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 Seasons

Season 1:
The First Bulgarian Empire


The story of how a steppe tribe managed to build a European Empire and shape the history of he continent in the process.

Byzantine Emperor Basil II
Season 2:
Byzantine Domination


We follow events from the destruction of Bulgaria to the heights of Byzantine power, just to watch it crumble.

Tsar Konstantin Tih
Season 3:
The Second Bulgarian Empire


Reborn through revolution, a new Bulgarian state explodes onto the European scene and fights for survival in a fast changing world.

Season 4:
Ottoman Domination


Just what was the experience of living inside the fast changing Ottoman Empire? This season covers the rise to power of the Ottomans.

Season 5:
Ottoman Decline


As the world changes faster than ever, Ottoman expansion slows to a crawl before finally beginning its slow retreat.

Season 6:
Bulgarian Awakening


Rising national consciousness and resistance to the Ottoman Empire explode into literature, education, and bloody revolution.

Season 7:


Finally free from the Ottomans, Bulgaria fights to find its way in the world as great power politics, radical ideas, and wars shape and reshape the young country.

And More...


The podcast will eventually cover all of Bulgarian history until the present day.


The Host


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.​



© 2020 by Eric D. Halsey.

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