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Guerrilla History is the podcast that acts as a reconnaissance report of global history for the activist left, and aims to use the lessons of history to analyze the present.


Your hosts are educators Henry Hakamaki and Professor Adnan Husain, historian and Director of the School of Religion at Queens University.


Follow us on social media!  Our podcast can be found on twitter at https://twitter.com/guerrilla_pod, and can be supported on patreon at https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory.  Your contributions will make the show possible to continue and succeed!

Follow the hosts, Henry can be found on twitter at https://twitter.com/huck1995.  Adnan can be followed on twitter at https://twitter.com/adnanahusain, and also runs The Majlis Podcast, which can be found at https://anchor.fm/msgp-queens, and the Muslim Societies-Global Perspectives group at Queens University, https://www.facebook.com/MSGPQU/.   The other shows of the Revolutionary Left Radio family can be found at revolutionaryleftradio.com.  

Thanks to Ryan Hakamaki, who designed and created the podcast's artwork, and Kevin MacLeod, who creates royalty-free music.

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Guerrilla History is the podcast that acts as a reconnaissance report of global history for the activist left, and aims to use the lessons of history to analyze the present.


Your hosts are educators Henry Hakamaki and Professor Adnan Husain, historian and Director of the School of Religion at Queens University.


Follow us on social media!  Our podcast can be found on twitter at https://twitter.com/guerrilla_pod, and can be supported on patreon at https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory.  Your contributions will make the show possible to continue and succeed!

Follow the hosts, Henry can be found on twitter at https://twitter.com/huck1995.  Adnan can be followed on twitter at https://twitter.com/adnanahusain, and also runs The Majlis Podcast, which can be found at https://anchor.fm/msgp-queens, and the Muslim Societies-Global Perspectives group at Queens University, https://www.facebook.com/MSGPQU/.   The other shows of the Revolutionary Left Radio family can be found at revolutionaryleftradio.com.  

Thanks to Ryan Hakamaki, who designed and created the podcast's artwork, and Kevin MacLeod, who creates royalty-free music.

    The Great Leap Forward & Cultural Revolution w/ Ken Hammond (Modern Chinese History Pt. 3)

    The Great Leap Forward & Cultural Revolution w/ Ken Hammond (Modern Chinese History Pt. 3)

    In this episode of Guerrilla History, we get into part 3 of our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with an amazing discussion of The Great Leap Forward and The Cultural Revolution!  If you haven't already listened to part 1 of the series, on the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, or part 2 on The Chinese Revolution & Civil War, be sure to go back and check those out because we pick up right where we left off last time.  With these final two episodes in the series, we enter the period where various ideological traditions diverge in their analysis of the events, but regardless of what ideological background you come from, we encourage you to listen to these and engage with the information, as we believe the information will help you deepen your own analysis regardless of your ideological position.  The final installment will drop in two weeks (with another episode in between), and will cover the Reform period, so be sure to subscribe to not miss that episode!
    Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70.  Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future.
    Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory 
     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     

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    Disarming Empire + the Elections in Pakistan w/ Pawel Wargan

    Disarming Empire + the Elections in Pakistan w/ Pawel Wargan

    In this terrific and wide ranging episode of Guerrilla History, we bring on Pawel Wargan to discuss the recent elections in Pakistan, which he was an international observer for, as well as his excellent article Disarming Empire (which we HIGHLY recommend reading!).  We truly enjoyed this conversation, and are really looking forward to having Pawel back on again soon to discuss Western Sahara and the work he has done there.  
    Pawel Wargan is an activist, researcher, organizer, and coordinator of the Secretariat of the Progressive International, and has been published in many places. You can follow Pawel on twitter to keep up with his latest work @pawelwargan

    Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory 
     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     

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    The Chinese Revolution & Civil War w/ Ken Hammond (Modern Chinese History Pt. 2)

    The Chinese Revolution & Civil War w/ Ken Hammond (Modern Chinese History Pt. 2)

    In this episode of Guerrilla History, we get into part 2 of our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with this absolutely terrific discussion on the Chinese Revolution & Civil War!  If you haven't already listened to part 1 of the series, on the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions, be sure to do so because we pick up right where we left off last time.  The next two installments will drop every other week (with other episodes in between), and will cover the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, and the Reform period, so be sure to subscribe to not miss any of those coming episodes!
    Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70.  Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future.
    Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory 
     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     

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    For Palestine & Liberated Texts w/ Louis Allday

    For Palestine & Liberated Texts w/ Louis Allday

    In this outstanding episode of Guerrilla History, we have another installment of our Sources and Methods series, and this time with the terrific Louis Allday.  Here, we bring on Louis to discuss Liberated Texts and the work that is done within that project, as well as the recently released special edition of Ebb Magazine, For Palestine.  We loved the conversation with Louis about preserving and spreading under-appreciated and supressed sources and books, Kanafani, solidarity with Palestine, and more, and we are sure you will too!  Be sure to check out the links we are including to the work Louis does for more!
    Louis Allday is a writer and historian. He has a PhD in History. He is the founding editor of Liberated Texts, a book reviewing and publishing project dedicated to reviewing and (re)publishing works that have been neglected, overlooked or suppressed in the mainstream since their publication. In July 2022, in collaboration with Ebb Books, Liberated Texts published the first English language translation of Ghassan Kanafani’s On Zionist Literature to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination. Louis is also an editor at Ebb Magazine.  Follow Louis on twitter @Louis_Allday

    Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory 
     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     

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    The Taiping & Boxer Rebellions w/ Ken Hammond (Modern Chinese History Pt. 1)

    The Taiping & Boxer Rebellions w/ Ken Hammond (Modern Chinese History Pt. 1)

    In this episode of Guerrilla History, we launch our 4 part miniseries on modern Chinese history featuring Ken Hammond (and guest host Breht O'Shea of Revolutionary Left Radio) with this terrific discussion on the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions!  Be sure to go back and listen to the previous episode we did with Ken in the fall, which serves as a bit of an introductory work for this miniseries. The other three installments will drop every other week (with other episodes in between), and will cover the Chinese Revolution/Civil War, the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, and the Reform period, so be sure to subscribe to not miss any of those coming episodes!
    Ken Hammond is Professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University. He has been engaged in radical politics since his involvement in the anti-war movement at Kent State in 1968-70.  Ken is also the author of the book China’s Revolution & the Quest for a Socialist Future.
    Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory 
     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     

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    History of Palestinian Communism w/ Patrick Higgins

    History of Palestinian Communism w/ Patrick Higgins

    In this absolutely fascinating and important episode of Guerrilla History, we are joined once again by Patrick Higgins to discuss the history of Palestinian communism. Patrick serves up an masterclass here, and honestly this one is worth listening to and then re-listening to while taking notes despite its 2 hour length.  You certainly don't want to miss this one!  Also be sure to share this with comrades, this episode is sure to benefit many!
    If you didn't catch Patrick's last appearance on the show, you should check out our episode Palestinian Resistance vs. The Zionist Project w/ Max Ajl & Patrick Higgins, where he and comrade Max Ajl provided biting and vital analysis immediately after October 7.  A wonderful (and extremely popular) episode of Guerrilla History in its own right!
    Patrick Higgins is a researcher and writer, holding a PhD in Arab History.  Patrick recently completed his dissertation titled "Palestinian Revolution and World Imperialism in the 'American Century': 1945-1972".  While Patrick doesn't use social media, he is going to be co-presenting a class on April 13 on the topic History of Palestinian Revolution, which is hosted by the excellent journal Middle East Critique as part of their Ramadan Course on Palestine and Imperialism.  The whole course is free, so sign up!
    Help support the show by signing up to our patreon, where you also will get bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/guerrillahistory 
     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     


     
     
     

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
481 Ratings

481 Ratings

whoajoewhoa ,

A must listen for any communist

This podcast is seriously a must listen. Very smart interviews with very smart guests, very Marxist. Seriously just subscribe and listen already!

bsanch3878 ,

A mind-expanding podcast!

I’ve been searching for a good podcast that would help me catch up on understanding global revolutionary history and the way it affects our present and future from a leftist, anti-colonial, anti-imperial, anti-capitalist, socialist, perspective. I think I’ve found it in Guerilla History! Check out their other sister podcasts Revolutionary Left and Red Menace as well which are equally as incredible and deserve a follow.

Switch inpressionalist ,

Listenable, engaging, rigorous analysis

I’ve been listening to this podcast for the past 6 months during my daily commutes, during chores, and lol during labwork, and I always walk away with a foundation of how to understand each topic I’d previously only had vague impressions of. (Yemen, Haiti, sanctions as siege warfare, the British partition of the Middle East post-WW2, CIA coups, Chinese economic partnerships in Eurasia, the Allende socialist govt’s platform and coalition-building in Chile)

The hosts are super listenable to me, remind me of friends who manage to have scholarly gravitas, pop culture literacy, chill but engaging energy, and who sincerely invested in a conversation where you get to discuss and have your most basic or in-depth questions answered. The personalities, speaking styles, and choice of / approach to revolutionary topics are definitely my favorite part of the podcasts.

I’ll be recommending this podcast to anyone who’s hungry to understand the historical, materially informed / driven bigger picture of how the each country on today’s earth ended up as the wretched place we see them painted as in headlines in the New York Times, CNN, or Instagram’s “humanitarian fundraiser” ads, lol.

I’m deeply in debt to this podcast’s hosts and guests for actually teaching me how to analyze any piece of media (mainstream news, etc.) or any development from any country or region in the world now, whereas the flood of “facts” and default history / social science “education” in the US (that isn’t remotely leftist, and is both communism-phobic and imperialism-legitimizing) just serves to exhaust and confuse its audience. Can’t wait to learn more from the hosts and use this podcast’s energy to step up my material engagement in leftist / anti-imperialist organizing.

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