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The Bulgarian History Podcast

English, History, 1 season, 210 episodes, 4 days, 7 hours, 11 minutes
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Podcast by Eric Halsey
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207 Occupation

As 1915 comes to an end, Bulgaria suddenly finds a war it entered mere months ago entering a new phase. With the Salonika front settling into stalemate, Bulgaria now takes the role of the occupier, working to crush anything connected to Serbia in newly conquered territories. But a single overriding questions hangs in the air, what to do next? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/207-occupation
4/29/202426 minutes, 12 seconds
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206 A Dream Realized?

Bulgaria finally enters the First World War, joining Germany and Austria-Hungary in a massive offensive against Serbia. But while some victories are coming easily, all is not as it seems. True, Bulgaria is finally realizing one of its greatest national ambitions, but will it all turn out to be just a dream? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/206-a-dream-realized
4/20/202426 minutes, 6 seconds
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205 The Die Is Cast

As Summer 1915 turns to Fall, Bulgaria makes it choice to join the Central Powers and attack Serbia. But in the final weeks before that decision becomes known, the country faced political turmoil and exceptionally difficult questions about the future... Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/205-the-die-is-cast
3/29/202425 minutes, 50 seconds
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204 The Bulgarian Summer

As the Great War drags on, Bulgarian participation becomes ever more valuable. Now, as the Spring of 1915 turns to summer both the Entente and Central Powers are vying for Bulgaria's support like never before. Meanwhile, new powers are entering the war and failures on the battlefield are reshaping the war again and again. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/204-bulgarian-summer
3/25/202431 minutes, 13 seconds
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203 Settling Into Stalemate

As the First World War moves past the optimistic summer of 1914 it quickly becomes clear to everyone that the war will not end anytime soon. Meanwhile, the intense courtship of Bulgaria as an ally begins, forcing the country to reckon with what its support might be worth. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/203-settling-into-stalemate
2/26/202426 minutes, 20 seconds
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202 The Great War Begins

As Romania and Serbia crack down on the Bulgarian populations of their newly acquired territories, Bulgaria's Prime Minister attempts to finally build a governing coalition. At the same time, war clouds gather over Europe as the Great War finally begins. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/202-great-war-begins
2/23/202431 minutes, 50 seconds
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201 Resistance and Acceptance

As the fighting of the Second Balkan Wars ends, Bulgaria searches for a path forward and hundreds of thousands of people in the region face difficult decisions: to stay or leave. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/201-resistance-acceptance
1/29/202428 minutes, 49 seconds
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200 The Balkan Wars in Retrospect

After the conclusion of what is rightfully called the "first national catastrophe" it's worth looking back at the scale, scope, and meaning of the Balkan Wars to understand their importance to Bulgaria, Europe, and the world. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/200-balkan-wars-retrospect
1/10/202441 minutes, 52 seconds
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199 The First National Catastrophe

The die is cast as Bulgaria embarks on a surprise attack against Serbia and Greece to gain the territories it feels it has earned. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/199-first-national-catastrophe
12/30/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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198 One Against All

With the end of the First Balkan War, Bulgaria faces a difficult choice. Its army is on the brink of revolt, its neighbors are threatening war, and an uprising in Macedonia is poised to begin any moment. With Macedonia largely under Serbian and Greek control, what is Bulgaria to do? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/198-one-against-all
12/28/202327 minutes, 9 seconds
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197 The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?

Just as Bulgaria achieves what one author terms its first diplomatic success of the war, the country is losing another kind of war. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/197-beginning-end
11/30/202332 minutes, 50 seconds
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196 The Fortresses Fall

As the First Balkan War enters its final stages, the final 3 Ottoman fortresses are each forced to surrender. But even before the guns fall silent, the true battlefield has shifted to the negotiating table. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/196-the-fortresses-fall
11/27/202325 minutes, 36 seconds
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195 The War Resumes

Mere hours after peace is agreed to, a coup tears up the treaty and brings the war back into an active phase. As a result, Bulgaria faces renewed assaults and renewed pressure by allies and enemies alike. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/195-the-war-resumes
10/31/202332 minutes, 12 seconds
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194 The Chataldzha Armistice

With the failure of Bulgaria's assault on the Chataldzha line, the pace of the war has declined and the Tsar accepted that an armistice is necessary. But the terms of that armistice are already controversial, bringing Europe to the brink of war. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/194-chataldzha-armistice
10/24/202327 minutes, 36 seconds
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193 A Wave Against the Rocks

As the Greeks and Serbs complete the defeat of most Ottoman forces in the rest of the Balkans, the Bulgarians finally begin the attack on the final set of defenses standing between them and Constantinople. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/193-wave-against-rocks
9/30/202327 minutes, 43 seconds
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192 The Great Race

After two weeks of great victories, the Balkan states try and press their advantage. But above all, the great race is for the city of Thessaloniki. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/192-the-great-race
9/27/202328 minutes, 59 seconds
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191 Lost Victories

As the Bulgarians, Serbs, and Greeks each win huge victories on the battlefield, can they capitalize on their success or will they be stuck with lost victories? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/191-lost-victories
8/30/202333 minutes, 48 seconds
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190 The Early Stages of The First Balkan War

The war, decades in the making, to expel the Ottoman Empire from Europe has begun. In this episode, we look at the armies and societies going to war as well as covering the first days of Bulgarian operations in Thrace. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/190-early-first-balkan-war
8/29/202333 minutes, 5 seconds
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189 Looking Back on The Calm Before the Storm, Part 2

This episode covers the second half of season 8, roughly from late 1904 until the beginning of the First Balkan War in 1912. In that time, the Balkan status quo broke wide open as Russia and Austria-Hungary returned to their competition for dominance. Meanwhile, the Young Turk Revolution in the Ottoman Empire greatly destabilized the country and further opened up chances to end the long-imposed status quo. As a result, Italy won a war against the Ottomans and the Balkan League formed to take its European territories. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/189-calm-before-the-storm-part-2
7/30/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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188 Looking Back on The Calm Before the Storm, Part 1

This episode covers the first half of Season 8, roughly from 1895 to 1904. In that time, Ferdinand took firm control of Bulgarian politics as governments came and went as he pleased. Meanwhile, the MRO and Supremecists vied for power and influence, leading to a series of bloody and unsuccessful revolts. Internally, Bulgaria struggled to finance its massive army alongside investments in its economy and infrastructure, leading to massive foreign loans and crippling taxes on the peasantry. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/188-calm-before-the-storm-part-1
7/19/202330 minutes, 48 seconds
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187 The Balkan League

As the Ottomans face war with Italy, another Albanian uprising, the resurgence of violence in Macedonia, and a coup, pressure mounts on the Balkan states to take advantage of their weakness. But overcoming their internal differences won't be easy. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/187-the-balkan-league
6/30/202332 minutes, 36 seconds
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186 Return to Resistance

Interethnic violence rocks a Bulgarian city, former members of the MRO decide they've had enough with the Young Turks and reform the organization. Meanwhile, Ferdinand orchestrates a new government in Sofia to lay the groundwork for a shift in Bulgaria's foreign policy. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/186-return-to-resistance
6/26/202330 minutes, 47 seconds
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185 Back to Reality

In the aftermath of Bulgaria's declaration of independence, the new state works to establish its place on the European stage. Meanwhile a counter-revolution rocks the Ottoman Empire and European royals build new resentments. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/185-back-to-reality
5/28/202327 minutes, 34 seconds
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184 The Death of a Principality and Birth of a Kingdom

In the aftermath of the Young Turk Revolution, everyone from the Great Powers to the former right and left-wing factions of the MRO have to decide how to respond. In the process, the decades-old Balkan status quo will finally be broken. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/184-death-principality-birth-kingdom
5/26/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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183 Stamboliiski and the Young Turks

One MRO faction sentences the other to death while the other embraces a revolution in the Ottoman Empire. Meanwhile the first elections in 5 years see a new party rise to power while the Agrarians begin to shape themselves into a potent new political force. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/183-stamboliiski-young-turks
4/9/202333 minutes, 25 seconds
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182 Snowballs, Bullets, and Wedding Bells

An assassins bullet rocks Bulgarian politics, Ferdinand and his government attempt to further crack down on political organization, and the Prince's family grows smaller, then larger. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/182-snowballs-bullets-wedding
4/8/202326 minutes, 53 seconds
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181 The Final Rupture

A newspaper scandal brings down Prime Minister Petrov, allowing the actual leader of the governing party to finally take charge. Meanwhile, as Greek cheti bring yet more violence to Macedonia, the conflict between the two competing factions of the MRO heats up, leading to a wave of high-profile murders. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/181-the-final-rupture
3/29/202328 minutes, 4 seconds
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180 Massacres on Land and at Sea

