80 episodes

A German history starting in the Middle Ages when the emperors fought an epic struggle with the papacy to the Reformation, the great 18th century of Kant, Goethe, Gauss, the rise of Prussia and the horrors of the Nazi regime. We will end with the post-war period of moral and physical rebuilding. As Gregory of Tours (539-594) said: "A great many things keep happening, some good, some bad" .

History of the Germans Dirk Hoffmann-Becking

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    • 4.9 • 135 Ratings

A German history starting in the Middle Ages when the emperors fought an epic struggle with the papacy to the Reformation, the great 18th century of Kant, Goethe, Gauss, the rise of Prussia and the horrors of the Nazi regime. We will end with the post-war period of moral and physical rebuilding. As Gregory of Tours (539-594) said: "A great many things keep happening, some good, some bad" .

    A New Beginning

    A New Beginning

    The year is 919 AD and things are not going well. The mighty empire of Charlemagne has splintered into a multitude of puny kingdoms. Its feeble rulers are being pushed around by their formidable barons. The frontiers are breached. Cometh the time, cometh the man/woman?

    • 33 min
    A Dog's Breakfast

    A Dog's Breakfast

    Henry the Fowler ended the tradition of splitting the kingdom amongst the male heirs. So far, so wise. But, and there is always a but, what he did not work out was what to do with the spares.

    • 25 min
    A Series of Fortunate Events

    A Series of Fortunate Events

    His brother and his biggest vassals are rebelling, the kingdom remains under threat from Hungarians and Slavs - and now the king of France comes in on the side of the opposition. Only a series of very fortunate events can rescue king Otto, or a man of short stature, fierce temper, extraordinary bravery and a dislike of apples and women?

    • 20 min
    A Foe Wherever You Go

    A Foe Wherever You Go

    After the civil war Otto gets to reorganise the kingdom and focuses on foreign policy. There is conflict on all borders, with the Slavs, the Bohemians, the Hungarians, and the French. The most interesting story plays out in Italy where we find a beautiful young heiress with the key to a kingdom languishing in a jail....

    • 23 min
    The Father, the Son and the Uncle

    The Father, the Son and the Uncle

    Adelheid's rescue creates tension not only in the family of king Otto but across the realm. Younger members of the powerful families feel cheated out of the gains of the Italian campaign and worry about their prospects. And the Otto makes one of these mistakes he is so adept at, resulting in much bloodshed and pain...

    • 28 min
    A Conversation with Swords

    A Conversation with Swords

    The devastation of the civil war lures in the largest Hungarian army anyone had ever seen anywhere. Enticed by the disinherited sons of former Bavarian dukes, the mighty host makes for Augsburg, a city whose walls are as weak as their defender is steadfast. This time they are here to conquer not just to plunder. Otto has to run hell for leather south gathering an army from wherever he can get his hands on to face the most amazing military of the times on a battlefield of their choosing.....

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

AndAllThatJazz2 ,

History you don’t know

It is hard to find English language podcasts about history other than US or UK history, but this is a great one. Instead of a list of kings and wars and family intrigue, the author focus on the whys and how early German history led to modern Europe. The podcaster has a wonderful dry humor and sense of irony, which makes it all entertaining. Thank you for all the work that has gone into this.

Hollyoke ,

In Depth And Very Engaging

I discovered this podcast about two months ago and just caught up with the episodes. What a wonderful addition to the history podcasting world! This podcast is an in-depth narrative history of the territory that is called Germany today. Each episode covers events, developments, and people in great detail. The podcaster himself is a superb storyteller. His style draws you in and keeps you attentive throughout the episodes, which are of very reasonable length - not too short and not excessively long. What is especially great is that the release schedule is mostly weekly. Occasionally, there is a bit of a gap between episodes, which is, of course, inevitable as life happens. But for the most part, listeners can rely on a new exciting bit of German history every Thursday morning. Can't recommend this podcast enough to anyone who loves history.

Imphal44 ,

Enjoying the Podcast

A solid and interesting podcast covering details of German history from the 900s to the 1990s or from Charlemagne to Reunification.

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