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The History of Modern Politics

17 EpisodesProduced by We Are LibertariansWebsite

Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief are history nuts and news junkies. Often, modern political debates fail to see parallels in the past, so they've embarked on a long journey from antiquity to the present to illustrate where our ancestors can help us build a better future. Subscribe now to the History … read more

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Bonus: Defined - Precursors to Libertarian Thought

April 11th, 2021


We initially tried to start this in June of 2018. Here was the first shot at it:

Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief do a test run of a new series where …

Bonus: Defined - The Origins of Anarchism

April 11th, 2021


Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief discuss the origins of anarchy.

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000: Introducing the History of Modern Politics

April 17th, 2021


Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief discuss their new show "The History of Modern Politics."

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Are There Parallels Between the Fall of Saigon and the Fall of Kabul?

August 22nd, 2021


Bruce Carlson of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics joins Harry Price, Rhinehold, and me on the Chris Spangle Show to discuss the comparison's …

1: Albion Becomes Britannia

January 1st, 2022


A Northumbrian monk in the 700s creates the British identity and shows us an example of how we ought to think of history. Chris and Matt explain the …

2: Invasion & Empire

January 15th, 2022


Julius Caesar may be the second most famous man in history after Jesus. Why is that? How did he change the Roman government and the course of …

3: The Fall of the Western Empire and Britain Alone

February 1st, 2022


Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief share the story of Cincinnatus, the Crisis of the Third Century, and the splintering of the Roman Empire under Diocletian. 

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4: The Arrival of the Anglo-Saxons

February 15th, 2022


Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief share the story of the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons in the vacuum of power left by the collapsing Roman Empire as …

5: Across the Channel to France

March 1st, 2022


Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief look across the channel to the development of France, soon the be England's greatest challenger. Many names like …

6: Vikings and the King of the English

March 15th, 2022


What are some common misconceptions about the Vikings? In this episode, Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief detail how interconnected the men of the …

7: Succession Crisis

April 1st, 2022


The year is 1066. The King of England, known in history as Edward the Confessor, has died with no heir and no defined succession plan. History knows this year as the transition from the Anglo-Saxons to the Normans, but, …

8: William the Conqueror, Norman Rule of England and The Anarchy

April 15th, 2022


William the Conqueror has taken the throne of England, and the consequences for the English are severe. Once he passes away, things deteriorate until Henry I takes the throne and unites Anglo-Norman and Anglo-Saxon …

9: Italy, Jerusalem, and The Crusades

May 1st, 2022


Around the turn of the millennium, in 1000, the power of the Roman Pope began to grow and it led to major consequences for global history. None was …

10: The Angevins and the Magna Carta

May 15th, 2022


Everyone has heard of the Magna Carta and its importance to liberty and the foundation of America, but what was it? What happened and why is it important? Chris Spangle and Matt Wittlief explain it.

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11: The Birth of Parliament

June 1st, 2022


The check and balance on the King's total authority known as Parliament did not happen in one swift action. It was a series of steps over generations. In this episode, we discuss some of those defining moments, as well …

The Complete History of Columbus Day - Why We Celebrate It and Should We Continue?

October 10th, 2022


From the Chris Spangle Show: Last Columbus Day, I decided to learn more about the history of the man and the day celebrating him. Since then, I've …

The Five U.S. Presidential Elections That Foreshadow 2024 with Dan Miller

September 20th, 2023


I recently attended a talkshop by historian Dan Miller on five past Presidential elections that could inform the contest in 2024. I sat down with him …

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