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The Bulgarian History Podcast

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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

154 Ratings
Average Ratings
129
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
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Great podcast. Very well done

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The Bulgarian History Podcast

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Podcast by Eric Halsey

Rank #1: 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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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/090-sunni-shiite-protestant-catholic

May 26 2019

28mins

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Rank #2: 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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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/067-skanderbeg

Jun 14 2018

36mins

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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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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/083-pirates-and-the-worlds-greatest-con-man

Feb 23 2019

34mins

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Rank #4: 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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Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com/posts/002-whose-5th-century-horse-tribe-is-it-anyway

Sep 12 2015

25mins

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Rank #5: 080 Bulgarians in the Early Years of Ottoman Domination

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Often, the Bulgarian experience in the Ottoman Empire is portrayed as a singular one. In this episode, I unpack why that's wrong by delving into the experience of all kinds of Bulgarians during the first two centuries of Ottoman rule.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/080-bulgarians-early-years-ottoman-domination

Dec 23 2018

34mins

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Rank #6: 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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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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Rank #7: 064 The Siege of Belgrade

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Following his conquest of Constantinople, Mehmed sets his eyes on new conquests: namely the destruction of Serbia.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/064-the-siege-of-belgrade

Apr 28 2018

31mins

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Rank #8: 082 Looking Back on Ottoman Domination, Part 2

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This episode recaps the Ottoman civil war, the doubling of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Selim, more intense fighting between the Hungarians and Austrians, and the rise of Sultan Suleiman to bring the Ottoman Empire to its Zenith.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/082-ottoman-domination-part-2

Jan 28 2019

28mins

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Rank #9: 065 Mehmed the Conqueror

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After some setbacks, Sultan Mehmed really gets his conquests underway, mounting invasions in Anatolia, Albania, Greece, and Serbia. His moniker may come from Constantinople, but now we will see Mehmed Conquer.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/065-mehmed-the-conqueror

May 17 2018

29mins

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Rank #10: 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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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/048-a-disunited-front

Aug 31 2017

33mins

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Rank #11: 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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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/097-a-new-century

Sep 23 2019

30mins

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Rank #12: 068 Scorched Earth

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Feeling secure in the Balkans despite his ongoing war with Venice, Sultan Mehmed moves to Anatolia to challenge another Turkic state challenging the Ottomans for dominance. Then, a small European power will challenge him for its life.

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/068-scorched-earth

Youtube video on the Battle of Otlukbeli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzEe07d_J7o

Youtube video on the Battle of Vaslui: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKFhubbLQd0&t=13s

Jun 30 2018

37mins

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Rank #13: 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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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/003-crossing-the-rubicon

Sep 20 2015

21mins

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Rank #14: 055 Looking back on the Second Bulgarian Empire, Part 1

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The first half of two shows recapping the history of the Second Bulgarian Empire.

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

Dec 28 2017

31mins

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Rank #15: 081 Looking Back on Ottoman Domination, Part 1

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This episode recaps the first century or so of Ottoman rule following the destruction of the Second Bulgarian Empire, focusing on the rise of Hungary, battles between the Ottomans and Venice, conquest of Constantinople, revolt of Skanderbeg, and fighting between the Ottomans and Moldavia and Wallachia.

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/081-ottoman-domination-part-1

Jan 27 2019

29mins

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Rank #16: 049 A Wasted Golden Age

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As we reflect on the end of 4 decades of rule by Tsar Ivan Alexander, what can we see but a wasted golden age?

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/049-a-wasted-golden-age

Sep 06 2017

25mins

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Rank #17: 046 Tsar of the Serbs and the Greeks

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Civil War returns to Byzantium as a new Empire emerges in the Balkans.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/046-tsar-of-the-serbs-and-the-greeks

Jul 25 2017

36mins

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Rank #18: 058 War in the House of Osman

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Following its disastrous loss at the Battle of Ankara and the capture of its Sultan Bayezid, the Ottoman Empire descends into civil war. Now, the Bulgarians, Wallachians, Byzantines, Hungarians, and Serbs are aiming to see what they can gain from the ensuing chaos.

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You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/058-war-in-the-house-of-osman

Jan 28 2018

26mins

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Rank #19: 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.

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: https://www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/092-the-reign-of-köprülü

Jun 29 2019

31mins

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Rank #20: 057 Timur

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As the West reels from the Battle of Nicopolis, Beyazid goes to Anatolia to challenge a powerful new rival fresh off building a massive empire in Central Asia. The outcome of their struggle will change everything for the Ottomans.

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/057-timur

Jan 14 2018

29mins

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