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Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

Tides of History Wondery

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    • 4.7 • 5.6K Ratings

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New episodes come out Thursdays for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.

Everywhere around us are echoes of the past. Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Encore: Chivalry and Knighthood in Medieval Europe

    Encore: Chivalry and Knighthood in Medieval Europe

    This episode comes out for free on 07/07, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

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    When we think of the Middle Ages, the first thing that comes to mind is usually knights in shining armor. Chivalry - the ideal of behavior that guided knights - was a major force in medieval life. Honor and piety, bravery and reputation: these were core values for the secular elite. We explore what they actually meant to medieval people.

    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge

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    The Coolest Archaeological Site in the World: Interview with Professor Chantal Conneller on Star Carr and the Mesolithic

    The Coolest Archaeological Site in the World: Interview with Professor Chantal Conneller on Star Carr and the Mesolithic

    Star Carr, located in the Yorkshire region of northern England, is one of the world's richest archaeological sites, a waterlogged window onto the European Mesolithic more than 11,000 years ago. Professor Chantal Conneller spent more than a decade excavating at Star Carr, and she joins me to talk about this enigmatic and little-known but incredibly fascinating period of human history.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    The Polynesians and the Pacific: Interview with Professor Patrick Vinton Kirch

    The Polynesians and the Pacific: Interview with Professor Patrick Vinton Kirch

    Of all the Austronesian-speaking peoples, none have gone further than the Polynesians. Professor Patrick Vinton Kirch of the University of Hawaii is one of the world's leading experts on the Polynesian voyages and colonization of the Pacific, and we discuss how, why, and with what impact the Polynesians spread out over half of the planet.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 46 min
    The Austronesian Expansion, Part 2

    The Austronesian Expansion, Part 2

    The first wave of migration out of Taiwan brought speakers of Austronesian to the northern reaches of the Philippines, the homeland of the Malayo-Polynesians. From there, they spread out over a vast swathe of Southeast Asia and Oceania, eventually moving to the distant reaches of Indonesia and the previously uninhabited spaces of Remote Oceania.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 43 min
    The Austronesian Expansion, Part 1

    The Austronesian Expansion, Part 1

    More than 4,000 years ago, a remarkable migration - one of the great journeys in human history - began in Taiwan. Within just a thousand years, people speaking the Austronesian languages spread out everywhere from the Philippines to Borneo to the previously uninhabited islands of Vanuatu and Fiji in Remote Oceania.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




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    • 38 min
    How Did Civilizations in the Andes Deal with Environmental Upheaval? Interview with Professor Jason Nesbitt

    How Did Civilizations in the Andes Deal with Environmental Upheaval? Interview with Professor Jason Nesbitt

    The harsh, unforgiving conditions of the Andes and the nearby Pacific coastline make it one of the best places in the world to study the relationship between people and their environment. Professor Jason Nesbitt is an expert on the archaeology of the Andes and has extensively worked on how ancient people in the region organized themselves to deal with El Nino events and other climatic disasters.




    Patrick's book is now available! Get The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World in hardcopy, ebook, or audiobook (read by Patrick) here: https://bit.ly/PWverge 




    Listen to new episodes 1 week early, to exclusive seasons 1 and 2, and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/tidesofhistory.

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
5.6K Ratings

5.6K Ratings

Melanie Hingle ,

Entertaining, educational, excellent

Great stories, narrator, and topics — thanks 👏🙌👊

Tech writer girl ,

Fascinating and meticulous

I listen to a lot of history podcasts and this is my favorite. Patrick knows how to research and knows how to write compelling narratives. As a technical writer, I know how hard this is and I appreciate his talent and hard work!
His series on ancient human history is amazing. I have learned so much about how we humans got to where we are. DNA analysis has revolutionized this study and Patrick has the latest info. Thanks, Patrick!

jwallmizzou ,

Here for the pre-history series

Agree with the comments I’ve seen, Wyman is a knowledgeable host who knows how to weave a story. I haven’t listened to a bad episode yet. But I skipped his earlier stuff and have been making my way through his pre-history series, which he began July 1, 2020.
The pre-history series takes us from the dawn of humanity through to early archaic humans, behavioral modernity, our spread across the continents, to the end of the ice age, beginning of ag, and finally to civilization, ending at the Bronze Age collapse. I’ve been looking for a good pod on this time period and he does a great job. He’s probably done 80+ episodes in this mini-series, so there’s a lot to dig into.

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