Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The History Files - episode #13: Historical Archeology in the Western US


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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The History Files - episode #12: Conditions For Revolution

Caricature of the trial of Charlotte Corday (1793), famous for assassinating Marat, one of the prime instigators of the Reign of Terror.
 In this episode of The History Files, Gordon cites three examples from history that illustrate national conditions which usually lead to revolution, sometimes even several waves of revolution. Bonus: stay tuned after the sign-off to hear Neb and Gordon ramble on about Iran, pop-culture wars, and that inexplicable statue of Lenin in Fremont (a neighborhood on the ship canal north of Seattle).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The History Files - episode #11: The Armenian Genocide

 In episode #11 of the History Files, Gordon gives some background to and insight on the first horrific genocide of the 20th century, that perpetrated by the Turkish government against Christian Armenians from 1915 to 1918.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The History Files - ep 10: Foreign Intervention in Russia's Civil War

"Mount your horses, workers and peasants! The Red Cavalry is the pledge of victory." Designer unknown, 1919.
In this episode of the History Files, we're back in the Ukraine, but this time it's in the midst of the turbulent Russian Civil War of 1917 to 1921. Bonus material: Ever wonder what Gordon talks about "off mic"? Since the show ran a little short this week, we've included a little extra chatter at the end about rock stars who moonlight as defense analysts and the changing world of intelligence.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The History Files - episode 009: The Fall of Empires

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The History Files - Episode 008: The Spanish Civil War

The International Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, image via Wikimedia Commons
  There's truly nothing new under the sun, and journalistic bias is one of those things. In this episode of the History Files podcast Gordon talks about the Spanish Civil War, specifically George Orwell's experiences which he fictionalized in his novel Homage to Catalonia.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The History Files episode 7: The formation of Canada and the US

In episode 007 of the History Files podcast, Gordon discusses Breki Tomasson's musings about where Canada may be headed, recommends the 2004 feature film The Alamo, and then adds his own thoughts on the formation of Canada and the United States and what the future may hold for North America.