As the Russo-Japanese War reaches its climax, its conclusion has dramatic implications for Bulgaria and the Balkans. It also triggers a wave of bloody revolution across Russia. In Macedonia, the aftermath of the Zagoritsa massacre leads to a wave of bloody actions against the country's Greek population as well. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/180-massacres-land-sea
3/27/202330 minutes, 31 seconds
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179 The Year of Congresses

As the MRO continues to reckon with its recent bloody failure in Macedonia, Greece and Serbia step into the vacuum to expand their power and influence there. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/179-the-year-of-congresses
2/28/202336 minutes, 28 seconds
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178 The World Shakes

War breaks out between Japan and Russia, the strongest recorded earthquake to ever hit the Balkans rocks Macedonia, and the fallout of the Ilinden Uprising continues to reverberate throughout the region. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/178-the-world-shakes
2/22/202329 minutes, 38 seconds
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177 The Ilinden Uprising

Uprisings have begun in both Macedonia and Thrace, but whether the MRO can succeed where the Supremecists failed remains to be seen. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/177-ilinden-uprising
1/30/202335 minutes, 13 seconds
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176 The Boatmen of Thessaloniki

In the aftermath of the bloody Gorna Dzumaya Uprising, yet more violence comes to Macedonia in the form of the Boatmen. As terrorist attacks rock Thessaloniki (Salonika), several other major political figures meet their end, whether by natural causes or the assassin's bullet. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/176-boatmen-of-thessaloniki
1/29/202328 minutes, 32 seconds
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175 The Gorna Dzumaya Uprising

As the Supremacists rush towards a new uprising in Macedonia, the MRO, Ottomans, and Bulgarian government alike all try to stop them. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/175-gorna-dzumaya-uprising
12/31/202233 minutes, 37 seconds
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174 A Government Without Options

Between the deaths of several major political figures and a shift in electoral politics, the Bulgarian political landscape is shifting. Sofia is being pushed closer to Russia, but far from making things easier, this only seems to create yet more challenges for Ferdinand, his governments, and the Macedonian revolutionaries. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/174-government-without-options
12/30/202229 minutes, 14 seconds
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173 The Miss Stone Affair

Bulgaria experiences its most free election in decades, the Agrarians finally get what they've been demanding, and the Macedonian organizations are engulfed in chaos, resulting in one of the most infamous kidnappings of the early 20th century. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/173-the-miss-stone-affair
11/29/202229 minutes, 48 seconds
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172 A Violent Start to a Violent Century

The world's wealthiest Bulgarian dies, triggering a wave of controversy over the fate of his fortune. Meanwhile, violence over the 10% tithe continues to rack the country while the balance of power between the Macedonian organizations is upended once again. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/172-violent-start-violent-century
11/28/202231 minutes, 24 seconds
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171 The Agrarians Arrive

A series of bad decisions forces the Conservative government of Stoilov to implement harsh new taxes, triggering substantial backlash. Meanwhile, Prince Ferdinand experiences a personal tragedy while the Macedonian movement finally finds some unity. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/171-agrarians-arrive
10/31/202235 minutes, 56 seconds
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170 A New Balkan War

Seeing an opportunity, Greece attempts to size Crete from the Ottomans, triggering full scale war. Meanwhile, the Supremecists and MRO are both trying to determine their next moves as events outside their control rock Macedonia with uprisings and crackdowns. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/170-a-new-balkan-war
10/23/202230 minutes, 18 seconds
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169 The Cusp of a New Era

With Stambolov gone and Ferdinand recognized, Bulgarian politics enters a new age. This episode covers the general situation entering Season 8, how Agriculture, economics, politics, and culture at the cusp of this new era. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/169-cusp-of-a-new-era
9/20/202235 minutes, 7 seconds
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168 Muslims in Late 19th Century Bulgaria

In this special episode finishing off season 7, we cover the unique challenges faced by Bulgaria's Muslim population following the 1878-9 Russo-Turkish War. In this time, they struggle to find their place in the young Bulgarian state, to determine their relationship with the Ottoman Empire, and decide how their communities should adapt to the fast-changing world around them. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/168-muslims-19-century-bulgaria
9/6/202231 minutes, 38 seconds
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167 Looking Back on Independence, Part 2

This episode covers the second half of Season 7, roughly from 1886 until 1895. In that time, Stefan Stambolov ran Bulgaria with near total control, convincing Ferdinand to come be the new monarch of the country and creating Bulgaria's first period of normalcy after independence. However, the period was also marked by violence, Russian meddling, and a power struggle which ultimately saw Stambolov assassinated and Ferdinand the political master of Bulgaria. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/167-independence-part-2
8/30/202227 minutes, 29 seconds
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166 Looking Back on Independence, Part 1

This episode covers the first half of Season 7, roughly 1879 until 1886. In that time, Bulgaria drafted its first constitution, found itself a Prince, and generally attempted to lay the groundwork for the reclamation of the territories it had been promised in the Treaty of San Stefano. However, hampering all of these efforts was intense Russian meddling including wildly inconsistent policies. Ultimately, when unification with Eastern Rumelia came unexpectedly, Russia broke off diplomatic relations and Serbia invaded. Despite a victory, Battenberg ultimately had to abdicate. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/166-independence-part1
8/23/202229 minutes, 17 seconds
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165 The End of an Era

Stambolov's long predicted assassination finally occurs. Meanwhile, Ferdinand wonders whether the price asked of him for reconciliation with Russia is too high and Macedonian revolutionaries finally begin sending guerrilla bands into that territory. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/165-the-end-of-an-era
7/31/202230 minutes, 41 seconds
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164 Revolutionary Deja Vu

As the Stoilov government decides to support them, Macedonian revolutionaries attempt to resolve their differences and form a united front. Meanwhile, the persecution of Stefan Stambolov continues as Prince Ferdinand attempts to find a way toward reconciliation with Russia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/164-revolutionary-deja-vu
7/31/202227 minutes, 28 seconds
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163 The Changing of the Guard

As Bulgaria enters a new post-Stambolov age, we examine his legacy and see just what Prince Ferdinand and the new Prime Minister Stoilov intend to do without him. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/163-changing-of-the-guard
6/29/202233 minutes, 34 seconds
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162 An Heir and the Fall of Stambolov

Bulgaria sees fundamental shifts as the long reign of Stefan Stambolov comes to an end, a son and heir to the throne is born, and a new organization is born in Macedonia signaling the beginning of a new stage of the struggle for that land. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/162-heir-fall-of-stambolov
6/27/202230 minutes, 5 seconds
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161 To Chicago and Back

This episode covers the journey of Aleko Konstantinov to the Grand Columbian Exhibition, giving a glimpse into life, travel, and how Bulgaria showed itself abroad in 1893. Then, we cover another set of constitutional changes pushed by Stefan Stambolov to cement his power. But with his political strength fading, will it be enough? You can register for the Intelligent Speech Conference here with promo code "Bulgaria" www.intelligentspeechconference.com/product…g-2021/ Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/161-to-chicago-and-back
5/31/202222 minutes, 44 seconds
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160 Murders and Wedding Bells

As Bulgaria experiences yet more assassinations, and Stambolov's power looks more uncertain despite diplomatic victories, the pressure on Ferdinand to find a bride intensifies. You can register for the Intelligent Speech Conference here with promo code "Bulgaria" www.intelligentspeechconference.com/product…g-2021/ Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/160-murders-and-wedding-bells
4/27/202231 minutes
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159 The Knife, the Gavel, and the Noose

An assassin comes for Stefan Stambolov, triggering a major political shakeup in Bulgaria as Prince Ferdinand begins the search for a bride in an attempt to begin a dynasty and stabilize the country. You can register for the Intelligent Speech Conference here with promo code "Bulgaria" https://www.intelligentspeechconference.com/product/intelligent-speech-spring-2021/ Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/159-knife-gavel-noose
4/26/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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158 A Royal Ruckus and the Panitsa Plot

Both Serbia and Austria-Hungary face dramatic changes in their royal families as Russia continues its campaign to overthrow and replace Bulgaria's government despite repeated failures. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/158-panitsa-plot
3/30/202229 minutes, 45 seconds
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157 Rebels and Railways

As Ferdinand and Stambolov settle into their roles running the country, their opponents foreign and domestic continue to try and take them down. As these attempts fail, strategies shift and the two will have to adapt to stay on top. Meanwhile, armed bandits and new railway lines are each doing their part to reshape Bulgaria in the eyes of the world. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/157-rebels-and-railways
3/27/202230 minutes, 5 seconds
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156 The Stambolovshtina Begins

As Ferdinand searches for a man to lead his first government, there seems to be only one possible candidate. With his appointment as Prime Minister, Stefan Stambolov begins a new era of Bulgarian history. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/156-the-stambolovshtina-begins You can find the Russian Empire History Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-russian-empire-history-podcast/id1580858958
2/28/202225 minutes, 54 seconds
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155 Coronation

