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Political MissAdventures Podcast
57 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
4.10 Fall of the Incan Empire
4.10 Fall of the Incan Empire by Political MissAdventures Podcast
64 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
4.9 Russian Wreckage
This week on Political MissAdventures we bring you one of history's most notorious imperial implosions - the fall of the Russian Empire. The Russian Empire was one of history's largest and the manner of its fall would shape the world throughout the 20th century. To go with all this gravity we also include jokes about Abba and Vicki tries to hum the Soviet anthem.
78 minutes | Oct 30, 2018
4.8 The Rise & Fall of the Portuguese Empire
This week on Political MissAdventures Helena brings us an account of the rise and fall of the Portuguese empire! This story gets epic as we discuss an empire that was truly global and spanned several centuries. During this episode we get into whacky myths and a strange anecdote about sausages before the empire's final and dramatic implosion.
68 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
4.7 The Fall of the Persian Empire(s)
This week Vicki tells the story (stories) of the fall of the Persian Empire. Which one, you ask? Most of them, actually. Welcome to a whirl-wind history of Persia. Also featured, the insightful comments of Lila the Puppy.
58 minutes | Oct 3, 2018
4.6 The Qin Dynasty
This week we are excited to bring you the story of the Qin Empire! Helena tells us all about the first empire which unified China and the fall of its founding dynasty. This story has it all - brilliant accomplishments, colorful rulers, and a host of interesting individuals who brought down the first family to rule China. Intrigue, mercury, and fish, oh my!
53 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
4.5 Mauryan Melt-down
4.5 Mauryan Melt-down by Political MissAdventures Podcast
48 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
4.4.2 Fall of the Aztec, Pt 2
In this week's episode Helena brings us the second of our two episodes on the fall of the Aztec Empire! Warning: this episode includes infectious diseases....
52 minutes | Aug 28, 2018
4.4 The Fall of the Aztec Empire, Part 1
This week Helena is excited to tell Vicki and the listeners about the fall of the Aztec Empire. This is another TWO PARTER. In today's part one, Helena tells us about the Aztec - who they were, where they lived - and about the arrival of the Spanish in the neighborhood.
60 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
4.3.2 The Fall of the Ottoman Empire
This week we are pleased to bring you part TWO of two on the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In this second part we get into the independence movements that emerged in the 1800s, the emergence of the Young Turks, and the political machinations during World War I that shaped the modern Middle East. We recommend that if you have not checked out part one you give that a listen first.
68 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
4.3 The Ottoman Decline
This week we are bringing you our First of TWO episodes on the fall of the Ottoman Empire. In this episode Vicki tells Helena about the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the steps which would later contribute to the empire's demise. The Ottoman Empire lasted for four centuries (even longer if you count the years before the kingdom acquired empire status. At its peak it covered a vast amount of territory in North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Europe.
28 minutes | Aug 7, 2018
Vicki's Vexations: Nations, States, and Empires
It's a bonus episode week! We are happy to bring you our second installment of Vicki's Vexations. We are supplementing our season on empires with a discussion on nations and states. What do we mean when we use these terms? How do they differ? What is the relationship between them? Are all states just states of mind? It's a whacky, geeky day at Political MissAdventures!
42 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
4.2 Fall of the Zulu Empire
This week on Political MissAdventures Helena tells us the dramatic story of the fall (and rise) of the Zulu Empire. We are headed to South Africa for an exciting second episode in our Imperial Implosions series.
58 minutes | Jul 17, 2018
4.1 Fall of Carthage
Political MissAdventures is back with a NEW SEASON. We are pleased to kick off Imperial Implosions with the demise of the Carthaginian Empire. Vicki tells Helena about how the hegemonic rivalry between Carthage and Rome reshaped the political landscape of the ancient Mediterranean. Warning: this episode may contain elephants.
64 minutes | Jul 3, 2018
American Empire? 4th of July Special
This week we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a holiday special! This week we are celebrating America's Independence Day by discussing whether or not the U.S. is an empire. What is an empire? What characteristics make an empire an empire? Get your political science geek on with this week's Political MissAdventures!
64 minutes | May 29, 2018
3.10 The Great Jewish Revolt
This week we bring you our last ruined rebellion! We are going real old school as Helena tells us about the Great Jewish Revolt - An uprising against the Romans in the first century C.E. This conflict had a significant impact on Judaism and political ramifications for the Roman Empire. It's chaos, conflict, and a lot of cracks about Josephus on this week's episode of Political MissAdventures!
47 minutes | May 15, 2018
3.9 The Taiping Rebellion
This week on Political MissAdventures Vicki and Helena discuss the Taiping Rebellion. This uprising lasted for 14 years and was led by a spiritual and political leader who preached the redistribution of property, gender egalitarianism, and no booze. This uprising had dramatic ramifications for peasants and royals alike. Check out one of the 19th century's deadliest conflicts on this week's episode of Political MissAdventures!
56 minutes | May 1, 2018
3.8 The Battle of Algiers
This week we are talking about a ruined rebellion that was ruined strictly in the short run. Helena brings us the gripping and exciting story of the Battle of Algiers, an uprising of Algerians against the French in the 1950s. Please be advised that this topic does cover some tough stuff so certain portions may not be appropriate for all audiences. This is an important episode in the history of the 20th century and we hope that you will join us!
72 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
3.7 The Eureka Rebellion
This week, Political MissAdventures is going back down under! Our Ruined Rebellion is the Eureka Rebellion, in which angry gold miners faced off against the Australian authorities. Vicki makes only one attempt at a bad Australian accent. Helena gets to bust out her Irish accent. Penguins are mentioned.
62 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
3.6 Satsuma Rebellion
We are very excited to bring you the Satsuma Rebellion! Helena and Vicki geek out on the opening up of Japan, the Meiji restoration, and the biggest of the uprisings that ensues. Helena spins a stirring tale of deep social and economic transformation. It's samurai vs. samurai et al this week on Political MissAdventures!
49 minutes | Mar 20, 2018
3.5 Pugachev's Rebellion
This week we are talking about Pugachev's Rebellion, the largest peasant revolt in Russian history. Vicki tells Helena about Pugachev's impersonation of the deceased Peter III and how this Cossack posed a significant threat to the reign of Catherine the Great. Please forgive the fact that Helena was feeling rather under the weather when we recorded!
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