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The Bulgarian History Podcast

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Podcast by Eric Halsey

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Podcast by Eric Halsey

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Great overview of Bulgarian history

By Mganev - Jun 08 2018
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I love this podcast! It’s a great resource to learn more about such a lovely country.

Awesome podcast

By geogi panterov - Feb 02 2018
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Great podcast. Very well done

iTunes Ratings

157 Ratings
Average Ratings
132
16
5
2
2

Great overview of Bulgarian history

By Mganev - Jun 08 2018
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I love this podcast! It’s a great resource to learn more about such a lovely country.

Awesome podcast

By geogi panterov - Feb 02 2018
Read more
Great podcast. Very well done
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The Bulgarian History Podcast

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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Podcast by Eric Halsey

Rank #1: 099 Hanging On

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For the first all, all of the neighboring empires of the Ottomans decide it's time to strike the weakened power. Meanwhile, further state decentralization is bringing abuses of power and unrest to Bulgarian lands as the groundwork for the coming national revival is slowly laid.

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/099-hanging-on

Oct 07 2019

28mins

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Rank #2: 048 A Disunited Front

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Forces gather to check the growing power of the Ottomans but nothing goes according to plan.

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Aug 31 2017

33mins

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Rank #3: 083 Pirates and The World’s Greatest Con Man

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The sons of Suleiman fight to the death to see who will control the Empire as geopolitics leads to the rising power of a class of powerful pirates in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, a con man takes control of Moldavia and things get weird.

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Feb 23 2019

34mins

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Rank #4: 097 A New Century

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In the aftermath of the Treaty of Karlowitz, the Ottomans have suffered perhaps the greatest series of setbacks in their history. With a new Sultan on the throne, the question of whether and how they can recover hangs in the air. It's the year 1700 and the world is changing fast. But, can the Ottomans change with it?

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Sep 23 2019

30mins

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Rank #5: 002 Whose 5th Century Horse Tribe is it Anyway?

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The shifting contours of this debate have often reflected not only academic interest, but political ones. Today we discuss the very controversial topic of the Bulgarian origins.

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Sep 12 2015

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Rank #6: 044 Osman

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Civil war comes to Constantinople, death comes to Turnovo, and Osman comes to Anatolia.

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Jun 30 2017

30mins

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Rank #7: 047 When All Wars Are Civil Wars

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As the Byzantines, Serbs, and Bulgarians battle it out, there is one clear winner in it all. And it is in this moment, that all the wars become civil wars.

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Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com

Aug 26 2017

29mins

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Rank #8: 098 The Tulip Era

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Following the devastating losses of the Treaty if Karlowitz, the Ottomans enter a period of sumptuous consumption which begins to reshape the Empire politically, economically, and administratively. But the rest of the world isn't holding still as events quickly reshape the world to the East, bringing new wars to the Ottoman doorstep.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/098-the-tulip-era

Sep 29 2019

29mins

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Rank #9: 073 The Second Ottoman-Venetian War

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As the Europeans attempt to pull together an alliance for another anti-Ottoman Crusade and a second Ottoman-Venetian war comes into play, can the European Powers set aside their differences?

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Sep 25 2018

29mins

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Rank #10: 089 The Mad King and The Mad Sultan

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The Ottomans are being challenged by the Spanish on the seas, by the Safavids in the East, and by a chaotic political situation in the Balkans. Meanwhile, the Sultanate will experience an unprecedented transition of power and two mad men will lead whole regions of the Ottoman world into an uncertain future.

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May 24 2019

35mins

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Rank #11: 086 The Revenge of the Vassals

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As corruption and mismanagement ravage the Ottoman Empire, rebellions spread ever further and three vassal states finally rise up to fight the Sultan. But with changes of leadership, murder, coups, and massive armies all on the prowl, what will emerge from the ashes?

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Mar 30 2019

33mins

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Rank #12: 071 Brother vs Brother

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Sultan Mehmed II's son Bayezid II has come to the throne while his brother starts a civil war to gain the throne for himself. The question as to how this second Ottoman Civil War will affect the Empire. How will Moldavia, Wallachia, Hungary, Poland, and others respond? This episode will also see the death of one of the greatest leaders of the region, while another such leader will reach a new low point in his struggle against the Ottomans.

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You can find images, a timeline, and more connected to this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/071-brother-vs-brother

Aug 25 2018

29mins

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Rank #13: 053 The End of Empires

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With Bulgaria reduced to just Vidin, can a Crusade of the finest French knights and a Hungarian King finally change the balance of power in the Balkans. An Empire will end, the question is, which one?

Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/user?u=3271615

Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com

Nov 19 2017

29mins

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Rank #14: 085 The Principalities Wither

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As the Ottomans focus on fighting the Safavids off to the East, economic pressures are leading to increasing corruption and abuse of power throughout the Empire.

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Mar 10 2019

26mins

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Rank #15: 088 The Changing Empire

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From taxes and the army to trade and the economy, the Ottoman Empire is changing. In the first half of this episode, we go over those changes as the 17th century finally dawns. Then, we see the Ottomans face a two front war as rebellions continue to tear the world apart as the Empires desperately search for some stability.

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/088-the-changing-empire

Apr 29 2019

29mins

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Rank #16: 069 The Fall of Albania

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Following his humiliation defeat in the depths of winter, Sultan Mehmed is out for revenge against Stephen the Great of Moldavia. Then, he's ready to end the 16 year long Ottoman-Venetian war once and for all. For Mehmed, it's come down to score settling.

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Jul 16 2018

27mins

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Rank #17: 003 - Crossing the "Rubicon"

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It's the year 680. Byzantium marches with full strength to eradicate “a foul tribe” which has entered their borders fleeing an even more powerful steppe tribe behind them. What could go wrong?

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Sep 20 2015

21mins

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Rank #18: 067 Skanderbeg

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With the Ottomans dominant in Morea, they can focus their full attention on Albania and Skanderbeg. The question is, can Skanderbeg continue to defeat the ever-larger Ottoman armies invading Albania and will the Italians and Venetians send the help they've promised?

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Jun 14 2018

36mins

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Rank #19: 084 Lepanto

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With the coming of a fourth Ottoman-Venetian war, the power balance of the Mediterranean will be remade. Can Venice survive yet another Ottoman onslaught? Will the Christian powers of Europe unite to resist further Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean?

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Feb 25 2019

31mins

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Rank #20: 054 Looking Back on Byzantine Domination

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At the end of the Second Bulgarian Empire, let's recap what happened during the roughly 150 years of Byzantine Domination that led to the founding of that Empire.

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Nov 27 2017

26mins

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106 Karađorđe

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As the Serbian Uprising and the Napoleonic Wars rage, shifting alliances create new geopolitical realities before anyone can adapt. Meanwhile, the Ottomans frantically try to reform themselves to survive in this fast-changing world. Amidst the chaos, a new Sultan comes to power who may just have what it takes.

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Jan 16 2020

28mins

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105 Looking Back on Ottoman Decline, Part 2

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This episode recaps the second half of Season 5, beginning with the 1683 Battle of Vienna and following how the 18th century fundamentally reshaped the Ottoman Empire as the central government lost power to the Janissaries and local Ayans as the Ottomans gradually lost territory.

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Jan 15 2020

30mins

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104 Looking Back on Ottoman Decline, Part 1

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This episode recaps the first half of Season 5, beginning from the death of Suleiman and covering the long Ottoman wars with the Habsburgs, Safavids, Russians, and Principalities. In the process, we see how the Empire weakens as the Sultans lose power and the Janissaries gain it.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/104-ottoman-decline-part-1

Dec 28 2019

24mins

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103 An Aristocracy of Pig Farmers

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As the Ottomans struggle to fight Janissary supremacy and rampant banditry within their own borders, the twists and turns of the Napoleonic Wars are throwing redrawing the map of Europe. In the midst of it all, new alliances will be created as the Serbs fight to gain their independence.

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Dec 23 2019

24mins

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102: Revolutions, Rebellions, and Reforms

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With internal rebellions and powerful empires at the gates, the Ottomans are looking weaker than ever. However, the entrance of a certain Napoleon Bonaparte onto the stage will reshape the entire European world, Ottomans included.

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Nov 30 2019

29mins

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101 Küçük Kaynarca

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As war between the Ottomans and the powerful Russian Empire intensifies, the resulting treaty will help redefine the Ottoman place in Europe and set in motion a set of Russian ambitions that defines Europe even today. Bulgaria for its part will find a new direction to look for aid as abuse at the hands of local Ottoman officials intensifies.

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Nov 29 2019

32mins

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100 The Long Peace and the Brutal War

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The longest ever period of peace between the Ottomans and the European powers comes to an end just as Ottoman decentralization and increasing religious conservatism are making life unbearable for many Bulgarians. The resulting war will yet again reshape the Ottoman world, but will it bring any respite for Bulgaria?

