Russian Rulers History Podcast

By Mark Schauss

On Going since Apr 2010

First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.

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  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 Sep 2019

In 1991, the Gang of Eight tried to overthrow the Soviet government and oust Mikhail Gorbachev. Find out why they failed miserably and accelerated the end of the USSR.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Jul 2019

Following the last episode on things you didn't know about the Soviet Union, I am following it up about present day and old Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 May 2019

Many things were hidden form the West during the times of the USSR. Today's episode hopes to uncover secrets from that time.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 Apr 2019

Boris Pasternak, the author of the epic novel Doctor Zhivago is the focus of today's episode.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 Mar 2019

The Time of Troubles was a period of Russian history that could have ended the Muscovite's control of the land of the Rus.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Feb 2019

Today's episode follows the lives of the first three Romanov Tsar's as well as the father of the first, Patriarch Philaret.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Nov 2018

Today's episode covers the regent of Ivan 5 and Peter I, Sophia Alexseyevna.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Nov 2018

Yes, I'm back to retell Russian history. Today's episode is on the last Generalissimo of Russia, the undefeated, Alexander Suvorov.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Jun 2018

Today, I am sharing another episode from my new podcast, Battle Ground History. The contestants from the Villains bracket are Ivan the Terrible versus Charles "Lucky" Luciano.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 07 Jun 2018

Today, I'm sharing an episode of my new podcast, Battle Ground History with the 1st episode Peter the Great versus Ronald Reagan.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 22 Apr 2018

After 7 1/2 years of doing Russian history, my new podcast will cover vast reaches of history through a tournament called Battle Ground History. Today, I will share the first episode, a sort of sneak peak before the launch on April 30th, 2018.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 Dec 2017

After 200 plus episodes, it's time to wrap up the Russian Rulers History Podcast. It has been a long journey of over 7 1/2 years, but a memorable one. Thanks to all who have listened!!!. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 28 Aug 2017

Peter the Great is reassessed through the eyes of a number of historians and contemporaries.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Aug 2017

The five Russian rulers between the titans, Peter and Catherine the Great are reassessed.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Jul 2017

In today's podcast we look back at the reigns of husband and wife, Peter III and Catherine II.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 11 Jun 2017

1922 marks the end of the most brutal civil war in human history, the Russian Civil War. Tens of millions of people perished with the Bolsheviks taking complete control.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 May 2017

The Russian Civil War is in full swing and things are not looking good for the Bolsheviks. Find out how they handled the heat.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 07 May 2017

The beginning of the Russian Civil War started the day the Provisional Government was overthrown. Millions would die over the coming five years.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Apr 2017

The prelude to the Russian Civil War is today's topic.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Mar 2017

In today's podcast, we talk about the leaders of the Red's, the Black's and the Poles.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 25 Jan 2017

We will begin the discussion about the Russian Civil War with the commanders of the White Army's.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Jan 2017

Today, we review the reign of Tsar Paul, son of Catherine the Great.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 Jan 2017

The three Tsar's named Alexander and Nicholas I, helped steer their dynasty towards its doom.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Nov 2016

Which previous Russian Ruler could have saved the Romanov's? We look at seven potentials.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 18 Sep 2016

Today we ask the question, what if? What if Vladimir Lenin had lived another 10 or 20 years longer. What would that have done to the history of the Soviet Union?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Aug 2016

Henchmen Mikoyan, Molotov, Suslov, Voroshilov and Zhdanov get covered today.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Jul 2016

The henchmen of Stalin and Khrushchev were to be complicit in the murder of millions of people during the 1920's through the 50's.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Jun 2016

Trofim Lysenko was one of the greatest charlatans of all time. He set back Soviet biology for decades.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 05 Jun 2016

As the Soviet leadership ages, the USSR is caught in a stagnant and corrupt era.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 May 2016

During the era of stagnation, the USSR was ruled by three men, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 May 2016

In today's podcast we take another look at the life and times of Mikhail Gorbachev.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Apr 2016

We review the life and legacy of the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Mar 2016

A quick update on the podcast future.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Jan 2016

We will be retracing all of the Russian Rulers, in reverse, starting with Vladimir Putin. This series will be more subjective than past episodes.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 16 Nov 2015

