List of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History episodes

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Ep. number Topic[1] Description Length Release date
1 Alexander Versus Hitler Dan compares the way the modern world sees Adolf Hitler with the way history views Alexander the Great and wonders if the two men were not more alike than different. 16 min July 26, 2006
2 Guns and Horses The West is Mike Tyson and the East is Muhammad Ali in this episode as Dan mixes Art Bell with Hans Delbrück in this look at a possible reason for the military decline of the near East. 34 min September 26, 2006
3 The Organization of Peace The early 20th century League of Nations stood for peace, cooperation, disarmament and international understanding. What happened? 42 min October 4, 2006
4 Romancing the Tribes Shawnee chief Tecumseh and Arverni king Vercingetorix both tried to unify their tribal peoples to face overwhelming foes. Dan examines the romance of their lost causes. 31 min October 24, 2006
5 Meandering Through The Cold War Dan meanders through a conversation about causes and effects of the Cold War without ever talking much about the actual events of the conflict. 48 min November 14, 2006
6 Shield of the West Spartans, Athenians, Persians and references to Star Trek all make appearances in this look at the dramatic and extremely consequential Greek and Persian wars. 59 min December 8, 2006
7 The X-History Files Napoleon is supposed to have said that “History is a set of lies agreed upon”. With that in mind, Dan looks at some of the alternative and pseudo history ideas that many people embrace. 31 min December 27, 2006
8 Scars of the Great War Dan looks at the shock and awe caused by the First World War and marvels at how connected we still are to the empire-shattering effects of the conflict contemporaries simply referred to as "The Great War". 40 min January 27, 2007
9 Darkness Buries the Bronze Age What was the cause of the collapse of the Bronze Age? War? Famine? Natural disaster? Sauron, The Dark Lord? Dan looks at all the potential villains...except for Sauron. 33 min February 16, 2007
10 The What-Ifs of 1066 How might history have been changed if the events of the momentous year 1066 had turned out differently? Dan examines Normans, Vikings, Saxons, Bastards, Conquerors, Confessors, Godwinsons and Hardradas. 47 min March 13, 2007
11 Thoughts on Churchill Dan takes a look at various elements of the dramatic life and career of the great British leader. 53 min April 11, 2007
12 Steppe Stories Blood-sucking Scythian warriors, tattooed ice mummies, Amazons killing so they can mate, pot smoking head-hunters, scalp-taking, koumiss-drinking Mongols, Turks, Huns, and Aliens. What's not to like? 58 min May 8, 2007
13 Bubonic Nukes What would happen if half the population died in a short period of time? Dan looks at the Black Death and other plagues that created almost apocalyptic conditions in the past...and maybe in the future. 47 min June 13, 2007
14 The Macedonian Soap Opera When Alexander the Great bequeathed his empire "to the strongest" he set off a funeral contest that shook the world for decades. Murder, marriage, intrigue, and drama all feature prominently in the story. 49 min July 18, 2007
15 Desperate Times The tough economic climate after the First World War fostered the growth of radicalism around the world. Did it also create tougher people? Dan looks at the connection between tough times and the "Greatest Generation". 41 min August 30, 2007
16 Nazi Tidbits What accounts for the fascination people still have with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis? Dan looks at some of the ideas of the German National Socialists and examines the demonic, charismatic Nazi Führer. 59 min October 17, 2007
17 Judgment at Nineveh Will our modern society ever decline and fall? Dan uses that idea as a backdrop for a look at the first great empire in history, the biblical-era Assyrians. Were they ancient Nazis, or the guardians of civilization? 1 hour 4 min December 14, 2007
18 A Fly on James Burke's Wall In this episode, Dan discusses history with famed television host, author and science historian James Burke, the man the Washington Post called "one of the most intriguing minds in the Western world". 44 min January 2, 2008
19 Apache Tears A traumatized people who traumatized their neighbors, the Native American tribe known as Apache were among the last Indians to surrender to the U.S. Government. 1 hour 18 min March 14, 2008