Ferdinand has finally accepted and Bulgaria finally has a monarch once again. But that doesn't mean his becoming Prince of Bulgaria will be easy. He needs to navigate a delicate international situation, dodge assassination attempts, and adapt to conditions in Sofia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/155-coronation
2/27/202223 minutes, 33 seconds
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154 Ferdinand Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Bulgaria's newly elected Grand National Assembly scours Europe for a suitable monarch while the great powers find themselves on the brink of war over the issue. Amidst this tension, a candidate emerges. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/154-ferdinand-saxe-coburg-gotha
1/30/202230 minutes, 4 seconds
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153 "Friendly Advice"

In the aftermath of Stambolov's counter-coup, the new regency tries to repair relations with Russia. However, Tsar Alexander III has his own ideas. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/153-friendly-advice
1/29/202232 minutes, 39 seconds
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152 The End of Alexander Battenberg

Despite his military and political victories, nothing seems enough to save Alexander Battenberg from his bad relationship with the Tsar of Russia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/152-the-fall-of-alexander-battenberg
12/28/202126 minutes, 32 seconds
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151 The Serbo-Bulgarian War, Part 2

After turning back the initial Serbian attack, Bulgarian forces enter Serbia. But while the Bulgarian army is advancing in the field, diplomats on all sides are rushing to resolve the war. The question is whether military victories will be enough to secure unification and the future of Prince Alexander Battenberg. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/151-the-serbo-bulgarian-war-part-2
12/27/202129 minutes, 19 seconds
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150 The Serbo-Bulgarian War, Part 1

The Serbian declaration of war came as a shock to Bulgaria, who now has to rush its soldiers from the Ottoman border to meet the invaders. Deprived of nearly its entire officer corps, the country looks ripe for conquest. Now. as the Serbs advance on 3 fronts, the question hangs in teh air, can the Bulgarians hold them off? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/150-serbo-bulgarian-war-part-1
11/29/202123 minutes, 10 seconds
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149 Unification

As Bulgarian unification with Eastern Rumelia rushes ahead, forcing politicians and royals alike to quickly adapt, Bulgaria waits to see what the foreign response will be. Soldiers are being mobilized, diplomats are gathering, and war clouds are rumbling in the distance. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/149-unification
11/29/202126 minutes, 41 seconds
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148 Some Kind of Normalcy

After years of chaos, some level of stability finally comes to Bulgarian politics. However, while this allows the government in Sofia to finally resolve many long-standing issues, it won't last long. Agitation for unification with Macedonia and Eastern Rumelia is rising by the day as political leaders struggle to control the situation. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/148-some-kind-of-normalcy
10/30/202132 minutes, 18 seconds
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147 A Punch in The Nose

Now that every possible faction in Bulgaria's chaotic political system has angered every other faction, it seems only two things can now unite them: a desire to restore the Tarnovo Constitution and to show their anger towards Russia. Now it remains to be seen just how they will go about these two missions. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/147-a-punch-in-the-nose
10/26/202128 minutes, 15 seconds
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146 Burned Bridges Everywhere

Now that Prince Alexander's coup has in theory given him everything he wanted, the question of what he can do with his new power remains. As the shaky coalition between the Russians, Conservatives, and Prince gets underway, it quickly becomes apparent that these three have very different interests and goals. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/146-burned-bridges-everywhere
9/27/202127 minutes, 23 seconds
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145 The Bomb and the Coup

As a far-off assassination rocks Bulgaria, Prince Alexander finally sees an opening to achieve his aims to govern as he wishes. However, things won't be as easy or simple as he thinks. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/145-the-bomb-and-the-coup
9/25/202130 minutes, 16 seconds
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144 The Liberals Get Their Chance

As the Liberal Party finally get the chance to govern, it quickly makes enemies at home and abroad. Political fights get ugly and frustration mounts everywhere. Meanwhile, work continues on how to unify Bulgaria with Eastern Rumelia and fighting erupts in Macedonia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/144-the-liberals-get-their-chance
8/31/202132 minutes, 40 seconds
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143 Politics at its Best and Worst

As Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia each face the many problems associated with their new independence, they take very different approaches. Meanwhile, Prince Alexander becomes ever more frustrated with his position as election after election fails to get him what he wants. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/143-politics-at-its-best-and-worst
8/30/202134 minutes, 20 seconds
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142 An Inauspicious Start

In this episode, we dive into the first Bulgarian political factions and the complex political environment into which the young Prince Alexander was stepping. As he meets with the leaders of the Great Powers and attempts to form his first government, he's quickly learning that governing Bulgaria will not be easy. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/142-an-inauspicious-start
7/26/202131 minutes, 10 seconds
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141 A Constitution and a Prince

In this episode, Bulgaria's Constituent Assembly begins the work of agreeing on a Constitution and finding a foreign prince. As this occurs, the first political factions begin to develop, creating dangerous divisions ready to exploit the system of government which wasn't even fully decided. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/141-a-constitution-and-a-prince
7/23/202129 minutes, 46 seconds
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140 Hope and Despair

Even as the ink on the Treaty of Berlin is drying, Bulgarians are up in arms about its provisions. Soon, new uprisings are planned, newspapers and organizations protest, a new government is formed, and a constitution is written. It's a heady time full of hope and despair. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/140-hope-and-despair
6/21/202127 minutes, 59 seconds
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139 Looking Back on Bulgarian Awakening, Part 2

This episode completes the recap of Season 6 by covering the years 1862-1878. In that time, reforms brought some greater prosperity to Bulgaria but ultimately failed to do nearly enough. Bulgarian revolutionaries organized and began sending armed bands into the territory, culminating in the disastrous April Uprising. Heroes like Vasil Levski and Hristo Botev rose to prominence before dying in their struggles. In the rest of Europe, the Prussian wars with Austria and then France created the German Empire and reshaped the geopolitical map. All of this culminated in the Russo-Turkish War which finally earned Bulgaria some independence. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/139-bulgarian-awakening-2
6/19/202128 minutes, 13 seconds
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138 Looking Back on Bulgarian Awakening Part 1

In this episode, we recap the years 1807 to 1862 as a series of wars and uprisings rapidly diminish Ottoman power and holdings in the Balkans. Meanwhile the Ottoman state is modernizing as Bulgaria goes though its National Revival, adding schools, factories, and new publications at an increasing pace. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/138-bulgarian-awakening-part-1
5/30/202128 minutes, 33 seconds
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137 The Congress of Berlin

After the San Stefano treaty provoked outrage in the capitals of Europe and a series of secret agreements for adjusting it were concluded, it was finally time for the Great Powers to meet in Berlin and lay out the final conclusion of the Russo-Turkish War. The results will finally create a semi-independent Bulgarian state but, more importantly, will lay the groundwork for the bloody first decades of the 20th century. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/137-the-congress-of-berlin
5/25/202131 minutes, 2 seconds
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136 The Russo-Turkish War, Part 3

It's already clear who's going to win the war. What remains to be seen is who will win the peace. As Russian and Bulgarian troops rapidly advance, the Ottomans, Balkan states, and Great Powers alike are all jockeying for position. As the Treaty of San Stefano is being penned, it's already clear that Bulgaria's fate is out of its hands. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/136-the-russo-turkish-war-part-3
4/28/202125 minutes, 14 seconds
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135 The Russo-Turkish War, Part 2

After crossing the Danube to invade Ottoman Bulgaria, the Russian army makes rapid gains before being bogged down in intense fighting at Pleven and the Shipka Pass. There, the outcome of the war is decided. Meanwhile, political forces are just as important as the Great Powers jockey to determine what the Balkans and Europe will look like after this great conflict. In the middle of it all, Bulgarian soldiers and civilians fight for victory and survival. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/135-the-russo-turkish-war-part-2
4/27/202128 minutes, 7 seconds
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DIscussion on US-BG History with Ambassador Mustafa

For this special episode, I was invited to have a chat with the US Ambassador to Bulgaria about the long history of connections between the two countries as well as what that relationship looks like today. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/us-bg-history-ambassador-mustafa
4/2/202129 minutes, 56 seconds
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134 The Russo-Turkish War, Part 1

It's 1877 and the Ottomans are victorious against the Serbs, however the Great Powers have gathered to decide what should become of Ottoman authority in the Balkans. To get ahead of this, the Ottomans have passed a new constitution and are ready to resist foreign interference. Meanwhile Russia and Austria-Hungary have concluded agreements necessary for Russia to finally go to war against the Ottomans. Now, it's time for Bulgarians to stand up and fight the Ottomans for the second time in as many years. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/134-the-russo-turkish-war-part-1
3/29/202126 minutes, 12 seconds
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133 Aftermath

