This podcast series was created by Hank Nelson in 2007 after he got a 5 on the AP European test and achieved the highest class grade in the history of Redondo Union High.  Assisted by his AP Euro teacher, Mrs. Ferron, he created episodes for the chapters you see below. This […]

Hank’s History Hour - Podcast About AP European History



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Hi everyone! So it’s been far too long since I posted an update on Hank’s History Hour (around 2.5 years, I believe). I hope that this post will answer some questions I’ve received in emails and in comments on the site. First, as many of you have probably noticed, there […]

Update from Hank


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Well, here it is, my first podcast ever. Please, don’t judge me too harshly from this: I was very nervous when I recorded it. This chapter discusses the culture and politics of the Renaissance in both Italy and the Netherlands. You will hear about the emerging middle class, the new […]

Ch. 13 The Renaissance


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The second podcast. I actually really like this one, even though it concerns one of, in my opinion, the most boring topics in European History: the Protestant Separation from the Catholic Church. Not that it was a boring time, but the chapter itself is pretty dull. You will hear about […]

Ch. 14 The Reformation



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This is the first huge chapter, so I have divided it into 2 podcasts. The chapter begins with the religious wars: the War of Three Henry’s, the Dutch Revolt, and, my personal favorite, the 30 Years War. This was one of the most tumultuous times in the history of the […]

Ch. 15 Part 1: The Religious Wars


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Hey everyone…here is the second Podcast for chapter 15: The Age of Exploration. You will learn about all of the great European explorers, their conquests, and the terrible diseases that they unleashed on the native population. Don’t worry, the Native Americans got their revenge. Hint: Al Capone died from it… […]

Ch. 15 Part 2: The Age of Exploration


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Alas, another long chapter. This one has been split into Absolutism and Constitutionalism. This Podcast is on Absolutism, definitely the most badass of the 2. You will mostly hear about the Louis XIV, the pompous, overweight, love machine (?) of France. Listen to Chapter 16 Part 1: Absolutism mp3 download

Ch. 16 Part 1: Absolutism



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The second Ch. 16 Podcast. Constitutionalism is the basis for the American governmental system, but our system didn’t begin with a ruthless, Christian-fundamentalist dictator seizing power, beheading the King, and creating a police state. All hail Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England. Listen to Chapter 16 Part 2: Constitutionalism mp3 […]

Ch. 16 Part 2: Constitutionalism


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In this next chapter, we will take a sharp u-turn from the progress of Constutionalism and talk about the total dictatorships of Austria, Prussia, and Russia. Be prepared for kings who throw enemies to ravenous dogs and emperors who cripple clumsy servants, because this is EASTERN EUROPE! Listen to Chapter […]

Ch. 17 Eastern Europe


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Finally, the Europeans stop believing in superstition and embrace science. You will hear about the beginning of the modern scientific and mathematical era and the strange habits of Sir Isaac Newton. Listen to Chapter 18 Part 1: The Scientific Revolution mp3 download

Ch. 18 Part 1: The Scientific Revolution



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While the scientific minds of Europe were expanding, so were the social reforms and the enlightened musing of its rulers and educated class. You will hear about Voltaire’s caffeine addiction, Soldier King’s hydrophobic son, and a couple of small wars. Listen to Chapter 18 Part 2: The Enlightenment mp3 download

Ch. 18 Part 2: The Enlightenment