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09 May

Podcast Review: Hank’s History Hour


Hank’s History Hour is produced by Hank Nelson, who sounds like a high school student.  Don’t let that fool you though.  Hank has done a wonderful job with his podcast.  Although it doesn’t look like it has been updated in a few years.  Hopefully, Hank will pick it up again.  He is probably in college now and doesn’t have much time to do podcasts.  It seems like the podcast’s original purpose was to help his fellow students get thought their history book since he often refers to the chapters in a textbook.

At the time I found Hank’s podcast I was searching for material on the Thirty Years War my last podcast.  So I listened to the podcast episode entitled Chapter 15 Part 1: The Religious Wars, it was about 38 minutes long.  It was originally published on October, 2, 2007.  Hank’s voice comes across as a real surfer dude, although I don’t know where he is located.  The podcast production leaves something to be desired but I had no trouble hearing Hank.  I did hear some pops and breaths a lot.  There was some strong language in the podcast.  For those looking for more information on the Thirty Years war and want to listen you can skip forward to minute 25 where Hank starts talking about Ferdinand.

This was a good podcast and I hope Hank produces more of them in the future.  Hank’s podcast has 112 ratings and they are all 5 stars!  You can find it in iTunes here.  Even though Hank has not put up a podcast since 9/2009 his podcast is still in the top 100 history podcasts.

02 May

30 Years War Timeline


This is my first time attaching a PDF in wordpress, so lets hope it works.  This is the last bit of information on the thirty years war.  I think we have covered this topic pretty well.  I’m thinking about the next podcast already.  Hopefully, I will be able to one again soon.

Thirty Years War Timeline PDF

28 April

The Thirty Years War the Video


So here is the promised video.  All I did was create some slides to go along with the audio from the podcast.  I hope this is okay.  I’m looking for better ways to do this in the future, if you have any suggestions I would like to hear them in the comments.  I had some trouble viewing the video in Safari (try play in pop-up), but it works fine in Chome.  Let me know if there are issues with other browsers.  Thanks!


18 April

History Guide of the Thirty Years War


I’ve put together a PDF that you can download for free to refer to the last podcast. It has links to many of the topics we talked about but did not go into detail about. Plus, it has pictures of the people discussed in the podcast. It has the full text of the last podcast. If you find any errors, please email me so I can update the file. Thanks!

17 April

History Podcast 119 – The Thirty Years War


Prague - Wallenstein Palace


History of the Thirty Years War

We finally have another podcast out!  You voted for it!  We finally have a winner.  17 of you voted 4 of those votes were for the Thirty Years War.  So here it is.  I hope you all enjoy it.  One of Eric K.’s request can finally been crossed out.  I hope you all enjoy this podcast and more importantly learn something from it.  Above is a picture of Wallenstein’s Palace.

I’ll be posting up the PDF soon as well. Might take longer for the video. Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Below are some of the related links:

Nathan Barber’s website –

The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy

Eyewitness Accounts of the Thirty Years War 1618-48

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