As the last fighters of the April Uprising meet their sad fates, news of its horrors spreads throughout the world and begins to shift the geopolitical scales of Europe. Meanwhile the Ottoman Empire itself experiences a rush of changes as the Great Powers meet to decide what should happen as the Serbs finally decide it's time for war. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/133-aftermath You can find Cornelia by Emil Tsenov here: www.tsenovbooks.com/en or on Amazon.
3/23/202133 minutes, 4 seconds
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132 Botev and Batak

As the April Uprising draws to a close, Botev crosses the Danube to continue the fight. Meanwhile, we delve into the horrors of the massacre at Batak. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/132-botev-and-batak You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
2/27/202124 minutes, 31 seconds
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131 The April Uprising

Despite the failure of the Stara Zagora uprising, Bulgarian revolutionaries see an opportunity to finally throw off Ottoman rule in the Spring of 1876. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/131-the-april-uprising You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
2/27/202126 minutes, 42 seconds
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130 Prelude

As the Bosnia and Herzegovina break out into open revolt against the Ottomans, some BRCC members see their golden opportunity to free Bulgaria. Meanwhile, the Ottoman government must finally reckon with its past mistakes as the fight between reformers and hardliners continues. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/130-prelude You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
1/30/202127 minutes, 57 seconds
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129 Disaster and Depression

As financial panic descends on the world, the BRCC works to overcome its setbacks and internal divisions as the Ottoman police work tirelessly to uncover and destroy them. Meanwhile, the Great Powers are forming new alliances which will help determine the fate of Bulgaria and the Balkans. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/129-disaster-and-depression You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
1/23/202127 minutes, 12 seconds
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128 The Apostle

This episode covers the momentous and tragic events of 1872 and early 1873 as the Bulgarian Central Revolutionary Committee attempts to resolve its internal fractures and ultimately faces disaster. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/128-the-apostle You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
12/31/202028 minutes, 44 seconds
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127 The Exarch

While more focus is generally put on published writings, we discuss the role of theater in Bulgarian culture during the mid 19th century. We also cover the emerging women's movement. Meanwhile, Bulgaria finally gets an Exarch who ends up locked in a political battle with the Patriarchate to determine the fate and future of the independent Bulgarian church. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/127-the-exarch You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
12/30/202028 minutes, 50 seconds
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126 An Exarchate and An Empire

Even as the Ottoman government finally steps in to grant Bulgarians their own church, the issue remains far from resolved. Meanwhile, war between France and the North German Confederation marks the final nail in the coffin of the European balance of power. How will the newly formed German Empire affect the continent and Bulgaria's dreams of independence? Lastly, even as the BRCC makes progress under Levski and Karavelov, differing opinions about how the organization should function begin to create problems. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/126-an-exarchate-and-an-empire You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
11/30/202025 minutes, 40 seconds
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125 Bloody Buzludzha

As an experienced and well led band of cheta revolutionaries enters Bulgaria, what will they find? In this episode Bulgaria's revolutionary movement enters a new phase and clandestine committees are set up, pleas are made to the great powers, and the church question moves towards its conclusion. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: https://www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/125-bloody-buzludzha You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
11/26/202035 minutes, 45 seconds
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124 Time of The Cheti

After years of writing, planning, and organizing, it's finally time for Georgi Rakovski to send bands of cheti into Bulgaria to begin stirring revolution. But with an unaware peasantry and Ottoman officials standing in their way, will they be able to make it out alive? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/124-time-of-the-cheti You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
10/27/202031 minutes, 12 seconds
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123 Alliances, Confederations, and Empires

As Bulgarian revolutionaries prepare for greater action against the Ottomans, the Austro-Prussian War sends Europe into a tailspin, remaking the geopolitical map. As a result, Serbia forms a grand alliance as everyone tries to find a way forward in the new normal. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: https://www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/123-alliances-confederations-and-empires You can find the subreddit for the podcast at: https://www.reddit.com/r/bulgarianhistorypod/
10/26/202030 minutes, 59 seconds
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122 The "Model" Vilayet

As Midhat Pasha takes over the newly formed Danube Vilayet intent on modernizing and transforming it into a model for the Empire, far off events disrupt his plans and throw much of Bulgaria into chaos. Meanwhile Romania faces disastrous reforms and political instability, a new Bulgarian revolutionary group is formed, and the debate over Bulgarian church independence rages on. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/122-the-model-vilayet
9/24/202032 minutes, 42 seconds
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121 Travel in 19th Century Bulgaria

This special episode is based on Marco Sholler's new book “This Unknown Land, how Geographers, Pharmacists, Novelists, Plant Hunters, War Correspondents, Engineers, Medical Men & Tourists Discovered & Experienced Nineteenth Century Bulgaria” and delves into how western Europeans experienced Bulgaria as visitors in the 19th century. You can buy the book here: http://books.janet45.com/books/1485 Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/121-travel-in-19th-century-bulgaria
9/24/202027 minutes, 25 seconds
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120 Drawing Lines

As Russia tries to position itself to set up a final agreement between advocates for an independent Bulgarian church and the Patriarchate, events get away from them. The Uniate church continues trying to reestablish itself, the Bulgarian Legion gains its first taste of battle, and the young Romanian state make critical progress towards reform. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/120-drawing-lines
8/31/202028 minutes, 17 seconds
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119 Mutually Assured Excommunication

As the battle between supporters of an independent Bulgarian church and the Patriarchate heats up, the Uniate church becomes an even bigger concern for everyone involved. Meanwhile, revolutionary planning continues as Russia tries to convince Bulgarians to emigrate to Crimea and Rakovski tells them to stay. All the while there's a change in leadership in Constantinople and the beginning of another war in the Balkans. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/119-mutually-assured-excommunication
8/27/202030 minutes, 23 seconds
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118 Balkan Smoke and Unifications

Tobacco and coffeehouses are growing in importance as markers of social status and places to plan political change. Meanwhile, two new countries emerge on the European map as the Great Powers find a balance between those which desire greater power and those seeking to preserve the status quo. All the while, calls for an independent Bulgarian church grow as Russia and the Patriarchate view the growing Uniate movement with fear. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/118-balkan-smoke-and-unifications
7/24/202026 minutes, 33 seconds
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117 Soft Power

Following Russia's defeat in the Crimean War, it's forced to change its geopolitical strategy in the Balkans. Shut out of the ability to exercise hard power, Russia steps up its soft power, getting involved as Bulgarians continue to seek greater education, an independent church, and the implementation of the 1856 reform edict. Meanwhile, Protestant missionaries arrive in greater numbers, Serbia is thrown into new turmoil, and the Ottoman treasury digs itself into an ever-deeper hole of debt. You can check out Matt Grace's Ottoman course here: http://www.lang4life.com/ Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/117-soft-power
7/24/202033 minutes, 3 seconds
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116 In the European Style

As the Crimean War draws to a close, nothing much is changing and yet everything is changing. The war has helped bring even more European influence to Bulgaria, manifesting itself in everything from clothes and music to revolutionary ideas. This episode explores the political, legal, and cultural changes which are rapidly remaking Bulgaria as independence draws closer. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/116-in-the-european-style
6/29/202027 minutes, 41 seconds
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115 The Crimean War

With the outbreak of the Crimean War, Bulgarians rush to see how they can aid the Russian cause and appeal to the Tsar for assistance against the Ottomans. But as the first major European war in decades gets underway it quickly becomes clear that warfare and the politics behind it has changed. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/115-the-crimean-war
6/8/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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114 The End of The Concert

As the political fallout from the failed revolutions of 1848 reverberates throughout Europe, its impact finally reached Bulgaria as refugees flood the region around Vidin and help trigger an uprising there. Meanwhile, the cracks in the Concert of Europe are finally beginning to show as France, Britain, and Russia all push hard to see their own interests upheld within the Ottoman Empire. As conflict looms, what will become of the conservative order that's fought to uphold the Ottoman status quo against Bulgarian fights for independence? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/114-the-end-of-the-concert
5/31/202034 minutes, 16 seconds
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113 The Spring of Nations

After the Great Powers of Europe spend the post-Napoleonic decades suppressing revolutionary movements in Ottoman lands, they finally face a revolution of their own. Meanwhile, Bulgarians engage in a ferocious political battle with the Greek-dominated Patriarchate and continue the steady work of building the Bulgarian Revival. With Europe rising up and demanding more democratic nation states, what will become of Bulgaria's demand for the same? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/113-the-spring-of-nations
5/16/202029 minutes, 53 seconds
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112 Tanzimat

