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A history podcast that aims to cover the birth of the European state system by examining the Early Modern Period of European history. Along the way, the podcast will delve into the geography, economy, politics, ideas, and culture of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period to give the listener a view into the lives of the people who lived the events.

Wittenberg to Westphalia Benjamin Jacobs

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 14 Ratings

A history podcast that aims to cover the birth of the European state system by examining the Early Modern Period of European history. Along the way, the podcast will delve into the geography, economy, politics, ideas, and culture of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period to give the listener a view into the lives of the people who lived the events.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

LukeBax ,

A real heavyweight

This is a podcast that requires you to be at the top of your mental game. If you want to zip quickly and superficially through, this is not the podcast for you. However, if you want a podcast with real heft that will leave you feeling you have genuinely learned something of importance then WtoW comes highly recommended by this listener.

JerryBailey5 ,

Not a podcast series, so much as a series of deep-dives on random topics.

If you happen to have an interest in a particular part of the world, or a particular historical European topic, this podcast will offer a super-interesting deep-dive into it. There are however three major problems:

1. 50 episodes in and nearly the entire podcast has been about the early Medieval period. Frankly in a podcast titled 'Witternberg to Westphalia' I'd have been surprised at more than one! I'm sure the episodes about the actual Late Medieval/Early modern period will be great, in 10 years when we get to them! :D

2. I wouldn't listen to this podcast if I didn't like details, but Ben goes into too much detail on some things. He's a smart guy and I really appreciate this when it's on topics he knows a lot about, but for things which aren't his area of expertise... well let's just say if you're going to do an hour-long walking tour of the British Isles, and you expect me to listen to it, then make sure you know simple stuff like the correct pronunciation of one of Europe's most famous rivers, the Thames (/temz/).

3. Too much of the podcast comes across as just reading of a load of facts. Some more thematic analysis would be welcome. OK, so after Charlemagne died there was a lot of dynastic infighting. Great. What is the relevance to the later history of the region, in reference to the period in the title of the podcast?

I wrote all this not to attack but to constructively criticise. I'll continue to listen to this podcast, or at least those episodes which deal with my interests, but if Ben made an effort to take some of this on board, then I'd start to recommend it to others as a good podcast to listen to.

Podcast Devotee. ,

Detailed and adictive

A great podcast with layers of detail carefully weighted to ensure it listens as smooth a silk. I can not recommed this highly enough.

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