Ukraine has suffered through numerous wars and famines throughout the years. It helps explain what is going on there today.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 04 Oct 2015

Ukraine is as much of a part of the history of Russia, as Russia is itself. Join us as we cover its 1000+ history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Sep 2015

Famines have been a driving force behind many societal changes in Russian history. We will cover five major ones in today's podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 24 Aug 2015

Pushkin is deep in debt, gets married, censored by the government then dies in a duel at the age of 37.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 09 Aug 2015

Pushkin graduated from the Lycee but falls into a life of debauchery and liberalism that gets him into lots of trouble.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Jul 2015

In today's podcast, we cover the early years of one of Russia's greatest poets, Alexander Pushkin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 14 Jun 2015

This episode follows the last years of one of the greatest writers in history, Leo Tolstoy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 31 May 2015

Tolstoy's marriage is somewhat infamous. What is not are two of his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 30 Apr 2015

Leo Tolstoy heads to the Crimean War in Sevastopol, then takes two trips through Europe.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 12 Apr 2015

Leo Tolstoy submits his first book, Childhood, for publication. It is met with wild enthusiasm.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 Mar 2015

Leo Tolstoy deals with growing up, moving to Kazan and deciding what to do with his life.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Feb 2015

Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world history had quite a tumultuous childhood.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 Feb 2015

In this episode, we concentrate on the serfs and their life on the Russian country estate.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 03 Jan 2015

The Russian country estate before the Russian Revolution was a beautiful place for the noble family.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 08 Dec 2014

Leon Trotsky goes from one of the most powerful men in Russia to being in exile and finally murdered in 1940.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 Dec 2014

Between 1905 and 1817 Trotsky escaped from Siberia and headed to Europe awaiting the right moment to return to Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Nov 2014

Today, we cover the early years of Lev Bronstein, known to us as Leon Trotsky.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 26 Oct 2014

Feodor Dostoyevsky is considered one of the literary giants of Russia. His sometimes tragic life inspired many of his incredible writings.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 06 Oct 2014

Starting a new series on the culture of Russia, we begin with the legendary composer and musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 15 Sep 2014

In today's podcast we discuss whether the Mongol Invasion of 1240 had any impact on Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 17 Aug 2014

The aftermath of the Crimean War caused a shift in power within Europe with clear winners and losers.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 10 Aug 2014

The war, dragging on for almost 2 years, needed to come to an end. The men were dying of disease and botched military planning. It was time.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 13 Jul 2014

The Crimean War was now at a standstill with the allies squabbling amongst themselves.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 29 Jun 2014

The Charge of the Light Brigade was a famous incident during the Battle of Balaclava. Today, I read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Last of the Light Brigade by Rudyard Kipling.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 23 Jun 2014

The Battles of Balaklava and Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade are covered in today's podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 02 Jun 2014

The Battle of Alma was a decisive allied win but it gave them a sense of overconfidence that would soon turn to dread.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 0 Minutes 01 Jun 2014

Today's podcast will give you a background on the leaders of the combatants in the Crimean War.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 20 May 2014

We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 30 Apr 2014

The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 13 Apr 2014

Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 13 Apr 2014

The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 29 Mar 2014

Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 09 Mar 2014

The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 02 Mar 2014

Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 10 Feb 2014

The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 02 Feb 2014

The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 21 Jan 2014

The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 05 Jan 2014

Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 20 Dec 2013

Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 08 Dec 2013

Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 27 Oct 2013

The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 06 Oct 2013

In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 30 Sep 2013

The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 22 Sep 2013

The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 09 Sep 2013

The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 02 Sep 2013

Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 19 Aug 2013

The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 12 Aug 2013

From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 04 Aug 2013

The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 21 Jul 2013

The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 14 Jul 2013

The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 23 Jun 2013

Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 17 Jun 2013

Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible. Find out why.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 13 May 2013

Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 29 Apr 2013

Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 21 Apr 2013

Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 14 Apr 2013

Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 03 Apr 2013

Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 17 Mar 2013

Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 04 Mar 2013

With the collapse of the USSR, a new person takes control, Boris Yeltsin. Here is the story of how he got there.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 05 Feb 2013

After 74 years of existance, the Soviet Union closes its doors on December 31, 1991.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 13 Jan 2013

The USSR is economically broke and Gorbachev is making things worse.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 27 Dec 2012

