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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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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