Podcast Talk

The Age of Napoleon

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To continue with my trend of recommending history podcasts, I want to share that I’ve found another impressive addition to my growing library of them. The Age of Napoleon is about the titular historical figure, the famous (and infamous) Corsican artillery officer that became Emperor of France and, almost, ruler over all of Europe. I want to call attention to this podcast because of how much the author* goes into great historical detail without making the events of the time period too overwhelming for the layman to understand. To illustrate this point, all one has to do is see how the early podcast episodes have been laid out, broken up into lengthy but interesting summaries of the nations that will themselves become central “characters” in Napoleon’s story. I’ve read multiple books on this time period myself and have been surprised at the level of detail to be found here. Continue reading

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The Celtic Holocaust

Celtic Holocaust

In the writing of history, unreliable narration has been a constant since the first quill dipped onto the first piece of parchment. The consequent changing or omission of facts can have many motivations behind it. Marcus Tullius Cicero wrote critically of many ancient Roman leaders, but couldn’t be too critical for he relied on them for his livelihood. Voltaire writhed similarly under the watchful eye of the European monarchs he was beholden to, binding his hands on some topics where he might have otherwise been blunter. But unreliable narration has also arisen from less sympathetic purposes. For example, Winston Churchill wrote his memoirs in part to make sure that his reputation was glowing after he passed away. This urge to shape history in one’s favor is remains common. All you have to do is browse the Current Events section of any bookstore to see a mountain of political memoirs hoping to push your opinion into the author’s favor. From The Art of the Deal to The Audacity of Hope, their numbers are legion. Continue reading

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