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First we follow the Russian rulers from Rurik to Putin then take to recounting all aspects of Russian history.
© Mark Schauss
June 30, 2020
Episode 205 - The History of Ukraine and its Relationship to Russia - Part One
Today, we begin a new series with an overview of the history of Ukraine and its relationship to Russia.
April 30, 2020
Episode 204 - Siberia - Women and Children
In our final look at Siberia, we focus on the lives of both women and children in the gulag system developed by the Soviets.
March 29, 2020
Episode 203 - Siberia - Opportunity, Torment, and Captivity
Today, we recount the harsh life living in Siberian prisons and gulags.
February 16, 2020
Episode 202 - Siberia - Part One
Siberia is a mythical, magical, and intimidating place. Discover the mystery of this part of Russia.
January 26, 2020
Episode 201 - Ivan Grozny - The First Russian Tsar
In our review of the Russian rulers of old, we turn our eyes to Ivan IV, the first and most controversial of all of the Russian Tsar's.
December 8, 2019
Episode 200 - Musings of a Russian History Podcaster
After 200 numbered episodes, I decided to share my feelings about the journey, and that, I have decided to return to producing regular episodes again.
November 24, 2019
Episode 199 - Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed in spectacular fashion. What were the causes that led to such a rapid dissolution? Find out what I feel are the main reasons.
September 22, 2019
Episode 198 - The 1991 Soviet Coup d'etat Attempt
In 1991, the Gang of Eight tried to overthrow the Soviet government and oust Mikhail Gorbachev. Find out why they failed miserably and accelerated the end of the USSR.
July 1, 2019
Episode 197 - Things You Did Not Know About Russia
Following the last episode on things you didn't know about the Soviet Union, I am following it up about present day and old Russia.
May 28, 2019
Episode 196 - Things You Didn't Know About the Soviet Union
Many things were hidden form the West during the times of the USSR. Today's episode hopes to uncover secrets from that time.
April 22, 2019
Episode 195 - Boris Pasternak
Boris Pasternak, the author of the epic novel Doctor Zhivago is the focus of today's episode. The Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1958, was one of the Soviet Union's real treasures.
March 3, 2019
Episode 194 - Time of Troubles
The Time of Troubles was a period of Russian history that could have ended the Muscovite's control of the land of the Rus.
February 10, 2019
Episode 193 - Michael, Philaret, Alexis and Feodor
Today's episode follows the lives of the first three Romanov Tsar's as well as the father of the first, Patriarch Philaret.
November 25, 2018
Episode 192 - The Regency of Sophia
Today's episode covers the regent of Ivan 5 and Peter I, Sophia Alexseyevna.
November 4, 2018
Episode 191 - Alexander Suvorov
Yes, I'm back to retell Russian history. Today's episode is on the last Generalissimo of Russia, the undefeated, Alexander Suvorov.
June 17, 2018
Ivan the Terrible versus Charles "Lucky" Luciano
Today, I am sharing another episode from my new podcast, Battle Ground History. The contestants from the Villains bracket are Ivan the Terrible versus Charles "Lucky" Luciano.
June 7, 2018
Peter the Great versus Ronald Reagan
Today, I'm sharing an episode of my new podcast, Battle Ground History with the 1st episode Peter the Great versus Ronald Reagan.
April 22, 2018
Battle Ground History
After 7 1/2 years of doing Russian history, my new podcast will cover vast reaches of history through a tournament called Battle Ground History. Today, I will share the first episode, a sort of sneak peak before the launch on April 30th, 2018
December 3, 2017
Episode 191 - It's A Wrap
After 200 plus episodes, it's time to wrap up the Russian Rulers History Podcast. It has been a long journey of over 7 1/2 years, but a memorable one. Thanks to all who have listened!!!
August 28, 2017
Episode 190 - Peter the Great - A Reassessment
Peter the Great is reassessed through the eyes of a number of historians and contemporaries.
August 13, 2017
Episode 189 - Elizabeth, Ivan VI, Anna, Peter II and Catherine I
The five Russian rulers between the titans, Peter and Catherine the Great are reassessed.
July 30, 2017
Episode 188 - Catherine the Great & Peter III - A Reassessment
In today's podcast we look back at the reigns of husband and wife, Peter III and Catherine II.
June 11, 2017
Episode 187 - The Russian Civil War - The End
1922 marks the end of the most brutal civil war in human history, the Russian Civil War. Tens of millions of people perished with the Bolsheviks taking complete control.
