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Recent Episodes

Cue Up Toto, We’re Talking About Africa!
OK. Buckle in and hold on because I’m about to tell you something that is going to blow. Your. Mind.
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The Rise of Islam
So, you might be asking, why does Islam get its own section when we didn’t really talk about the other
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Europe Started From the Bottom Now It’s Here | Late Middle Ages in Europe
Europe started out with weak or nonexistent kings but by the end of the Middle Ages, we’re going to be
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The Byzantine Empire
Meanwhile, in the part of the Roman Empire that survived… The Byzantine Empire. (Listen to the entire episode here!) the
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Thanks Franks! | Charlemagne’s Empire
Are you of European descent? Congratulations! You’re related to Charlemagne! (Listen to the entire episode here!)
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The “Barbarian” Apocalypse | Early Medieval Europe
Last episode we talked in general about why these classical empires declined and led way to the medieval era in
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Decline of Classical Empires
So how did all of these incredible classical empires decline? (Listen to the entire episode here!) Fortunately for us but
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The (First) Rise of Classical China
Two classical dynasties set up China to be a relatively unified and stable powerhouse for the next 2,000 years. The
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Thank God for Sanskrit | Classical India
We weren’t really able to talk much about India in the ancient era because their language still hasn’t been deciphered.
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All Roads Lead to Rome
There are a lot of Rome fans out there who are going to be upset by how many crazy important
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