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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In the podcast's second episode with a guest, we sit down with CJ Leung, who hosts the "Cool History Bros" Channel on YouTube.  "Cool History Bros" presents deep topics in Chinese and East Asian histo...
September 13, 2022
Welcome to the 40th episode of the podcast!  Thank you for all of your listening and support.  It has been great, and I look forward to producing many more episodes for your listening. In this episode...
July 27, 2022
In this (very short) episode, we will look into Leo Tolstoy's thoughts about what makes a "good civilization" as he expressed in Hadji Murad, which was his short novel about the Imperial-era Russian w...
June 29, 2022
In this episode we will look at Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein's "Ivan the Terrible."  Here I detail three different interpretations of the film: the Stalinist view, the "subversive affirmation" o...
May 14, 2022
What were some of the contemporary concerns around Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) proposed missile defense system?  In this episode we will take a broad look at attitudes towards t...
January 28, 2022
In March 1964, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara sent a memorandum to President Johnson, reporting on the situation in South Vietnam, which at the time was contending with the Viet Cong, a Commun...
January 5, 2022
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

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