May 14, 2017
Episode 186 - The Russian Civil War - Here Come the Whites
The Russian Civil War is in full swing and things are not looking good for the Bolsheviks. Find out how they handled the heat.
May 7, 2017
Episode 185 - The Russian Civil War - The Beginning
The beginning of the Russian Civil War started the day the Provisional Government was overthrown. Millions would die over the coming five years.
April 10, 2017
Episode 184 - The Russian Civil War - Part 3 - The Background
The prelude to the Russian Civil War is today's topic.
March 8, 2017
Episode 183 - The Russian Civil War Part 2 - The Belligerents - The Red's and Black's
In today's podcast, we talk about the leaders of the Red's, the Black's and the Poles.
January 25, 2017
Episode 182 - The Russian Civil War, Part 1 - The Belligerents - The Whites
We will begin the discussion about the Russian Civil War with the commanders of the White Army's. This will be the first in a multi-part series covering one of the world's most catastrophic events.
January 18, 2017
Episode 181 - Tsar Paul - Was He Such a Bad Guy After All?
We are taking another look at the Tsar that many call crazy, Paul. He was the father of two future Tsars, Alexander I and Nicholas I.
January 2, 2017
Episode 180 - Three Alexander's and a Nicholas In Between
The three Tsar's named Alexander and Nicholas I, helped steer their dynasty towards its doom.
November 10, 2016
Episode 179 - Nicholas II - Who Could Have Done it Better?
Which previous Russian Ruler could have saved the Romanov's? We look at seven potentials.
September 18, 2016
Episode 178 - Lenin - Could You Stay A Little While Longer?
Today we ask the question, what if? What if Vladimir Lenin had lived another 10 or 20 years longer. What would that have done to the history of the Soviet Union?
August 8, 2016
Episode 177 - The Henchman of Khrushchev and Stalin - Part 2
Stalin's henchmen Mikoyan, Molotov, Suslov, Voroshilov and Zhdanov get covered today.
July 24, 2016
Episode 176 - The Henchmen of Stalin & Khrushchev - Part 1
The henchmen of Stalin and Khrushchev were to be complicit in the murder of millions of people during the 1920's through the 50's.
June 26, 2016
Episode 175 - Charlatan, Con Man, Murderer - Trofim Lysenko
Trofim Lysenko was one of the greatest charlatans of all time. He set back Soviet biology for decades.
June 5, 2016
Episode 174 - Getting Older by the Minute - Leonid Brezhnev
As the Soviet leadership ages, the USSR is caught in a stagnant and corrupt era.
May 23, 2016
Episode 173 - A Rotten Stinking Mess, Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko
During the era of stagnation, the USSR was ruled by three men, Leonid Brezhnev, Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.
May 3, 2016
Episode 172 - A Collapsing Empire - Mikhail Gorbachev
In today's podcast we take another look at the life and times of Mikhail Gorbachev.
April 10, 2016
Episode 171 - Communist, Rebel and Capitalist Wanna Be - Boris Yeltsin
We review the life and legacy of the first Russian President, Boris Yeltsin.
March 1, 2016
Just a quick update on the future of the podcast
January 17, 2016
Episode 170 - No Foreseeable End - Vladimir Putin
We will be retracing all of the Russian Rulers, in reverse, starting with Vladimir Putin. This series will be more subjective than past episodes.
November 16, 2015
Episode 169 - The History of Ukraine - Part Two
Ukraine has suffered through numerous wars and famines throughout the years. It helps explain what is going on there today.
October 4, 2015
Episode 168 - The History of Ukraine - Part One
Ukraine is as much of a part of the history of Russia, as Russia is itself. Join us as we cover its 1000+ history.
September 13, 2015
Episode 167 - Famines in Russia and the Soviet Union
Famines have been a driving force behind many societal changes in Russian history. We will cover five major ones in today's podcast.
August 24, 2015
Episode 166 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Three
Pushkin is deep in debt, gets married, censored by the government then dies in a duel at the age of 37
August 9, 2015
Episode 165 - Alexander Pushkin - Part Two
Pushkin graduated from the Lycee but falls into a life of debauchery and liberalism that gets him into lots of trouble.
July 12, 2015
Episode 164 - Alexander Pushkin - Part One
In today's podcast, we cover the early years of one of Russia's greatest poets, Alexander Pushkin.
