Hardcore History is How the Subject Should Be Taught


I feel a great disservice was done to me in that history was never taught to me in a way that interested me. It was dry, book-based word collections that seemed to be about a virtual world from a distant planet. Or maybe it was taught perfectly, and I was just closed to it. Who knows. Doesn’t matter.

Within the last decade, however, I’ve become increasingly fascinated by history, and I’ve realized that, like philosophy or psychology, history is a meta-skill. The more you know about it, the more you can extract from any event.

So I have a solution: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History. I cannot recommend the podcast enough. Dan teaches history the way humans absorb information—through stories. It’s not data. It’s entertainment that educates.

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