115 episodes

Podcast by Eric Halsey

The Bulgarian History Podcast Eric Halsey

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 172 Ratings

Podcast by Eric Halsey

    113 The Spring of Nations

    113 The Spring of Nations

    After the Great Powers of Europe spend the post-Napoleonic decades suppressing revolutionary movements in Ottoman lands, they finally face a revolution of their own. Meanwhile, Bulgarians engage in a ferocious political battle with the Greek-dominated Patriarchate and continue the steady work of building the Bulgarian Revival. With Europe rising up and demanding more democratic nation states, what will become of Bulgaria's demand for the same?

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    • 29 min
    112 Tanzimat

    112 Tanzimat

    As the young Abdulmejid I takes the throne, he has to immediately contend with the "Eastern Crisis" of 1840. Meanwhile, he launches the Tanzimat reforms, kicking off a continuation of his fathers reforms which trigger yet more revolts in Bulgaria and beyond. Now, more than ever, these revolts are being spearheaded by a growing young class of professional revolutionaries. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Bulgaria, yet more books are published, schools are opened, and anger with the Greek-dominated Orthodox Church deepens.

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    • 23 min
    111 Rebellions All the Way Down

    111 Rebellions All the Way Down

    As the Bulgarian National Revival ramps up with more and more books being published, rebellions break out throughout the Balkans. Mahmud's reforms trigger elites angry about their status being threatened and Balkan Christians angry the reforms are not being implemented. Meanwhile, Sultan Mahmud II is feeling confident that his reformed military can take on the Egyptians.

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    • 33 min
    110 “The start of the Balkan tragedy”

    110 “The start of the Balkan tragedy”

    In the aftermath of the fighting over Greece's independence, we take a moment to reflect on the stage being set for Bulgaria in the 19th century: the great power politics, mismatch between political dreams and realities, and changing Ottoman reality. Meanwhile, Egypt make a move to form an Empire and the Ottomans find an unlikely ally.

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    • 33 min
    109 The Auspicious Incident

    109 The Auspicious Incident

    As the Greek situation in their war of independence looks worse and worse, Sultan Mahmud II finally executes his masterstroke to begin reforming the Empire. But, with European sentiments towards the Greeks and Ottomans changing, the geopolitics of the Balkans are about to change dramatically.

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    • 33 min
    108 The Greek War of Independence

    108 The Greek War of Independence

    Following Serbia's successful revolt, the Greeks no see whether they can overcome the Ottoman military and Europe's newfound anti-revolutionary conservatism to gain their independence. Meanwhile, new wealth, stability, and writings are laying the groundwork for the Bulgarian National Revival.

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

politemonkey ,

A gem!

I am on Episode 10 of the first season. The engaging and knowlegeable Eric Halsey presents the material in well-organized, well-presented episodes which develop the history of Bulgaria chronologically. I am writing my Masters thesis on a related topic during the early Medieval period. Like most Americans, I am missing some much needed background regarding Bulgaria, a country which, unbeknownst to me (until now!), was far more advanced and powerful than I had ever imagined. Halsey fills this gap efficiently. I also visit the blog which accompanies his podcast, where there are useful maps, drawings, photos and even cartoons to aid visual learners like me to great advantage. Thank you for this valuable gem!

random person 6 ,

Awesome Content

I love this podcast. Bulgarian history is hard to find in English and in general. In turn, this is a great resource. I am loving the way the episodes are structured and presented as well!

Lora_Y ,

So glad I found this podcast!

I’m a first-gen bulgarian immigrant in the US and have grown up really only knowing the basics of our history (surprise surprise, they don’t talk about Bulgaria in US history classes). I am loving learning more about the specifics from this podcast that’s easy to follow, interesting, and convenient for busy Bulgarians who miss their country.

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