20 (Blitz) History Under the Influence This first "Blitz Edition" of the show looks at the hidden side of history, the impact of drugs and alcohol on past events. Dan has a whole list of historical figures he wants to drug test. 40 min May 6, 2008
21 Punic Nightmares I Was it geopolitics or simply bitter hatred that fueled the ancient bloodbaths known as "The Punic Wars"? Dan highlights the unimaginable things people experienced during this intense face-off between Rome and Carthage. 1 hour July 27, 2008
22 Punic Nightmares II Darkness, horror, war and carnage dominate Part 2 of the Punic War trilogy as Hannibal rampages across Italy and pushes Rome to the brink of doom. 1 hour 18 min September 18, 2008
23 Punic Nightmares III In one of the great displays of resiliency in all history, the Romans refuse to buckle under murderous Carthaginian pressure. Instead they recover, defeat and destroy Carthage, and conquer most of the Mediterranean. 1 hour 35 min October 30, 2008
24 Classical Hanson Dan discusses history with famed historian, political commentator and classicist Victor Davis Hanson. 35 min November 21, 2008
25 The Dyer Outlook Dan discusses the past, present and future with influential Canadian historian, broadcaster and columnist Gwynne Dyer. 59 min January 20, 2009
26 (Blitz) Addicted to Bondage Is slavery a natural feature of human societies? Dan looks at this timeless, evil institution and wonders if we have made as much progress freeing ourselves from its influence as we think we have. 1 hour 4 min February 3, 2009
27 Ghosts of the Ostfront I Part One covering the conflict between the Germans and the Soviet Union in the Second World War. Dan gives an introduction to the subject and discusses the causes and opening moves of Operation Barbarossa. 1 hour 6 min April 19, 2009
28 Ghosts of the Ostfront II In Part Two of the Ostfront series covering WW2 on the Eastern Front, Dan looks at the attempt to take Moscow and the many compelling stories surrounding the momentous 1941 German offensive. 1 hour 30 min June 17, 2009
29 Ghosts of the Ostfront III In Part Three of the Ostfront series covering WW2 on the Eastern Front, Dan looks at the situation in the U.S.S.R. during 1942 and early 1943, including the dreadful Battle of Stalingrad. 1 hour 30 min August 10, 2009
30 Ghosts of the Ostfront IV In Part Four of the Ostfront series covering WW2 on the Eastern Front, Dan looks at the German retreat from Soviet territory and the retaliation by traumatized Soviet soldiers and civilians on their former tormentors as Berlin falls and the Nazi high command commits suicide. 1 hour 39 min October 10, 2009
31 (Blitz) Suffer the Children Dan's exposure to the idea of "psychohistory" gets him thinking about how children were raised in the past. Could widespread child abuse and bad parenting in earlier eras explain some of history's brutality? 58 min December 9, 2009
32 Globalization Unto Death Ferdinand Magellan is the lead character in this episode about the collision between the Old and New worlds and what Dan calls "Globalization 1.0". 1 hour 32 min February 27, 2010
33 (Blitz) Old School Toughness Does the toughness of peoples play any role in history? How can historians deal with such an amorphous human quality? Historiography, boxing, barbarians, philosophy and wisdom are among the subjects touched upon. 1 hour 2 min April 27, 2010
34 Death Throes of the Republic I The wars which elevate Rome to superpower status also sow the seed for the downfall of its political system. Money, slaves, ambition, political stalemate and class warfare prove to be a toxic, bloody mix. 1 hour 23 min June 28, 2010
35 Death Throes of the Republic II Disaster threatens the Republic, but the cure might be worse than the disease. "The Dan Carlin version" of this story continues with ambition-addict Marius dominating the story and Plutarch dominating the sources. 1 hour 35 min August 29, 2010
36 Death Throes of the Republic III Rome's political violence expands in intensity from riots and assassinations to outright war as the hyper-ambitious generals Marius and Sulla tear the Republic and its constitution apart vying for power and glory. 1 hour 42 min October 31, 2010
37 Death Throes of the Republic IV Sulla returns to Rome to show the Republic what REAL political violence looks like. Civil war and deadly partisan payback will pave the way for reforms pushed at sword point. Lots of heads will roll...literally. 1 hour 27 min January 28, 2011
38 Death Throes of the Republic V The last great generation of the Roman Republic emerges from the historical mists. The dynamic between Caesar, Cato, Cicero, Crassus and Pompey forms the axis around which the rest of this tale revolves. 1 hour 27 min April 1, 2011
