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A weekly, Patreon-backed podcast that brings world history to your ears. I, David Cot, will tell you stories from important and less-known events, ideas, religions, philosophies or discoveries.

Latest Episodes

World War 1: Aftermath

Learn about the consequences of World War 1 in terms of human losses, economic costs, social changes and politics. Listen about the Treaty of Versailles and the other peace treaties, what technological changes the war provoked, how fragile was the postwar order or how the 19th century liberal state died.

27 min2018 SEP 5
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World War 1: Aftermath

World War 1: 1918

The final year of World War 1 has come. The Central Powers led by Germany had one last shot to win the war, they either won in the Western Front before the American strength became important or they would be defeated. The Spring Offensive failed though, and then the Allies launched the Hundred Days Offensive in every front to defeat the Central Powers once and for all. By the end of the war, empires had disintegrated and not only the landscape changed, there was a change in dominant ideas and powers.

19 min2018 AUG 29
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World War 1: 1918

World War 1: 1917

1917 was the year where the exhaustion of the war claimed its first victim. Russia had two revolutions in just one year: the February Revolution that installed a liberal regime that refused to make a separate peace and the October Revolution, the first successful communist revolution in history. On the other hand, the United States joined the Allies, although it wouldn't be until the following year that their force would be really noticed. In France half of the French Army mutinied to demand better conditions and avoid suicidial attacks and the United Kingdom committed fully to the war with the introduction of conscription.

18 min2018 AUG 22
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World War 1: 1917

World War 1: 1916

1916 was a year of great battles in the Western Front, with the well-remembered Battles of Verdun and the Somme, which were among the largest battles ever fought in history. In the Eastern Front the Russian tried to crush Germany and Austria-Hungary, but failed and the mood in the army and at home became more and more revolutionary. In the Middle East the Arab revolt started. At sea, the greatest naval battle of the war was fought around Jutland, but the outcome didn't change the course of the war. All belligerents were facing increasing exhaustion. Paradoxically, the high cost in human lives and material and financial resources ensured the continuation of the war, since only a total victory would give meaning to the high casualties.

22 min2018 AUG 15
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World War 1: 1916

World War 1: 1915

1915 was the year it was made clear that wars weren't a glorious thing. The Great War became bitter and almost inhumane. The second year of World War 1 was the year of the introduction of lethal chemical weapons and flamethrowers, as well as the year of the German unrestrictriced submarine warfare that caused the sinking of the Lusitanian passenger ship. The Western Front was in a stalemate, with French offensives that led to little territorial gains but heavy casualties, while in the Eastern Front many things changed and the Gallipoli Campaign to force the surrender of the Ottoman Empire turned into disaster. In 1915 new powers joined the war, like Italy or Bulgaria, and Serbia finally fell. But the innovations, new powers and offensives weren't enough to bring a decisive victory to either the Allies or Central Powers. Only more and more people would suffer.

28 min2018 JUL 31
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World War 1: 1915

The Ainu people, the natives of Japan

The Ainu people, that you may have seen on the Princess Mononoke, are the native people of Japan. They look very different from what we consider Japanese, and they had a unique culture. Listen to the episode to know about their origins, society of hunter-gatherers, form of government, animist religion and, of course, history.

27 min2018 JUL 20
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The Ainu people, the natives of Japan

The Great Catalan Company

The story of the 14th century Almogavar Catalan Company is a Game of Thrones-like story of war against the Turks, ambitions, Byzantine betrayal, vengance, internal divison and conquest of lands of Greece.

40 min2018 JUL 18
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The Great Catalan Company

The history of chocolate

Who is the weirdo who doesn't like chocolate? In this episode, you will discover the history of chocolate, from its origins in Mesoamerica as a beverage and the Spanish discovery to the innovations brought by the Industrial Revolution. It also covers the challanges of the industry in the future and the dark side of this sweet food, child and forced labor in West Africa.

20 min2018 JUL 17
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The history of chocolate

The mad Baron Ungern, Russian khan of Mongolia

On episode 12, an almost 30 minutes episode, you will discover the life of Roman Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg, also known as the Mad or Bloody Baron. Although he can be correctly seen as a guy with some kind of mental problem, you have to give Baron Ungern some credit for living a life with many adventures that are so worth to tell that here I am. He was ruthless, but also madly brave and strong-willed. A fierce monarchist and nobleman that sought his aristocratic world crumble with the Russian February and October Revolutions. For him, the successful communist uprising represented the Apocalypse and the Russian Civil War was a battle between the good and the evil. Find out about him listening to the episode on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn or watching the YouTube video. For the first time, find the transcript divided in sections and the sources I used for

26 min2018 JUN 21
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The mad Baron Ungern, Russian khan of Mongolia

The Mandate of Heaven and the Five Elements

Episode 11 is here! And it’s the first where I talk about an idea, an ancient Chinese political theory that was key to claim political legitimacy. Many of you may have heard the term Mandate of Heaven before, but maybe you don’t know that it has little to do with the European divine right of kings, how profound was the impact on Chinese politics before the Republican era or that it wasn’t a concept used alone but combined with the Five Elements Theory. In this episode you will discover precisely that. Hear it on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn or watching the YouTube video you have below. You can find the transcript of the episode too. Please subscribe to the podcast, give me some feedback and if you like it check out the Patreon page and help me make the show. There are some good perks! I’m gonna make some changes to the podcast on the following episode, make

12 min2018 JUN 13
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The Mandate of Heaven and the Five Elements

Latest Episodes

World War 1: Aftermath

Learn about the consequences of World War 1 in terms of human losses, economic costs, social changes and politics. Listen about the Treaty of Versailles and the other peace treaties, what technological changes the war provoked, how fragile was the postwar order or how the 19th century liberal state died.

