Saturday, September 20, 2008

Military History Podcast review

The Military History Podcast started off in 2005 as a high school kid, George Hageman, taking on the rising medium of podcast, decided to relate about his interest in military history. By now, podcasting has developed into a more diverse medium and the kid has graduated and is off to Harvard. His podcast, however, remains to exist.

Hageman maintained his old style format of reading a scripted monologue, even after 120 episodes spread over three years. I have listened to at least a dozen of them and reviewed the podcast in June last year and this review has made it to the podcast's homepage as a permanent link, back to my blog. This was one of the first links to my blog (though not the first - which is a story in itself). My view of the podcast, also after repeated listening has not changed. As monologue podcasts go, they are not the easiest to stick to, but if the information delivered, suits your interest, the podcast is good. That, no more and no less, is the merit of Hageman's podcast.

Some of the scripts are written by guest authors and whether by Hageman or others, the scripts invariably are read in about 20 minutes and relate the data of the subject at hand. On occasion, we are treated with Hageman's opinion, which most recently happened in the dual episode about the philosophy of war. (One and Two). He treats Sun Tzu, Von Clausewitz, Machiavelli and Hobbes among others. Even in these opinionated issues, Hageman is more eclectic, summing up what is to be known (in this case what has been said) rather than taking a strong opinion of himself.

More Military History,

The battle of Britain (Binge Thinking),

Hannibal (Stanford),

History Network,

The Military History Podcast.

Also referring to my blog:

Professor Charles Lipson (University of Chicago)

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