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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Dan Carlin

In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique b... more

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What's the recipe for making a historically world-class apex predator? In the case of Alexander the Great, it might be the three Ns: Nature, Nurture, and Nepotism.

2 months ago

Pagan Viking Sea Kings spend the 10th and 11th centuries morphing into Christian monarchs. But with rulers like Harald Bluetooth and Svein Forkbeard it's debatable whether things will be any less horrific for Scandinavia's neighbors

8 months ago

This show picks up where Dan's Thor's Angels show left off. In the early Middle Ages Pagan Germanic-language speakers like the Vikings are a dying breed. Many of their contemporaries wish they'd die faster.

2 years ago

The Atlantic Slave Trade mixes centuries of human bondage with violence, economics, commerce, geo-political competition, liberty, morality, injustice, revolution, tragedy and bloody reckonings. That sounds like a lot, yet this show merely scratches t... more

2 years ago


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 108.2k ratings
  • History doesn’t need he melodramatics

    Cancelled it. The delivery is too overly dramatic and pompous for me.

    Apple Podcasts
    Bilas Peles
    United States7 days ago
  • Dan needs to learn to edit his scripts. He's fell off huge

    Podcast Addict
    8 days ago
  • Dan

    Love these podcasts the way he puts these topics across is so engaging and entertaining, simply brilliant.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom10 days ago
  • The most unorthodox historian

    However Dan doesn’t call himself historian, many believe he is a great one. It is the smartest way to be an unorthodox, unbiased, school-free historian anyway. His story telling and where he stands in the universe he creates, is second to non. He knows how to feed the audience with the needed dose of certain feelings with which listening to a 5 hours podcast requires. Another genius aspect of his championing oratorship is how his stories coincide with actual sequences happening in real time worl... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom15 days ago
  • Great show terrible audio quality

    For god’s sake man, invest in some better recording equipment.

    Apple Podcasts
    cartwheel 69
    Canada17 days ago

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