13 episodes

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.

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History Dan Carlin

    • History
    • 4.8 • 119 Ratings

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.

    BLITZ Human Resources

    BLITZ Human Resources

    The Atlantic Slave Trade mixes centuries of human bondage with violence, economics, commerce, geo-political competition, liberty, morality, injustice, revolution, tragedy and bloody reckonings. That sounds like a lot, yet this show merely scratches the surface of this enormous subject.

    • 5 hrs 39 min
    Supernova in the East VI

    Supernova in the East VI

    When do spirit, tenacity, resilience and bravery cross into madness? When cities are incinerated? When suicide attacks become the norm? When atomic weapons are used? Japan's leaders test the limits of national endurance in the war's last year.

    • 5 hrs 45 min
    Supernova in the East V

    Supernova in the East V

    Can suicidal bravery and fanatical determination make up for material, industrial and numerical insufficiency? As the Asia-Pacific conflict turns against the Japanese these questions are put to the test. The results are nightmarish.

    • 3 hrs 32 min
    Supernova in the East IV

    Supernova in the East IV

    Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal are three of the most famous battles of the Second World War. Together they will shift the momentum in the Pacific theater and usher in the era of modern naval and amphibious warfare.

    • 3 hrs 58 min
    Supernova in the East III

    Supernova in the East III

    Japan's rising sun goes supernova and engulfs a huge area of Asia and the Pacific. A war without mercy begins to develop infusing the whole conflict with a savage vibe.

    • 4 hrs 53 min
    Supernova in the East II

    Supernova in the East II

    Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...

    • 4 hrs 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

grapeeatingraccoon ,

Very compelling storytelling

Like a fine wine this podcast needs its time to release its produce but every episode is a finely built up, thoroughly researched and most compelling promenade through history’s most extreme conflicts and wars. Not only for the provision of astounding and surprising facts - as many historians could give you - but especially for the unique human experiences and on-the-ground-view of these extreme chapters of human history.

Catherine Flemmings ,

Best history podcast ever!

Dan Carlin is an amazing storyteller, I cannot recommend this podcast enough!

Filip D.M. ,

I wish I’d had a history teacher like Dan Carlin

While listening to HH, the reality around you fades to the background while you travel to a strange, fascinating country in a distinctly different time zone.

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