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The History Files

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History
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A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.

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A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.

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Great podcast !!!!

By Backscater - Aug 13 2015
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Wonderful Show - Learning so Much

By Coffee With Jeff - May 17 2015
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Fantastic show if you love learning about History. Gordon does an excellent job!

iTunes Ratings

35 Ratings
Average Ratings
21
6
2
2
4

Great podcast !!!!

By Backscater - Aug 13 2015
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Sign up, listen, you will learn something

Wonderful Show - Learning so Much

By Coffee With Jeff - May 17 2015
Read more
Fantastic show if you love learning about History. Gordon does an excellent job!
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The History Files

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A weekly podcast hosted featuring Gordon Frye and various guests discussing history in the news, media, literature, politics, and everywhere else.

Rank #1: The History Files #41: The Donner Party

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This week for our main topic we take a look at the ill-fated Donner party and their misbegotten attempt to cross the Sierras into California in… October. Although these tragic events later found a place in the folklore of the American West, in 1846 it was just a horrific series of terrible decisions resulting in the deaths of around 50% of the participants, many of them children. Sadly, the tragedy could have been avoided had it not been for the overweening hubris of the group’s leaders. As Gordon says, “You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”

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Jan 27 2016
57 mins
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Rank #2: The History Files #2: The Spanish American War

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In episode two of The History Files, Gordon and Dylan talk about the Spanish American War, U.S. imperialism in the 1890s (and beyond), and blame it all on Gordon’s ancestors.

Mar 05 2015
59 mins
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Rank #3: The History Files #59: The Battle of the Somme

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Considered one of the most horrific battles of the First World War, The Somme decimated a whole generation of men. In this episode of the History Files, 100 years later, we discuss the events of this turning point in world history.

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Jun 30 2016
55 mins
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Rank #4: The History Files #63: Afghanistan pt. 1

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Afghanistan has been called the “graveyard of empires”. This week we look far back into the origins of this concept and make it as far as the beginning of the 1st Anglo-Afghan war in the first half of the 19th century. Remember: it’s easy to get into Afghanistan, but not so easy to get out.

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Aug 04 2016
30 mins
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Rank #5: The History Files #90: Pirates

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We’re back… and we brought pirates! Actually, that’s probably not such a great idea, what with all the stealing and pillaging and slow-matches in the beard and buckets of burning sulphur. Of course that’s only if we brought Edward Teach, but you get the idea. This episode was recorded live in front of a very groggy audience on a Sunday morning at the Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk festival in Pt. Townsend, Washington on June 11, 2017. We had a great time revelling in all the pirate stuff and hope you enjoy our little presentation.

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Sep 08 2017
48 mins
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Rank #6: The History Files #19: Westward Expansion

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This week on The History Files, we tackle the phenomenon that is the Westward Expansion movement of the late 18th to mid 19th century in North America.

Spoiler: nobody dies of dysentery in this episode.

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Jun 25 2015
46 mins
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Rank #7: The History Files #76: Cowboys Pt. 1

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Saddle up and stow your bedroll, it’s time to hit the dusty trail as we take a look at the history of the American cowboy. This week, in part one, we start in the early 19th century in the American southwest with Mexican Vaqueros, and end up mid-century in Abilene, Kansas and the era of the cattle drive.

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Nov 10 2016
36 mins
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Rank #8: The History Files #11: The Armenian Genocide

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Gordon gives some background to and insight on the first horrific genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Turkish government against Christian Armenians from 1915 to 1918.

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Apr 29 2015
35 mins
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Rank #9: The History Files #9: The Fall of Empires

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The average duration of empires the world over seems to be about 250 years. In this episode of the History Files Gordon looks at the classic symptoms of that decline, which are often confused with causes, and reflects on “The Fate of Empires” by Sir John Glubb.

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Apr 16 2015
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #10: The History Files #1: Welcome to History

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Gordon talks with Dylan about books, TV shows and movies that inspired him to study history, dispels some historical misconceptions, and explains why George Washington was even more awesome than you already think he is.

Mar 04 2015
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Rank #11: The History Files #68: 1450s Turning Points

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The 15th century was a time of tumult, war, and change both social and technological. This week we look at five events that changed the course of history around the globe: the end of the 100 Years War, China’s switch to silver currency, the fall of Constantinople, Pope Nicholas V’s legalization of slavery, and Gutenberg’s printing press.

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Sep 08 2016
41 mins
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Rank #12: The History Files #82: Robert E. Lee

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This week we talk about one of the most beloved figures in American history, Gen. Robert E. Lee. He made a monumentally difficult decision to fight for the secessionists during the American Civil War (1861-65) and became world famous for leading a troubled South with steadfast honor.

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Jan 28 2017
39 mins
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Rank #13: The History Files #16: Slavery, Racism, and Bacon’s Rebellion

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19th century engraving of the Burning of Jamestown during Bacon’s Rebellion, ca. 1676

This week we look at the various situations of minorities in early Colonial America, the evolution from indentured servitude to outright slavery, and eventual abolition.

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Jun 04 2015
37 mins
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Rank #14: The History Files #4: The Versailles Treaty

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Gordon and Dylan discuss the consequences of the Versailles treaty, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, and other related events from the vantage point of 2015 and the centennial of World War 1.

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Mar 11 2015
51 mins
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Rank #15: The History Files #87: The Armenian Genocide

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Not all of our topics are hopeful or uplifting. Discussions of wars and man’s inhumanity to man are part of the study of history. In this episode we talk about a controversial chapter in world history, the Armenian Genocide, that overlaps WW1, but that we felt should be discussed separately.

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Apr 29 2017
45 mins
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Rank #16: The History Files #13: Historical Archaeology in the Western U.S.

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In this episode of The History Files, Gordon interviews historical archeologist Morgan Blanchard. Starting with new developments in high-tech surveying tools, they go on to discuss excavations of battle sites in New Mexico, World War 2 internment camps, the Battle of the Little Big Horn, and the Tlingit Revolt of 1802 amongst other things.

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May 13 2015
33 mins
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Rank #17: The History Files #3: The Ukraine

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Gordon is skeptical about promises of self-determination, tells us why we in the West should care about the Ukraine, and declares the A-10 the Chevy pickup of tactical aircraft.

Mar 06 2015
53 mins
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Rank #18: The History Files #69: Aaron Burr

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Leaked correspondence! Mudslinging! Dirty politics! No, this week we’re not talking about the 2016 US presidential election season. How about the 1800 election? Yep, it’s time to talk about… Aaron Burr. I’ll bet you thought I was going to say Alexander Hamilton. He’s so overdone…

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Sep 16 2016
43 mins
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Rank #19: The History Files #17: The U.S. in Mexico, 1914

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This week we look into the U.S. incursion into Mexico after the unpleasantness in Vera Cruz in 1914, a precursor to further intervention in 1916 during Mexico’s Civil War.

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Jun 11 2015
38 mins
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Rank #20: The History Files #86: World War 1 – Part 1

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As we continue into the 100 year anniversary of the Great War, eventually known as World War 1, we thought it appropriate to begin a series discussing this turning point in history. In this episode we talk about the events leading up to the war.

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Apr 13 2017
50 mins
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