137 episodes

Podcast by Eric Halsey

The Bulgarian History Podcas‪t‬ Eric Halsey

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 195 Ratings

Podcast by Eric Halsey

    DIscussion on US-BG History with Ambassador Mustafa

    DIscussion on US-BG History with Ambassador Mustafa

    For this special episode, I was invited to have a chat with the US Ambassador to Bulgaria about the long history of connections between the two countries as well as what that relationship looks like today.

    You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/us-bg-history-ambassador-mustafa

    • 29 min
    134 The Russo-Turkish War, Part 1

    134 The Russo-Turkish War, Part 1

    It's 1877 and the Ottomans are victorious against the Serbs, however the Great Powers have gathered to decide what should become of Ottoman authority in the Balkans. To get ahead of this, the Ottomans have passed a new constitution and are ready to resist foreign interference. Meanwhile Russia and Austria-Hungary have concluded agreements necessary for Russia to finally go to war against the Ottomans. Now, it's time for Bulgarians to stand up and fight the Ottomans for the second time in as many years.

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    You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/134-the-russo-turkish-war-part-1

    • 26 min
    133 Aftermath

    133 Aftermath

    As the last fighters of the April Uprising meet their sad fates, news of its horrors spreads throughout the world and begins to shift the geopolitical scales of Europe. Meanwhile the Ottoman Empire itself experiences a rush of changes as the Great Powers meet to decide what should happen as the Serbs finally decide it's time for war.

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    • 33 min
    132 Botev and Batak

    132 Botev and Batak

    As the April Uprising draws to a close, Botev crosses the Danube to continue the fight. Meanwhile, we delve into the horrors of the massacre at Batak.

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    • 24 min
    131 The April Uprising

    131 The April Uprising

    Despite the failure of the Stara Zagora uprising, Bulgarian revolutionaries see an opportunity to finally throw off Ottoman rule in the Spring of 1876.

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    • 26 min
    130 Prelude

    130 Prelude

    As the Bosnia and Herzegovina break out into open revolt against the Ottomans, some BRCC members see their golden opportunity to free Bulgaria. Meanwhile, the Ottoman government must finally reckon with its past mistakes as the fight between reformers and hardliners continues.

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
195 Ratings

195 Ratings

toddb1984 ,

Love podcast

In episode 30 learn things about Bulgaria and Balkans learned at school Keep up good work

greasemandan ,

Simply a Treasure

Sadly I don’t know any Bulgarian, if I do I’m utterly unaware of it or it’s thanks to this podcast. Thus, my review only applies to the English version.
First, let me offer antidotal evidence, that this is an amazingly worthy podcast for... well just about anyone. Yes if you know me you know I already get lost in vague history texts, since I was not even able to read a picture book effectively. That said, I only selected this cast thanks to two things. It was suggested as a relative of “The History of Poland Podcast,” yes shameful plug for another cast I have nothing to gain from. Second, that it had a great cover image. Boy was I in for a ride! This was not merely a curious, thorough, and entertaining history of one country or people. It is a history of histories. It cuts to the heart of European and Asiatic history. Oh and I almost forgot! Teddy’s theme music will have you hooked before you even hear Eric’s, our historian/narrator’s voice. Trust me on that one.
On the more objective side, this cast is still a winner. Eric is an enjoyable narrator with a very pleasing voice. He immerses you into the story-telling like a good friend, over an equally satisfying drink, hot or cold. It’s cozy with the imperfections of exploration. If all history lectures were this good, every undecided major would switch to history by the end of their freshman year. Ok I realize I’ve probably derailing a bit from the objective... well at least it’s honest. That’s the best part of Eric’s epic here, he’s always honest and provides insightful balanced narratives of events we should all know. As English speakers will quickly realize, much of this history is taught to us uni-perspective, if taught at all. Eric breaks this boundary and restores a missing perspective that is timely and timeless.
Yes timely. It’s so easy to get caught up in present day or even past injustices, especially those who enjoy history. The frank nature of Eric’s work here highlights over and over again, without intent or coloring, just why fighting these injustices often ends in further injustice. That no noble cause, gains traction without some ignoble gain, which causes the imbalance of wrongs to merely seesaw in the opposite direction. In short, this is providential insight to the need to calm it down and learn from history. It proves that focus on unity and mercy goes further than focus on fighting injustice. I don’t make this last point because Eric presents, it willingly or not. I say it because he does a fine job of presenting it clearly and honestly. The truth is apparent without aid or intent.
Thank you Eric for all your time and effort to share and sort out, what would surely confuse most all of us, even if we successfully jumped the language barrier.

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!

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