battle for the Mediterranean
00:50:51

For much of the 16th century, the Habsburgs of Spain and the Ottoman Empire waged an epic conflict for control over the Mediterranean. Follow along with two composite characters, a Barbary corsair and a Hospitaller knight, as they raid, pillage, and fight a holy war for decades on end.

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May 07, 2020
NBC presents Into America
00:09:20

Into America is a new podcast about politics, about policy, and the power that both have in shaping the lives of the American people. Into America is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Trymaine Lee, and features the journalists of NBC News.

More than 2 million Americans are behind bars as the deadly virus spreads. How are they being treated, and what is their experience like?

On this week's episode of Into America, Trymaine Lee speaks with experts on the prison system and how it is being impacted by the virus.

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May 05, 2020
Charles V and the Failure of Empire
00:53:41

Charles V controlled more of Europe than any ruler in centuries, with resources other monarchs could only dream of. But that was never enough to give the Holy Roman Emperor more than a momentary victory; there was always a new enemy, some unforeseen calamity, waiting around the corner.

Apr 30, 2020
Mike Duncan on Pandemics, Revolutions, and COVID-19
01:16:51

DISCLAIMER: If you do not think that this pandemic is a big deal; if you do not want to hear our personal political views; if you don’t care about present-day politics; if you think that this will somehow offend you; then please don't listen to this episode.

Author and history podcaster extraordinaire Mike Duncan joins me to talk about pandemics, social instability, and present-day politics.

Apr 23, 2020
The Rise of Charles V
00:56:11

Charles V was the most powerful European ruler since Charlemagne: king of Spain and Naples, Holy Roman Emperor, and ruler of a whole bunch else besides. How did all of these vast territories, and the central political role that went along with them, come into his possession? The answer wasn't ability or merit; it was inheritance.

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Apr 16, 2020
Pandemics in History
00:47:44

All of us are dealing with the ongoing pandemic in different ways, and I decided to wedge myself into my closet to record an informal talk with you all about pandemics throughout history and what, if anything, they might help us understand about what we're dealing with today. Economic effects, political upheavals, and disease all play together, so let's try to figure out the connections.

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Apr 09, 2020
Introducing Fighting Coronavirus
00:07:34

The coronavirus outbreak and the global response to it is unprecedented. How did we get here? What comes next?

Author Steven Johnson is an authority on the epidemics of the past, and how lessons that humanity learned decades ago might help us fight a pandemic in our present. Every week on Fighting Coronavirus, Steven will talk to experts in health and technology about ways innovations and interventions can help bring the current crisis to an end. Each episode will keep you up to date on the cutting edge scientific breakthroughs being used to tackle this global crisis.

Listen to Fighting Coronavirus now: wondery.fm/tidesofhistoryFC.

Apr 07, 2020
Genetics and the Transformation of Prehistory: Interview with Spencer Wells and Razib Khan
00:40:14

Genetics has radically transformed our understanding of prehistory over the past two decades, revealing everything from the existence of brand-new, unknown species to interbreeding between Neanderthals and our human ancestors. I talked to geneticists Spencer Wells and Razib Khan, two of the world's most knowledgable communicators on genetics and prehistory, to get a sense for how things have changed.

Apr 02, 2020
Classic Tides: Plague, Climate, and the End of the Roman World
00:43:27

In light of current events, we are re-posting one of my favorite episodes (from December, 2017) on natural disasters and the fall of the Roman Empire.

Justinian was the last great Roman emperor, but his reign was plagued by disasters beyond his control: volcanic eruptions, a changing climate, and a plague of epic proportions. Those disasters created a turning point that we can, with good reason, call the end of the Roman Empire.

Mar 26, 2020
American Nations, American Union: Interview with Colin Woodard
00:48:14

Few books have influenced my view of American history and politics more than Colin Woodard's American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. We've been divided since the beginning, Woodard argues, and this has influenced every aspect of American history, not to mention its future. He has a new book coming out in May, Union, which expands this thesis further.

Get American Nations here.

And get Colin's new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, here.

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Mar 19, 2020
Classic Tides: The Black Death Revisited
00:52:36

In light of current events, we are re-posting one of my favorite episodes (from June, 2018) on the Black Death.

Between 1346 and 1351, the Black Death killed tens of millions of people - at least half the population - in Europe and the Middle East. This great mortality, one of the worst disasters of any era, fundamentally reshaped European society and set the stage for the world that followed.

Mar 17, 2020
Wondery presents The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
00:04:36

The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is the best place to learn how to dream bigger, live better, and make an impact. 