June 14, 2015
Episode 163 - Leo Tolstoy - The Later Years of Transformation
This episode follows the last years of one of the greatest writers in history, Leo Tolstoy.
May 31, 2015
Episode 162 - Leo Tolstoy - Marriage, War and Peace and Anna Karenina
Tolstoy's marriage is somewhat infamous. What is not are two of his greatest works, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
April 30, 2015
Episode 161 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood Part II
Leo Tolstoy heads to the Crimean War in Sevastopol, then takes two trips through Europe.
April 12, 2015
Episode 160 - Leo Tolstoy - Manhood - Part 1
Leo Tolstoy submits his first book, Childhood, for publication. It is met with wild enthusiasm. He also joins his brother Nicholas in the Army and gets sent to the Crimea
March 3, 2015
Episode 159 - Leo Tolstoy - Boyhood and Youth
Leo Tolstoy deals with growing up, moving to Kazan and deciding what to do with his life.
February 23, 2015
Episode 158 - Leo Tolstoy - Childhood and Boyhood
Leo Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world history had quite a tumultuous childhood.
February 2, 2015
Episode 157 - Life on the Russian Country Estate - Part Two
In this episode, we concentrate on the serfs and their life on the Russian country estate.
January 3, 2015
Episode 156 - The Russian Country Estate - Part One
The Russian country estate before the Russian Revolution was a beautiful place for the noble family.
December 8, 2014
Episode 155 - Leon Trotsky - Ouster to End
Leon Trotsky goes from one of the most powerful men in Russia to being in exile and finally murdered in 1940.
December 2, 2014
Episode 154 - Leon Trotsky - 1905-1917
Between 1905 and 1817 Trotsky escaped from Siberia and headed to Europe awaiting the right moment to return to Russia.
November 17, 2014
Episode 153 - Leon Trotsky - Part One
Today, we cover the early years of Lev Bronstein, known to us as Leon Trotsky.
October 26, 2014
Episode 152 - The Life of Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
Feodor Dostoyevsky is considered one of the literary giants of Russia. His sometimes tragic life inspired many of his incredible writings.
October 6, 2014
Episode 151 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the 1812 Overture
Starting a new series on the culture of Russia, we begin with the legendary composer and musician, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
September 15, 2014
Episode 150 - The Mongol Invasion - Did it Really Matter?
In today's podcast we discuss whether the Mongol Invasion of 1240 had any impact on Russia.
August 17, 2014
Episode 149 - The Crimean War - The Aftermath
The aftermath of the Crimean War caused a shift in power within Europe with clear winners and losers.
August 10, 2014
Episode 148 - The Crimean War - The End
The war, dragging on for almost 2 years, needed to come to an end. The men were dying of disease and botched military planning. It was time.
July 13, 2014
Episode 147 - The Crimean War - Part Seven
The Crimean War was now at a standstill with the allies squabbling amongst themselves.
June 29, 2014
Slap Shot Episode - The Light Brigade
The Charge of the Light Brigade was a famous incident during the Battle of Balaclava. Today, I read the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Last of the Light Brigade by Rudyard Kipling.
June 23, 2014
Episode 146 - The Crimean War - Part Six
The Battles of Balaklava and Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade are covered in today's podcast.
June 2, 2014
Episode 145 - The Crimean War - Part Five
The Battle of Alma was a decisive allied win but it gave them a sense of overconfidence that would soon turn to dread.
June 1, 2014
Episode 144 - The Crimean War - The Leaders
Today's podcast will give you a background on the leaders of the combatants in the Crimean War.
May 20, 2014
Episode 143 - The Crimean War - Part Four
We now cover the beginning of the war and the incompetency of the diplomats and rulers who could have stopped the carnage.
April 30, 2014
Episode 142 - The Crimean War - Part Three
The events leading up to the conflict were avoidable but bungling and religious fervor stole the day.
April 13, 2014
Episode 141 - The Crimean War - Part Two
The causes of the war and a description of the enormity of it and the suffering are discussed.
April 13, 2014
Episode 140 - How's He Do It?
Today's podcast gives the listener a description of how Mark Schauss puts on an episode of the show
March 29, 2014
Episode 139 - The Crimean War - Part One - A Short History of Crimea
Today's podcast goes over the history of Crimea and talks about the reasons for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
March 9, 2014
Episode 138 - The Enserfment of the Russian Peasant
The enserfment of the Russian peasant is the saddest and most tragic event in Russian history. Learn how this happened from an innocent beginning to its conclusion in 1906.