As the young Abdulmejid I takes the throne, he has to immediately contend with the "Eastern Crisis" of 1840. Meanwhile, he launches the Tanzimat reforms, kicking off a continuation of his fathers reforms which trigger yet more revolts in Bulgaria and beyond. Now, more than ever, these revolts are being spearheaded by a growing young class of professional revolutionaries. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Bulgaria, yet more books are published, schools are opened, and anger with the Greek-dominated Orthodox Church deepens. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/112-tanzimat
4/27/202023 minutes, 19 seconds
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111 Rebellions All the Way Down

As the Bulgarian National Revival ramps up with more and more books being published, rebellions break out throughout the Balkans. Mahmud's reforms trigger elites angry about their status being threatened and Balkan Christians angry the reforms are not being implemented. Meanwhile, Sultan Mahmud II is feeling confident that his reformed military can take on the Egyptians. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/111-rebellions-all-the-way-down
4/26/202033 minutes, 57 seconds
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110 “The start of the Balkan tragedy”

In the aftermath of the fighting over Greece's independence, we take a moment to reflect on the stage being set for Bulgaria in the 19th century: the great power politics, mismatch between political dreams and realities, and changing Ottoman reality. Meanwhile, Egypt make a move to form an Empire and the Ottomans find an unlikely ally. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/110-the-start-of-the-balkan-tragedy
3/10/202033 minutes, 57 seconds
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109 The Auspicious Incident

As the Greek situation in their war of independence looks worse and worse, Sultan Mahmud II finally executes his masterstroke to begin reforming the Empire. But, with European sentiments towards the Greeks and Ottomans changing, the geopolitics of the Balkans are about to change dramatically. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/109-the-auspicious-incident
3/3/202033 minutes, 7 seconds
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108 The Greek War of Independence

Following Serbia's successful revolt, the Greeks no see whether they can overcome the Ottoman military and Europe's newfound anti-revolutionary conservatism to gain their independence. Meanwhile, new wealth, stability, and writings are laying the groundwork for the Bulgarian National Revival. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/108-the-greek-war-of-independence
2/27/202032 minutes, 36 seconds
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107 The Congress of Vienna

With the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the European powers are defining a new way to relate to one another. Alongside this new "concert of Europe" comes a new distaste for revolutionary anti-Ottoman movements. In this new context, the Second Serbian Uprising will rise with a new leader and aim to fulfill at least some of the promises of the first. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire itself will finally begin to bring some peace and prosperity back to its Balkan territories. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/107-the-congress-of-vienna
2/20/202031 minutes, 33 seconds
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106 Karađorđe

As the Serbian Uprising and the Napoleonic Wars rage, shifting alliances create new geopolitical realities before anyone can adapt. Meanwhile, the Ottomans frantically try to reform themselves to survive in this fast-changing world. Amidst the chaos, a new Sultan comes to power who may just have what it takes. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/106-karađorđe
1/16/202028 minutes, 26 seconds
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105 Looking Back on Ottoman Decline, Part 2

This episode recaps the second half of Season 5, beginning with the 1683 Battle of Vienna and following how the 18th century fundamentally reshaped the Ottoman Empire as the central government lost power to the Janissaries and local Ayans as the Ottomans gradually lost territory. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/105-ottoman-decline-part-2
1/15/202030 minutes, 37 seconds
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104 Looking Back on Ottoman Decline, Part 1

This episode recaps the first half of Season 5, beginning from the death of Suleiman and covering the long Ottoman wars with the Habsburgs, Safavids, Russians, and Principalities. In the process, we see how the Empire weakens as the Sultans lose power and the Janissaries gain it. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/104-ottoman-decline-part-1
12/28/201924 minutes, 34 seconds
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103 An Aristocracy of Pig Farmers

As the Ottomans struggle to fight Janissary supremacy and rampant banditry within their own borders, the twists and turns of the Napoleonic Wars are throwing redrawing the map of Europe. In the midst of it all, new alliances will be created as the Serbs fight to gain their independence. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/103-an-aristocracy-of-pig-farmers
12/23/201924 minutes, 24 seconds
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102: Revolutions, Rebellions, and Reforms

With internal rebellions and powerful empires at the gates, the Ottomans are looking weaker than ever. However, the entrance of a certain Napoleon Bonaparte onto the stage will reshape the entire European world, Ottomans included. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/revolutions-rebellions-reforms
11/30/201929 minutes, 49 seconds
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101 Küçük Kaynarca

As war between the Ottomans and the powerful Russian Empire intensifies, the resulting treaty will help redefine the Ottoman place in Europe and set in motion a set of Russian ambitions that defines Europe even today. Bulgaria for its part will find a new direction to look for aid as abuse at the hands of local Ottoman officials intensifies. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/101-küçük-kaynarca
11/29/201932 minutes, 15 seconds
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100 The Long Peace and the Brutal War

The longest ever period of peace between the Ottomans and the European powers comes to an end just as Ottoman decentralization and increasing religious conservatism are making life unbearable for many Bulgarians. The resulting war will yet again reshape the Ottoman world, but will it bring any respite for Bulgaria? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/100-the-long-peace-and-the-brutal-war
10/10/201930 minutes, 13 seconds
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099 Hanging On

For the first all, all of the neighboring empires of the Ottomans decide it's time to strike the weakened power. Meanwhile, further state decentralization is bringing abuses of power and unrest to Bulgarian lands as the groundwork for the coming national revival is slowly laid. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/099-hanging-on
10/7/201928 minutes, 52 seconds
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098 The Tulip Era

Following the devastating losses of the Treaty if Karlowitz, the Ottomans enter a period of sumptuous consumption which begins to reshape the Empire politically, economically, and administratively. But the rest of the world isn't holding still as events quickly reshape the world to the East, bringing new wars to the Ottoman doorstep. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/098-the-tulip-era
9/29/201929 minutes, 23 seconds
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097 A New Century

In the aftermath of the Treaty of Karlowitz, the Ottomans have suffered perhaps the greatest series of setbacks in their history. With a new Sultan on the throne, the question of whether and how they can recover hangs in the air. It's the year 1700 and the world is changing fast. But, can the Ottomans change with it? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/097-a-new-century
9/23/201930 minutes, 59 seconds
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096 Uprisings, Enlighteners, and the Great Turkish War

As the Austrian army closes in on Bulgarian lands, uprisings begin anew. But will the inspiration of men like Petar Parchevich and Petar Bogdan be enough? And when this long series of wars with the Ottomans finally comes to an end, what new world will emerge? In short, some things will change forever while others will stay exactly the same... Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/096-uprisings-enlighteners-great-turkish-war
8/27/201926 minutes, 52 seconds
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095 The Second Tarnovo Uprising

As the Great Turkish War expands and intensifies, the Ottomans are pushed back on nearly every front. Greece and Hungary see historic changes as palace intrigue struggles to cope with the disasters facing the Ottomans. But is it all enough for a new Bulgarian uprising to find success? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/095-the-second-tarnovo-uprising
8/5/201930 minutes, 33 seconds
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094 The Siege of Vienna

Despite a recent failed attack on Austria, Ottoman support for Protestant Hungarian Rebels against the Austrians has made war inevitable. As the largest Ottoman army ever assembled arrives at the gates of Vienna, the most consequential clash in a century begins. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/094-the-siege-of-vienna
7/28/201925 minutes, 27 seconds
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093 March to Europe

As the Venetian war in Crete winds down, new ones pop up with the Hapsburgs, Poles, and Russians. The Ottomans, led by the Köprülü Viziers are still expanding their territory and reforming themselves, but how long can it last as the pressures of a changing Europe make themselves felt on the Ottoman world? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/093-march-to-europe
7/20/201924 minutes, 19 seconds
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092 The Reign of Köprülü

One of the most devastating wars in European history is coming to an end, shaping the continent for centuries to come. At the same time, a new state is rising on the Ottoman frontier, a great European power is in terminal decline, murder and intrigue are ravaging the palace, and a new dynasty is stepping up to rule the Empire. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: https://www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/092-the-reign-of-köprülü
6/29/201931 minutes, 25 seconds
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091 Palace Intrigue

An Ottoman governor goes rogue and starts a war, the Sultan marches East at the head of his army for the first time in decades, and palace intrigue threatens everyone alike. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: https://www.bghistorypodcast.com/post/091-palace-intrigue
6/22/201930 minutes, 19 seconds
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090 Sunni vs Shiite, Protestant vs Catholic

As the dynamic young Sultan Osman II tried to reform the Empire, it turns out the Empire would rather not be reformed. Rebellions, invasions, corruption, and murder follow as the Ottoman Empire continues its struggle to modernize in a fast changing world. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/090-sunni-shiite-protestant-catholic
5/26/201928 minutes, 9 seconds
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089 The Mad King and The Mad Sultan

