Update from Hank 15

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.

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!

15 thoughts on “Update from Hank

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  • Betty

    Hank you are the best! I totally got a 5 on my exam. Is there anything else you are studying? Could you maybe do some APUSH episodes?
    Or AP Art History?

    Thanks Hank!! Central Asia rocks!!!

  • Hank

    Thanks so much for the positive feedback everyone! I am so glad that hhh continues to help AP Euro students.
    Good luck with your first year teaching AP Euro, Andy! I’m sure you’ll do great. Give all your students my best.


  • Andy Davis

    I just wanted to extend my gratitude for your awesome podcast. I am teaching A.P. Euro for the first time this year. My students AND I find your information very helpful. You have 31 students from Ferriday High School in Louisiana who listen and love your podcast. Thanks Again!

    Warm Regards,

    Andy Davis

  • Cyndi

    Thanks for the podcast! I never took APUSH but I enjoy listening for fun while I work on art projects. Good to hear you’ve got plans for your passions! Good luck!

  • Paige

    My ap euro teach was not particularly the greatest and most of my class got 1s but about a week before our ap test I find your podcast and managed to swing a 4 on the exam! I owe it all to you, thanks so much! Best of luck with your studies and career!

  • cloudsagain

    I –no joke– prayed to you the night before the AP test and I managed to get a 4 even though I left the testing room thinking that I most probably wouldn’t even pass. I might just believe in a higher power now. Thank you&have a wonderful life. You are so magical.

  • claire

    I love your AP european history podcasts, my teacher actually suggests us to listen to them. They have been a lot of help this year. Please keep them up.

  • Mitchell

    Do what you want to do. It’s your time, spend it how you wish. Nobody is putting any pressure on you. While an APUSH podcast would be nice, I’m sure the bulk of us will manage fine without it.

  • Emma

    I’m not sure if you realize this Hank, but you’re sort of like a living legend for sophomores. Ms. Williams is still showing your essays in class and everyone gasps when she tells us its you 🙂

  • Allison

    Yikes – Lindsay I’m the one responsible for HHH being on iTunes – I wonder if they took it down because it hasn’t been updated in so long. I will definitely get it reposted and put the link here and fixt the links for the iTunes buttons!

  • Helen

    Hi Hank!
    So I know this is kinda creepy, but I just think you are SOOOOOOOO cute! Also you interest in the 5 stans sounds cool.

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