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A Brief History of... (old name)The History of Current Events is a podcast that attempts to explain current event by observing the history of each subject. Taking a semi-journalistic approach we will bring to you current events when relevant. Released once every two weeks.
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Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill both came of age in South Africa, today they are the founding fathers of their respective countries, India and the United Kingdom. Both Gandhi and Churchill have come to face scrutiny in recent years for things they had said and done however they are still held in high regard almost universally. South Africa's founding father wasn't as lucky as these two great men. Jan Smuts is a name you probably haven't heard of, he was a brilliant intellectual, who taught as well as created philosophy, he signed the UN Charter of Human Rights, he fought on the front in World War I and Winston Churchill considered him the only man he could confide in during Britain's Darkest Hour. Jan Smuts is the founding father of South Africa, however he was also instrumental in the creation of the Apartheid state, and posterity has left his reputation to insignificance and ruin. This episode covers the foundation of The Union of South Africa, the events that led Mahatma Gandhi to create his Satyagraha or passive resistance, and South Africa's entry into World War I.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Beginning with the history of modern South Africa, we explore what happened when the Dutch arrived in 1652. Jumping ahead in time we explore the tribal groups that made-up 17th century South Africa and that today, make-up modern South Africa. The ANC and EFF parties both claim they have the answer to what to do with the land that was stolen from the native African populations by the white Europeans. Is land expropriation the answer, or will it lead to another Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe situation? The story then returns to South Africa in the 19th century. with the Boer wars and Britain's dominance on the continent. These events lead into the calamitous 20th century and 1st and 2nd World Wars, where an unwilling Dutch populace, sympathetic to Right-wing segregationist policies find themselves aligned with the British Crown.Topics covered Die Groot Trek - The Great TrekEmpty Land MythLand ExpropriationJulius Malema Jacob ZumaThe First and Second Boer WarsSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
South Africa has been labeled the protest capital of the world and rightfully so as its history has been filled with racism, inequality and political unrest. On July 9th, 2021, after a call was placed to arrest the former President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma on corruption charges, his supporters took to the streets and began protesting. It soon turned into a riot. The riots were not about Jacob Zuma they were about wealth inequality. South Africa is the most unequal nation on the planet. This inequality stems from a long history of a country that ruled with a system of racial segregation called Apartheid. This episode introduces a series on modern South Africa and what has led to the chaos seen there today.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
What is going on in Afghanistan? The Taliban has taken back Afghanistan, after their lightning quick offensive, which began on May 1st. What will the future hold for Afghanistan? What about the Afghani women? This episode explains the potential future of the former American Satellite State.Includes stories of an American soldier and stories of Afghan refugees.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
I am a Berliner

I am a Berliner

2021-08-1728:33

On June 26th 1963, the fifteenth anniversary of the Berlin airlift. US president John F. Kennedy was walking the streets of Berlin. Taking in the sight of the newly constructed Berlin Wall. Kennedy who had to give a speech later in the day had a change of heart, he disregarded the milk toast speech given to him about peace with the soviets and decided instead to craft a speech of his own. A speech that would become one of the greatest moments of the Cold War.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Revolution in Cuba

Revolution in Cuba

2021-08-0421:49

Cuba as of July 2021 has seen massive protests over Corona restrictions all over the Island. What has caused the seemingly peaceful Caribbean island to suddenly enter a state of turmoil? This episode goes into the history of Cuba and what has caused something as simple as Corona to push its people to the breaking point.Covering topics from Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro's communist revolution in Cuba, to the Bay of pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. This episode explores the events leading up to the revolution occurring today in Cuba.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Syrian Civil War V

Syrian Civil War V

2021-07-2741:33

The Free Syrian Army, having been crushed by Russian airstrikes and abandoned by all its friends, struggles to defend its final stronghold, the very place where the war started all those years ago, Daraa Syria. With the war drawing to a close we learn who the victor or victors are, and what the future of post-war Syria will hold. The brutal 10 year civil war that has caused the deaths of over a half a million people and displaced over 10 million finally comes to an end. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
As US troops withdrawal from Afghanistan its perhaps well to ask who are the Taliban and where did they come from? This episode explores the tumultuous history of Afghanistan, a country that has been tainted and destroyed from outside powers trying to impose their way of life on the rural Afghan subsistence farmers. This episode explores the Soviet-Afghan war, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, and the US invasion and attempts at nation building.For an extended version of the show go subscribe to my Patreon. The extended episode includes an extra 30 minutes on Afghan culture, Wahhabism, the Karzai government and the revealing truth of the Afghan Papers.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Syrian Civil War IV

Syrian Civil War IV

2021-07-0547:12

 ''one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter''Abdullah Öcalan is a Kurdish-Turkish revolutionary who has been fighting for Kurds to achieve equal rights since the 1970s. He started the PKK a communist party which goal is either the achievement of equal rights for the Kurdish peoples or a separate Kurdish state. He spent much of his life on the run from the Turkish government who sought to end his rebellion. His followers largely make up the Syrian faction Rojava or the SDF, one of the major factions of the Syrian Civil war.This episode focuses on Rojava and their many conflicts with Turkey which would eventually lead Turkey into the Syrian Civil war.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Syrian Civil War III

