This is my fiftieth post on this blog. I’d wondered if I should do anything special here, but in the end have decided to just note a couple of small things. Firstly, the History of England podcast is going on to a (hopefully brief) hiatus. It has been one of my favourite podcasts for a few years now with its mix of amateur dramatic, sheds and the ladybird book of Kings and Queens. However, David Crowther has been doing it more or less non-stop for four years and has decided to break until early next year to help keep things fresh. Here is the relevant post from his facebook group.
Created by Scott Chesworth and hosted at http://ancientworldpodcast.blogspot.co.uk/ and intended as a broad introduction to ancient history, cultures, technologies and achievements – this podcast, beginning in April 2012 and originally running to October 2013*, gave a brief trip through world history from the Elamites and Summerians settling down in 4000 B.C to the Roman Republic around 500 B.C.
And this does mean world history – understandably** most of the focus is on the Middle East and Egypt, but we do get some welcome diversions around the world to the Norte Chico people of Peru, the Shang dynasty in China and even ancient Britain. Along with this broad geographical scope, it also steers clear from being a purely military or political history, and the growth of agriculture (for example) and its role in these civilizations is covered particularly well. These give it a well rounded take on ancient history, which can sometimes have a tendency to focus solely on the military campaigns of the comparatively well documented Mediterranean and Middle East.