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From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, Footnoting History's team of academics share their favorite stories from across history. New episodes every other Saturday.

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From Neanderthals to Napoleon's sister, Footnoting History's team of academics share their favorite stories from across history. New episodes every other Saturday.

    Maya, Spain, and the Historical Record

    Maya, Spain, and the Historical Record

    (Lesley) In 1562, Spaniard Diego de Landa destroyed 5000 documents recording 800 years of Mayan religion, culture, and history. The Spanish claimed to be fighting black magic and only 4 pages survived their destruction. In this episode, Lesley tells the story of the burning and the consequence of these actions.
     
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    • 18 min
    Revolutionary Movies, Part II: Dr. Zhivago and The Last Emperor

    Revolutionary Movies, Part II: Dr. Zhivago and The Last Emperor

    (Christine and Elizabeth) In our last episode we discussed revolutions in the United States and France, and this time we turn our eyes toward China and Russia. Here, our Summer Special crossover concludes with Christine and Elizabeth chatting with Pod Academy’s Gil and Rutger about 1965’s Dr. Zhivago and 1987’s The Last Emperor.
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Revolutionary Movies, Part I: The Patriot and Les Miserables

    Revolutionary Movies, Part I: The Patriot and Les Miserables

    (Christine and Elizabeth) How do modern films portray revolutions? What are some of the things regularly included - and just as regularly left out? In the first of this special pair of episodes Elizabeth and Christine step away from their scripts and join Gil and Rutger of Pod Academy for a Summer Special conversation about 2000’s The Patriot and 2012’s Les Miserables. Christine and Elizabeth are joined by Gil and Rutger of Pod Academy
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Slavery and the Colony of Georgia

    Slavery and the Colony of Georgia

    (Elizabeth) Most likely, many of us have heard tales around how the colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe, a philanthropist, to be a haven for Britain's debtors but, as always, that isn't the whole story. In this episode, Elizabeth delves into how slavery of Africans was illegal early on in the colony and why that changed - including who drove the demand. 

    • 17 min
    The Parnell Affair

    The Parnell Affair

    (Christine) In the late 1800s, Charles Stewart Parnell was a heavyweight in Irish politics - until his affair with a woman named Katharine O'Shea came to light. Join Christine for a look at the scandal that dominated headlines and rocked the career of the so-called "Uncrowned King of Ireland".

    • 23 min
    Passing Exams in Imperial China

    Passing Exams in Imperial China

    (Lucy) The civil service examinations taken by the bureaucrats and administrators of imperial China were not merely academic. They also served as social rites of passage. Moreover, they were designed to test the moral aptitudes of test-takers for a lifetime of upholding Confucian ideals. Naturally, they were a source of individual stress, as well as a key part of imperial power and authority for centuries, outlasting several dynasties. This episode looks at the roles civil service examinations played in premodern China, and the mythos that grew around them.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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Delightful

Charming, quirky, and insightful podcasting by professional historians. Conclusive proof that the best stories really are in the footnotes!

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So good

Such varied topics, but always the story is more interesting than I think it will be from the episode title—and so often I learn not only about the topic, but about the process of researching and studying history.

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