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The History Files is a weekly show dedicated to history of all eras. Join historian Gordon Frye and various guests as they discuss history in the news, in the media, in literature, in politics, and just about anywhere else of interest.

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The History Files is a weekly show dedicated to history of all eras. Join historian Gordon Frye and various guests as they discuss history in the news, in the media, in literature, in politics, and just about anywhere else of interest.

    The History Files #90: Pirates

    The History Files #90: Pirates

    We’re back… and we brought pirates! Actually, that’s probably not such a great idea, what with all the stealing and pillaging and slow-matches in the beard and buckets of burning sulphur. Of course that’s only if we brought Edward Teach, but you get the idea. This episode was recorded live in front of a very groggy audience on a Sunday morning at the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk festival in Pt. Townsend, Washington on June 11, 2017. We had a great time revelling in all the pirate stuff and hope you enjoy our little presentation.

    Show notes and links:

    * On Stranger Tides , by Tim Powers (amazon.com)

    * A General History of the Pyrates (wikipedia.org)

    * The Seafarers, Time-Life: The Pirates (amazon.com)

    * Movieing On #233: Yellowbeard (csicon.fm)

    * The Sea Dogs (infogalactic.com)

    * Barbarossa Brothers, Barbary Pirates: Pirate’s Realm (thepiratesrealm.com)

    * Old Ironsides (1926) (amazon.com)

    * Jean Lafitte (infogalactic.com)

    • 48 min
    The History Files #89: World War 1 – Part 2

    The History Files #89: World War 1 – Part 2

    In part 2 of our series on World War 1, we take some time to talk about how the various Allied Countries armed up in the first months of the conflict, and how the United States basically became the “Arsenal of Democracy” long before WW2.

    Show notes and links:

    * “The Son” (2017) (imdb.com)

    * The Persuaders! (TV Series 1971–1972) (imdb.com) The odd little action TV show with Roger Moore and Tony Curtis that we couldn’t remember the name of.

    * Arsenal of Democracy (infogalactic.com)

    * Gordon’s Gun Closet #1: Colt New Service (csicon.fm)

    * M1911 pistol (infogalactic.com)

    * Gordon’s Gun Closet #3: M1911 (csicon.fm)

    * Lewis gun (infogalactic.com)

    * M1895 Colt (infogalactic.com)

    • 42 min
    The History Files #88: The White Rose

    The History Files #88: The White Rose

    Germany during WW2 seemed, at first, to be headed for economic recovery and a bright shining future. A few young people recently returned from witnessing the true heart of the Third Reich thought differently and sought to oppose the Nazi movement and Hitler’s government. They called themselves “The White Rose”*. They operated in secret, distributing pamphlets trying to wake up the populace to the reality of their situation:

    “…our present ‘state’ is the dictatorship of evil. …if you know that, why do you not bestir yourselves, why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you…of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanized state system presided over by criminals and drunks? Is your spirit already so crushed by abuse that you forget it is your right – or rather, your moral duty – to eliminate this system? But if a man no longer can summon the strength to demand his right, then it is absolutely certain that he will perish.”

    * We mistakenly call it the “Order of the White Rose” a few times during this episode. That’s a different thing.

    Show notes and links:

    * Memoirs of a Professional Cad, George Sanders (amazon.com)

    * A History of Egypt from the Earliest Times to the Persian Conquest, James Henry Breasted (amazon.com)

    * White Rose  (infogalactic.com)

    * “The White Rose Leaflets” Revolt & Resistance

    * White Rose leaflet images with translations (holocaustresearchproject.org)

    * “The Man in the High Castle” (2015) (imdb.com)

    • 33 min
    The History Files #87: The Armenian Genocide

    The History Files #87: The Armenian Genocide

    Not all of our topics are hopeful or uplifting. Discussions of wars and man’s inhumanity to man are part of the study of history. In this episode we talk about a controversial chapter in world history, the Armenian Genocide, that overlaps WW1, but that we felt should be discussed separately.

    Show notes and links:

    * Movieing On #236: The Thing From Another World (csicon.fm)

    * House of Rejoicing: Part 1 of The Book of Coming Forth by Day (amazon.com)

    * Armenian Genocide (infogalactic.com)

    * Fresno (TV Mini-Series 1986– ) (imdb.com)

    * The Promise (2016) – IMDb (imdb.com)

    * The Promise (reelviews.net)

    • 45 min
    The History Files #86: World War 1 – Part 1

    The History Files #86: World War 1 – Part 1

    As we continue into the 100 year anniversary of the Great War, eventually known as World War 1, we thought it appropriate to begin a series discussing this turning point in history. In this episode we talk about the events leading up to the war.


    Show notes and links:

    * Bleak House (TV Mini-Series 2005– ) (imdb.com)

    * 124-Year-Old Never-Worn Levi’s Found in Arizona Cedar Chest (foxbusiness.com)

    * The Influence of Sea Power on History, Alfred Thayer Mahan (gutenberg.org)

    * RMS Lusitania (infogalactic.com)

    * The History Files #17: U.S. in Mexico, 1914 (csicon.fm)

    * The History Files #47: Pancho Villa (csicon.fm)

    * National Guard of the United States (infogalactic.com)

    * Zimmermann Telegram  (infogalactic.com)

    * William Jennings Bryan (infogalactic.com)

    * John J. Pershing (infogalactic.com)

    • 50 min
    The History Files #85: The Battle of Port Gamble

    The History Files #85: The Battle of Port Gamble

    While there are no records of large-scale wars or even battles in the Puget Sound area, there have been a few skirmishes over the years. Many people have heard of the Pig War (see HF ep. 53) , but fewer know of the Battle of… Port Gamble. It’s a case of truth being stranger than fiction, with the US Navy coming to the defense of the S’Klallam Indians of present day Little Boston, and we’re here to tell you all about it.

    Show notes and links:

    * Norwood Cove Object (mdihistory.org)

    * Gordon’s Gun Closet #18: Indiana Jones (csicon.fm)

    * Battle of Port Gamble  (infogalactic.com)

    * Battle of Port Gamble (youtube.com)

    * In the Land of the Headhunter (vimeo.com)

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Drkeen3 ,


Informative show, thanks for making interesting parts of history more accessible

My only suggestion would be that the info could be planned into a more cohesive storyline, making it easier for a less familiar listener to follow key plot points

americanaut ,

Nuances lost in Over-Simplification


raidersky ,

Elementary School Communic

I love to listen to anything history and when I saw your "The History Files" I immediately downloaded it. To make a long story short, I made a mistake. The first podcast I listened to was #90 from 9/8/17 on Pirates. After elementay school conversation about the media/hollywood movies etc. you finally started to get into the main objective of the podcast, Pirates. You mentioned during the first 12 minutes of the podcast that you could tell a good pirate movie within the first 5 min of watching it. Once after 5 min of watch this one particular pirate movie you were reading to throw up it was so bad. Well listening to this pocast after 5 min, I felt the same way but I endured for 15 min. I am glad that you are not producing anymore podcast. You lack any seriousness or professionalism to the subject at hand. Listeners can listen to 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories and Mysteries with Jon Hagadorn if you want class and professionalism. Listen and learn.

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