Western Civ

A fast-moving history of the western world from the ancient world to the present day. Examine how the emergence of the western world as a global dominant power was not something that should ever have been taken for granted. This podcast traces the development of western civilization starting in the ancient Near East, through Greece and Rome, past the collapse of the Western Roman Empire into the Dark Ages, and then follows European and, ultimately, American history as the western world moved into a dominant world position.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 35m. Bisher sind 225 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 12 Tage.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 5 days 18 hours 12 minutes


History of Western Thought Four Preview

A quick bonus preview of our "History of Western Thought" series. In Part Four, we cover early Catholic thought between St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.  Check out the full episode at our website: westerncivpodcast.com Or, become a Patron today...



Interview with Meditations Translator Robin Waterfield

An interview with author and translator Robin Waterfield whose new translation of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius became available on April 9. Check out a copy at basicbooks.com or wherever you purchase your books. For those interested in...



Bonus Audiobook Preview

A quick bonus look at my recently-recorded Shakespeare murder mystery novel: If It Were Done.  To purchase the full audiobook, check out our website westerncivpodcast.com Or, become a Patron today for access to ALL our bonus episodes,...



episode 151: The Wars of the Roses (Part Five)

Richard III murders his nephews and seizes power. Yet, before he gets too comfortable, Henry Tudor crosses the Channel and the final War of the Roses begins. Check out our website for more content: westerncivpodcast.com Become a Patron today to...



episode 150: The Wars of the Roses Part Four

After the Battle of Towton, Edward IV became the first Yorkist King of England. But, the Wars of the Roses know no boundaries and soon Edward found the crown easier to win than hold.  Check out our website at westerncivpodcast.com Become a Patron...



episode 149: The Wars of the Roses Part Three

York takes over with Henry VI in tow. But, how long can he keep the masses happy as the power behind the throne? Check out our website at westerncivpodcast.com Become a Patron today at patreon.com/westerncivpodcast


 2021-03-19  42m

The History of St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day today is synonymous with drinking, the color green, and parades. But, it was not always that way. Learn about how the holiday developed and, over time, became a way for the Irish diaspora to celebrate their heritage.  Become a...


 2021-03-17  17m

episode 148: The Wars of the Roses (Part Two)

As the 1440's come to a close, those around Henry VI begin to come to terms with his ineptitude. First, the Duke of Suffolk and then the Duke of Somerset tries to control the government from behind the scenes. Both lose their heads. Ultimately, one...


 2021-03-12  37m

episode 147: The Wars of the Roses (Part One)

We begin our Wars of the Roses story arc by looking at the death of Henry V and the minority of his son, Henry VI. The Dukes of Bedford and Gloucester vie for power as England desperately tries to stabilize the situation in France.  Check out our...


 2021-03-05  40m

episode 146: Victorious

Today we catch up on early modern France after the Hundred Years' War. Then we do a quick run through the medieval Low Countries, Scandinavia, and Ireland to catch everyone up to 1492.  Check out our website for images and more:...


 2021-02-26  43m