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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

Author: Dan Carlin

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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 blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
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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.
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...
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.
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.
Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

2017-08-0906:02:49790

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.
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

Show 58 - Kings of Kings III

2016-08-0705:02:52292

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

Show 57 - Kings of Kings II

2016-03-1904:15:50306

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

Show 56 - Kings of Kings

2015-10-2803:32:40541

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Levi Martin

Heroically Nude😂

Dec 11th
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Tyeson Rogers

your wife was right...😁👏🏾

Dec 11th
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Mats Lindblad

it's NOT scripted?... seriously? that's insane.

Dec 6th
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J Gihm

I can't believe I only recently discovered this podcast. I wish I could listen to older shows.

Dec 3rd
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Pedram Ghahremani

your sobjective view on this historical events is amazing. thank you. i learned a lot.

Nov 28th
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Richard Voit

Wow! we are all very lucky it's #DanCarlinHH telling it and not you idiots.

Nov 27th
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Bryan Graham

dan Carlin is the goat

Nov 27th
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JOHNNYxx REB

I have become death, the destroyer of worlds

Nov 21st
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Daniel DeTorrice

Dan is the 🐐

Nov 20th
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mark skeehan

yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyuyyyy you yuy

Nov 20th
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Zach Hauge

it's amazing how much better this podcast is than any other history podcast...maybe the history of Rome is up there...great job keep it up

Nov 19th
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Alan Cruz

what of the LGBT community suffering under Putin? is there a cap you're willing to accept or are all acts of inhumanity, without regards to whom it's aimed at, are those worthy of contempt and condemnation or only those which we, now in this time, are only those fitting of our collective scorn.

Nov 8th
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Erik Kane

Jesus FUCKING christ Dan...I love the show buddy, but I'm 3.5 hours into the last FIVE HOUR segment and still only a passing mention to the atomic bombs.... get to it!!!

Nov 8th
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David Haugen

thanks, Dan. great as always!

Nov 6th
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Tammy Ruslan-Han

boring seem kinda like Dan has a agenda .. boringggg

Nov 3rd
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Paul Lacapruccia

Finally finished. Great work here, Dan. this episode was as good as the episodes from blueprint for Armageddon, which are my favorite in your collection. I have one disagreement, however. Ed King doesn't look like a hero at all, in any way. He was a coward who condemned his men to the Bataan Death March. I find it very generous the only consequence he suffered from the United States was to have his family name thrown in the trash heap where it belongs.

Nov 2nd
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Paul Lacapruccia

Dan, wonderful stuff so far. About 2 hours and 50 minutes in I have to say you're equivocating for cowardice in the surrender of the Singapore and the actions of Australian troops who cowered down in fear on the battlefield amidst hand to hand combat. it was cowardice then and it's still cowardice today. Stalingrad. How the war might have been different if the Russians had the same spine as the Imperial British forces.

Nov 2nd
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Christian Menard

Mad chills!! what a crazy/amazing period in History

Nov 1st
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Teddy California

FINALLY

Nov 1st
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Paul Lacapruccia

Dan, I am enjoying this episode quite a bit. I want to comment upon a theory proffered by a historian you quote at about 1 hour and 35 minutes into the podcast. He claims the hundreds of years taken to develop the concept of honorable surrender had a lot to do with westerners inability to obey suicidal orders. I think that concept is of marginal value. I think the very recent experience of World War I and its assembly line style of death was by far and away the most important factor.

Nov 1st
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