The show features conversations with world-class game changers, and dives into topics from entrepreneurship and inspiration, to health and relationships.

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Mar 16, 2020
Suleiman the Magnificent and Ottoman Decline
00:45:37

The reign of Suleiman the Magnificent was the high point of the Ottoman Empire, but for centuries, it has also been pegged as the beginning of the empire's long, slow decline into irrelevance. Is this true? Was Suleiman's reign simultaneously the best of times and the beginning of the end?

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Mar 12, 2020
Suleiman the Magnificent and the Apex of the Ottoman Empire
00:49:18

Suleiman the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman Empire for forty-six years. During that time, his armies fought everywhere from Iran to Vienna. His navies touched Indonesia and the Straits of Gibraltar. Under his reign, the Ottoman Empire reached its glorious peak.


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Mar 05, 2020
Pirates! With Leah Sutherland
00:42:01

Leah returns to chat with Patrick about one of their favorite topics - pirates. It wouldn't be a Leah episode if we didn't range widely, so we also chat about essays and Laura Ingalls Wilder.


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Feb 20, 2020
The Ottomans, the Safavids, and the War for the Muslim World, 1501-1514
01:01:09

The Muslim world was a vast and diverse place, home to a variety of traditions and schools of thought. The Safavids began as a brotherhood of Sufi mystics, but soon transformed themselves from a religious order to the seeds of a powerful extremist state in Iran under the leadership of a teenaged prodigy, Shah Ismail I. A clash with the Ottomans and Selim the Grim was inevitable.


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Feb 13, 2020
The Ottomans, the Mamluks, and the Clash for Control of the Muslim World
00:48:13

While the Ottoman Empire spent most of its early history expanding into Christian Europe, it also faced east, toward the vast, wealthy, and dynamic Muslim world. As the Ottomans grew in prestige and power, a clash with the Mamluks of Egypt for supremacy became inevitable.


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Feb 06, 2020
MSNBC Presents: So, You Wanna Be President? with Chris Matthews
00:05:38

Chris Matthews and campaign veterans who have had front row seats to presidential history dive deep into the six most important lessons learned from presidential campaigns that win. Chris and his guests tap into their experience, historical insight, passion for electoral politics, and love for our country to explain why these lessons matter, and how they’ve separated winners from losers.

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Jan 27, 2020
Pilgrims, Puritans, and the Battle for New England: Interview with Historian Peter Mancall
00:51:17

The Pilgrims and the Puritans dominate our understanding not just of early New England, but also early America and the entire future course of American history. Yet their success and long-term influence weren't foreordained, and they weren't inevitable. Peter Mancall, Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford and Mellon Professor of the Humanities at USC, joins us to talk about his new book, The Trials of Thomas Morton: An Anglican Lawyer, His Puritan Foes, and the Battle for a New England.

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Jan 23, 2020
The Rising Tide of the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1481
00:49:18

Mehmet the Conqueror captured Constantinople for the Ottoman Empire in 1453 and ended the thousand-year reign of the Byzantine Empire after an epic siege, but he was far from done. For the next three decades, Mehmet led Ottoman armies against Serbs, Hungarians, Venetians, Wallachians, and Turkoman tribesmen, expanding his empire and drenching two continents in blood and war.

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Jan 16, 2020
The Dawn of the Age of Exploration
00:46:49

What was it like to be on the cutting edge of the Age of Exploration, and what made these enormous leaps possible? To answer those questions, we follow the life of a composite character, a Portuguese sailor named Pedro, on his journeys to the coast of Africa and then India beyond.

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Jan 09, 2020
The Last Battle of the Wars of the Roses
00:55:19

What brought the son of a German shoemaker to a blood-soaked English field in June, 1487? In today's episode, we follow the life of a composite character, Hans, an artisan-turned mercenary, on his journey from Augsburg to Stoke Field and try to understand how the currents of the late Middle Ages made his life possible.

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Dec 19, 2019
Leah Interviews Dr. Patrick Wyman, PhD, about his upcoming book
00:37:28

Leah declared mutiny and there was a small defenestration from the 8th Floor Wondery Studio as she took full creative control of Tides of History. Well, not quite, but she did control the interview. Patrick Wyman guests today to talk about his upcoming book, The Crunch!


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Dec 12, 2019
Accused Returns for a New Season!
00:11:06

In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed?

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Dec 06, 2019
The Life of Margaret, Brewer of London
00:45:48

What was it like to be a regular person in the late Middle Ages? We follow the life of a composite character, a brewer in London named Margaret, through her family, work, and marriage. She was a product of her time, everything from the Black Death to shifting expectations of work and gender, and she's a great window onto a period of upheaval and change.