The Ottomans are being challenged by the Spanish on the seas, by the Safavids in the East, and by a chaotic political situation in the Balkans. Meanwhile, the Sultanate will experience an unprecedented transition of power and two mad men will lead whole regions of the Ottoman world into an uncertain future. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/089-the-mad-king-and-the-mad-sultan
5/24/201935 minutes, 33 seconds
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088 The Changing Empire

From taxes and the army to trade and the economy, the Ottoman Empire is changing. In the first half of this episode, we go over those changes as the 17th century finally dawns. Then, we see the Ottomans face a two front war as rebellions continue to tear the world apart as the Empires desperately search for some stability. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/088-the-changing-empire
4/29/201929 minutes, 35 seconds
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087 The First Tarnovo Uprising

From Thessaly to Anatolia and even in Bulgaria itself, rebellions continue to challenge Ottoman domination as a new force rises up to unite Moldavia, Romania, and Transylvania for the first time. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/087-the-first-tarnovo-uprising
4/26/201931 minutes, 16 seconds
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086 The Revenge of the Vassals

As corruption and mismanagement ravage the Ottoman Empire, rebellions spread ever further and three vassal states finally rise up to fight the Sultan. But with changes of leadership, murder, coups, and massive armies all on the prowl, what will emerge from the ashes? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/086-the-revenge-of-the-vassals
3/30/201933 minutes, 18 seconds
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085 The Principalities Wither

As the Ottomans focus on fighting the Safavids off to the East, economic pressures are leading to increasing corruption and abuse of power throughout the Empire. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/085-the-principalities-wither
3/10/201926 minutes, 59 seconds
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084 Lepanto

With the coming of a fourth Ottoman-Venetian war, the power balance of the Mediterranean will be remade. Can Venice survive yet another Ottoman onslaught? Will the Christian powers of Europe unite to resist further Ottoman expansion in the Mediterranean? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/084-lepanto
2/25/201931 minutes, 27 seconds
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083 Pirates and The World’s Greatest Con Man

The sons of Suleiman fight to the death to see who will control the Empire as geopolitics leads to the rising power of a class of powerful pirates in the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, a con man takes control of Moldavia and things get weird. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/083-pirates-and-the-worlds-greatest-con-man
2/23/201934 minutes, 30 seconds
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082 Looking Back on Ottoman Domination, Part 2

This episode recaps the Ottoman civil war, the doubling of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Selim, more intense fighting between the Hungarians and Austrians, and the rise of Sultan Suleiman to bring the Ottoman Empire to its Zenith. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/082-ottoman-domination-part-2
1/28/201928 minutes, 19 seconds
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081 Looking Back on Ottoman Domination, Part 1

This episode recaps the first century or so of Ottoman rule following the destruction of the Second Bulgarian Empire, focusing on the rise of Hungary, battles between the Ottomans and Venice, conquest of Constantinople, revolt of Skanderbeg, and fighting between the Ottomans and Moldavia and Wallachia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/081-ottoman-domination-part-1
1/27/201929 minutes, 20 seconds
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080 Bulgarians in the Early Years of Ottoman Domination

Often, the Bulgarian experience in the Ottoman Empire is portrayed as a singular one. In this episode, I unpack why that's wrong by delving into the experience of all kinds of Bulgarians during the first two centuries of Ottoman rule. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/080-bulgarians-early-years-ottoman-domination
12/23/201834 minutes, 19 seconds
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079 Crescendo

The Ottomans are pushing on all fronts, attempting to exert control in the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea, and Central Europe. But as Suleiman grows older, the question lingers in the air: how much longer can the Ottoman Empire keep up its expansion? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/079-crescendo
12/2/201831 minutes, 39 seconds
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078 A New Frontier

As Suleiman juggles wars in the East and the West, he finally takes the bold step of extending the frontier farther towards the heart of Europe. As intrigues swirl around the courts of Hungary, Moldavia, and Wallachia, these events will reshape the alliances of Europe several times over. When the dust settles, Suleiman will have to decide where he goes next. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/078-a-new-frontier
11/28/201838 minutes, 57 seconds
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077 A Hungarian Requiem

As Sultan Suleiman marches toward the Hungarian border with the full might of the Ottoman Imperial Army at his back, who can stop him? The Hungarians? The Habsburgs? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/077-a-hungarian-requiem
11/18/201828 minutes, 10 seconds
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076 Suleiman the Magnificent

As a young man brimming with energy takes the Ottoman throne, the West is distracted. As shifting alliances and internal divisions turn one of the great European powers into a shadow of its former self, where will young Suleiman direct his wrath? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/076-suleiman-the-magnificent
10/28/201831 minutes, 41 seconds
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075 The Fall of the East

The West raises yet another crusade against the Ottomans as their new Sultan Selim I prepares for the greatest bout of conquest the Ottoman Empire has yet seen. By the time the smoke clears, the stage will be set for a new era of Ottoman history. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/075-the-fall-of-the-east
10/14/201825 minutes, 27 seconds
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074 A Return to Conquest

Chaos engulfs Walachia and Moldavia while earthquakes and civil war come to the Ottomans. All the while, the rising power of the Safavids in the East will finally challenge the Ottomans. The results will set a new course for the Ottomans in the Middle East. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/074-a-return-to-conquest
9/29/201830 minutes, 11 seconds
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073 The Second Ottoman-Venetian War

As the Europeans attempt to pull together an alliance for another anti-Ottoman Crusade and a second Ottoman-Venetian war comes into play, can the European Powers set aside their differences? Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/073-the-second-ottoman-venetian-war
9/25/201829 minutes, 32 seconds
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072 A Game of Crowns

Two brothers will fight for the Hungarian throne as Eastern and Central Europe are reshaped by new rulers. Far to the West, a new continent is discovered and a new people are welcomed into the Ottoman Empire. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast You can find a timeline, major characters list, and images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/072-a-game-of-crowns
8/26/201832 minutes, 29 seconds
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071 Brother vs Brother

Sultan Mehmed II's son Bayezid II has come to the throne while his brother starts a civil war to gain the throne for himself. The question as to how this second Ottoman Civil War will affect the Empire. How will Moldavia, Wallachia, Hungary, Poland, and others respond? This episode will also see the death of one of the greatest leaders of the region, while another such leader will reach a new low point in his struggle against the Ottomans. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast You can find images, a timeline, and more connected to this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/071-brother-vs-brother
8/25/201829 minutes, 23 seconds
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070 Go West

The Ottomans are on the offensive following their victory over Venice. The question is: where will the blows strike and will Sultan Mehmed's enemies be able to resist? In the process the greatest fears of many in the West will finally come to pass. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution at www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast Find more info and images for each episode at www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/070-go-west
7/30/201825 minutes, 23 seconds
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069 The Fall of Albania

Following his humiliation defeat in the depths of winter, Sultan Mehmed is out for revenge against Stephen the Great of Moldavia. Then, he's ready to end the 16 year long Ottoman-Venetian war once and for all. For Mehmed, it's come down to score settling. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/069-the-fall-of-albania
7/16/201827 minutes, 49 seconds
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068 Scorched Earth

Feeling secure in the Balkans despite his ongoing war with Venice, Sultan Mehmed moves to Anatolia to challenge another Turkic state challenging the Ottomans for dominance. Then, a small European power will challenge him for its life. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/068-scorched-earth Youtube video on the Battle of Otlukbeli: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzEe07d_J7o Youtube video on the Battle of Vaslui: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKFhubbLQd0&t=13s
6/30/201837 minutes, 7 seconds
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067 Skanderbeg

With the Ottomans dominant in Morea, they can focus their full attention on Albania and Skanderbeg. The question is, can Skanderbeg continue to defeat the ever-larger Ottoman armies invading Albania and will the Italians and Venetians send the help they've promised? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/067-skanderbeg
6/14/201836 minutes, 12 seconds
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066 The Ottoman Venetian War

Mehmed's relentless expansion continues unabated as another kingdom falls and war begins with Venice. But can the Pope bring together a new crusade to resist the Ottomans? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/066-the-ottoman-venetian-war
5/24/201831 minutes, 29 seconds
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065 Mehmed the Conqueror

After some setbacks, Sultan Mehmed really gets his conquests underway, mounting invasions in Anatolia, Albania, Greece, and Serbia. His moniker may come from Constantinople, but now we will see Mehmed Conquer. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/065-mehmed-the-conqueror
5/17/201829 minutes, 38 seconds
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064 The Siege of Belgrade

Following his conquest of Constantinople, Mehmed sets his eyes on new conquests: namely the destruction of Serbia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/064-the-siege-of-belgrade
4/28/201831 minutes, 41 seconds
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063 The Death of Byzantium

