Guided narrative history of the rest of the world. Each season we explore a different historical civilization from Africa, Asia or the Americas, from its beginning to its end, stopping along the way to talk about the people who lived in it and how they lived.
The Tale of Khun Chang and Khun Phaen
The Tale of Khun Chang and Khun Phaen is the seminal work in Thai classical literature. The romance between Khuns Chang and Phaen and the female love interest Wanthong are our window into Ayutthayan gender and social class. While what we find may be disagreeable to modern sensibilities, we are nonetheless compelled to bear witness and learn more - to better understand the era in question.
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Season 4 Announcement & Schedule
In which we reveal the identity of Series 4 - along with an announcement of the schedule.
3.19 - A New Siam
Ayutthaya is gone, but Siam lives. A new kingdom, forged by two capable generals, restored Thai authority over their country. That New Siam would survive, stronger than ever, to the present day, becoming modern Thailand.
3.18 - Collapse
Ayutthaya would fall in much the same way it did in 1569: at the hands of an ambitious Burmese King. But this time, there would be no comign back. Ayutthaya was no more, and the future of Thai history would be entirely new.
3.17 - An Age of Culture
The reigns of Thai Sa and Borommakot were peaceful and prosperous. The half-century before the city's fall thus became a golden age for art, literature and religion. This "Age of Culture" would last just until the collapse, but would forge Thai culture as it exists today.
3.16 - Phetracha & the Tiger King
No, not that one.
The Ban Phlu Luang, founded by the usurper Phetracha, would be Ayutthaya's last. They oversaw an era of social upheaval which fundaentally altered Thai society. Their first two kings, if the chronicles are to be believed, were cruel and violent men, though, and the bane of decency.
Very professionally written and informative. Each episode is packed with detail. Absolutely nuts👍
A perfect vessel to escape Eurocentrism
Too many ancient history shows in the Western world are obsessed with Egypt, Greece, and Rome as those are the only civilizations that matter. At times, you can get a bit of Japan, China, India or Mesoamerica here and there, but good luck finding anything else. History Unwritten has already expanded my horizons, and I'm eager to listen to the next seasons about the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas.
It’s difficult to find high quality, researched podcasts on non mainstream history. The “big” regions and powers are largely covered. This podcast achieves its mission of providing excellent content on these less covered places and powers.