March 2, 2014
Episode 137 - A Very Brief History of Belarus
Belarus has been part of Russian history for a long time. Here is a brief review of it.
February 10, 2014
Episode 136 - The Battle of Borodino
The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
February 2, 2014
Episode 135 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part 2
The three leading generals of the Napoleonic era were Bagration, Barclay de Tolly and Mikhail Kutuzov.
January 21, 2014
Episode 134 - The Russian Imperial Army
The Russian Imperial Army founded by Peter the Great has a long but mixed history.
January 5, 2014
Episode 133 - Russian Generals of the Napoleonic Era, Part One
Today's podcast follows the lives of three of the six great generals, Chichagov, Wittgenstein and Tormasov.
December 20, 2013
Episode 132 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin - Part 2
Rasputin's purported influence over the Tsar and Tsarina leads to his murder by members of the Russian aristocracy.
December 8, 2013
Episode 131 - The Life and Murder of Grigori Rasputin, Part 1
Rasputin's life and murder is one of the most controversial in world history. Here we try to set the record straight.
October 27, 2013
Episode 130 - Was the Starets Feodor Kuzmich Really Alexander I
The death of Alexander I has long been a mystery. Did he fake his death and become a starets named Feodor Kuzmich to atone for his role in his father Paul I's murder?
October 6, 2013
Episode 129 - The Four Rebellions - A Final Discussion
In today's podcast we review the rebellions and discuss why they happened and corollaries to today's world events.
September 30, 2013
Episode 128 - The Pugachev Rebellion
The Pugachev Rebellion reached incredible heights of violence only to be crushed, with Pugachev betrayed by his own men.
September 22, 2013
Episode 127 - The Pugachev Rebellion - Part 1
The Pugachev Rebellion was the largest of its kind in Russia until the revolutions of 1905 and 1917.
September 9, 2013
Episode 126 - The Bulavin Rebellion
The Bulavin Rebellion, while the smallest of the four, was the one that might have succeeded if a few things came out differently.
September 2, 2013
Episode 125 - The Rebellion of Stenka Razin
Stenka Razin, a Don Cossack ataman, led a large insurgent army towards Moscow to save the Tsar and get rid of the evil boyars.
August 19, 2013
Episode 124 - The Bolotnikov Rebellion - 1606-7
The Bolotnikov rebellion was the first of four major rebellions to hit Russia between 1600-1800.
August 12, 2013
Episode 123 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 4
From 1894 to present day, the ROC almost disappeared. Today, it is vibrant and international.
August 4, 2013
Episode 122 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 3
The Church went through years of decay post Peter the Great. Numerous schismatic groups flourished throughout Russia.
July 21, 2013
Episode 121 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 2
The Patriarchal Era spanned a little over 125 years until Peter the Great ended it in 1720.
July 14, 2013
Episode 120 - The History of the Russian Orthodox Church - Part 1
The Russian Orthodox Church's founding is steeped in myth and legend. Learn more about the early days in this episode.
June 23, 2013
Episode 119 - The Geography and Climate of Russia
Russia is a vast and cold country. Learn how that influenced its history.
June 17, 2013
Episode 118 - Chechnya and Russia: A Bad Relationship
Chechnya and Russia have a bitter relationship going back to the time of Ivan the Terrible.
May 13, 2013
Episode 117 - Vladimir Putin - An Unexpected Rise
Well we made it from Rurik to Putin with the last of the Rulers podcast, Vladimir Putin.
April 29, 2013
Episode 116 - President to Private Citizen - Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin
Boris Yeltsin was successful at tearing apart the USSR but failed at revitalizing Russia.
April 21, 2013
Episode 115 - A Coup, A Failure, and the Beginning of a New Russia
Yeltsin pushes the Soviet Union to the brink causing it to collapse on itself.
April 14, 2013
Episode 114 - Rise of the Phoenix
Yeltsin, demoted from the Politburo rises to lead Russia as it moves away from the Soviet Union.
April 3, 2013
Episode 113 - Yeltsin Begins to Make His Mark
Yeltsin becomes the First Secretary in Moscow and shakes up things. Along the way he begins to make numerous enemies as he tries to reform the corrupt nomenklatura culture of the communist party
March 17, 2013
Episode 112 - Yeltsin Grows Up
Boris Yeltsin goes from a young student to the First Secretary of the Sverdlovsk Oblast.
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