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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.

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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.

    The Ghosts of Archaic Humans

    The Ghosts of Archaic Humans

    Until very recently, Homo sapiens - our species - was only one of several varieties of humans on this planet. As our ancestors spread outward from Africa in their great migration, they encountered those other species. The results of those encounters left us a genetic legacy that is still with us today.

    If you'd like to see some visuals of the things in this episode, check out this post on my Substack blog.

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    • 47 min
    Bone, Stone, and Genome: Understanding Humanity's Deep Past

    Bone, Stone, and Genome: Understanding Humanity's Deep Past

    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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    • 47 min
    Did I End My Early Modern Series in the Right Place? Interview with Keith Pluymers

    Did I End My Early Modern Series in the Right Place? Interview with Keith Pluymers

    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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    • 57 min
    The Globalization of the Year 1000: Interview with Professor Valerie Hansen

    The Globalization of the Year 1000: Interview with Professor Valerie Hansen

    Around the year 1000, merchants, explorers, and missionaries linked 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.

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    • 36 min
    Alaric, the Goths, and the Sack of Rome: Interview with Professor Douglas Boin

    Alaric, the Goths, and the Sack of Rome: Interview with Professor Douglas Boin

    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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    John Maynard Keynes and His Legacies: Interview with Author and Journalist Zach Carter

    John Maynard Keynes and His Legacies: Interview with Author and Journalist Zach Carter

    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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Customer Reviews

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179 Ratings

179 Ratings

DarwinAU ,

I missed u in australia Dam Dam Dam

This is an amassing podcast I highly recommend it. Personally it takes me on his journey. I feel like I’m there just on the hill watching the story unfold. The first person approach then open story allows me to become highly involved with the podcast. I listen to 2-3 hours every night of different podcasts. It takes a lot of self control to ration your podcasts but I do. I love following it and bing listen when I want to relax, learn and just enjoy. Thank you for allowing me to ride along with you during your podcast. Another Aussie mate 🇦🇺

Aussie Bear Fan ,

Love the stories!

My lecturer at university put me onto these podcasts and Patrick was kind enough to share his time with us in Australia today via zoom. I have truly loved all the content in these podcasts but especially the way Patrick tells a story set in the time period he’s talking about. They are very engaging and helpful! Thanks from Australia mate! 🤙🏽🇦🇺

roman pilgrim ,

Insightful history, easy listening!

Patrick Wyman is a real historian who combines genuine history and hostorical analysis with skilful storytelling. His Fall of Rome was my first hostory podcast and got me hooked. I can't recommend him highly enough.

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