Here are some other history podcasts I’ve enjoyed, and that have inspired me to make this podcast:
The Daddy of all history podcasts. Mike Duncan tells the story of Rome from its foundation to the collapse of the Western Empire (yes, all of it). Mike’s has an easy-going style, and a way of pacing the story just right so that I was always able to keep up, but surprised how much I’d learned. Great stuff.
The much-anticipated follow up to The History of Rome turned out to be a brilliant idea: the story of several critical revolutions. Mike started with the English Revolution, moved on to the American, and is now on the French. Again, he tells the stories superbly. I particularly enjoyed the many cameos by Cornet Joyce in the English Revolution section. You’ll have to listen to find out.
This list could in no way be complete without a mention of the superb History of Byzantium by Robin Pierson. Robin has picked up from where Mike Duncan ended his History of Rome. This is a very brave thing to do, but Robin has succeeded handsomely.
Despite being English, the history of England has never been my favourite topic. So it says a lot for David Crowther’s podcast that I’m currently on my second listen of this. By the way, like a lot of epic stories, it’s even better the second time round. David goes right back to the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and moves effortlessly between the different eras.
One of the foundational history podcasts by Lars Brownworth. Lars summarises the rule of 12 of the great Byzantine emperors. This is no mean feat, as he manages to condense without doing the stories any injustices. A really great listen. There’s more on his website too, and it’s all worth listening to and seeing.
Lars Brownsworth’s follow up to 12 Byzantine Rulers, and a truly inspired idea. I love this because Lars managed to find a piece of history that’s little known, deeply fascinating and very important. This story of a small band of men who created empires is unmissable.
Hardcore History is a really different way of doing things. Dan Carlin takes one event in history and explains and analyses it in depth. I’ve listened to episodes up to 4 hours long. Sadly, this means that it can be months between each episode, but it’s like Christmas day when a new one pops up.
A BBC podcast (and Radio 4 programme) where 3 academic experts discuss the history of one subject per week. The subjects are usually related to people, arts, philosophy and science. The programmes are dense and full of information. It’s always a great listen and, what’s more, the entire archive is online.