It's finally here, after years of preparation, Sultan Mehmed is ready to deal a killing blow to the Byzantine Empire. With an army at his back, he's coming for Constantinople. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/063-the-death-of-byzantium
4/23/201828 minutes, 30 seconds
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062 A Final Crusade

The militant regent of Hungary John Hunyadi won't take no for an answer, so he musters the forces of the west for a final crusade. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/062-a-final-crusade
3/31/201830 minutes, 25 seconds
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061 The Crusade of Varna

The west gathers its strength for a strike at the Ottomans on Bulgarian lands with the last Bulgarian royal in tow. But what will they find on the shores of the Black Sea? Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/user?u=3271615 Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com
3/24/201829 minutes, 4 seconds
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060 Conquest

The new Sultan is still a teenager but he's got revolts to put down and enemies to conquer. But it's not going to be easy. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/060-conquest
2/27/201830 minutes, 51 seconds
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059 When Peace Won’t Come

The plan was that following the Ottoman Civil War, some peace and consolidation was what the Empire needed. But things turned out very differently... Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/059-when-peace-won-t-come
2/25/201828 minutes, 39 seconds
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058 War in the House of Osman

Following its disastrous loss at the Battle of Ankara and the capture of its Sultan Bayezid, the Ottoman Empire descends into civil war. Now, the Bulgarians, Wallachians, Byzantines, Hungarians, and Serbs are aiming to see what they can gain from the ensuing chaos. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/058-war-in-the-house-of-osman
1/28/201826 minutes, 41 seconds
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057 Timur

As the West reels from the Battle of Nicopolis, Beyazid goes to Anatolia to challenge a powerful new rival fresh off building a massive empire in Central Asia. The outcome of their struggle will change everything for the Ottomans. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/057-timur
1/14/201829 minutes, 47 seconds
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056 Looking Back on the Second Bulgarian Empire, Part 2

The second half of two shows recapping the history of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/056-looking-back-on-the-second-bulgarian-empire-part-2
12/30/201724 minutes, 3 seconds
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055 Looking back on the Second Bulgarian Empire, Part 1

The first half of two shows recapping the history of the Second Bulgarian Empire. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/user?u=3271615 Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com
12/28/201731 minutes, 18 seconds
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054 Looking Back on Byzantine Domination

At the end of the Second Bulgarian Empire, let's recap what happened during the roughly 150 years of Byzantine Domination that led to the founding of that Empire. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/054-looking-back-on-byzantine-domination
11/27/201726 minutes, 52 seconds
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053 The End of Empires

With Bulgaria reduced to just Vidin, can a Crusade of the finest French knights and a Hungarian King finally change the balance of power in the Balkans. An Empire will end, the question is, which one? Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/user?u=3271615 Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com
11/19/201729 minutes, 11 seconds
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052 Bayezid, The Lightning Bolt

From Anatolia to the Adriatic, from the Black Sea to Thessaly, Sultan Bayezid is expanding his empire in all directions. However, there are new challenges to Ottoman dominance coming. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/052-bayezid-the-lightning-bolt
10/30/201727 minutes, 14 seconds
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051 Resistance

As the Ottomans under Murad march to conquest to the East, North, South, and West, the people of the Balkans begin to resist. But will it be enough? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/051-resistance
10/21/201727 minutes, 51 seconds
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050 Vassals

As the Ottomans expand, the Balkan states gradually become simple vassals. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/050-vassals
9/21/201727 minutes, 59 seconds
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049 A Wasted Golden Age

As we reflect on the end of 4 decades of rule by Tsar Ivan Alexander, what can we see but a wasted golden age? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/049-a-wasted-golden-age
9/6/201725 minutes
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048 A Disunited Front

Forces gather to check the growing power of the Ottomans but nothing goes according to plan. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/048-a-disunited-front
8/31/201733 minutes, 54 seconds
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Podcast Extra 1

In the first ever podcast extra, I explain how one of the worst terrorist attacks of the 20th century happened on Bulgarian soil, and how it relates to Game of Thrones. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/podcast-extra-1
8/28/20179 minutes, 58 seconds
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047 When All Wars Are Civil Wars

As the Byzantines, Serbs, and Bulgarians battle it out, there is one clear winner in it all. And it is in this moment, that all the wars become civil wars. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/user?u=3271615 Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com
8/26/201729 minutes, 58 seconds
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046 Tsar of the Serbs and the Greeks

Civil War returns to Byzantium as a new Empire emerges in the Balkans. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/046-tsar-of-the-serbs-and-the-greeks
7/25/201736 minutes, 50 seconds
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045 Rise of the Shishmani

A new Ruler rises out of Vidin, he's young, brash, confident, and ready to take on Serbia and the Byzantines. But he had no idea what lays in store for the first of the Shishmani to rule in Turnovo. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/045-the-rise-of-the-shishmani
7/18/201732 minutes, 2 seconds
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044 Osman

Civil war comes to Constantinople, death comes to Turnovo, and Osman comes to Anatolia. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/044-osman
6/30/201730 minutes, 18 seconds
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043 The Tatars Reign

Coups, murders, and invasions continue as chaos surrounds the throne of Turnovo. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/043-the-tatars-reign
6/21/201729 minutes, 49 seconds
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042 A Swineherd Takes No Prisoners

A paralyzed Tsar faces off against a world of enemies and a lowly pig farmer leads an empire-shattering rebellion. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/042-a-swineherd-takes-no-prisoners
5/22/201729 minutes, 27 seconds
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041 The Empire Returns

As Bulgaria wrestles with the prospect of civil war, a new Empire emerges. In this episode, the entire region is remade. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/041-the-empire-returns
5/15/201731 minutes, 24 seconds
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040 The Mongols and The Boy Tsars

Can Bulgaria survive the fury of the Mongols and the reigns of children? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/040-the-mongols-and-the-boy-tsars
4/29/201733 minutes, 3 seconds
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039 Kingdom to Empire, Empire to Dust

In this episode, a Kingdom will become an Empire and an Empire will vanish. Alliances will be made and broken many times over, and Bulgaria will find itself at a pivotal moment. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/039-kingdom-to-empire-empire-to-dust
4/19/201743 minutes, 18 seconds
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038 The Bloody House of Asen

With the murder of Kaloyan, the extended members of the Asen family flee in all directions as Boril (the murderer?) comes to power. Can Boril hold onto the throne when family and foreign powers alike want him dead? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/038-the-bloody-house-of-asen
3/25/201730 minutes, 1 second
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037 The Roman Slayer

In the aftermath of the fall of Constantinople, the world is more chaotic than it's been in living memory. How will Tsar Kaloyan respond? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/037-the-roman-slayer
3/13/201727 minutes, 40 seconds
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036 The Queen of Cities

The Fourth Crusade goes wildly off track. The results will change everything. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/036-the-queen-of-cities
2/26/201731 minutes, 32 seconds
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035 Three Brothers, Three Tsars

As the Byzantine Empire descends into chaos, three brothers all rise to become Tsars of the new Bulgarian state. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/035-three-brothers-three-tsars
2/17/201727 minutes, 49 seconds
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034 A New Empire

As the Komnenian Restoration collapses, what new empire will emerge from the ashes? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/034-a-new-empire
1/30/201740 minutes, 11 seconds
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033 Dreams Of A New Empire

A Byzantine Emperor dreams of a new Roman Empire dominating the Mediterranean world. Where will his dreams take him and the European world? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/033-dreams-of-a-new-empire
1/29/201725 minutes, 37 seconds
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031 Deja Vous All Over Again

Crusaders are heading for Jerusalem, someone is invading the Balkans, and the Seljuks are getting serious. Europe is changing fast, but where will it all lead? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/déjà-vu-all-over-again
12/29/201626 minutes, 19 seconds
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032 The Komnenian Restoration

Byzantium reaches new heights under a new Emperor and war returns to the Balkans. But what does it mean for Bulgaria? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/032-the-komnenian-restoration
12/28/201631 minutes, 15 seconds
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030 Cumans and Crusaders

With Pechenegs, Seljuks, Cumans, and Crusaders are all at the gates. Who will remake the future of Bulgaria and the Balkans? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/030-cumans-and-crusaders
11/29/201633 minutes, 11 seconds
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029 The West Returns

The Normans are mounting a full invasion of the Byzantine controlled Balkans. After centuries away, the West is returning. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/029-the-west-returns
11/23/201633 minutes, 38 seconds
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028 Nikephorus Nikephorus Nikephorus Nikephorus

When the entire Byzantine world rises up against Constantinople, will the Bulgarians emerge from the ashes? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/28-nikephorus-nikephorus-nikephorus-nikephorus
10/29/201631 minutes, 57 seconds
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027 Heavy Are The Crowns

As the Byzantines are assaulted on all sides, an uprising is prepared for a descendent of Tsar Samuil. Another head will be crowned, but can it remain?. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/027-heavy-are-the-crowns
9/29/201632 minutes, 37 seconds
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026 If Byzantium Is The Sheep Who Is The Wolf?

