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Dec 12 2012

Update from Hank

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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 will never be a Hank's History Hour collection for APUSH. While I initially believed that I would have time to make a second podcast, I totally overestimated the amount of free time I'd have in college. Between coursework, extracurricular activities and having a ton of fun with new friends, I simply didn't have the time. I am so sorry to everyone who had hoped for an APUSH podcast. Maybe one of my listeners would like to take up the mantle and record their own APUSH episodes… that would be awesome.

I've changed a lot over the 5 years since I began this podcast. It might shock some of you that I never studied European history in college. In fact, I've sort of lost interest in it. Between AP Euro, Hank's History Hour, and independent studying I grew tired of reading about the same historical figures, the same great battles, and the same important treaties. As my interest in Western Europe waned, my area of study drifted east. After taking Russian language and studying the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia, I became fascinated by the nascent countries of Central Asia. The “5 stans”, as they are often called, include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. While my studies mostly focused on the current politics of the region, I still found myself drawn to the same sorts of bizarre personalities that I loved in European history. I laughed at the drunken escapades of the Mughal emperor Babur and shuddered at the bleak cruelty of the conqueror Timur, who created enormous towers out of the severed heads of his defeated foes. More recently, the bizarre cult of personality of former Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov has provided me with endless amusement and bewilderment.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, I hope to one day be a professor of Central Asian politics. After graduating from Dartmouth last spring, I have begun preparing for the next chapter in my education. I am studying for the GRE, interning at an anti-corruption think tank, and preparing for 4 months of work at an NGO in Tajikistan.

So what does all of this mean for Hank's History Hour? While I no longer feel qualified to answer questions on European history, the podcast will stay up as long as it is beneficial to students of AP European History. Please continue to pass this tool along to any interested students, and continue posting on the site.

Finally, I wanted to thank all of my listeners for your 5 years of support. I had only intended for this tool to serve students at Redondo Union High School, so I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support from listeners across the country (and the world). You guys are fantastic. I hope that you enjoy the podcasts, and I hope that all of you get 5's!

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Sep 22 2009

Chapter 30: Post WWII Era and the Cold War

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After WWII, Western Europe was in ruins. The nations of this devastated continent had crumbling economies, turbulent political reshuffling, and changing national identities. However, through a new series of alliances (and a little help from the US), these countries bounced back from the brink and became the nations we recognize today.



We will also talk about that charming period of American and Soviet militarization known as the Cold War. We will discuss how Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and popular culture helped create a passionate (in the “let's riot” kind of way) youth movement. And finally, we will talk about the most badass of French badasses: Charles De Gaulle.



In this episode I am also joined by Kyle Sheridan, a good friend of mine. Kyle is a gentleman and a scholar and kindly offered to assist me on this, the second to the last Podcast in Hank's History Hour. I hope you enjoy it, and good luck on your tests!



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Apr 21 2008

Ch. 29 WWII and the Rise of the Dictators

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In this Podcast, we will discuss some of the vilest, most despicable, and most influential men of the 20th century:Mussolini, the would-be emperor of a revitalized Rome who was rumored to be afraid of cats.Stalin, the former seminary student who would purge and “disappear” as many as 20 million of his own people.Hitler, probably the most well-known dictator of all time, and a man who probably suffered from Parkinson's Disease, syphilis, or both while he lead his country to ruin.

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Apr 21 2008

Ch. 28 Age of Anxiety

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 After WWI, all of Europe was, for lack of a better phrase, freaking out. Paranoid, sneaky, and deceitful, the European leaders had their own agendas to make their country the top dog. Fortunately, there was great literature and some great (and some stupid) art to save the masses from the thoroughly depressing reality. 



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Mar 25 2008

The Russian Revolution

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Ah, the Russian Revolution. The Russian people get a bit of freedom and democracy after centuries of toil under the czars, only to lose that freedom to another near-century of toil under the Bolsheviks. You will hear about Rasputin, one of the weirdest and creepiest men in Russian history (and that's saying something), the fall of the czars, and the rise of Lenin and communism.I highly suggest you check out the song “Rasputin” by Boney M. It is basically a 70's disco song about what a pimp Rasputin was, and it is hilarious.



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Mar 25 2008

WWI – The End of a Shaky Peace in Europe

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So we finally come to it: the war to end all wars. Well, not really. We still have WWII, the Cold War, the Bosnian Conflict, etc. However, WWI may take the cake for the most brutal conflict of the century. A combination of new technology (including the dreaded gas artillery shells), stagnant fronts, and intense nationalism made WWI one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. At the Battle of the Somme alone over 1,000,000 men lost their lives. You will hear all about this new kind of warfare, the fatal wrong turn that ignited the conflict, and why Germany was pissed off and desperate enough twenty years later to throw their support behind a crazed Austrian painter named Adolf Hitler.



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Mar 23 2008

Ch. 26 Imperialism

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Hey, I know this is not in the right order, but I wanted to try to catch up to everyone. I will probably go back and do the missing 2 after I finish with the rest. So, this is imperialism, a time when European nations colonized the rest of the world and didn't care what cultures they destroyed to accomplish their goals. You will hear about the massacre at Khartoum, the cruel King Leopold, and the Boxer Rebellion. 

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Feb 17 2008

Ch. 22 Industrialization

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Jan 22 2008

Ch. 20 Agricultural Revolution

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The most boring (and thankfully shortest) chapter. It is only about 15-20 minutes, so just push through it. Industrial Revolution is slightly more interesting. I promise.

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Jan 06 2008

Ch. 19C Napoleon!

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The last part of Ch. 19. Finally. The subject is Napoleon, a man whose rise and fall was so impressive that he may be one of the most interesting people in history. You will hear about how Napoleon seized power, how he maintained and expanded it, and how he eventually lost it in one of the greatest military blunders of all time.

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