Gorbachev tries to rule a country with enormous problems. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 12 Dec 2012

We recount Gorbachev's rise to the head of the USSR through his memoir.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 28 Nov 2012

We follow Gorbachev's rise to First Secretary of the Stavropol krai.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 22 Nov 2012

This podcast is on the Christianization of the Rus according to the Primary Chronicle.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 14 Nov 2012

Based on his memoirs, we recount Gorbachev's rise to the top of the USSR.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 31 Oct 2012

The Blacksmith and the Devil is an old Russian fairy tale.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 28 Oct 2012

After Brezhnev's death, two more Soviet leaders would die in quick succession which would lead to the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 14 Oct 2012

Brezhnev takes sole control of the USSR but the economy hits an era of stagnation.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 07 Oct 2012

With Khrushchev gone, Brezhnev, Kosygin and Podgorny ascend to the top.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 02 Oct 2012

The Primary Chronicles is the main writings that allow us to gain insight as to the lives of early Russia. Today's podcast covers the founding of the city of Kiev, the arrival of Rurik, Igor's death and Olga's revenge.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 16 Sep 2012

Nikita Khrushchev reveals his feelings about how the ordinary consumer feels about things in the Soviet Union after his overthrow.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 09 Sep 2012

Making enemies everywhere, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev is ousted from his place as head of the Soviet Union.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 02 Sep 2012

Reading from Khrushchev Remembers, we recount his point of view about the Sino/Soviet conflict.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 26 Aug 2012

This is a show dedicated to my many listeners and attempts to answer questions posed by them.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 12 Aug 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to a head with the world holding its collective breaths.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 29 Jul 2012

The decision to place missiles in Cuba by Khrushchev is a bungled disaster.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 15 Jul 2012

The Berlin Wall is erected and the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to unleash a thermonuclear war.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 08 Jul 2012

Mao visits Moscow to meet with Khrushchev and makes some startling statements.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 05 Jul 2012

Khrushchev's American trip did little to help ease worldwide tensions but the U-2 incident and the shoe banging incident in the U.N. was even worse.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 27 Jun 2012

Khrushchev and associates pay their first visit to China.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 25 Jun 2012

Khrushchev, now undisputed leader of the USSR, is determined thaw out relations with the West, his way.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 20 Jun 2012

From the book Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament, this podcast focuses of the origins of the schism between the USSR and China.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 18 Jun 2012

Khrushchev, having survived a coup, takes on the international stage.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 10 Jun 2012

The Anti-Party group led by Molotov, Kaganovich and Malenkov attempt to overthrow Khrushchev.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 03 Jun 2012

After giving the Secret Speech, unforeseen crises erupted, the greatest of which was the Hungarian Revolution.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 28 May 2012

His rise to the top is one of legends. Here we follow Nikita Khrushchev's improbable climb.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 14 May 2012

Nikita Khrushchev grew up in abject poverty yet he eventually became one of the most powerful men in the world.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 07 May 2012

Khrushchev begins his jockeying for power against Malenkov and Molotov.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 20 Apr 2012

An edited version of the Secret Speech of Nikita Khrushchev given to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party in 1956 is read.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 15 Apr 2012

With Stalin dead, a power vacuum gets filled but Beria failed to see a plot led by Khrushchev to overthrow him.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 08 Apr 2012

Joseph Stalin, who ruled the USSR for 30 years was planning World War III when he died of a stroke in 1953.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 01 Apr 2012

With World War II over, Stalin now plans for global domination and starts the Cold War.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 25 Mar 2012

With the Germans being beaten across the board, Stalin resumes purging his people of nationalistic tendencies.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 18 Mar 2012

The Battles of Moscow and Stalingrad as well as the siege of Leningrad are center stage.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 11 Mar 2012

Hitler's Wehrmacht invades Russia and Stalin is forced to figure out a way to save his country.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 04 Mar 2012

Preparations are made by the Germans and Russians for war and on June 22, 1941 Stalin got his wish.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 19 Feb 2012

Stalin fuels the fires of paranoia to escalate the Great Purge of 1937 and 38.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 12 Feb 2012

The Great Purges was a time where millions were killed to eliminate all enemies of Joseph Stalin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 05 Feb 2012

