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A History of Europe, Key Battles

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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/ahistoryofeurope.

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A podcast on European conflicts from the perspective of each side to provide an alternative to the traditional national narratives. Going chronologically from the Ancient Greeks onwards I will describe to some extent how each battle was won or lost by particular decisions, tactics, technology or fortune. But the aim of each main narrative will be to place each battle in the context of the overall history of Europe. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/ahistoryofeurope.

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344 Ratings
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By willydnplacetobe - Aug 19 2019
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A great listen. I’ve listened to them all. Well done. Intense.

Excellent Podcast

By Rest-Repo - Aug 07 2019
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I’m loving all these great podcasts and am constantly learning surprising and interesting history.

iTunes Ratings

344 Ratings
Average Ratings
256
42
23
9
14

Well done

By willydnplacetobe - Aug 19 2019
Read more
A great listen. I’ve listened to them all. Well done. Intense.

Excellent Podcast

By Rest-Repo - Aug 07 2019
Read more
I’m loving all these great podcasts and am constantly learning surprising and interesting history.
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A History of Europe, Key Battles

Latest release on Jun 19, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: 02.1 The Battle of Marathon 490 BC, Part 1

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In 490 BC the Ancient Greeks of Athens fought for their very survival and for their way of life against the Persian Empire. It is important because the Greeks were to help build the foundations of European civilisation

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Jan 12 2014

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Rank #2: 01.1 A History of Europe, Introduction

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The year 2014 marks a hundred years since the beginning of the First World War- a war which started in Europe and tore the continent apart. It is a time for reflection on its legacy. This podcast acts as an introduction to the series of podcasts telling the history of Europe from the Ancient Greeks to the First World War

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Dec 28 2013

8mins

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Rank #3: 30.1 Hundred Years War Introduction Part 1

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Background to The Hundred Years War (1337-1453). Thirteenth century France thrives; King Philip IV the Fair of France; Avignon Papacy begins

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Dec 23 2016

30mins

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Rank #4: 13.1 The Battle of Civitate 1053 AD, Part 1

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During the next four podcasts I will tell the history of Italy from between the fall of Rome up until 1053, the year of an important battle between Pope Leo IX and Norman invaders of Italy. These centuries witnessed a long struggle for power between various sides, with many shifts of fortune. The Battle of Civitate marks the point at which the Normans firmly established themselves in Italy and so reshaped the politics of the peninsula. www.historyeurope.net

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Dec 30 2014

22mins

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Rank #5: 49.5 Anglo-Spanish War 1585-1604

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The famous Spanish Armada of 1588 was only one of several battles in the Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604. Elizabeth hoped to take advantage of her victory by striking another blow to the Spanish fleet but in truth her own forces were exhausted. The conflict continued for several more years, and became embroiled in continental affairs; the Dutch Revolt and rise of Henry IV of France. Finally, I look at the legacies of Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth I of England 

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Aug 09 2019

30mins

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Rank #6: 02.2 The Battle of Marathon 490 BC, Part 2

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Part 2 of 2 on the Battle of Marathon, between the Ancient Greeks and the Persian Empire

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Jan 19 2014

25mins

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Rank #7: 40.1 Italy in 1400's

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Overview of Italy in the 1400's in the lead-up to the Renaissance and Italian Wars. The 5 main powers were The Papacy, Milan, Florence, Naples and Venice, each with very different characteristics. The Maritime Republic of Venice, its overseas territories threatened by the Ottomans, attempts to expand on the mainland. Also, the turbulent history of Naples in 1300's and 1400's

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Oct 27 2017

30mins

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Rank #8: 23.1 Early Muslim Medieval Spain

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Before 1085 in Spain there was little question that it was the Muslims who had the upper hand in the balance of power. But after King Alfonso VI captured the city of Toledo in 1085, the Christians became much more confident and threatened to rapidly take over the whole peninsula. Why this didn’t happen can be explained for two reasons – firstly, the infighting between Christian rulers, and secondly, the influx of Muslim peoples from north Africa, firstly the Almoravids

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Jan 16 2016

35mins

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Rank #9: 27.3 Slavs, Their Origins and Early History

