43 episodes

A podcast about how we've always been idiots

We're Not So Different Luke Waters & Eleanor Janega

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    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

A podcast about how we've always been idiots

    Historical Materialism VI: Blame it on Charlemagne

    Historical Materialism VI: Blame it on Charlemagne

    in this episode, Luke and Eleanor continuing walking through Historical Materialism and Feudalism with a discussion of the early years of the Medieval Era and how the world we live in today really began to take shape. we talk about commerce vs capitalism, the rise of manor, the spread of universal religions, and more!

    • 1 hr
    Historical Materialism V: Feudalism, finally

    Historical Materialism V: Feudalism, finally

    in this episode, Luke and Eleanor finally make their way to feudalism and the Feudal Mode of Production. they discuss what feudalism actually is, why manorialism may be a better term, what Marx meant by calling it the "Feudal Mode", and more!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Historical Materialism IV: Age of Empires

    Historical Materialism IV: Age of Empires

    In part 4 of our series on Historical Materialism, we conclude the Ancient Mode of Production by discussing the rise of the great empires of old, the decline of the use of slavery, and the eventual collapse of the Western Roman Empire, which we now use to mark the end of the Ancient era.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Historical Materialism III: We Live in a Society

    Historical Materialism III: We Live in a Society

    as we continue our review of historical materialism leading up to feudalism, it's time to discuss how humans move from the hunter-gatherer, "Primitive" Communist Mode of Production to the Ancient Mode of Production, which includes living in civilizations, the introduction of slave labor, and the first social classes.

    • 53 min
    Historical Materialism II: "Primitive" Communism

    Historical Materialism II: "Primitive" Communism

    we're back to continue our deep dive into historical materialism and the eventual rise and fall of feudalism. this week, we discuss "primitive" communist societies of hunter-gatherers who lived in tribes and had no hierarchies, kings, or social classes. so let's go back to a time before sedentism and agriculture and look at the first mode of production

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Rise and Fall of Feudalism I: Historical Materialism

    The Rise and Fall of Feudalism I: Historical Materialism

    this week, Luke and Eleanor begin a much-requested series on the factors that led to the rise, dominance, and fall of feudalism during and after the Middle Ages. the series will focus on how feudalism and the feudal mode of production came to be and how it shaped our world today in eventually giving way to capitalism. but before we actually get to feudalism, we have to set the stage by discussing historical materialism and what it says about the development of society and culture.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

TheStuffOfMemes ,

The medieval podcast I’ve needed for years

This podcast feels like those times at college when you’d bump into your favourite professor at the pub, and you’ve caught them at that rare perfect moment when they’re feeling just a *little* too feisty not to sit with you over a pint and quietly let you in on all the cool, funny, arcane, angry sh** that REALLY makes their field matter. Highbrow but not highfalutin, collegiate but with rolled up sleeves (and a twinkle in the eye), I always feel a bit more erudite and a bit more rad after listening to an episode of WNSD. 11/10, just unbelievably cool.

jcxixi ,

Brilliant

Fantastic podcast, really enjoying the content!

My only pointer would be sound quality but from a content perspective this is my favourite history podcast!

I’ve just read Caliban and the Witch which got me interested in this period and I would love to get your POV on this text!

RobinsonBritt ,

5/5

Always a great listen on the way to work. Good laughs, informative and great hosts.

Was a little slow and unsteady at first but it’s good to see you both have found your feet, presenting-wise.

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