Syrian Civil War III

2021-06-2143:05

As the war in Syria continues, it ceases to be a civil war and becomes a proxy war between outside players.  Giving a detailed explanation of the backstories of Russia and Turkey and why they are so invested in Syria as well as their dictators Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The second half of the episode returns to our story; expanding into the destruction of ISIS and the aftermath. With ISIS getting obliterated by American and Russian airstrikes who will step in to fill the power vacuum left behind?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Syrian Civil War II

Syrian Civil War II

2021-06-0740:56

Saddam Hussein ruled with an iron fist and it kept the Middle East stable, after his deposition, chaos arose in Iraq. As ISIS proclaims their worldwide Caliphate, they begin taking vast swarms of land, the Middle East begins falling apart. The brutal executions of Kayla Mueller, James Foley and Steven Sotloff shows the western world how dire the situation really is. As America and the West ramp up their involvement in the war, Russia and NATO ally Turkey begin getting involved on their own account.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
The Syrian Civil War

The Syrian Civil War

2021-05-0434:21

The Syrian Civil War has been one of the best recorded, as well as one of the most brutal wars. This episode tracks the events that led to the civil war, from decolonization to dictatorships to religious and ethnic struggle. It explains the combatants on the multi-sided war and the outside players such as The USA, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia, who struggle to find a side to support. The brutality ramps up when eventually the chaos leads to a new front in the war, when The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria emerges.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
The Japanese Beethoven

The Japanese Beethoven

2021-04-1928:37

Japan is a country where video game soundtracks more often than not appear in their Billboard top 10. What often doesn't appear in their top 10 is the Classical Music genre. One man, decided to change that, a man who by his own admission was said to have been a child prodigy, Mamoru Samuragochi. This story follows the weird tale of Mamoru Samuragochi, a man who faked deafness to avoid answering questions about his art, faked a broken hand to avoid playing his art and had an unknown university teacher ghost write his work. He rose to the top of Japan's limelight only to have his lies catch up with him and have it all come crashing down.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
As the trial of Derek Chauvin goes on we look back at the life of George Perry Floyd. You can get a better idea of the type of person he was. This is a biography on his life from his childhood to his death. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated after giving one of the greatest speeches of his career, "I've Been to the Mountaintop". In this speech he prophetically predicted an early demise. At the same time of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination, Robert Francis Kennedy, the younger brother of the late President John F. Kennedy was giving a speech of his own in Muncie, Indiana relating to his proposed 1968 Presidential run. After arriving in his final destination for the day, Indianapolis, Indiana RFK learned of MLK's death. Arriving in the heart of Indianapolis's ghetto he spoke from his heart and gave one of the most genuine and greatest speeches in American history.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
Alexander the Accursed's conquest of Persia, not only shocked the world but devastated it. In the blink of an eye the young Greek warlord changed the world. After Alexander's unexpected death his generals tried to stabilize what he left behind. This episode discusses the successor states of the Achaemenid Empire, the Seleucids, the Parthians and the Sassanids. Finally after 1,300 years of struggle Iran finds its identity again, Right before Muhammad the prophet of God changes Iranian culture forever.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
It's Black History month and to celebrate I made a special episode about one of the African-American greats, Paul Robeson. The name might not sound too familiar, that's because he was blacklisted during the 2nd Red Scare, Paul Robeson was a superstar of the 1920's-60s. The highest paid concertist of his day; With his beautiful voice, talented acting and social rights activities he truly was larger than life!Stay tuned, at the end I have some announcements for the future of A Brief History of.Please check out my Patreon!You can find it under abriefhistoryhttps://www.patreon.com/abriefhistorySupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
The second half of the Persian Achaemenid Empire not only set the template for how all future empires would rule, it also set the template for how they would fall. Constant warfare, a populace that over the centuries lost its sense of itself and leaders obsessed with power would lead to its eventual downfall. A man would rise in the west, a man who idolized Cyrus the Great; Alexander was coming for the Empire.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
In this episode we discuss the first superpower the world has seen, The Persian Achaemenid. Founded by Cyrus the Great, a cult figure in Iran even still today, roughly 2,500 years after his death. Cyrus laid the foundation for how all empires after his Persian Empire would rule, he set the template for centralized bureaucratic administration. Making a cameo are the Ancient Greeks, whose culture and history were often at odds and even envious of the Persian Empire it later eclipsed.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
From humble beginnings to the Whitehouse, In this episode we go over everything about Joe Biden... From his early days to his scandals, from pathological lies to dementia from his personal tragedy to the presidency.  This is an autobiography using a combination of recorded moments from throughout his life, to give a better feel for the 46th president. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/abriefhistory?fan_landing=true)
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