So I've started to try to listen to more historical podcasts on my commute. For a variety of reasons, I have less easy access to a library and books, so this has cut down on my non-fiction reading a lot. I studied history in college, along with Political Science (especially defense policy), so I like to think I enjoy factually rigorous history.*
I'm looking for historically rigorous podcasts, especially concerning:
- Ancient history
- Medieval history
- Renaissance history
but I'm game for the World Wars and the Cold War, too.
I'm mostly interested in:
- Military history
- Political history
- Economic history
with a sideline in religious history as it touches upon the topics above. Legal history, same.
Cultural, modern domestic politics (of any country), purely philosophical, purely religious, true crime, and "fun fact" history . . . probably not.
I already know about these:
The Medievalists (pretty good, although the sound quality on some episodes . . . ugh.)
A History of Europe: Key Battles - just started on this one.
Ancient Warfare Podcast
Military History Inside Out
I'm absolutely not looking for video series. I won't sit and watch a long video very often, and if I need to download it as video and then convert it to .mp3 to listen on my commute . . . I just won't do it. I know of a few, but that's not really what I'm hunting for.
I'm willing to give just about any podcast that hits those topics one or two tries and see if it grabs me.
With that in mind . . . what do you folks recommend?
* FWIW I took courses on American colonial history, Russian history (a love of mine since I first saw a TV drama about Peter I), the Old West, German history (including the Holocaust), Roman history (with a focus on Augustan Rome), Japanese history, and more . . . and pretty much read books on WWII, the Hundred Years War, the Tsars, the Aztecs, the Mongols, the Crusades, European military history, the Zulus, Pirates, Victorian age wars, the age of exploration . . . yeah, it's been pretty broad actually. And my poli-sci classes were fairly varied but I took everything I could on defense policy and wrote my undergrad thesis on how civil wars end. So, broad interest in terms of areas. But it's primarily around the topic clusters I mentioned.