Back in the dim and misty days of the early 1990s, when I was a freshman in college, I enrolled in a course called Honors Humanities. It was abbreviated in the course catalog as HHUM and therefore known by students as HoHum. It was a three-semester survey of Western Civilization that was taught by a team of faculty from the history, art history, religion, and literature departments.
I like to think I've come a long way since the dim and misty days of the early 1990s, but HoHum shaped my intellectual foundations. I've always appreciated its multidisciplinary approach to history. It taught me a key reality: nothing happens in isolation. Art is shaped by politics; science is shaped by literature. And so here I am today, with a blog that attempts the same strategy.
I'm a freelance writer and author with three books to my name. You can learn more about my work and find links to my books at my personal website, www.lunday.com.
September 5th, 2019 | Season 1 | 37 mins 46 secs
1919, american history, bonus episode, kaiser wilhelm ii, season 1, woodrow wilson, world history, world war i
In August 1914, the world's most powerful nations stumbled into the most devastating war the world had ever known. But why? We examine the origins of the Great War as if it were a bar fight--an analogy that makes more sense than you might imagine.
September 3rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 29 mins 40 secs
1919, canadian history, season 1, w.b. yeats, world history, world war i
Welcome to the Year That Was podcast, and welcome to the year 1919. It was time of enormous hope for some--the Great War had ended and there was a whole new world waiting to be build. But others saw nothing ahead but more violence, disease, hunger and fear. Who was right?
August 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 18 mins 2 secs
1919, american history, season 1, world history
We think of history as a series of individual events--but really, history happens everywhere, all at once, at the same time. Welcome to The Year That Was, the podcast that looks history as it was really experienced, one year at time. We're starting with 1919, a year of peace and war, disease and discovery, hope and anxiety.