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Humans Are Evil - History Podcast

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'Humans Are Evil'.

A bi-weekly history show unearthing the most shocking events, actions and characters from our past.

The episode subjects will shock you in the same way learning about the Holocaust and Atlantic Slave Trade shocked us all the first time we learned about them. Most obviously aren’t on the same scale and severity of that evil catastrophes, but will contain the same lack of humanity that has always characterised humanity throughout all of history.
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The Trail of Tears

The Trail of Tears

2020-03-2416:44

President Andrew Jackson's 'Indian Removal Act' of 1830 set in motion a 1000 mile journey of death and disease for the Cherokee, Seminole, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek. In this heartbreaking story, who really should be regarded as the "civilised", and who the "savages"?
It is all too tempting to judge those in the past by today's moral norms. Do Abraham Lincoln's racist statements nullify any of his achievements? Should people who did things we nowadays find morally repugnant be condemned when they knew no better? Are any actions intrinsically morally good or bad?   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING J. D. Velleman – Foundations for moral relativism M. Fricker - The Relativism of Blame and Williams’s Relativism of Distance https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23772194   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/dont-judge-works-of-the-past-by-todays-moral-standards
The world's most impressive seafarers and statue builders were reduced from a thriving community of many thousands to just 111 traumatised survivors. These Rapa Nui people were the victims of their harsh environment, disease, enslavement and gun toting Europeans, Americans and Peruvians. All this after they had already turned against their gods, toppling many of the famous Moai head statues.   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING T. Hunt & C. Lipo - The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island D. Porteous – The Modernization of Easter Island T. Heyerdahl – Aku Aku M. Levison et al – The Settlement of Polynesia J. Diamond - Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed A. Mieth & H-R. Bork - Humans, climate or introduced rats – which is to blame for the woodland destruction on prehistoric Rapa Nui. http://www.marklynas.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Mieth-Bork_JAS_Rats-Humans.pdf P. Bahn & J. Flenley – Easter Island: Earth Island
The First Crusade

The First Crusade

2019-06-2725:54

"Deus Vult" The First Crusade, called by the Pope in the name of God, contained the horrors of massacres and cannibalism. However, it is one of history's most misunderstood conflicts. Properly understanding this subject within its context can only help Christian-Muslim relations.   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING: J. Riley-Smith – The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam J. Phillips - Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades S. Runciman – A History of the Crusades C. Tyerman – The invention of the Crusades
Argentina's Dirty War

Argentina's Dirty War

2019-06-1317:33

The Argentine Military Junta's brutal campaign of repression, torture and murder that resulted in 30,000 left wing supporters "disappearing" and 500 children taken from their families to be raised by childless members of the military.   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING: J. Hedges - Argentina: A Modern History P.H. Lewis - Guerrillas and Generals: The Dirty War in Argentina D.M.K. Sheinin – Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentineans in the Dirty War W. Fowler – Latin America 1800-2000 CBS 60 minutes. The Dirty War. Presented by Bob Simon. 2000 https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/argentina
The Taiping Rebellion

The Taiping Rebellion

2019-05-3022:25

The crazy 19th century conflict that began with a failed student believing he is Jesus' younger brother and ended with approximately 20 million dead.   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan – J.D. Spence Imperial China – F. Schurmann & O. Schell China from the Opium Wars to the 1911 Revolution – J. Chesneaux et al Rebellions and Revolutions: China 1800s to 2000 – J. Gray https://www.britannica.com/event/Taiping-Rebellion  
The "Buggery Laws" between the years 1533 and 1835 represent the peak of state sponsored homophobic persecution in Britain. This episode unearths a little known part of our history of discrimination.   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING: A Gay History of Britain – M.Cook et al Hidden from History – M. B. Dubberman et al Homophobia: A History – B. Fone https://www.bl.uk/lgbtq-histories/articles/the-men-killed-under-the-buggery-act http://rictornorton.co.uk/homopho5.htm http://rictornorton.co.uk/eighteen/index.htm
The Battle of Carthage

The Battle of Carthage

2019-04-3023:26

Described by some as the "first genocide". This episode tells the incredible story of one of the world's greatest civilisation's last stand. "Carthago delenda est" (Carthage must be destroyed!)   MAIN SOURCES/FURTHER READING: Carthage – B.H. Warmington Destroy Carthage! – A. Lloyd The Punic Wars – B. Caven To be Taken with a Pinch of Salt: The Destruction of Carthage - R. T. Ridley Cato The Elder and the destruction of Carthage – E. O’Gorman
The Partition of India

The Partition of India

2019-04-1722:37

The independence of India was supposed to be a happy occasion, but it soon descended into unimaginable violence and suffering based on attempted religious purification.     Main sources/further reading: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/opinion/india-pakistan-partition-imperial-britain.html http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/the-road-to-partition/ The Great Partition: the making of India and Pakistan - Yasmin Khan Remembering Partition: violence, nationalism and history in India - Gyanendra Pandey Partition - Barney White-Spunner India & Pakistan – Ian Talbot India’s Partition – Mushirul Hasan Facts are facts: The untold story of India’s Partition – Wali Khan
The Belgian Congo

The Belgian Congo

2019-04-0321:54

Arguably the worst act of colonialism in history were up to 10 million Congolese people died in 2 decades. Main Sources:   Red Rubber - ED Morel Five Years With The Congo Cannibals - H Ward Leopold to lumumba: a history of the belgian congo, 1877-1960 - G Martelli King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa - A Hochschild https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/belgiums-genocidal-colonial-legacy-haunts-the-country-s-future-a7984191.html https://www.npr.org/2018/09/26/649600217/where-human-zoos-once-stood-a-belgian-museum-now-faces-its-colonial-past https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/belgium/1458736/Belgian-fury-at-film-on-Leopolds-Congo-terror.html https://www.britannica.com/place/Congo-Free-State https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jun/30/congo-belgium-brussels-kinshasa
Aztec Human Sacrifice

Aztec Human Sacrifice

2019-04-0321:55

Main Sources The Aztecs - RF Townsend Aztecs - I Clendinnen The Aztecs of Central America - F Berdan https://webpages.uidaho.edu/engl257/Ren/aztec_empire_in_1519.htm https://www.britannica.com/topic/Huitzilopochtli https://tecpaocelotl.livejournal.com/25254.html
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