108 episodes

Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.

History on Fire Daniele Bolelli

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 342 Ratings

Where history and epic collide--"History on Fire" is a podcast by author and university professor Daniele Bolelli.

    [RERUN] EPISODE 69: Capturing Mussolini

    [RERUN] EPISODE 69: Capturing Mussolini

    I am not done with stories of resistance from Italy during WW II. Today, I’ll tell the story of a friend, one of the very last partisan commanders to still be alive—Federigo Giordano (battle name “Gek.”) His name is still recognized in some towns in Northern Italy since he was the one to lead his men to liberate them from Fascists and Nazis. In this episode we’ll tackle the growth of racism within Fascist ideology, becoming a partisan in the mountains of Northern Italy, rejecting the Alexander Proclamation, saving American aviators, participating in the capture of Benito Mussolini, Mussolini ‘hanging’ in Piazzale Loreto, drunk Nazis in one room while partisans hide in the attic, having to explain to a 90+ year old lady why you killed her sister over 70 years earlier, and much more.

    • 1 hr 57 min
    [RERUN] EPISODE 68: My Grandma and Her Bombs: A Story of WWII

    [RERUN] EPISODE 68: My Grandma and Her Bombs: A Story of WWII

    This is a tale of Italian Resistance during WW II. Unlike nearly all History on Fire episodes, this is not a story I researched in books. It’s a much more personal one—these are my grandparents’ experiences. The starring role goes to my grandmother, Liana Germani, who as a teenager was a combat partisan active against the Fascist regime and the Nazi occupation.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    [RERUN] EPISODE 66: Sex in Ancient Rome

    [RERUN] EPISODE 66: Sex in Ancient Rome

    This is a cultural history episode about sexuality in Ancient Rome. I thought the topic would be fun and juicy, but that’s because my memory of Roman sexuality was hazy. After refreshing it with lots of research, I can safely say that ‘fun’ is not a word I would apply to it. ‘Insanely disturbing’ is probably more fitting. Most of the ancient sources, in fact, seem to indicate that little to no attention was paid to the idea of sex being for mutual pleasure.

    • 2 hrs 10 min
    EPISODE 105: Rationalizing Evil in El Salvador

    EPISODE 105: Rationalizing Evil in El Salvador

    This episode covers some of the things that happened in El Salvador in the 1980s, in particular the story of the massacre at El Mozote, and how policies formulated by the White House supported death squads unleashing hell on civilians.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    EPISODE 104: The Saint and the Death Squads

    EPISODE 104: The Saint and the Death Squads

    This is a story about what happened in El Salvador in the 1970s and 1980s, and the role that democratic as well as republican administrations played in this tale. As much as humanly possible, I’ll try to let the facts speak for themselves and not inject too much of my own commentary.

    • 2 hrs 12 min
    [RERUN] EPISODE 65: The Taiping Rebellion (Part 3): A River of Death

    [RERUN] EPISODE 65: The Taiping Rebellion (Part 3): A River of Death

    • 2 hrs 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
342 Ratings

342 Ratings

saintSteve ,

The best!

Daniele is a master storyteller, but also a very honest historian. He’s crystal clear what we know for sure from the sources, and what we have to guess about. He’s also clearly a lovely gentleman, and listening to him is like spending time with a kind, wise, funny friend.

Gegzzy ,

Welcome back!

A really good podcast with a great host! If you’re into you’re history shows then Daniele Bolelli is up there with Dan Carlin/Hardcore History.

I missed the show while it moved over to luminary. Great to have you back Mr Bolelli!

torrendevine ,

Addictive!

Just amazing, great sense of humour and I just can’t stop listening.....8 episodes down in 2 weeks

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