Dan Carlin's Hardcore History

14 EpisodesProduced by Dan Carlin

In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations f… read more

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Show 63 - Supernova in the East II

January 12th, 2019


Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost …

Show 62 - Supernova in the East I

July 14th, 2018


The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that's been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If …

Show 61 - (Blitz) Painfotainment

January 27th, 2018


Pain is at the root of most drama and entertainment. When does it get too real? This very disturbing and graphic show looks into some case studies and asks some deep questions. WARNING Very intense subject matter.

Show 60 - The Celtic Holocaust

August 9th, 2017


Julius Caesar is our travel guide as he takes us through his murderous subjugation of the native Celtic tribal peoples of ancient Gaul. It sounds …

Show 59 - (Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds

January 24th, 2017


What happens if human beings can't handle the power of their own weaponry? This show  examines the dangerous early years of the Nuclear Age and humankind's efforts to avoid self-destruction at the hands of its own …

Show 58 - Kings of Kings III

August 7th, 2016


If this were a movie, the events and cameos would be too numerous and star-studded to mention. It includes Xerxes, Spartans, Immortals, Alexander the …

Show 57 - Kings of Kings II

March 20th, 2016


From Biblical-era coup conspiracies to the horrific aftermath of ancient combat this second installment of the series on the Kings of Achaemenid Persia goes where only Dan can take it. For better or worse…

Show 56 - Kings of Kings

October 28th, 2015


Often relegated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta's spears, the Achaemenid Persian empire had a glorious heritage. Under a single king …

Show 55 - Blueprint for Armageddon VI

May 5th, 2015


The Americans are coming, but will the war be over by the time they get there? Germany throws everything into a last series of stupendous attacks in the West while hoping to avoid getting burned by a fire in the East …

Show 54 - Blueprint for Armageddon V

December 29th, 2014


Politics, diplomacy, revolution and mutiny take center stage at the start of this episode, but mud, blood, shells and tragedy drown all by the end.

Show 53 - Blueprint for Armageddon IV

August 17th, 2014


Machine guns, barbed wire and millions upon millions of artillery shells create industrialized meat grinders at Verdun and the Somme. There's never been a human experience like it and it changes a generation.

Show 52 - Blueprint for Armageddon III

April 24th, 2014


The war of maneuver that was supposed to be over quickly instead turns into a lingering bloody stalemate. Trench warfare begins, and with it, all the murderous efforts on both sides to overcome the static defenses.

Show 51 - Blueprint for Armageddon II

January 30th, 2014


The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has ever seen. Millions of men in dozens of armies vie in the most deadly and complex opening moves of any conflict in world history.

Show 50 - Blueprint for Armageddon I

October 29th, 2013


The planet hadn't seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks …

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