Made by the curious, for the curious, Hard Fried History (HFH) is your crash-course in everything. HFH is a hybrid comedy-history podcast that provides you with quality and responsibly-sourced information, all while dispensing a healthy dose of sugar to help the medicine go down. Hosted by H. Price and Joshua Stokes (@joshuabstokes), HFH focuses on lesser-studied figures, events and eras, and if not, delivers refreshing interpretations and updated takes on better-known people and subjects.
Ep 125: Napoleon p3 - Wings of Wax
1:00:02What were the major causes of the collapse of the Napoleonic empire? What happens when a nation that could be considered "too big to fail" fails anyway? In our conclusion of our French affair, we cover the devastation of Napoleon's war in Spain, his ruinous march to Moscow, the snuffed flame of Waterloo and his remaining days in exile.
Ep 124: Napoleon p2 - Expanding Dominion
1:02:06How did Napoleon and the armies of France build the Continental system? In this episode we explore the Eastward expansion of the Napoleonic empire, covering topics such as Napoleon's early conflicts with the papacy, the Battle of Austerlitz and the early origins of the "Spanish ulcer."
Ep 123: Napoleon p1 - Issued from the Isle
1:12:35How did the French Revolution shape Napoleon Bonaparte's view on effective governance? What exactly are the origins of the 'Corsican Ogre?' In this episode we begin the second installment of our six-part series, discussing Napoleon's beginnings, his place within the French Revolution, the Italian campaign and the coup of Brumaire, commonly cited as the end of the Revolution itself.
Ep 122: French Revolution p3 - Collapse of an Ideal
1:36:37What were the worst abuses of the French Revolution? Why were Revolutionary champions such as Danton and Robespierre not ultimately immune from the guillotine? Are there ever noble-enough ends to justify excessive means? This week we explore these topics in the conclusion of our series on the French Revolution, covering the decisions leading up to the Great Terror, the formation of the Committee of Public Safety and what finally undid (consecrated?) the Revolution itself.
Ep 121: French Revolution p2 - Into the Maelstrom
1:17:13After the initial upheaval, how are revolutions navigated? What forms do effective dissent take? Is the term 'mob-rule' necessarily synonymous with 'majority-rule'? In this episode, Henry and Josh continue their examination of the French Revolution following the fall of the Bastille and the arming of the citizens, glancing at the French attempt to create a new constitution, the organization and then polarization of the ascendent under-class and the rise of a group of idealists known as the Jacobins.
Ep 120: French Revolution p1 - The Anatomy of Revolt
1:15:21How do we know for sure when a nation is definitively and indisputably beyond redemption? What are some large portents or warning signs that indicate a country is on its last legs? In sum, how are revolutions built? Josh and Henry RETURN from their hiatus with the first in a three-part installment covering the rise and fall of French Revolution, discussing in this episode the social and economic factors that led up to the storming of the Bastille, including France's fiscal shortcomings, a widespread disbelief in competency of the ruling class and, to top it all off, a food crisis.
The Amazons (Ep. 119)
47:50Who were the Amazonian women of ancient Greek legend? This week we kick off Women's History Month with a look at the warrior women of the surrounding Black Sea region, what the most recent archeological record has borne as well as a few notable Amazons in myth and in history.
Home is where the Hurt is: The World War 1 story of The Harlem Hellfighters w/ Tre Tutson
48:39In this episode we discuss the most decorated unit of WW1: The Harlem Hellfighters, who battled the Germans and brought Jazz to Europe during the era of Jim Crow segregation. We are joined by Tre Tutson, a comedian from Texas and soon to be a national name. Remember to Like, follow and share!
The Rise and Fall of the Songhai: Sunni Ali Ber, Askia Muhammed and the Moorish plague (Medieval West Africa Part 3)
41:00On this episode we discuss The Songhai Empire and its formation under the Mali Empire, Its internal conflicts that led to dynastic changes and the Invasion of the Pasha Moor army which destroyed the empire and threw Sub Saharan West Africa into turmoil just in time for the Atlantic Slave Trade.
The Hajj of Mansa Musa (Medeival W Africa p2)
59:53Henry E Price wrote this - So you wanna be a baller? Shot caller? Worship and praise in the name of Allah? (It works better if you sing it in your head, phonix not phonetics). THIS WEEK we examine the reign of Mansa Musa, primarily discussing the details of his famous Hajj to Mecca, his reasons for undertaking this venture, the actual status of his finances and the Mali naval expedition off the coast of the Atlantic.