A series of poor emperors weaken the Byzantines, a Bulgarian finally sits on the imperial throne, and a traitor is revealed. But as the Byzantines falter, their enemies look on with anticipation. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/026-if-byzantium-is-the-sheep-who-is-the-wolf
8/30/201624 minutes, 36 seconds
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025 Domination, Rebellion, Domination

In this episode it's Domination, Rebellion, and more Domination. We're finally going to see how the Byzantines rule Bulgaria, and how the Bulgarians feel about being ruled. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/025-domination-rebellion-domination
8/1/201624 minutes, 10 seconds
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024 Looking Back On The First Bulgarian Empire - Part 2

In this episode we go look back at the second half of the First Bulgarian Empire in part 2 of a two part recap episode. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/024-looking-back-on-the-first-bulgarian-empire-part-2
6/29/201626 minutes, 10 seconds
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023 Looking Back On The First Bulgarian Empire - Part 1

In this episode we go look back at the first half of the First Bulgarian Empire in part 1 of a two part recap episode. Your support for these shows in appreciated. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/023-looking-back-on-the-first-bulgarian-empire-part-1
6/5/201630 minutes, 56 seconds
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022 The Fall Of The First Bulgarian Empire

And so it has come to this. 337 years after Asparukh first defeated the Byzantines and established a new state on the fringe of their world that state has finally been destroyed. The dream fo so many Byzantine Emperors has been fulfilled. Now it remains to be seen what will happen to Bulgaria and the Bulgarians as they adjust to their new status as Byzantine subjects. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/022-the-fall-of-the-first-bulgarian-empire
4/15/201621 minutes, 36 seconds
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021 The Bulgar Slayer

The story of Tsar Samuil comes to a close as one of the most consequential battles of Bulgarian history sends the First Bulgarian Empire towards its end. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/021-the-bulgar-slayer
12/19/201525 minutes, 27 seconds
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020 The Tightening Noose

Tsar Samuil fights back as the Byzantine Emperor Basil II takes his time stripping away territories and options. Each year Basil campaigns, the noose gets a little bit tighter... Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/020-the-tightening-noose
12/6/201521 minutes, 26 seconds
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019 The Comet Burns The West

Following the collapse of the Eastern half of the Bulgarian Empire, the grandson of an Armenian King will take the reigns to fight disaster. But, how long can he succeed? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/019-the-comet-burns-the-west
10/20/201534 minutes, 38 seconds
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018 Farewell To The Dynasty, Farewell To The East

Bulgaria is caught between the might of the Kievan Rus and the fury of Byzantium. A Centuries old dynasty will fade to dust, but will Bulgaria perish as well? By a thread… Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/018-farewell-to-the-dynasty-farewell-to-the-east
9/20/201528 minutes, 42 seconds
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015 An Emperor Beyond The Wall

The Byzantine Empire faces one of the worst defeats in its history, an emperor is crowned beyond the walls of Constantinople, and Simeon the Great earns his title. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/015-an-emperor-beyond-the-wall
9/20/201542 minutes, 8 seconds
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017 The Hermit and The Heretic

The 10th century was a time of religious radicals. Bulgaria will fight for survival as hermits and heretics reject the very foundations of its power. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/017-the-hermit-and-the-heretic
9/20/201523 minutes, 14 seconds
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016 A Peaceful Man Stands Alone

Tsar Peter I, son of the conqueror Tsar Simeon attempts to bring peace to his Empire and allow it to enjoy the fruits of his father's conquests. But the world around Bulgaria isn't about to sit quietly. Can Peter hold onto the gains of his father and resist pressure from all sides? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/016-a-peaceful-man-stands-alone
9/20/201521 minutes, 3 seconds
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014 – A Master of The Balkans

The young Tsar Simeon shows the world what he's made of, making a bold strike against the Byzantines and expanding Bulgaria's size to encompass nearly the entire Balkans. But how secure is his throne and can Bulgaria sustain all that he's won? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/014-a-master-of-the-balkans
9/20/201523 minutes, 40 seconds
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012 Saint and Tsar

With the new title comes a new religion as Tsar Boris attempts to transform Bulgaria into a Christian European power. But how will the devoutly pagan Boyars treat this change they've been fighting for decades? Then, in part 2 of the episode, we'll hear how saints Cyril and Methodius set the groundwork for an alphabet that will one day be used by hundreds of millions. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/012-saint-and-tsar
9/20/201548 minutes, 4 seconds
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013 - Bulgaria Reborn

It's time for the Pagans to strike back, as the Boyars and their ally take the throne and attempt to turn back the clock on Bulgaria's religious transformation. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/013-bulgaria-reborn
9/20/201529 minutes, 59 seconds
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011 The Pagan Twilight and the Serbian Dawn

Conversion, fratricide, guerrilla warfare, and a rising power in the West are what greet the successors of Omurtag as an era of Bulgarian history draws to a close. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/011-the-pagan-twilight-and-the-serbian-dawn
9/20/201524 minutes, 41 seconds
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010 - The Builder

Krum is dead, and with him his dream of conquering Constantinople. Now, his son Omurtag is only a boy and it remains to be seen whether he can wrangle the Boyars and the Byzantines to save Bulgaria. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/010-the-builder
9/20/201522 minutes, 47 seconds
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009 Khan Krum

A new Khan rises to power intent on crushing the Byzantines underfoot. The thing is, he just might have the cunning, skill, and brutality to do it. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/009-khan-krum
9/20/201531 minutes, 55 seconds
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008 Blood and Boyars (Part 2)

The Boyar reign of terror continues as they fight amongst themselves to decide the future of Bulgaria, and whether it will have a future. Will the pagan Proto-Bulgarians continue their dominance or will a new and more inclusive state form? Everything hangs in the balance. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/008-blood-and-boyars-part-2
9/20/201527 minutes, 55 seconds
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007 Blood and Boyars (Part 1)

With the central power of the Khans weakened, the noble Boyars have taken over. One after one, they murder and exile their way through leader after leader. The question is whether the state can survive the chaos as a strong new Byzantine Emperor takes the reigns and sets his sights on Bulgaria's destruction. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/007-blood-and-boyars-part-1
9/20/201519 minutes, 50 seconds
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006 – The Fall of The House of Dulo

"Avitohol lived 300 years. His clan was Dulo and he ascended to the throne in the fourth year of the serpent." Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/006-the-fall-of-the-house-of-dulo
9/20/201527 minutes, 28 seconds
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005 – A Savior of Europe

So we find Bulgaria at the beginning of the 8th century still dangerously positioned on what was so recently Byzantine land, sandwiched between one of the great empires of the day and a vast and dangerous steppe full of volatile tribes. But the new Bulgarian state had just survived what history has shown time and time again to be one of the most dangerous moments of statehood: a transition of power. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/005-a-savior-of-europe
9/20/201526 minutes, 42 seconds
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004 – The New State and The Eternal Challenges

In the last episode we discussed the complex and chaotic series of events which led to the breakup of the Old Great Bulgaria based around modern Ukraine. We saw how and why the Slavs and the Proto-Bulgarians under Asparukh migrated down into the Balkans and how the Byzantines failed to stop them in spectacular style. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/004-the-new-state-and-the-eternal-challenges
9/20/201521 minutes, 43 seconds
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003 - Crossing the "Rubicon"

It's the year 680. Byzantium marches with full strength to eradicate “a foul tribe” which has entered their borders fleeing an even more powerful steppe tribe behind them. What could go wrong? Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. You can find images for this episode at: www.bghistorypodcast.com/posts/003-crossing-the-rubicon
9/20/201521 minutes, 54 seconds
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002 Whose 5th Century Horse Tribe is it Anyway?

The shifting contours of this debate have often reflected not only academic interest, but political ones. Today we discuss the very controversial topic of the Bulgarian origins. Supporters like you make this podcast happen! Check out www.patreon.com/bulgarianhistorypodcast to see the great perks you can get for supporting us. Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com/posts/002-whose-5th-century-horse-tribe-is-it-anyway
9/12/201525 minutes, 6 seconds
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000 Introduction

Introduction to the series from Eric David Halsey. My background and hopes for this series. You can find maps, information, and links where you can donate for great perks at bghistorypodcast.com
9/10/20157 minutes, 21 seconds
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001 - The Balkan Context

Seeing as the next 100+ episodes are going to be audio, it's essential to begin with a good picture of the basic geography of Bulgaria and the Balkans Your support for these shows in appreciated. Go to patreon.com to make your regular monthly contribution. www.patreon.com/user?u=3271615 Find more info and images for each episode at bghistorypodcast.com
9/7/201520 minutes, 6 seconds