Warlords of History
Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 2 (From Soldier to Warlord to General)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 2 (From Soldier to Warlord to General)

June 29, 2022

Under the shadow of a crumbling Safavid Iranian Empire, torn apart by rebellions, foreign heavyweights and destined to fall to the Afghan Hotak dynasty in 1722, Nader is pulled into the chaotic maelstrom. Emerging from the rubble as a rogue warlord within Khorasan until a renegade Safavid prince (Tahmasp II) appears in the region, looking to regain the empire. Nader entering his service and quickly proving himself indispensable to the Iranian Shah in exile, headlined by Nader's engineering of a stunning victory over the Abdali Afghans at the Battle of Sangan in 1727.

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Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 1 (Harsh Realities of a Crumbling Empire)

Nader (Nadir) Shah - Part 1 (Harsh Realities of a Crumbling Empire)

May 18, 2022

In this episode we begin uncovering the lifetime of Nader Shah (1688 - 1747), the last of the Great Asiatic Military Conquerors. A brilliant battlefield commander who reversed the fortunes of 18th century Iran, salvaging it from the teeth of internal and external foes. Beginning as the unlikely story of an insignificant and poverty stricken youth, hardened by his chaotic environment. Struggling to survive within the crumbling Safavid Iranian Empire, its foundation now rotting due to a series of lethargic monarchs, disconnected to the harsh realities and changing headwinds of the wider world. 

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 7/7 (The Macedonian Hegemony of Greece)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 7/7 (The Macedonian Hegemony of Greece)

April 1, 2022

In the series finale exploring the lifetime and dazzling achievements of King Philip II of Macedon, Philip leads his unstoppable army to win scintillating victories against both familiar and new Balkan foes. Before stumbling heavily, failed sieges on Greek cities that reignites war with the Athenians, under whom a formidable Greek coalition is formed. The prelude to Philip's crowning achievement, his astonishing victory at the Battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE, asserting Macedon as the unquestioned master of Greece. Followed by his death and colossal legacy, having ushered in a new era in antiquity.

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Interview with Professor Barry Strauss (Ancient Military Leadership and Attributes for Greatness)

Interview with Professor Barry Strauss (Ancient Military Leadership and Attributes for Greatness)

March 1, 2022

In this episode, Professor Strauss, a leading expert on ancient military history and best selling author, joins the podcast as a featured guest. We explore the attributes and motivations that define those that reach the upper echelons as the most effective military leaders in antiquity. Before going deeper into one of the greatest, Octavian, the future Augustus and first Roman Emperor. Discussing his spectacular rise in the face of a formidable opposing duo, Mark Antony and Cleopatra. All of whom are featured in his newest book "The War that Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra and Octavian at Actium."  

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 6/7 (Recognition and Respect)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 6/7 (Recognition and Respect)

January 26, 2022

With Thermopylae blocked to his passage, Philip II of Macedon leads his forces north, asserting dominance over friend and foe alike. Triggering the powerful Chalcidian League to flip their allegiance to Athens and attempt a daring invasion into Macedon while Philip is abroad. Who unleashes a clever diversion and an overwhelming counterattack to decisively end the threat, firmly entrenching Macedon as a major power in Greece. A status galvanized in 346 BCE through masterful deception and diplomatic brilliance, used to seize Thermopylae with Greece now wide open to the Macedonian King. 

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 5/7 (Wielding the Strength of the Gods)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 5/7 (Wielding the Strength of the Gods)

December 6, 2021

Continuing a spectacular run of military successes, King Philip II of Macedon leads his army to erase Methone off the map, the last Athenian city near Macedonia's domains. Allowing Philip to focus on the expansion of his kingdom, including a campaign into Greece that abruptly ends with a humbling defeat against Phocis. Forcing Philip to retreat and leverage the strength of the gods, returning to win a stunning victory at the Battle of Crocus Field in 352 BCE. Gaining control of northern Greece, but prevented from moving southwards, finding the Athenians blocking his path at Thermopylae.

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 4/7 (Gold Mines of Opportunity)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 4/7 (Gold Mines of Opportunity)

October 26, 2021

Showing glimpses of bold aggression under its newly named King, Philip II, Macedon's neighbours grow increasingly unsettled. Anticipating a backlash yet unwilling to compromise on remaking his kingdom into a dominant power, Philip begins securing alliances, while struggling under the weight of a Macedonian economy still in tatters, unable to finance the expansion of his menacing but relatively small army. Causing Philip to embark on an audacious path, pouncing on the city of Amphipolis and its lucrative gold mines and plunging Macedon into war with the mighty, but distracted, Athenians.

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 3/7 (The Rise of Macedon Begins)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 3/7 (The Rise of Macedon Begins)

September 17, 2021

Having guided Macedon from the edge of collapse, Philip II establishes an uneasy peace with the surrounding nations of classical Greece and the Balkans. Using this short reprieve to continue the reinvention of the Macedonian army and begin repairing the internal divides that had long plagued his kingdom. Then striking back out against his enemies during his 2nd year in power. In 358 BCE, first taking on the Paeonians, followed by a defining test against King Bardylis of the Dardanians and Illyrians. Raising alarm all around and setting the stage for a monumental clash with the mighty Athenians.  

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 2/7 (Pulling Macedon out of the Abyss)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 2/7 (Pulling Macedon out of the Abyss)

July 21, 2021

While held hostage in the city of Thebes, Philip II of Macedon is afforded a top tier military education, profoundly impacting the astute young man. This happening as the Kingdom of Macedon wrestles with internal court intrigues and murder, before facing a renewed wave of foreign incursions that ends in disaster and the death of the reigning king. Having returned to this homeland, Philip is elected as the interim leader in 359 BCE, using diplomatic guile and cunning to save the realm for the edge of collapse while buying valuable time to begin molding the Macedonian army into an unrivalled force.

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Philip II of Macedon - Part 1/7 (A Kingdom Lost in Struggle)

Philip II of Macedon - Part 1/7 (A Kingdom Lost in Struggle)

June 17, 2021

In this episode we begin exploring the path blazed by Philip II of Macedon (382 - 336 BCE). A military and diplomatic genius who ushered in the Rise of Macedon, bringing Greece to its knees and that laid the foundation for the conquest to the Achaemenid Persian Empire. In order to appreciate how truly unbelievable this ascendancy was, we backtrack deep into the tumultuous history of the Macedonian Kingdom in the lead up to Philip's youth, to understand the depths of his starting point, a nation teetering on collapse, scarred with internal disunity and ever threatened by powerful neighbours.

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