39 Death Throes of the Republic VI In a massive finish to the "Dan Carlin version" of the fall of the Roman Republic, conspiracies, civil wars, beatniks of antiquity and a guy named Caesar figure prominently. Virtually everyone dies. 5 hour 27 min June 30, 2011
40 (Blitz) Radical Thoughts Using the two 20th Century "Red Scare" eras as case studies, Dan looks at the fear that can be generated by potentially dangerous ideas and examines the way such powerful mass emotions can cloud human judgment. 2 hour 40 min October 13, 2011
41 Thor's Angels 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... 4 hour 6 min January 19, 2012
42 (Blitz) Logical Insanity 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. 2 hour 30 min March 31, 2012
43 Wrath of the Khans I 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? 1 hour 49 min June 14, 2012
44 Wrath of the Khans II 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. 1 hour 38 min July 31, 2012
45 Wrath of the Khans III The expansion of Genghis Khan's conquests continues, with locations as far apart as Europe and China feeling the bloody effects of Mongol warfare and retribution. Can anything halt the carnage? 1 hour 30 min September 23, 2012
46 Wrath of the Khans IV 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. 1 hour 33 min November 13, 2012
47 Wrath of the Khans V 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. 2 hour 8 min January 13, 2013
48 Prophets of Doom 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. 4 hour 28 min April 22, 2013
49 The American Peril 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. 4 hour 6 min July 25, 2013
50 Blueprint for Armageddon I 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. 3 hour 7 min October 29, 2013
51 Blueprint for Armageddon II 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. 3 hour 20 min January 30, 2014
52 Blueprint for Armageddon III 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. 3 hour 54 min April 24, 2014
53 Blueprint for Armageddon IV 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. 3 hour 56 min August 17, 2014
54 Blueprint for Armageddon V 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. 4 hour 30 min December 30, 2014
55 Blueprint for Armageddon VI 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. 4 hour 17 min May 6, 2015
56 King of Kings 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. 3 hour 37 min October 29, 2015
57 King of Kings II 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… 4 hour 18 min March 20, 2016
58 King of Kings III 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. 5 hour 3 min August 7, 2016
59 (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds 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. 5 hour 53 min January 24, 2017
60 The Celtic Holocaust 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. 6 hour August 10, 2017
61 (Blitz) Painfotainment Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter. 4 hour 34 min January 29, 2018
62 Supernova in the East I The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story. 4 hour 31 min July 14, 2018
63 Supernova in the East II Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then, Dec 7, 1941 arrives. 4 hour 5 min January 12, 2019
64 Supernova in the East III Japan's rising sun goes supernova and engulfs a huge area of Asia and the Pacific. A war without mercy begins to develop infusing the whole conflict with a savage vibe. 4 hour 53 min October 25, 2019
65 Supernova in the East IV Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal are three of the most famous battles of the Second World War. Together they will shift the momentum in the Pacific theater and usher in the era of modern naval and amphibious warfare. 3 hour 58 min June 4, 2020
66 Supernova in the East V Can suicidal bravery and fanatical determination make up for material, industrial and numerical insufficiency? As the Asia-Pacific conflict turns against the Japanese these questions are put to the test. The results are nightmarish. 3 hour 32 min November 14, 2020
67 Supernova in the East VI When do spirit, tenacity, resilience and bravery cross into madness? When cities are incinerated? When suicide attacks become the norm? When atomic weapons are used? Japan's leaders test the limits of national endurance in the war's last year. 5 hour 45 min June 9, 2021
68 (Blitz) Human Resources 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 the surface of this enormous subject. 5 hour 39 min March 7, 2022
69 Twilight of the Aesir 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. 5 hour 14 min January 15, 2023