A familiar name to lovers of History podcasts is behind this one. Revolutions is an in-depth look at global conflicts of people throwing off the shackles of their oppressors, and usually putting their own on in return. It delves deep into different revolutions from throughout the world and History.
Mike Duncan is back to ruin my life once more, but in the best possible away. You see, Mr. Duncan had a previous podcast entitled The History of Rome and it consumed me for the better part of two years. He took a deep dive into Rome, from it’s humble beginnings, all the way up until the bitter end. It was amazing.
He now brings that dedication, and podcast-famous cadence, into Revolutions. Duncan does a great job of covering all pertinent sides of the subject, but does well to not overwhelm the listener with dates, names, and events. It was a testament to the popularity of the Rome podcast, and also serves him well in this one.
While The History of Rome was delving into a massive topic, and an incredible undertaking, Revolutions is a bit less in scale. Not so much the topic, but the way Duncan has broken them up into seasons.
This format makes it that much easier to follow. Each season is focused on one revolution, and makes the episodes very focused and concise. For instance, Season 3 is the French Revolution, and concerns itself with all things in that realm. However, it’s not in a vacuum.
Duncan does well to set the table for each revolution, and doesn’t just jump into it without letting the listener know how everything came about. He also gets into the aftermath and how the outcome impacted later events and the region or globe. He doesn’t stop there though.
A big bonus is his sidebar episodes. Back to the French Revolution, he has a whole episode explaining the Third Estate, and how it played a role. Although I have studied a lot of History, it’s tough to remember everything, and sidebars like this go a long way to helping the rest of a season make sense.
You don’t need to be a History buff like George Costanza a keen interest helps for this one. The way Duncan has broken it up into seasons makes casually listening very easy. I would say it’s major strength, however, would be the variety of revolutions covered.
While Duncan has already hit the major ones (American and French) he also covers some lesser known ones, such as the Haitian and Gran Colombian Revolutions. This is huge, as they were major revolutions that had a great impact on their regions, and the world, but are rarely covered or even known outside the regions.
I would say this is a good podcast for casual History fans looking to expand their knowledge base, or learn about a region they are curious about. I can’t wait until he gets to Russia, but I also can’t wait to dig into the Gran Colombian one.
Side Note: Definitely jump into The History of Rome podcast if you can. It’s an undertaking, but well worth it in thoroughness, detail, and overall knowledge. You’ll feel like you have earned a degree by the end of it.