Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Byzantine Sources

The legendary podcast 12 Byzantine Rulers has already come to its end. After the end there has been a conclusion and though I thought it was done then, we have just received a four minute epilogue (mp3) delivering recommendation for reading. And more.

Lars Brownworth, as opposed to my fears, may have given up on teaching and taken up writing, he is not done podcasting. Sources on the net say he left as a high school history teacher top purchase a career as a writer, but we now find out what this means. He is writing a book on Byzantium. He has found a publisher and is probably going to get a head start on sales because of his amazing podcasting audience, Publisher's Weekly reports.

He also announces he is going to do yet another podcast. What is that going to be about? I sent mail and hope to get the answer soon. If you want to keep track of the answer; I am going to post it here and in the comments. So here is how you will be able to get the update: post a comment to this post and check the 'E-mail follow-up comments' box (see picture). You will receive mail, when the information gets through.

I just received a mail from Anders Brownworth (brother of ...):
Hey Anne,

Thanks for all the posts you've been doing. So yes, there will be another podcast on another topic but the project we're working on right now is also on the Byzantines. We went to Istanbul and shot an HD video called "A Walking Tour of Old Constantinople". It will probably show up as a companion video podcast to 12 Byzantine Rulers. Additionally we just released a reading suggestions list to 12 Byzantine rulers and are thinking about releasing an interview with Lars as well. So there might be one or two more additions to 12 Byzantine Rulers yet!

As to the topic of the next real podcast, we can't say just yet. (I can let you know as we get closer though) We will be making that announcement to the members of the 12 Byzantine Rulers email list so people should sign up there. Sign up at the bottom of:

Thanks Anne,


Byzantine Conclusion,
The Byzantine Empire on Podcast,
Byzantine Podcast,
The Making of Europe in 1453,
Holy Sepulchre,
The Nicene Creed.

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Podcast reviews in the coming hours and days

Within 12 hours: 12 Byzantine Rulers
you thought this podcast was finished? So did I. But it threw yet another
conclusion at us. AND the news: Lars is writing a book based on 12 Byzantine Rulers (to be published in 2009) AND he will start a new podcast series!

Within 24 hours: The Writing Show (Getting Published with Mark Leslie)

In the coming days:
- Simek interviews Lucie Stepanova
- Philosophy Bites (Free Riders)
- Open Source (After the Empire: Must Reading from Parag Khanna)
- UChannel Podcast (one of three: A Conversation with Alan Johnston; The Encounter of Islam with Europe; The Economics of Climate Change: Risk, Ethics, and a Global Deal.
Do you readers have a preference? Comment or send mail...

This month: A new podcast directory to be added, Geography Podcasts.

New podcasts on trial:
Chronicles Radio Dispatches
The Biography Podcast
Africa Past and Present

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18th Century Warfare - Historyzine

The Historyzine podcast is presented in a very enthusiastic manner, so much so, it becomes contagious. Had I never given the War of the Spanish Succession a second thought before, Historyzine has effectively made me start to do so. As a nice addition, the latest edition of the podcast has given a plug to this blog of podcast reviews.

Apart from attention to the Spanish Succession War, Historyzine offers reviews of other history podcasts, of relevant websites and in principle also an excursion into the history of a certain word or phrase. In the latest edition this has been omitted though. Host Jim Mowatt has his standards and he was not sufficiently satisfied with the projected item and chose to leave it out.

As to the main subject, he leaves the narrative of the war and makes a side step to discuss warfare in the eighteenth century. He explains how the technological developments till that era had affected warfare such that the scale and the price had gone up considerably. Consequently the character of warfare changed dramatically and Mowatt even tries to make a point this is where modern warfare begins as opposed to in the Napoleonic era. Great content, great analysis and effectively illustrated. This is a history podcast that is here to stay.

More references to Historyzine:
Spanish Succession and History Podcasts,
Librivox - History of Holland,
Quick History Podcasts,
TPN - Napoleon 1O1.

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