Stalin begins the Reign of Terror sending millions of Russians to their death.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 29 Jan 2012

Stalin takes control of the USSR and ousts his enemies, Trotsky, Kamenev and Zinoviev.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 22 Jan 2012

Stalin quickly rises up the ranks, becoming a minister in the new Bolshevik government.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 09 Jan 2012

As a preview to the post-Rulers podcasts, today we focus on Mikhail Bakunin famed philosopher/anarchist.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 24 Dec 2011

Soso, became the revolutionary Koba who followed his idol Lenin and the Bolshevik Party.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 18 Dec 2011

Today's podcast tells the tale of the young Stalin, known in his childhood as Soso.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 11 Dec 2011

Lenin, resolves the economic disasters hitting Russia, suffers 3 strokes which take him out of control of the country.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 04 Dec 2011

With Lenin taking control of the government, a civil war broke out that threatened his position.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 27 Nov 2011

Vladimir Lenin takes control of the Russian government amidst chaos in Petrograd.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 14 Nov 2011

With Nicholas II gone, the Provisional Government led by Alexander Kerensky takes control.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 30 Oct 2011

Today's episode is meant to answer questions that have been posed about Russian history.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 24 Oct 2011

Nicholas II has abdicated the throne and is now house arrest where he awaits his fate.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 16 Oct 2011

Nicholas II under increasing pressure to abdicate, gives up the throne his family held for over 300 years.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 11 Oct 2011

Nicholas II celebrates a number of historical events while he gets his country ready to plunge into WWI.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 02 Oct 2011

Nicholas II steers Russian foreign policy towards war after changing the makeup of the Duma.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 27 Sep 2011

Tsar Nicholas II allows for a Duma to be formed after the Revolution of 1905.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 19 Sep 2011

Russia plunges headlong into war with Japan and suffers a humiliating defeat.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 04 Sep 2011

Nicholas II, instead of relaxing the policies of his father Alexander III, tightens them alienating more and more of his subjects.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 29 Aug 2011

Nicholas II becomes Tsar reluctantly on the death of his father. Within years tragedy strikes at the celebration of his coronation at the Khodynka Field.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 08 Aug 2011

Alexander III take control of Russia and undoes many of the reforms of his late, murdered father.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 31 Jul 2011

Alexander II tries to reform Russia only to have multiple assassinations come his way. Eventually one was to succeed bringing his reign to an abrupt end.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 24 Jul 2011

With Nicholas I dead and the Crimean War going badly, Alexander II takes control and seeks to reform his Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 20 Jul 2011

So how do I come up with all of my podcasts? This episode host Mark Schauss reviews the books he uses to research the subject of Russian History.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 17 Jul 2011

Nicholas I, keeps his reactionary position intact which causes Russia to lose the Crimean War, with the army suffering horrible losses.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 11 Jul 2011

Alexander I dies and his brother Nicholas takes control but not without a bit of controversy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 03 Jul 2011

Napoleon is chased by Alexander I all the way to Paris. The Tsar then has a change in personality causing him to reverse many of his earlier reforms.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 30 Jun 2011

Mikhail Speransky was a brilliant man who saw how bad things truly were in Russia in the early 19th century. This short episode is a reading from a memorandum he wrote.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 27 Jun 2011

Napoleon continues to menace the Russian border until he decides to invade in 1812. Things don't go as planned.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 19 Jun 2011

Alexander I takes over for his murdered father Paul I. Napoleon is charging through Europe threatening Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 12 Jun 2011

Serfdom enslaved 90% of the Russian population which represented 54 million people by the time Alexander I took the throne.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 05 Jun 2011

With Catherine the Great dead, her son Paul I sought to reverse all that she had accomplished.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 29 May 2011

Catherine, now in her sixties takes her last breath ushering in the reign of her son, Paul I.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 22 May 2011

Empress Catherine, having taken control of the Crimea, sets off on a grand tour of the newly conquered land.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 18 May 2011

Catherine, now in her 50's marries off Paul yet again and is given the heir's she so desperately wanted.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 11 May 2011

In another Cliff Notes version of the podcast, we review the time from Dmitri Donskoi to the birth of Ivan the Terrible.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 09 May 2011

Tired of her brainless lover, Catherine brings to court the love of her life, Grigory Potemkin.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 03 May 2011