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Oct 10 2019

30mins

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099 Hanging On

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For the first all, all of the neighboring empires of the Ottomans decide it's time to strike the weakened power. Meanwhile, further state decentralization is bringing abuses of power and unrest to Bulgarian lands as the groundwork for the coming national revival is slowly laid.

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/099-hanging-on

Oct 07 2019

28mins

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098 The Tulip Era

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Following the devastating losses of the Treaty if Karlowitz, the Ottomans enter a period of sumptuous consumption which begins to reshape the Empire politically, economically, and administratively. But the rest of the world isn't holding still as events quickly reshape the world to the East, bringing new wars to the Ottoman doorstep.

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/098-the-tulip-era

Sep 29 2019

29mins

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097 A New Century

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In the aftermath of the Treaty of Karlowitz, the Ottomans have suffered perhaps the greatest series of setbacks in their history. With a new Sultan on the throne, the question of whether and how they can recover hangs in the air. It's the year 1700 and the world is changing fast. But, can the Ottomans change with it?

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/097-a-new-century

Sep 23 2019

30mins

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096 Uprisings, Enlighteners, and the Great Turkish War

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As the Austrian army closes in on Bulgarian lands, uprisings begin anew. But will the inspiration of men like Petar Parchevich and Petar Bogdan be enough? And when this long series of wars with the Ottomans finally comes to an end, what new world will emerge? In short, some things will change forever while others will stay exactly the same...

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Aug 27 2019

26mins

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095 The Second Tarnovo Uprising

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As the Great Turkish War expands and intensifies, the Ottomans are pushed back on nearly every front. Greece and Hungary see historic changes as palace intrigue struggles to cope with the disasters facing the Ottomans. But is it all enough for a new Bulgarian uprising to find success?

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Aug 05 2019

30mins

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094 The Siege of Vienna

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Despite a recent failed attack on Austria, Ottoman support for Protestant Hungarian Rebels against the Austrians has made war inevitable. As the largest Ottoman army ever assembled arrives at the gates of Vienna, the most consequential clash in a century begins.

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Jul 28 2019

25mins

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093 March to Europe

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As the Venetian war in Crete winds down, new ones pop up with the Hapsburgs, Poles, and Russians. The Ottomans, led by the Köprülü Viziers are still expanding their territory and reforming themselves, but how long can it last as the pressures of a changing Europe make themselves felt on the Ottoman world?

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Jul 20 2019

24mins

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092 The Reign of Köprülü

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One of the most devastating wars in European history is coming to an end, shaping the continent for centuries to come. At the same time, a new state is rising on the Ottoman frontier, a great European power is in terminal decline, murder and intrigue are ravaging the palace, and a new dynasty is stepping up to rule the Empire.

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You can find images for this episode at: https://www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/092-the-reign-of-köprülü

Jun 29 2019

31mins

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091 Palace Intrigue

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An Ottoman governor goes rogue and starts a war, the Sultan marches East at the head of his army for the first time in decades, and palace intrigue threatens everyone alike.

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Jun 22 2019

30mins

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090 Sunni vs Shiite, Protestant vs Catholic

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As the dynamic young Sultan Osman II tried to reform the Empire, it turns out the Empire would rather not be reformed. Rebellions, invasions, corruption, and murder follow as the Ottoman Empire continues its struggle to modernize in a fast changing world.

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May 26 2019

28mins

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089 The Mad King and The Mad Sultan

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The Ottomans are being challenged by the Spanish on the seas, by the Safavids in the East, and by a chaotic political situation in the Balkans. Meanwhile, the Sultanate will experience an unprecedented transition of power and two mad men will lead whole regions of the Ottoman world into an uncertain future.

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/089-the-mad-king-and-the-mad-sultan

May 24 2019

35mins

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088 The Changing Empire

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From taxes and the army to trade and the economy, the Ottoman Empire is changing. In the first half of this episode, we go over those changes as the 17th century finally dawns. Then, we see the Ottomans face a two front war as rebellions continue to tear the world apart as the Empires desperately search for some stability.

Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us.

You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/088-the-changing-empire

Apr 29 2019

29mins

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087 The First Tarnovo Uprising

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From Thessaly to Anatolia and even in Bulgaria itself, rebellions continue to challenge Ottoman domination as a new force rises up to unite Moldavia, Romania, and Transylvania for the first time.

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Apr 26 2019

31mins

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iTunes Ratings

157 Ratings
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132
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Great overview of Bulgarian history

By Mganev - Jun 08 2018
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I love this podcast! It’s a great resource to learn more about such a lovely country.

Awesome podcast

By geogi panterov - Feb 02 2018
Read more
Great podcast. Very well done