An absolutely great, engaging, entertaining way of being introduced to a subject. It is genuinely fun.
However, people listen to it and take it as gospel.
inb4 >but he says he's not a historian!
That might be true but I feel it is a bit of a cop out, weasely behavior on his part. Like 'oh of course my work is sometimes wrong or not properly researched or purporting bad pseudohistory, after all I am not a historian!' you get the idea.
Still having said that it's great fun. Just don't go on the internet pretending you are an expert after listening to it.
>>27374 I listened to his ghosts of the ostfront series and it was more about emotions than the war itself, him talking about the bone fields was to get you hooked really.
>>29261 History of Rome is good, unfortunately it's mostly about the empire rather than the republic. I've listened to the history of ww2 also, the guy veered off spending a decent amount of episodes talking about churchill's life though and he's now getting onto the eastern front.
>>27374 He is just a guy that repeats interesting stuff he read in a book by a historian on radio, I dont see the obsession 4chan has with him. As >>31175 said he just likes the bloody parts, he is fine to get you a taste at what shitty WW2 soldier memoirs are like.
>>31424 He likes the drama of history, because it's one of the best ways to engage an audience about something they may not otherwise care about. For many people history can be very dry and boring. Carlin makes it relatable, if not 100% accurate.
>>27374 >I'm not a /pol/tard, but using the word evil is retarded, it shows the propaganda that still is fed to us. What definition of evil do you use that doesn't encompass Hitler? Since you're not a poltard you clearly accept that he killed millions of peoples and started gigantic murderous wars and such so....
>>31175 >>30969 >>27430 He is saying "I am not a historian" because he is being humble. The translation for that is : "I do not have a PhD in history". He writes well sourced informative papers about historical events, using as many first sources as possible, and then converts it into the spoken word largely for free. (a buck a show folks, it's all we ask! key word ask) I understand he is not writing papers that are 50% quotation, but that is not what it is for, what he is doing for both entertainment and teaching.
I am with you on my personal beliefs about recanting history (never say us or we when reffering to the united states in the past unless I was there, rarely do I assign good/bad) but he is fully justified in calling Hitler evil, because right after it he always says "product of his times" and then goes into a spiel (for the idiots who shitpost in comments) about how hindsight is 20/20, and retards still do not get that he is saying "x is evil....but only through the lense of our own times!" He did this for Genghis as well.
He's alright. People in this thread aren't wrong to call him the hollywood or vsauce of history, but what they seem to forget is that without people there to simplify a subject and give an introduction, it would be very hard to attract people to said subject.
Yes, this simplification will be all of a subject that many retards receive and these retards will go around acting like they are infatuated with the subject, but this is the sacrifice you have to make so that a few retards can see these simplifications, delve deeper into the subject, and actually fall in love with it.
Don't be so quick to forget how ignorant you used to be. Everyone has to start somewhere. What matters is that they don't stop where they start.
One thing I hate is how he takes a single primary source and runs with it far beyond its scope. Like, a diary by a - no offense - noname lieutenant in bumfuck nowhere who spent two weeks in a hellish trench, and applies it across the entirety (or a larger part anyway) of the western front. Meanwhile in real life soldiers were rotated out of the trenches after four days on average.
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