EST. Oct 2013
This podcast covers more than 1,300 years of the most exciting history you've never heard of before. From the early days of a steppe tribe fleeing destruction and challenging one of history's greatest empires for their very survival to empire building of their own and ultimately struggling to survive 5 centuries of statelessness.
I promise, you're in for quite a ride.
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The story of how a steppe tribe managed to build a European Empire and shape the history of he continent in the process.
We follow events from the destruction of Bulgaria to the heights of Byzantine power, just to watch it crumble.
Reborn through revolution, a new Bulgarian state explodes onto the European scene and fights for survival in a fast changing world.
Just what was the experience of living inside the fast changing Ottoman Empire? This season covers the rise to power of the Ottomans.
As the world changes faster than ever, Ottoman expansion slows to a crawl before finally beginning its slow retreat.
Rising national consciousness and resistance to the Ottoman Empire explode into literature, education, and bloody revolution.
The podcast will eventually cover all of Bulgarian history until the present day.
I was born in Washington DC to a family with nearly 400 years of history in North America, and have been studying and reading about Bulgarian history since 2005. Ironically enough, I became obsessed with podcasts around the same time.
Since then I completed a bachelors degree in history and political science at the University of Mary Washington including a year at the American University in Bulgaria and an MA in Nationalism Studies at Central European University in Budapest. My thesis was about the political ideology of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Alexander Stamboliiski, a project I then continued in Sofia with a Fulbright grant.
But after deciding not to pursue a PhD, I chose to settle in my adopted home of Bulgaria and engage in my passion for its history through this podcast instead. Nearly 7 years later, it's become one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
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