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The origins of the Slavs are shrouded in uncertainty. We rely on scraps of contemporary writings and later writings such as The Primary Chronicle of Kievan Rus. They tell us of the unification by Vikings of scattered tribes in the region of the Baltic - Black Sea waterways

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Jun 04 2016

21mins

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Rank #10: 14.1 The Battle of Hastings 1066, Part 1

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The most famous battle on English soil in 1066, between the Normans and Anglo-Saxons. Part 1 gives a summary of English and Norman history leading up to that fateful year www.historyeurope.net

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Feb 22 2015

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Rank #11: 47.1 Martin Luther, the Reformation and the Printing Press

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Beginnings of the Reformation, triggered in 1517 by Martin Luther, whose ideas spread quickly thanks to the recent invention of the printing press. Also the economy of France flourishes during the reign of Francis I (1515-1547)

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Mar 29 2019

23mins

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Rank #12: 35.2 Teutonic Knights and Medieval Poland

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Struggle for Pomerania and Danzig/Gdansk between the native population, Teutonic knights and Kingdom of Poland. Teutonic knights move base to Marienberg. King Casimir the Great of Poland. Dynastic union of Poland and Lithuania in 1390's. Includes quotes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Picture: Marienburg/Malbork fortress (visitmalbork.pl)

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Apr 20 2017

29mins

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Rank #13: 42.1 Portuguese Voyages of Discovery

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Portugal, having established its position in Iberia, begins to make conquests in Morocco. At the same time the Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator (pictured) sponsors the beginning of a series of discoveries along the west coast of Africa. In 1487-88 Europeans, led by Bartolomeu Dias , circumnavigate the southern tip of Africa for the first time, and reach the Indian Ocean 

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Jan 26 2018

26mins

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Rank #14: 40.2 Renaissance Florence & Medici

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Rise of the Medici dynasty in Florence. Renaissance Italy sees a remarkable flourishing of art and literature, with such writers as Dante, Bocaccio and Petrarch, the architects Brunelleschi and Michelozzo, and the artists Giotto and Pisano. Florence creates a republican system of government, although imperfect, democratic for its time. Cosimo de Medici, a skilled diplomat, rises to power in Florence and helps organise the Peace of Lodi, which brings a period of relative peace and stability to the Italian peninsula

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Nov 04 2017

26mins

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Rank #15: 38.1 Early History of Bohemia (Czech Republic)

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Early History of Bohemia (approx modern day Czech Republic). The Golden Age of Prague (pictured) under Emperor Charles IV, and execution of Jan Hus for alleged heresy, which triggered the Hussite Wars

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Aug 11 2017

28mins

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Rank #16: 36.2 Battle of Agincourt 1415

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Agincourt 1415 - the most famous battle of The Hundred Years War. An army led by King Henry V of England achieves a resounding victory over the French

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May 26 2017

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Rank #17: 16.1 Fall of Toledo 1085, Part 1, Medieval Spain

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The History of early medieval Spain from the Islamic conquest in 711 to the establishment of the magnificent Caliphate of Cordoba, and the first successful Christian resistance which will ultimately lead to the reconquest, or Reconquista, of the Iberian peninsula www.historyeurope.net

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May 02 2015

38mins

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Rank #18: 45.5 Battle of Lepanto 1571

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The Battle of Lepanto - the largest naval battle in Western history since classical antiquity. A clash for supremacy of the Mediterranean between the Ottomans and a Christian Holy League


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Jan 04 2019

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Rank #19: 49.1 The Reign of Mary of England and Philip Habsburg

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The kingdoms of England and Spain are allies during the reign of Mary I of England and her husband Philip Habsburg, son of Emperor Charles V. Mary, however, dies childless and is succeeded by her sister Elizabeth, a Protestant. Meanwhile Mary Queen of Scots is briefly Queen of France, but on the death of her husband returns to Scotland, causing a dilemma for Queen Elizabeth.

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Jun 28 2019

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Rank #20: 17.1 Siege of Jerusalem 1099, First Crusade, Part 1

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Build-up to the First Crusade. The Investiture Controversy between Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII, plus the growing influence of the Normans under Robert Guiscard, and the reasons behind the call to crusade by Pope Urban II www.historyeurope.net

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Jun 13 2015

26mins

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