The greatest peasant rebellion in Russian history, led by Pugachev sends shivers down Empress Catherine's spine.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 30 Apr 2011

On April 30, 2010, I started this podcast, now one year later, I will recount the episodes from the beginning in a condensed form.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 24 Apr 2011

Catherine, now in firm control, becomes the first Russian to be innoculated for smallpox. She also starts a war with the Ottoman Empire.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 15 Apr 2011

Catherine, fresh off the coup d'etat which brought her to power, consolidates her tenuous hold on the throne.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 10 Apr 2011

Catherine, now Grand Duchess of Russia, plots to take control once Empress Elizabeth dies.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 03 Apr 2011

Sophie, now baptized Catherine Alexeyevna, begins to understand that her life was not to be an easy one. She was to find out who the Russians really were.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 27 Mar 2011

Sophie Augusta Fredericka was an unlikely candidate to marry well. We follow her early years before she wed the future Tsar Peter III.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 21 Mar 2011

Peter III, in his few short months accomplished much. The Manifesto Freeing the Nobility From Service was one such accomplishment.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 13 Mar 2011

Elizabeth I, Empress of Russia, had Russia embroiled in 2 world wars up until her death.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 07 Mar 2011

Elizabeth, having overthrown Ivan VI in a bloodless coup, rules Russia with a opulent style spending vast sums of money on the luxuries of the day.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 27 Feb 2011

Peter the Great is dead and his successor Catherine I died only 2 years later. Anna was followed by Peter II and Ivan VI who was overthrown by Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 25 Feb 2011

One of Peter the Great's reforms was the publishing of the Table of Ranks. It defined where a man would be in terms of nobility and place in society.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 19 Feb 2011

Peter the Great's reign, lasting 42 years comes to an end. His legacy though, lasts to this day.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 08 Feb 2011

Peter the Great's son Alexis, turns out to be the great disappointment of the Tsar's life. Russia begins to bring fear throughout Europe as its power grows.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 31 Jan 2011

Bathing in the glory of Poltava, Peter becomes too cocky and almost has everything reversed at Pruth.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 25 Jan 2011

Charles XII of Sweden was a thorn in Peter I's side for many years. Here I give a brief overview of his life and impact on the world.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 24 Jan 2011

The Battle of Poltava is a seminal moment in Russian history destined to change the country forever. Peter accomplishes this while building St. Petersburg.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 16 Jan 2011

Peter, fresh from his Great Embassy, embarks on the Great Northern War against Sweden.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 10 Jan 2011

Peter travels from Holland to England than off the Vienna before returning to Moscow to deal with the Streltsy revolt.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 23 Dec 2010

Peter embarks on a Great Embassy to meet with the leaders of Europe and work as a simple carpenter in the ship building capitals of the world.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 16 Dec 2010

Peter, having partied for 5 years, is ready to take control of things and take the fight to the Turk backed Tatars in Azov.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 10 Dec 2010

Peter has shed himself of Sophia but yearns to be with the foreigners and party the night away.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 04 Dec 2010

Sophia's time is up and Peter grabs for power.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 01 Dec 2010

In the 17th century Moscow began to understand its limitation and why it needed to westernize.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 4 Minutes 28 Nov 2010

Were the Muscovites literate? Did they have an educational system? We answer these questions in today's short podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 26 Nov 2010

Muscovite art and architecture was a thing of beauty at the time of Peter the Great's rise to power.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 11 Minutes 23 Nov 2010

Sophia, fresh from taking control of Russia through the use of the Streltsy relies on her love Vasili Golitsyn to run Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 9 Minutes 22 Nov 2010

From the book A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg comes a description of Muscovite thought and literature.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 16 Nov 2010

From A History of Russia by Riasanovsky and Steinberg, we recount the issue of religion and the schism in Muscovite Russia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 12 Nov 2010

Now in his early teens, Peter begins his life lessons, especially the lessons of war. Staying outside Moscow, he gains his love for the water and ships.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 04 Nov 2010

Feodor dies leaving no direct heir but the Streltsy have in mind that their will be done.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 29 Oct 2010

Alexis I and Feodor III begin the slow Westernization of Russia through tumultuous times.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 22 Oct 2010

