The Russian Empire History Podcast

The Russian Empire History Podcast

The history of all the peoples of the Russian Empire. Russian imperialism from its origins to the present day. New episode twice a month. Subscribe for exclusive Member Episodes


September 23, 2023 39 mins

Vladimir’s death plunges Rus into chaos as his sons fight over the succession.

Mark as Played

This episode looks at Vladimir’s reign from the baptism of Rus until his death. Did he manage to do anything else noteworthy?

Mark as Played

What happened at the baptism of Rus, and inventing St. Vladimir/Volodymyr from the Tale of Bygone Years to Vladimir Putin.

Mark as Played

Vladimir continues to expand his territory and to consider the role of religion in his kingdom.

Mark as Played

The death of Svyatoslav found Rus unprepared for the succession. The three sons he left in charge of Kyiv, the Drevlians, and Novgorod, soon turn to fighting among themselves.

Mark as Played

In the late Soviet period and in post-Soviet Russia, Lev Gumilev’s passionary theory of ethnogenesis and pseudo-historical ideas of a Jewish-Khazar chimera gained enormous popularity, leading to elaborate conspiracy theories of shadowy forces behind contemporary events.

Read the blog post at:

Subscribe on Patreon, Spotify or Apple Podcasts for exclu...

Mark as Played

Vladimir Putin says he believes in the “passionary theory”. What does he mean, and where do the Khazars come in?

Mark as Played

Part I of a short series looking at the Khazars after the fall of Khazaria. Was there a connection between the Khazars and East European Jews?

Mark as Played
April 28, 2023 41 mins

In this episode, we look at the first Rus ruler with a Slavic name, but a not so Slavic personal style. If it wasn’t for those treacherous Byzantines, things could have turned out very differently...

Mark as Played
April 15, 2023 43 mins

In this episode, we continue our introduction to Volga Bulgaria with a look at the ruling dynasty, the capital city, and their conversion to Islam.

Mark as Played
April 3, 2023 33 mins

In this episode, we begin exploring the formation of Volga Bulgaria, a major medieval European kingdom that will play a significant role in our story.

Subscribe for exclusive member episodes via Patreon, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.

Mark as Played

In this special episode, I discuss how Byzantium viewed Rus and aspects of their relationship with Dr Monica White of the University of Nottingham.

Mark as Played
March 4, 2023 70 mins

Olga of Kyiv has been venerated as a saint and gained popularity in modern times as a vengeful warrior queen, but how true are those stories? Listen to this episode to find out the true story of Olga.

Subscribe on Patreon, Apple Podcasts, or Anchor for Spotify to access exclusive member episodes.

Mark as Played
February 18, 2023 39 mins

In this episode, we look at what the Tale of Bygone Years tells us about Rurik’s successors, Oleg and Igor, and try to figure out what actually might have happened. 

Read the blogpost:

Mark as Played

In this episode we look at the traditional founder of the ruling dynasty of Rus, discuss what the Rus chronicles were and how they were created, and cover the mistranslation of Rus titles.

Read the blog post:

For exclusive episodes, support on Patreon, subscribe through Apple Podcasts, or Anchor for Spotify.

Mark as Played
December 19, 2022 34 mins

This episode concludes our introduction to the Rus with a look at their move into the Dnieper valley and the trade routes to Byzantium and Western Europe.

Sign up with Patreon, subscribe through Apple Podcasts, or on Anchor for Spotify listeners to get access to exclusive episodes and support the show.

Support the Plant and Hire Alliance campaign to send 10,000 generators to Ukraine

Mark as Played
November 12, 2022 30 mins

In Part II, we look at Scandinavian and Rus encounters with the Bulgars and Khazars. 

Mark as Played
October 29, 2022 27 mins

This episode starts a short series considering the early Rus with a look at where Rus began.

Mark as Played

The final part of this mini-series looks at the first tentative steps of Scandinavian travelers into the East.

Read the blog post here:

Sign up for our Patreon, subscribe in Apple Podcasts, or support on Anchor (for Spotify listeners).

Mark as Played
October 2, 2022 78 mins

An introduction to one of the biggest controversies in Russian and Ukrainian history - who were the Rus?

Mark as Played

Popular Podcasts

    Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    Crime Junkie

    If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    Around the NFL's "Around the NFL" crew (Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus and Marc Sessler) break down the latest football news, with a dash of mirth.

    Stuff You Should Know

    If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    The Bobby Bones Show

    Listen to 'The Bobby Bones Show' by downloading the daily full replay.

Advertise With Us

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


    © 2023 iHeartMedia, Inc.