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Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Hitler? What was the greatest army of all time? Which U.S. President was the worst? Hardcore History discusses the issues and questions history fans love.
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Latest episode: August 09, 2017 | 5:20 pm - Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

29 episodes

Displaying episodes 29 through 9
Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust (05:59:51) August 09, 2017 | 5:20 pm
Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds vaguely like other, recent European colonial conquests...until the natives nearly win.
Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds (05:49:32) January 24, 2017 | 10:05 pm
What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own creation.
Show 58 - Kings of Kings III (05:00:30) August 07, 2016 | 2:05 pm
If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the Great, scythed chariots, and several of the greatest battles in history.
Show 57 - Kings of Kings II (04:15:42) March 20, 2016 | 2:08 am
From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…
Show 56 - Kings of Kings (03:32:40) October 28, 2015 | 7:35 pm
Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king they created the greatest empire the world had ever seen.
Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI (04:16:43) May 06, 2015 | 1:57 am
The Americans are coming, but will the war be over by the time they get there? Germany throws everything into a last series of stupendous attacks in the West while hoping to avoid getting burned by a fire in the East they helped fan.
Show 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V (04:29:57) December 29, 2014 | 11:24 pm
Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.
Show 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV (03:55:51) August 17, 2014 | 11:21 am
Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.
Show 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III (03:54:08) April 24, 2014 | 2:25 pm
The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.
Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II (03:20:29) January 30, 2014 | 10:12 pm
The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.
Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I (03:07:20) October 30, 2013 | 1:12 am
The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora's Box of violence engulfs the planet.
Show 49 - The American Peril (04:05:41) July 25, 2013 | 4:05 pm
Imperial temptations and humanitarian nightmares force the United States of the late 19th Century to confront the contradictions between its revolutionary self-image and its expanding national interests.
Show 48 - Prophets of Doom (04:28:01) April 22, 2013 | 4:27 am
Murderous millennial preachers and prophets take over the German city of Munster after Martin Luther unleashes a Pandora's Box of religious anarchy with the Protestant Reformation.
Show 47 - Wrath of the Khans V (02:06:52) January 13, 2013 | 10:42 pm
Succession issues weaken the Mongol Empire as the grandchildren of Genghis Khan fight over their imperial inheritance. This doesn't stop them from dealing out pain, suffering, and ironically good governance while doing so.
Show 46 - Wrath of the Khans IV (01:31:19) November 13, 2012 | 1:33 am
The death of Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire, should have slowed the momentum of Mongol conquests, but instead it accelerated it. This time though, all of Europe is on the Mongol hit list.
Show 45 - Wrath of the Khans III (01:28:24) September 23, 2012 | 5:08 pm
The expansion of Genghis Khan's conquests continue, with locations as far apart as Europe and China feeling the bloody effects of Mongol warfare and retribution. Can anything halt the carnage?
Show 44 - Wrath of the Khans II (01:35:10) July 31, 2012 | 4:58 pm
The Mongol leader Genghis Khan displays an unmatched level of strategic genius while moving against both Northern China and the Eastern Islamic world. Both civilizations are left stunned and millions are slaughtered.
Show 43 - Wrath of the Khans I (01:47:02) June 13, 2012 | 8:07 pm
In one of the most violent outbursts in history a little-known tribe of Eurasian nomads breaks upon the great societies of the Old World like a human tsunami. It may have ushered in the modern era, but at what cost?
Show 42 - (BLITZ) Logical Insanity (02:28:49) March 31, 2012 | 11:12 pm
After many listener requests, Dan examines the issue of the morality of dropping the Atomic Bombs in the Second World War. As usual, he does so in his own unique, unexpected way.
Show 41 - Thor's Angels (04:06:00) January 19, 2012 | 8:52 am
What started as a standard podcast episode morphed into an audio book on what used to be called "The Dark Ages" in Europe. Dan gets into many areas he should probably avoid...Gods, Germans, bikers, Jesus...

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