27 min2018 SEP 5
Comments
World War 1: Aftermath

World War 1: 1918

The final year of World War 1 has come. The Central Powers led by Germany had one last shot to win the war, they either won in the Western Front before the American strength became important or they would be defeated. The Spring Offensive failed though, and then the Allies launched the Hundred Days Offensive in every front to defeat the Central Powers once and for all. By the end of the war, empires had disintegrated and not only the landscape changed, there was a change in dominant ideas and powers.

19 min2018 AUG 29
Comments
World War 1: 1918

World War 1: 1917

1917 was the year where the exhaustion of the war claimed its first victim. Russia had two revolutions in just one year: the February Revolution that installed a liberal regime that refused to make a separate peace and the October Revolution, the first successful communist revolution in history. On the other hand, the United States joined the Allies, although it wouldn't be until the following year that their force would be really noticed. In France half of the French Army mutinied to demand better conditions and avoid suicidial attacks and the United Kingdom committed fully to the war with the introduction of conscription.

18 min2018 AUG 22
Comments
World War 1: 1917

World War 1: 1916

1916 was a year of great battles in the Western Front, with the well-remembered Battles of Verdun and the Somme, which were among the largest battles ever fought in history. In the Eastern Front the Russian tried to crush Germany and Austria-Hungary, but failed and the mood in the army and at home became more and more revolutionary. In the Middle East the Arab revolt started. At sea, the greatest naval battle of the war was fought around Jutland, but the outcome didn't change the course of the war. All belligerents were facing increasing exhaustion. Paradoxically, the high cost in human lives and material and financial resources ensured the continuation of the war, since only a total victory would give meaning to the high casualties.

22 min2018 AUG 15
Comments
World War 1: 1916

World War 1: 1915

1915 was the year it was made clear that wars weren't a glorious thing. The Great War became bitter and almost inhumane. The second year of World War 1 was the year of the introduction of lethal chemical weapons and flamethrowers, as well as the year of the German unrestrictriced submarine warfare that caused the sinking of the Lusitanian passenger ship. The Western Front was in a stalemate, with French offensives that led to little territorial gains but heavy casualties, while in the Eastern Front many things changed and the Gallipoli Campaign to force the surrender of the Ottoman Empire turned into disaster. In 1915 new powers joined the war, like Italy or Bulgaria, and Serbia finally fell. But the innovations, new powers and offensives weren't enough to bring a decisive victory to either the Allies or Central Powers. Only more and more people would suffer.

28 min2018 JUL 31
Comments
World War 1: 1915

The Ainu people, the natives of Japan

The Ainu people, that you may have seen on the Princess Mononoke, are the native people of Japan. They look very different from what we consider Japanese, and they had a unique culture. Listen to the episode to know about their origins, society of hunter-gatherers, form of government, animist religion and, of course, history.

27 min2018 JUL 20
Comments
The Ainu people, the natives of Japan

The Great Catalan Company

The story of the 14th century Almogavar Catalan Company is a Game of Thrones-like story of war against the Turks, ambitions, Byzantine betrayal, vengance, internal divison and conquest of lands of Greece.

40 min2018 JUL 18
Comments
The Great Catalan Company

The history of chocolate

Who is the weirdo who doesn't like chocolate? In this episode, you will discover the history of chocolate, from its origins in Mesoamerica as a beverage and the Spanish discovery to the innovations brought by the Industrial Revolution. It also covers the challanges of the industry in the future and the dark side of this sweet food, child and forced labor in West Africa.

20 min2018 JUL 17
Comments
The history of chocolate

The mad Baron Ungern, Russian khan of Mongolia

On episode 12, an almost 30 minutes episode, you will discover the life of Roman Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg, also known as the Mad or Bloody Baron. Although he can be correctly seen as a guy with some kind of mental problem, you have to give Baron Ungern some credit for living a life with many adventures that are so worth to tell that here I am. He was ruthless, but also madly brave and strong-willed. A fierce monarchist and nobleman that sought his aristocratic world crumble with the Russian February and October Revolutions. For him, the successful communist uprising represented the Apocalypse and the Russian Civil War was a battle between the good and the evil. Find out about him listening to the episode on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn or watching the YouTube video. For the first time, find the transcript divided in sections and the sources I used for

26 min2018 JUN 21
Comments
The mad Baron Ungern, Russian khan of Mongolia

The Mandate of Heaven and the Five Elements

Episode 11 is here! And it’s the first where I talk about an idea, an ancient Chinese political theory that was key to claim political legitimacy. Many of you may have heard the term Mandate of Heaven before, but maybe you don’t know that it has little to do with the European divine right of kings, how profound was the impact on Chinese politics before the Republican era or that it wasn’t a concept used alone but combined with the Five Elements Theory. In this episode you will discover precisely that. Hear it on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn or watching the YouTube video you have below. You can find the transcript of the episode too. Please subscribe to the podcast, give me some feedback and if you like it check out the Patreon page and help me make the show. There are some good perks! I’m gonna make some changes to the podcast on the following episode, make

12 min2018 JUN 13
Comments
The Mandate of Heaven and the Five Elements
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