The writings of Adam Olearius give us an insight into the day to day lives of the Russian people in the 17th Century.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 8 Minutes 16 Oct 2010

The Cossacks were a free living peoples who play a big role in Russian history due to their military service.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 14 Oct 2010

The Time of Troubles is over but Russia needs a new Tsar. A sixteen year old boy, Michael Romanov is selected to lead the nation.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 08 Oct 2010

Boris Godunov becomes Tsar at the worst possible moment, the beginning of the Time of Troubles. False Dmitri's abound in this weeks podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 01 Oct 2010

Ivan the Terrible is dead replaced by his feeble minded son Feodor. Boris Godunov sits and waits for his turn at being Tsar.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 24 Sep 2010

Ivan nearing the end of his life strikes out at his own son causing the eventual end of the Rurik line of rulers.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 18 Sep 2010

What was the Oprichnina? Was it the musings of a madman or a brilliant measure to centralize power?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 16 Sep 2010

Ivan, now in true psychopathic mode begins the full-scale terror of the Oprichnina period.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 5 Minutes 12 Sep 2010

Ivan the Terrible was known for his cruelty but should have been equally known for his many wives, eight.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 10 Sep 2010

His wife dead, his mentors banished or murdered, Ivan begins his reign of terror, first aimed at the boyar class. Nothing was left ot hold Ivan back.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 03 Sep 2010

Ivan IV, fresh from the victory at Kazan, endures two tragic events in the coming years, the death of his son Dmitri and his wife Anastasia.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 26 Aug 2010

Ivan, fresh off his wedding and coronation, sets off the rid himself of the Tartar menace in Kazan.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 19 Aug 2010

Ivan IV, now rid of his antagonists, gets ready to ascend to the throne and get married. Then crisis strikes the young Tsar.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 12 Aug 2010

Ivan, left to fend for himself is largely ignored by his supposed protectors. Traumatic events were to follow his youthfull years.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 05 Aug 2010

Young Ivan IV, Grand Prince of Moscow, serves as a figurehead ruler with his mother as Regent.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 22 Jul 2010

Vasilli III, son of Ivan the Great continues his fathers expansionist policies. We also answer the question why Moscow?. . .

  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 15 Jul 2010

The final episode of Ivan the Great's life discusses the many issues he dealt with towards the end of his reign.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 07 Jul 2010

Ivan deals with both a new wife and the end of the dominance of the Golden Horde this week as well as finishing of pesky Tver.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 02 Jul 2010

Ivan the Great, gatherer of Russian lands, defeats and brings into the fold the pesky city state of Novgorod.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 7 Minutes 29 Jun 2010

In this short podcast, I discuss the life and enormous influence of St. Sergius of Radonezh.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 25 Jun 2010

The son and grandson of Dmitri Donskoi lead Russia through difficult times, avoiding disaster but wearing the Muscovite populace down.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 19 Jun 2010

Dmitri Donskoi, hero of the battle of Kulikovo Field was to shatter the myth of Mongol invincibility.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 10 Jun 2010

Ivan I or Moneybags, begins to consolidate power into has hands and into the city of Moscow.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 03 Jun 2010

Alexander Nevsky was dead and the Mongols were in control. A little town, of no consequence begins its rise through its leader Daniel, Nevsky's little boy.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 14 Minutes 28 May 2010

Alexander Nevsky, the shining light in a sea of darkness, has his life and influence discussed in today's podcast.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 3 Minutes 24 May 2010

In a quick or slap shot of an episode, we delve into the appanage system of inheritance that helped rule Russia and ultimately made it vunerable.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 19 May 2010

Andrei Bogolyubski, fresh from his destruction of Kiev, sets the stage for autocratic rule in Russia. On the horizon though come the fearsome Mongols.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 13 Minutes 13 May 2010

Yaroslav the Wise and Vladimir Monomakh reign Kiev during its zenith which was to come to a swift and brutal end.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 16 Minutes 07 May 2010

Vladimir the Great, the man who helped convert his nation to Christianity and Sviatopolk the Accursed who caused a civil war after Vladimir's death are discussed.. . .

  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 30 Apr 2010

In this episode we discuss the peoples who inhabited the lands of early Russia and the early rulers of Kiev, from Rurik to Yarolpolk I.. . .

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