19 episodes

Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!

Edge of History Centurion6246

    • History
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

Relatively unknown but awesome (and important) tales from our past, professionally researched and told in "campfire buddy" fashion. As a historian and educator, the Centurion brings you the tales of the daring, the misunderstood, the underdogs, the dynamic people you've never heard of because you didn't have the right teacher to share it with you. You'll hear stories of the baddest men and women who ever lived, the extraordinary odds they overcame, the stuff you didn't know was important but SHOULD know because it connects you with everything remarkable about human will and ingenuity!

    Chechen Wars Part 5: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Warlords

    Chechen Wars Part 5: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Warlords

    After their improbable victory in the war for independence, the Chechens quickly discovered that as hard as winning the war was, winning the peace was even more difficult. A ravaged country, shattered infrastructure, and difficulty enforcing law meant that the challenges facing the new government were ultimately insurmountable. 

    • 54 min
    Chechen Wars Part 4: Independence!

    Chechen Wars Part 4: Independence!

    After the Russian Army finally wrests the capital of Grozny from the rebels, its momentum stalls and it resorts to indiscriminate carpet bombing and massacring civilians. In an ominous turn for the future, the desperate rebels engage in mass hostage-takings that stall the war further. With able guerrilla commanders exploiting low Russian morale and poor organization, the rebels shock the world by retaking Grozny in 1996. Russia withdraws and the democratic Chechen Republic of Ichkeria is born!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Why History Matters (In Ways Your History Class Probably Didn't Teach You)

    Why History Matters (In Ways Your History Class Probably Didn't Teach You)

    Intense times like these truly make me notice how undervalued the study of history is. I bring up the historical precedents of a lot of what we see and people will often tell me “I wasn’t a good history student….I’m not much for names and dates” or something of that sort. At best I’ll get the classic saying “Well, you gotta learn from history so you don’t repeat it.” Yes, but…NO. 
    It’s so much deeper and richer and more complicated than names and dates, for one thing. For another, be careful what you ‘learn.’ Some of history’s worst catastrophes started with “obvious” conclusions about what had happened in the generations before. 
    This podcast is all about the real reasons to study history, how to approach it, and how it might be one of the great hopes to save humanity.

    • 43 min
    Special Episode! “What Is Happening in the Ukraine and Why It’s Happening” (as far as I can know)

    Special Episode! “What Is Happening in the Ukraine and Why It’s Happening” (as far as I can know)

    I normally avoid a podcast on current events: there is so much even the best cannot know or understand until years have passed. I have been asked about this many times over the last two weeks from those who know I’ve been paying close attention to Putin for twenty years and have European history background. While my knowledge is incomplete, I might have some useful stories for the layperson that is just seeking to understand something about this crisis.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Chechen Wars Part 3: The Battle for Grozny and the Humbling of a Superpower

    Chechen Wars Part 3: The Battle for Grozny and the Humbling of a Superpower

    As Chechens (led by many who grew up in the deportation) declare independence in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin’s Russia does nothing for three years. Embarrassment at the new state’s defiance eventually drives an attempt to topple the Chechen government through far superior arms. Spoiler Alert: Russia, thought to be the second most powerful country in the world at the time, gets a disastrous comeuppance.

    • 45 min
    Chechen Wars Part 2: Revolution and Deportation

    Chechen Wars Part 2: Revolution and Deportation

    There have never been more than one million Chechens in the world at any given time, and their homeland is no bigger than Connecticut, yet the trials and tragedy of the Chechen people have an underestimated but important legacy in the horrific guerrilla wars and terrorism of the twenty-first century. At the heart of the conflict is (of course) the policies of Josef Stalin, who attempted to deport an entire people to Kazakhstan in 1944.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

paramaster ,

Great podcast

I would put this in the top ten percent of history podcast.

Tom_Clancy ,

Entertaining and informative for history lovers

I stumbled across this podcast a few weeks ago. Having exhausted many of my favorite history podcasts like the History of Rome and Hardcore History, I’m so glad to have found this podcast to add to my regular listening rotation. I’m a big fan of your work Centurian6246 - keep it up!

Rava22 ,

Not your typical history podcast

Well versed and researched. The narrator doesn’t take himself too seriously and actually makes it enjoyable to listen to. This isn’t about all the well known and overplayed historical events. I love that this is about the not-so-heard about historical events that were just as crucial to our world today as those that are played and talked about over and over on tv. Highly recommend!

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