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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

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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.

    Episode 75: Slavery in the Middle Ages Part II, Teaching an Old Narrative Modern Tricks.

    Episode 75: Slavery in the Middle Ages Part II, Teaching an Old Narrative Modern Tricks.

    In this episode we spend a bit of quality time with our friend Marc Boch and discuss why he thought what he thought about slavery and serfdom, why some of it was wrong, and why some of it is still valid. This is a nice, calm episode. Some gentle laughs between friends. A bit of a palette cleanser between last episode and the next.


    Check out Past Access here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXQKBE0TD34qtifjeemA_5g
    Check out Pontifacts yonder: https://pontifacts.podbean.com/


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    Escape! o Intelligent Speech!

    Escape! o Intelligent Speech!

    Last year's sessions: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuAmmbvyrD92VvbxWuktX5OnCt_qcibzH
    This year's conference, go to store to buy tickets: https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/1690-2/
     
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    Episode 74: Slavery Part 1: Theory

    Episode 74: Slavery Part 1: Theory

    By popular demand, we begin a very detailed look at medieval slavery. This time out we tackle what relevance this conversation has to the modern world, and how we even begin to define slavery, anyway.


    Reconsider: https://reconsidermedia.com/
    Intelligent Speech: https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/
     
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    Episode 73: Living the Life: Modern American Judaisms

    Episode 73: Living the Life: Modern American Judaisms

    To the horror of many, the "Living the Life" series has returned. This series of episodes aims to provide a very very basic primer into liturgical practices of many modern religions, to help the audience better understand how the stuff we discuss in the past was different. In this episode I interviewed listener Ira, possibly a more palatable interlocutor than my earlier entry in the series. The cool jazz, however, remains. Andrew is an editing genius, and I would not dare to interfere with his vision.


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    Episode 72, Women in the Middle Ages Part V: An Estate

    Episode 72, Women in the Middle Ages Part V: An Estate

    After many months we wrap up our look at women in the middle ages with a discussion of what it all means. Spoilers: It isn't about the estate of women, it is about the frames of reference we explored along the way.
     
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    Episode 71: Women in the Middle Ages, Women and the Law Part 2: Land and Marriage

    Episode 71: Women in the Middle Ages, Women and the Law Part 2: Land and Marriage

    In today's episode we look at the interaction between marriage, inheritance, and property. This may sound esoteric and boring. And it is. But it tells us an awful lot about how women interacted with this society so eat your acid polka broccoli.


    European History Podcast List: https://blog.feedspot.com/europe_history_podcasts/
    Revolution 1: https://www.erinclarebrown.com/revolution-1


    So Andrew tells me the fake genre I made up is a real thing called Acid Polka. The clips are from the songs linked below. they are actually...total bangers.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
203 Ratings

203 Ratings

Last King of Battlestar Earth ,

Glorious!

Low & slow, that is the tempo!

mikster21 ,

Slow

So, 6 years in and we’re not yet at the wars of the reformation? Good content, but the setup is more history of Europe circa 800-1500s..

OTHERNJ ,

Simplistic and Dry

The First 5 episodes, a walking tour of Europe, just drag along. The narration is just dry. The introductions feature annoying music. The podcaster, Mr. Jacobs, needs to understand that we don't care about his taste in music. I made it to episode 7. There the guest didn't even have a cusory knowledge of theology. Just move it along. You're not Gibbon.

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