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HFM 008 | The Fall of the Ottoman Empire

November 21, 2012

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Most people think of furniture when they hear ‘Ottoman’, but it was actually a highly influential empire that lasted for six hundred years and controlled the entire Middle East, North Africa, and much of Eastern Europe. In this  episode of the Five Minute Courses Podcast, we look at the fall of the Ottoman Empire, which when it broke apart after the First World War completely re-altered the Middle East. The effects of its fall are still being felt to this day.

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HFM 007 | A Very Short History of the Crusades

November 5, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the history of the Crusades. The Catholic Church mounted multiple military campaigns against Middle Eastern Islamic states to recapture Jerusalem from 1095 to 1291. The crusades ultimately failed in their objective, but in the process they created deeper connections between the Middle East and Europe. The legacy of the Crusades is hotly disputed and remain vivid in the imaginations of Easterners and Westerners to this day.

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HFM 006 | Islam and Tolerance of Christianity in History

November 5, 2012

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In this  episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look at the issue of Muslim tolerance of other religions in history. Some Islamic groups have claimed that Muslims have always treated other religions with respect.

In contrast, critics argue that throughout history Islam has been the one to impose itself in a totalitarian fashion onto other religions. They assert that wherever Islam has spread it made free worship for other religions impossible. Which version is correct?

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HFM 002 | The Five Worst Dictators in History

September 4, 2012

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In this second episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we look into the bloodthirsty lives of the five worst dictators in history. In five minutes we discuss their reigns, methods of rule, and reasons for their violent lifestyles.

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HFM 001 | How Did Genghis Khan Nearly Conquer the World?

August 8, 2012

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In this first episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast, we answer the question of who is Genghis Khan. In five minutes we discuss his life, influence, religious beliefs, and title as a world conqueror and the world’s most prolific lover.

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