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Wittenberg to Westphalia

A history podcast that aims to cover the birth of the European state system by examining the Early Modern Period of European history. Along the way, the podcast will delve into the geography, economy, politics, ideas, and culture of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period to give the listener a view into the lives of the people who lived the events. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Episode 38: Warfare and the Middle Ages, Part 1

In today's episode, we discuss which came first, the chicken of the knight, or the egg of Feudalism. Also I say some unkind things about military history in the popular press. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

39mins

21 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 46: Class System Part 3, The Commoners Part 2: Prima Nocte

In this episode we delve into the things that really affected the daily lives of the rural peasantry of the middle ages, and dispel some of the grimdark myths that surround them. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 26mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 59: Modern Plumbing

I forgot all the questions I was asked this year, so instead I did an episode about sewage. It's for the best.Please fill out our survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScrZYl99TBNyETIsLPXZkeTXHgstTeI_suICs6PZa8X8yK3OQ/viewform?usp=sf_linkCheck out these organizations:LeAF: https://www.leaf-wageningen.nl/en/leaf/For-whom/Public-sector-NGOs.htmCentre for Science and Environment: https://www.cseindia.org/tag/sewageUN Water: https://www.unwater.org/water-facts/quality-and-wastewater/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

3 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 11: The Decline and Fall of the Holy Roman Empire

A pause is taken form the walking tour to look at the political breakup of the empire of Charlemagne. There's a lot of really fun regnal names. The vikings take everyone's stuff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

23 Aug 2015

Rank #4

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Episode 42: The Class System Part 2: Those Who Prayed Part 1: Popes and Bishops and Priests, Oh My!

In this episode we begin to discuss the clergy, one of the three great classes of the middle ages, by looking at the basic hierarchy of the church. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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Episode 48a: Catastrophic Disruption: How the Printing Press Ignited Anti-Witch Hysteria in Early Modern Europe

A recording of a talk I gave at the Sound Education Conference. If you can, please check out the website for a PDF of the slide show: http://wittenbergtowestphaliapodcast.weebly.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

11 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 49: Topics in Modern Historical Research Methodologies

In this deeply exciting episode you will be titillated and amazed by a story of high drama. Adventure, drama, good confronting evil, the excitement of a new love. That, or I drone on about how computers have changed historical research for 40 minutes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 34: The Class System 2, The Nobility Part 1

Today we discuss the origins of feudalism in the middle ages See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

14 Aug 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 44: A Tale of Two Gregories Part 1, with Steve Guerra

This episode is about Gregory. Not that Gregory, the other one. Well, ok, there were sixteen Gregories. At least, sixteen that were popes. Though I guess there were also two anti-popes. You know what? Stop being a pedant and just listen. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 25mins

24 Jun 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 3: Walking Tour Part 1: Iberia and Greater France

We begin our story with the walking tour, and we begin our walking tour with Iberia and Greater France. Their geography, ecconomy, and political composition in 1300. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

31 Dec 2014

Rank #10

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Episode 13: Where Have All The Merry Romans Gone?

In today's episode, we track the decline of the Roman administration of Italy in the waning days of the empire. Despite famine, plague, and war after war, you cannot put it on the cart as it is not dead yet. Regulations.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 27mins

18 Oct 2015

Rank #11

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Episode 55, The Class System 3, The Commoners 2, Cities 3, A Narrative of Urban Development 2

I mean the title says it all really. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

59mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 47: Podiversiary Q&A

After five years, we have finally done it! we are having a Q&A. In retrospect now I am a little nervous about a few of the topics, but hopefully you will all enjoy this. Please don't light me on fire. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 10mins

15 Oct 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 12: Walking Tour Episode 8: Italy and the Islands Live!

Ben totaly nerds out on the geology of Italy. The economy is there too I guess but dude this is some crazy stuff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

7 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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Episode 58: Living the Life A Catholic

In today's episode we look at the forces at work on the lived experience of Christianity in the middle ages. Don't forget to take our survey here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScrZYl99TBNyETIsL…/viewform See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

48mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 18: Death and Collapses

In today's episode the Guideschi's view expands beyond local concerns as they increasingly become embroiled in Imperial politics. They have a lover spat with the pope, but he may have just been stressed because he was pretty sure that there was a Saracen under the couch and Charles the Bald wouldn't come and look. A whole lot of teenagers die conveniently.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

20 Apr 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 10: Walking Tour Part 5: Balkan Infancy

A look at the geography, economy, and polotics of the Balkans up to 1300. The Hungarians luck out when facing the Mongols. The Byzantines lose track of the ball and the Venetians decide to keep it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 6mins

8 Jul 2015

Rank #17

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Episode 28: Powerful Women

As central power in Italy dissolves, Liutprand is confronted with his worst fear: icky smelly girls See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

19 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 31: Armageddon

In today's episode a bloody civil war comes to an unexpected climax. Fun Easter egg: Shout out if you can spot the name I did incorrectly throughout the entire episode and (hopefully) managed to awkwardly replace in post! Edited by Andrew Pfannkuche See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

31 May 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 27: Berengar the Nudnik

In today's episode, we look at the life and times of Berengar of Friuli, and answer that age old question: was he the schlemiel, or the schlimazel? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

1 Jan 2017

Rank #20