Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
By Dan Carlin
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In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
||CleanShow 60 - The Celtic Holocaust||Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds||What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 58 - Kings of Kings III||If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 57 - Kings of Kings II||From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…||3/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 56 - Kings of Kings||Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.||10/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI||The Americans are coming, but will the war be over by the time they get there? Germany throws everything into a last series of stupendous attacks in the West while hoping to avoid getting burned by a fire in the East they helped fan.||5/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V||Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.||12/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV||Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.||8/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III||The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.||4/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II||The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.||1/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShow 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I||The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.||10/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Simply the best history podcast
As an avid student of history and folklore, I have listened to most of the history podcasts on iTunes, but am usually disapointed by the quality and content. Dan Carlin, however, has done a masterful job of creating an enthralling and extremely informative podcast. Many history podcasts sound like they are simply read from a book or are scattered and incoherent, but Dan sounds as though he is actually having a conversation (albeit a very Socratic one) with the listener. Not only does he give a passionate and accurate account of the facts, but aslo provides valuable and intriguing insight, focusing on trying to make the listener understand the contemporary perspective as well as the historical. This is simply the best history podcast on iTunes and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Why didn't they teach history like this in school?
Why didn't they teach history like this in school? Carlin makes the story relevant and meaningful like I've never heard or read. I'm not a history buff or generally even been that interested. This is way different. Check it out...
A new twist on an old subject
After only two shows, its hard to judge how this new venture will turn out for Dan Carlin. I was never a history buff in school, but have come to realize how important knowing history is to avoiding the same mistakes in the future. In the process, I've discovered that I enjoy learning about history quite a bit, especially as it applies to my world today. This show offers a look a historical events and periods from the mind of a war hawk history major, who likes to turn conventional thinking upside down - and who likes to get you thinking and debating about the subject of the day. So far, I'm enjoying the heck out of it!