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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

Western Civ Adam Walsh

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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

    Supplemental: Let's Build a Cathedral!

    Supplemental: Let's Build a Cathedral!

    While we all shelter in place, I thought I would put out a few fun supplemental episodes on cultural topics that I have not been able to fit into the narrative. This first episode in the series looks at the mechanics of cathedral building: finances, plans, workers, and the basic structure. 

    If there are other cultural topics you want immediate episodes on, email me at westerncivpodcast@gmail.com. 

    • 23 min
    Episode 123: The Summer of Death

    Episode 123: The Summer of Death

    We return to the plague narrative proper in this episode. Edward III sits victorious upon the medieval English throne fresh from victories in France. However, the Black Death cares not for kings or victories and marches towards England in the summer in 1348.

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    • 25 min
    Episode 122: The Hundred Years War

    Episode 122: The Hundred Years War

    This time we catch up with England and France before continuing with the Black Death. Edward III becomes King in his own right and the Hundred Years War begins. We explore the Battle of Crećy, the Black Prince, and look at how the longbow revolutionized combat in the Late Middle Ages. 

    I have included the link to my first Young Adult Historical Fiction Novel, The Agency: Crisis at Kadesh, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0859LCJ4M

    It's available for free in ebook form from March 13-15. 

    • 53 min
    Episode 121: The Perils of the Papacy

    Episode 121: The Perils of the Papacy

    We continue tracking the Black Death as it moves from Italy to France in this episode. First we follow the plague to Marseilles and see our first anti-semitic response to the mounting death toll. Then the plague chases the Pope out of Avignon. Finally, we follow the plague across the medieval French countryside before it descends on Paris. 

    • 32 min
    Episode 120: The Final Word

    Episode 120: The Final Word

    In this episode, we continue our Black Death narrative. Last time we considered the impact of the plague on medieval Genoa and Venice. This time we turn to Florence, Siena, and Rome.  From Florence we get our greatest plague chronicler: Giovanni Boccaccio. 

    • 30 min
    Episode 119: Dealing In Death

    Episode 119: Dealing In Death

    In this episode, we follow the Black Death as it moves from Sicily to Italy - striking the Italian cities of Genoa and Venice. 

    • 17 min

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