100 episodes

A podcast dedicated to discussing history.

Historically Thinking: Conversations about historical knowledge and how we achieve it Albert Zambone

    • Philosophy
    • 4.8, 44 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to discussing history.

    Episode 161: In the Matter of Nat Turner

    Episode 161: In the Matter of Nat Turner

      In early November 1831, Thomas Ruffin Gray was searching for a publisher. He had been one of those whites who had travelled from his home in Richmond to Southampton County, Virginia, to put down the most effective revolt of enslaved persons in the state’s history. Gray later returned to Southampton to serve as defense […]

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 160: The Original Refugees

    Episode 160: The Original Refugees

      On October 22, 1685, King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, the decree promulgated by his grandfather Henri IV which provided French Protestants with a degree of limited toleration. The choices facing those approximately 700,000 French Protestants were stark: they could renounce their beliefes and convert to Catholicism; resist, which could […]

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Bonus Episode: Okinawa, the Crucible of Hell

    Bonus Episode: Okinawa, the Crucible of Hell

      Just to remind you, this is Memorial Day weekend–do not be alarmed if you have forgotten that it’s a weekend, let alone that it’s Memorial Day. As Professor Wikipedia might tell you, Memorial Day was instituted to remember the Northern dead of the Civil War. It then in time became a memorial encompassing the […]

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 159: Other People’s Money

    Episode 159: Other People’s Money

      Imagine, if you would, a world without either money or banks. How could anyone conduct business? How could anyone procure goods and services? How could you have a diversified economy? How could a person plan for the future?  This was the world of early America, prior the Revolution. One of the many changes brought […]

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 158: Priests of the Law

    Episode 158: Priests of the Law

      My guest today is Thomas J. McSweeney, Professor of Law at the William and Mary Law School in Willamsburg, Virginia. He earned both his JD and his PhD in History from Cornell University, and is the author of Priests of the Law: Roman Law and the Making of the Common Law’s First Professionals, which […]

    • 53 min
    Episode 157: They Knew They Were Pilgrims

    Episode 157: They Knew They Were Pilgrims

    Most Americans think they know something about the Pilgrims, based on a dimly remembered High School textbook, or perhaps from a second-grade Thanksgiving pageant: that the men wore stove pipe hats with brass buckles, and carried blunderbusses; that they were the first settlers in America, had the first Thanksgiving, got on well with the Indians; […]

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

MWK-19104 ,

Absolutely First Rate

Thoughtful and thought provoking.

Bringing up Baby ,

Thoughtful

Podcast title says all. Delves into trends in historical thought— the history of capitalism, environmental history, etc. Host Zambone wears his deep learning lightly, draws out insight after insight from guests. Bonus: Zambone has a great podcast voice.

Crocodilian ,

What “real” historians do . . .

The Podiverse is awash with amateur historians, some very good, some less good but still fun and entertaining. This is one of the few podcasts for folks who read footnotes and bibliographies first . . . Still fun and entertaining, but “more Grafton, less Diamond”

Al Zambone is an academic historian, someone thinking deeply not just about history as stamp collecting, but history as a complex undertaking to make sense of the past through partial -in all senses of the term- information.

That’s not to say that it’s not entertaining- Zambone speaks well, is funny and engaging. But it’s a different sort of endeavor from narrative history podcasts that are good fun for getting basic chronologies on long driving trips but which are unsophisticated in their approach to what kinds of data can we get out of what kinds of sources. Zambone is rigorous in a way that amateur historians often aren’t about failings like teleology and over interpreting limited sources that conveniently confirm an appealing idea

Highly recommend

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