The Russian Empire History Podcast show

The Russian Empire History Podcast

Summary: The history of all the peoples of the Russian Empire. New episode every other Sunday.

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 Episode 1.10 - The First Steppe Empire | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1902

In this episode we return to the narrative with a look at the Scythian migration from Central Asia into the southern Russian and Ukrainian steppe, and the first empire created by a steppe people.  Episode blog post

 Episode 1.09 - Steppe Warriors Part II - Wolf Packs and War Bands | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1848

In this episode we look at how a Bronze Age initiation ritual evolved into a cornerstone of steppe culture that drove the expansion and migration of nomadic peoples for centuries.

 Special Episode 1 - The Peaceful East 200 - The Bellingshausen Expedition, the Discovery of Antarctica and the First Russians in New Zealand - with Sergey Permitin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3195

This year is the 200th anniversary of the return to Russia of the Bellinghausen Expedition, which discovered the Antarctic continent and was the first Russian visit to New Zealand. In this episode, we discuss the expedition and its significance with special guest Sergey Permitin. Pictures by expedition artist Pavel Mikhailov in the collection of the Russian Museum: NZ Geographic articles on the first Russian visit to NZ: Peaceful East 200:

 Episode 1.08 - Steppe Warriors Part I - Horse Archers | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2526

Horsebreeding, lifestyle, and innovations in weaponry came together to make steppe warriors an almost unstoppable force. In this episode, we look at weapons and equipment of the mounted archers of the steppe and what made them different from their sedentary neighbours. Intro from The History of Saqartvelo Georgia podcast - find them on all good podcast platforms. You can support this podcast by donations via PayPal to

 Episode 1.07 Herodotus on the Scythians | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3021

Ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote about the Scythians at length, but his writings have always been controversial. What did the Father of History have to say about the steppe warriors, and how reliable is it? You can support this show by donating via PayPal to

 Episode 1.06 Into the Kurgans Part 3 - Rediscovering the Scythians | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2249

In this last part of our look at archeological discoveries in steppe kurgans, we look at how finds from Ukraine to Mongolia were put together to rediscover the Scythians. You can support this show by donating via PayPal to

 Episode 1.05 The Bosporan Kingdom | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1737

This episode looks at the Greek colonies of the northern Black Sea coast, the Bosporan Kingdom, breadbasket of the Ancient Greek world and an important interface between the steppe and sedentary civilisations.

 Episode 1.04 Into the Kurgans Part 2 - Sintashta | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2596

4000 years ago, another kurgan building culture developed - the ancestors of all the Iranic peoples appeared in the Southern Urals with a trade network from the Black Sea to the Pacific and innovations that would have an impact from China to Egypt. 

 Episode 1.03 Into the Kurgans - Yamnaya | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1926

5000 years ago, nomadic steppe lifestyles began with the Yamnaya people, likely speakers of Proto-Indo-European, who left kurgan graves across the steppe, and whose descendants spread across half the world. Check out the REHP blog for a map of the Yamnaya homeland

 Episode 1.02 The Urheimat | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1667

Beginning a look at the Bronze Age steppe and the origins of steppe cultures. What was Proto-Indo-European and why is it associated with the steppe?

 Episode 1.01 The Plain and the Steppe | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 2105

This episode introduces the geographical setting of Season 1, the East European Plain and the Great Steppe, its geography, climate, resources, and where some of the peoples that will play a key role in our story emerge. Check out the episode blog post for maps

 Introduction | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 436

This episode is a brief introduction to this podcast, its themes and plans.


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