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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

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By Aweshow - Dec 26 2018
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Great content,sticks to facts with no personal rants, very informative.

Great

By MeDoh! - Sep 07 2018
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Very good and informative. Can’t wait for the next episode!

iTunes Ratings

37 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
3
1
0
1

Great!

By Aweshow - Dec 26 2018
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Great content,sticks to facts with no personal rants, very informative.

Great

By MeDoh! - Sep 07 2018
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Very good and informative. Can’t wait for the next episode!
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Western Civ

Latest release on Jan 17, 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: Introduction

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Welcome to Western Civ! In this podcast we cover Western History from its origins in the sands of Mesopotamia and Egypt, through the Roman Empire, Medieval European Kingdoms, the horrors of the Crusades, the nightmare that was the Black Death, the rebirth of the Renaissance, and the age of glory that followed both exploration and revolution. This podcast is intended to be a fast-paced overview of Western History. I truly hope that you enjoy it. Please email me with comments at westerncivpodcast@gmail.com

*REMASTERED** 

Aug 11 2014

6mins

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Rank #2: Episode 63: Iconoclasm

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This episode traces Byzantine History from the middle of the Seventh Century through the reign of Leo V in the middle of the Eighth Century. 

Aug 11 2017

1hr

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Rank #3: Episode 62: The Fury of the Northmen (Part One)

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In this episode we trace the Viking Invasions of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries as they ravage Francia. 

Jul 28 2017

30mins

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Rank #4: Episode 21: Scipio Africanus and the End of the Second Punic War

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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

Mar 29 2015

53mins

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Rank #5: Architecture

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Audition Template: 1 Mono Host track (with Speech Volume Leveler), 1 Mono Interview track (with Speech Volume Leveler), 1 Stereo Sound FX with effects, 1 Stereo Music Bed track. 44.1k, 16 bit, Stereo Master.

Dec 07 2018

26mins

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Rank #6: Episode 47: Attila The Hun

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In the late 430's power in Hunnic Society finally centralized around one, powerful leader: Attila. He would use this power to assault both the Eastern and Western Roman Empires. This episodes follow those turbulent years and then takes stock of the total damage wrought on the Empires by the arrival of the Huns. 

Oct 07 2016

28mins

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Rank #7: Episode 57: The Dawn of Feudalism (Early Medieval France 583 - 751)

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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

Apr 23 2017

44mins

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Rank #8: Episode 65: Alfred the Great

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In this episode, we examine England in the Viking Age. In the late Ninth Century England was nearly overrun by the Northmen. Only the tiny Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex held out. Enter stage left: Alfred the Great. (England 793 - 920 AD)

Sep 08 2017

50mins

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Rank #9: Episode 12: The Peloponnesian Wars and Macedon

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Athens and Sparta Fight to the Death

Dec 05 2014

38mins

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Rank #10: Episode 35: The Julio-Claudians (Part One)

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In this Episode we cover the turbulent reigns of Tiberius and Caligula. If you like random persecutions and insanity, this episode is for you as the vision of Augustus Caesar gets off to a rocky start. (14 - 41 AD)

Dec 10 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #11: Episode 50: A Brave New World

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In this Episode, we cover the reigns of various Eastern Emperors leading up to Justinian's attempted to reconquest of the West. 

Dec 02 2016

41mins

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Rank #12: Episode 67: Byzantine Apoge

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In this episode, we cover the exploits of the Varangian Guard and Harald Hardrada between 1034 and 1043. But, before that, we see how the Macedonian Dynasty and Basil II returned the Eastern Roman Empire to glories not seen for centuries.

Oct 06 2017

47mins

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Rank #13: Episode 14: To The Strongest

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Alexander Fights His Final Campaigns

Jan 09 2015

27mins

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Rank #14: Episode 114: Edward Longshanks and Philip the Fair

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In this episode we continue our look at the High Medieval period in France and England. When we last left off, the deaths of two Kings, Henry II in England and Louis IX in France, left new kings in power. In this episode we will watch as Philip of France and Edward I of England led their kingdoms increasing toward nationhood.  

Nov 08 2019

51mins

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Rank #15: Episode 100: Endgame

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In this episode we wrap-up the Third Crusade. Richard the Lionheart will battle Saladin to very end for Jerusalem. We will see how Richard's misunderstandings about how a crusade could be run ultimately undermine the Third Crusade. 

Apr 20 2019

34mins

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Rank #16: Episode 39: The End of the Beginning

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A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.

Apr 17 2016

56mins

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Rank #17: Episode 46: The Last Great Romans

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In 410 AD the Roman Empire hit one of its lowest points. But, within a decade it had rebounded. The reason Flavius Constantius. Constantius would rebuild the West only to die and early and unexpected death which would then throw the West back into chaos. Aetius would spend a decade cleaning up the mess (again) and would become the dominant force in the West by 433 AD. Meanwhile, the Vandals set sail for Africa with terrible consequences. 

Sep 23 2016

33mins

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Rank #18: Episode 73: Why 1000?

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In this episode, we step back again from the narrative to consider the major demographic changes which swept Europe during the High Middle Ages (1000 - 1300 AD). 

Dec 15 2017

21mins

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Rank #19: Episode 7: Sparta and Athens

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Social Experimentation in Classical Greece

Oct 06 2014

32mins

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Rank #20: Episode 1: The Near East

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Civilization takes hold in the ancient Near East

Aug 11 2014

29mins

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