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Dec 05, 2019
Minisode: Is Netflix's "The King" Good History? And Winter Reading Recommendations!
00:29:35

Leah is back on the show today to discuss The King on Netflix starring Timothee Chalamet as King Henry V, our favorite Sadboi King, as he becomes the greatest king England's ever seen. Overall, we liked it! And if you need something that everyone in your family can agree on, it's that Robert Pattinson is doing something, we aren't sure what, but a definite thing as the Dauphin.

Watch it here.

Thank you so much for listening to Tides, we are thankful for you.


Nov 28, 2019
The End of the Crusades and the Fall of Acre: An Interview with Historian Roger Crowley
01:01:41

Popular historian Roger Crowley returns to the show to discuss his new book, The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades, which covers the last great siege of the Crusades at the city of Acre. It's a really fun read, I highly recommend it, and you can get it here.

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Nov 21, 2019
Was the Protestant Reformation Inevitable?
00:48:36

Was history destined to happen as it did? That's what counterfactuals - alternative scenarios of how things might have gone - are useful for answering. In this episode, we apply them to the Protestant Reformation, one of the key processes of the past millennium.


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Nov 14, 2019
Medieval Merchants
00:46:31

The medieval economy underwent a profound transformation, becoming ever more commercialized and monetized. Merchants helped drive that change, moving goods from place to place and profiting on the returns. Today, we meet some of them: an Italian named Francesco Datini, one of the richest men in Europe, and the Cely family of English wool merchants.


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Nov 07, 2019
Persecution, Toleration, and the Rise of Modernity: An Interview with Historian Mark Koyama
00:53:46

Religious freedom is a core value of the modern West, but how did it emerge, and why does it matter? Economic historian Mark Koyama, of George Mason University, joins me to discuss his recent book (co-authored with Noel Johnson), Persecution and Toleration: The Long Road to Religious Freedom.

Check out the book here, and follow Professor Koyama on Twitter @MarkKoyama.

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Oct 31, 2019
Introducing The City: Reno
00:06:09

The City, USA Today’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast, is back with Season 2. This time, it shines a spotlight on Reno as the city transforms into an offshoot of Silicon Valley. Who decides what kind of city Reno becomes? What is lost and gained in the name of progress? 

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Oct 29, 2019
The Commercial Revolution
00:46:35

The roots of the modern economy, based on markets, money, and exchange, lie deep in the Middle Ages. The Commercial Revolution remade the European economy, paving the way for the explosive growth that followed centuries later.

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Oct 17, 2019
The Venetian Empire
00:57:37

Venice was a commercial hub, the hinge of the medieval economy, but it was also the center of a remarkable empire that spanned the sea lanes and trade routes of the Mediterranean. The Venetian Empire was an odd beast, beset on all sides by more powerful neighbors, but it survived for centuries thanks to Venice's unique combination of wealth and stability.

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Oct 10, 2019
Introducing American Elections: Wicked Game
00:07:09

American Elections: Wicked Game is a new podcast from the host of Wondery’s American History Tellers (Lindsay Graham) that will explore all 58 presidential elections, leading up to the big day in November 2020. From the inevitable election of George Washington in 1789, to Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory in 2016, we’ll attempt to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty. Listen now at: wondery.fm/AmericanElectionsW

Oct 08, 2019
The Crusades: An Interview with Dan Jones, Part 2
00:45:56

Here's the rest of our conversation with historian and bestselling author Dan Jones. In Part 1, which you should absolutely listen to if you haven't already, we covered the Crusades in general; this time out, we discuss some of Dan's favorite crusaders, the most fascinating figures from four centuries of holy war.

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Oct 03, 2019
Why Rome Never Rose Again: An Interview with Professor Walter Scheidel
00:43:36

Alone among the world's regions, western Europe only had one major, long-lived imperial experience: that of Rome. When it fell, nothing like it ever returned again. According to Stanford's Professor Walter Scheidel, that fact had enormous consequences for the long-term development of Europe, and was a necessary precursor to the rise of modernity.

Check out Professor Scheidel's new book, Escape From Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity, which comes out October 15th.


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Sep 19, 2019
Introducing The Lead: Your New Daily Sports Fix
00:08:25

From Wondery and The Athletic, The Lead is the first daily sports podcast that will bring you one big story each day from The Athletic's all-star team of local and national sports reporters. Subscribe now to hear new episodes each weekday morning: http://wondery.fm/TheLeadED

Sep 16, 2019
We Join Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie's Guild (And You Should, Too!)
00:42:43

When it comes to medieval and early modern economic history it is important to understand guilds, how they functioned, and their effects on society. Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie joins me to talk about guilds and her most recent book, The European Guilds: An Economic Analysis.

