Historical Thoughts and Interpretations

In this blog Christian Basar analyses historical events or ideas one may encounter in the historiographical field. Though this podcast will cover many different topics, Basar’s main interests lie in military and Russian history.

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What tools can be used to analyze an historical question?  In this episode we take a brief look at some texts and scholarly work on the idea of a “work ethic” in the Russian Orthodox faith.  What has ...
September 30, 2021
First being used mere weeks after Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the "Katyusha" Multiple-Rocket Launcher (MRL) system became a famous symbol of Soviet firepower. Effective against mass...
June 22, 2021
As with many of its relations with other Western countries, Russia's relationship with Canada took a turn for the worse after the Euromaidan protests in 2013-14 and the subsequent change in Ukraine's ...
February 22, 2021
Before Russia intervened in the Syrian Civil War in 2015, the Soviet Union was involved in Syria.  In the context of the Cold War, the USSR sent weapons, anti-air crews, and gave rhetorical support to...
January 13, 2021
Russia has been actively involved in the Syrian Civil War since September 2015. During its campaign there, the Russian military has reportedly been able to improve old weapons systems and test new one...
July 3, 2020
The Christianization of Scandinavia did not happen quickly.  This was a process rather than a quick event.  And during this process, the old traditional Norse religion and new faith interacted in ways...
June 6, 2020
In this final episode of our "Psychology of Faith" series, we will be talking about definitions of faith but also about how faith is manifested in a believer. Is faith part of "nature" or "nurture?" H...
May 23, 2020
How does humankind respond to revelation or the idea of a divine being? In this, the third part of our "Psychology of Faith" series, we focus on the views of Christianity to explain the possible respo...
May 17, 2020
What relationship does faith have with the intellect? Does religion truly try to engage with the rational mind as Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, and Alvin Plantinga would suggest? Or is the "F&M Com...
May 5, 2020
This episode is the first of a four-episode miniseries about the psychology of faith. In this first installment, we will look at the relationship between psychology and faith. Are they compatible? Can...
April 30, 2020
Chetwynd is a town of about 3,000 people in the British Columbia Rockies. Over the town's history, the area has been a base for fur, lumber, oil, and other industries. Known as Little Prairie until th...
April 21, 2020
The Teutonic Knights took part in crusades against pagan Prussia and Lithuania in the 13th and 14th centuries. After Lithuania converted to Catholicism and made an alliance with Poland, the German cru...
March 24, 2020
The "Holy Russia" ideology developed over the centuries since Rus' conversion to Byzantine Christianity in the year 988. Various factors were responsible for the imagination of Russia as a holy place,...
February 22, 2020
Russia's military intervention in the Syrian Civil War since September 2015 has been one of the most important turning points in that conflict.  In this episode we will look at some of the history beh...
January 15, 2020
Masada was an ancient fortress in which, during the First Jewish Revolt against the Roman Empire, "Sicarii" rebels committed suicide in 73 A.D. Though Masada's defenders did not defeat their Roman bes...
August 12, 2019
In this, the 20th episode of the podcast, I give an introduction to the first city in the Russian Cities History Project series.  Kazan' is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, but in the past it...
July 10, 2019
This episode continues my series about the history of Russian cities which I have visited.  Here I introduce the Russian Federation's territorial structure, including its constituent "subjects" - repu...
June 11, 2019
In this episode I talk about my travels in Russia.  I will discuss some of my impressions, experiences, and the things I saw while I was taking a voyage to the "Motherland."  This episode is meant to ...
May 17, 2019
Canada focused most of its war effort in the European Theatre of the Second World War.  However, Canadian troops, pilots, naval personnel, and even fishermen also served in the Pacific Theatre against...
April 15, 2019
In 1630, during the Thirty Years' War, Sweden's King Gustavus Adolphus sent his new army into modern Germany to save the Protestant religion.  In addition to discussing some of the background to Adolp...
March 31, 2019

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