005 – A Savior of Europe

Monday, 03 March 2014 by

So we find Bulgaria at the beginning of the 8th century still dangerously positioned on what was so recently Byzantine land, sandwiched between one of the great empires of the day and a vast and dangerous steppe full of volatile tribes. But the new Bulgarian state had just survived what history has shown time and

In the last episode we discussed the complex and chaotic series of events which led to the breakup of the Old Great Bulgaria based around modern Ukraine. We saw how and why the Slavs and the Proto-Bulgarians under Asparukh migrated down into the Balkans and how the Byzantines failed to stop them in spectacular style.

003 – Crossing the “Rubicon”

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 by

680 – Byzantium marches with full strength to eradicate “a foul tribe”. What can go wrong?  

The shifting contours of this debate have often reflected not only academic interest, but political ones. Today we discuss the very controversial topic of the Bulgarian origins.  

001 – Setting The Stage

Sunday, 03 November 2013 by

The story of a nation is shaped by its land. So just what it meant to settle in the Balkans 1400 years ago?   Episode resources:

000 – Intro Episode

Saturday, 26 October 2013 by

The story I’m about to tell is one of a people who arose out of obscurity to create an empire which challenged, and often defeated the Byzantines, created an educational revolution from utter obscurity, embraced forms of radical politics unheard of in most of Europe, managed to play Hitler like a pawn in the Second