Find Professor Ogilvie’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/European-Guilds-Economic-Analysis-Princeton/dp/0691137544

Sep 12, 2019
The Crusades: An Interview with Dan Jones
00:49:22

The Crusades defined the Middle Ages and left a long legacy behind them. We chat with Dan Jones, author of the upcoming book Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Land, about why this long series of conflicts mattered so much to medieval people and why they're still important today.

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Sep 05, 2019
The Rise of Printing and the Invention of News: An Interview with Professor Andrew Pettegree
00:48:14
Aug 29, 2019
The Origins and Rise of Venice
00:55:49
Aug 15, 2019
Boxing, Race, and the Gilded Age: An Interview with Professor Louis Moore
00:37:50
Aug 08, 2019
The Experience of the Italian Wars
00:48:26
Aug 01, 2019
Book Club: Summer Reading
00:12:43
Jul 25, 2019
The Italian Wars, Part 2
00:54:58
Jul 18, 2019
Walls throughout History: An Interview with Professor David Frye
00:43:42
Jul 11, 2019
The Italian Wars, Part 1
01:03:34
Jul 04, 2019
Minisode: Military Revolutions
00:18:52
Jun 27, 2019
Why Bother with the Seventeenth Century? An Interview with Professor Keith Pluymers
00:47:59
Jun 20, 2019
Introducing 1865
00:11:02
Jun 18, 2019
Condottieri: War for Profit in Renaissance Italy
00:55:04
Jun 13, 2019
Machiavelli's Laboratory: The Politics of Renaissance Italy
00:57:26
Jun 06, 2019
Classic Tides: Life in Renaissance Florence
00:54:24
May 30, 2019
Minisode: Banking
00:15:08
May 23, 2019
Introducing The Shrink Next Door
00:11:26
May 21, 2019
Jakob Fugger: The Richest Man Who Ever Lived?
00:56:53
May 16, 2019
The Rise and Fall of the Medici Bank
00:57:29
May 09, 2019
The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age: An Interview with Stanford's Professor Richard White
00:47:54
May 02, 2019
Minisode: Messianic Rulers and Military Revolutions in Spain
00:22:20
Apr 25, 2019
The Spanish Inquisition, the Expulsion of the Jews, and the Rise of Spain
00:52:19
Apr 18, 2019
Queen Isabella of Spain and the End of the Reconquista
00:56:54
Apr 11, 2019
Historical Fiction and the Wars of the Roses: An Interview with Philippa Gregory
00:47:16
Apr 04, 2019
1492: A Guided Tour of Europe on the Brink
00:54:58
Mar 21, 2019
Who Was Christopher Columbus? With Professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
00:43:46
Mar 14, 2019
Civil Servants, State Finance, and the Rising State
00:53:22
Mar 07, 2019
The Troubled Inheritance of Mary of Burgundy and Dynastic Consolidation
00:50:26
Feb 21, 2019
The Rise and Fall of Burgundy
01:02:19
Feb 14, 2019
Game of Thrones and Late Medieval Politics
00:47:01
Feb 07, 2019
Civil Wars and Political Breakdowns in Late Medieval Europe
00:56:01
Jan 24, 2019
The Wars of the Roses, II
01:04:11
Jan 17, 2019
The Wars of the Roses
01:00:55
Jan 10, 2019
The Reformation, Live from Boston
00:40:28
Dec 20, 2018
Archaeology Rules with Raksha Dave!
00:36:43
Dec 13, 2018
Vlad the Impaler and the Legend of Dracula
00:54:44
Dec 06, 2018
George Washington and the End of the Revolution: An Interview with Author Nathaniel Philbrick
00:38:49
Nov 29, 2018
Beer, Brewsters, and Women's Work: An Interview with Judith Bennett
00:45:20
Nov 15, 2018
The Fall of Constantinople and the Tragic End of the Byzantines
00:58:27
Nov 08, 2018
Holy War and the Rise of the Ottomans
00:55:09
Nov 01, 2018
Archaeology and Why It Rules
00:34:45
Oct 18, 2018
Heresy, Witch Hunts, and Inquisition
00:47:36
Oct 11, 2018
The Trials and Tribulations of the Late Medieval Church
00:47:30
Oct 04, 2018
Tides of History Book Club: Silk Roads
00:14:27
Oct 01, 2018
The Ebb and Flow of History
00:19:44
Jul 20, 2017
Introducing Tides of History
00:01:49
Jul 07, 2017