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Historical Materialism VI: Blame it on Charlemagne
in this episode, Luke and Eleanor continuing walking through Historical Materialism and Feudalism with a discussion of the early years of the Medieval Era and how the world we live in today really began to take shape. we talk about commerce vs capitalism, the rise of manor, the spread of universal religions, and more!
Historical Materialism V: Feudalism, finally
in this episode, Luke and Eleanor finally make their way to feudalism and the Feudal Mode of Production. they discuss what feudalism actually is, why manorialism may be a better term, what Marx meant by calling it the "Feudal Mode", and more!
Historical Materialism IV: Age of Empires
In part 4 of our series on Historical Materialism, we conclude the Ancient Mode of Production by discussing the rise of the great empires of old, the decline of the use of slavery, and the eventual collapse of the Western Roman Empire, which we now use to mark the end of the Ancient era.
Historical Materialism III: We Live in a Society
as we continue our review of historical materialism leading up to feudalism, it's time to discuss how humans move from the hunter-gatherer, "Primitive" Communist Mode of Production to the Ancient Mode of Production, which includes living in civilizations, the introduction of slave labor, and the first social classes.
Historical Materialism II: "Primitive" Communism
we're back to continue our deep dive into historical materialism and the eventual rise and fall of feudalism. this week, we discuss "primitive" communist societies of hunter-gatherers who lived in tribes and had no hierarchies, kings, or social classes. so let's go back to a time before sedentism and agriculture and look at the first mode of production
The Rise and Fall of Feudalism I: Historical Materialism
this week, Luke and Eleanor begin a much-requested series on the factors that led to the rise, dominance, and fall of feudalism during and after the Middle Ages. the series will focus on how feudalism and the feudal mode of production came to be and how it shaped our world today in eventually giving way to capitalism. but before we actually get to feudalism, we have to set the stage by discussing historical materialism and what it says about the development of society and culture.
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Howdy Elenor and Luke! I discovered Elenor from your appearances on WTYP and your lecture style, wit, and humility really captured me. I’m healing from a broken hip and tailbone right now and discovering your podcast proper has really gotten me thru this hard time.
I practice and teach pre-industrial building…. Masonry, timber framing, and metal roof tailoring. I want to talk to y’all about the guilds, and how these trades where abandoned during industrialization…. And how they have experienced a revival with the preservation movements. I’m not real good with Twitter but I will send you a message there too so you can find me. -Kurtis Hord
This is literally everything I ever wanted in a history podcast! And it’s about medieval history. It couldn’t get better if they tried harder. Thank you for everything you’re doing! Love every think about this podcast!
Best medieval pod I've found
Super accessible and funny!