The Russian Empire History Podcast

The Russian Empire History Podcast

Latest Episodes

Episode 1.20 - Before the Rus Part I
August 08, 2022

This episode begins a look across the region as it transitions from antiquity to the early medieval period.  Read the episode blog post: Support the podcast on Patreon or

Episode 1.19 - From Friends to Enemies
July 06, 2022

The Khazars began as Byzantium’s closest allies, sealed with the marriage of the khagan’s daughter to the emperor’s son. But one decision by the Khazars turned them into enemies. Read the episode blog post: https://therussianempirehistorypodcast/blog/epis

Special Episode 4 - The Russian Federation: Could It, Will It, Should It Break Up? - With Alexander Etkind
June 22, 2022

I’m joined in this episode by Russian historian Alexander Etkind, author of the 2013 book Internal Colonisation to discuss whether the Russian Federation actually could, or, indeed, should break up. Read the episode blog post here: https://therussianempir

Episode 1.18 - Time to Settle Down, the Domestic Economy of Khazaria
June 10, 2022

The Khazar Khaganate was the first steppe empire in the west that had an economy capable of self-sufficiency. In this episode, we look at the development of agriculture by Slavs and steppe settlers in the black earth region of the forest-steppe belt, and

Patreon Announcement
June 01, 2022

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Episode 1.17 - The Rise of the Khazars and the Arab-Khazar Wars
May 26, 2022

With the collapse of the Western Turk Empire, a new Khaganate appears. Soon they will face the might of the expanding Caliphate. Read the episode blog post here:

Episode 1.16 - The Mysterious Slavs
May 05, 2022

In this episode, we look at the origin of the Slavs, something we know remarkably little about. What do linguistic reconstructions, archeology and the written sources tell us? Read the episode blogpost at

Episode 1.15 - The Finno-Ugrians
April 11, 2022

This episode introduces the Finno-Ugrians, the original inhabitants of the forests of Northeastern Europe, whose descendants continue to maintain a distinct culture in modern Russia. Read the blog post here:

Episode 1.14 - Bulgars of the Western Steppe
March 28, 2022

In this episode, we look at the origins of the Bulgars, claimed as ancestors by several peoples of the Russian Empire from the Volga Bulgars to the Gagauz in modern day Moldova, and also, through Bulgaria, the source of the Cyrillic alphabet. Read the epi

Special Episode 3 - Putin’s Ukrainian Delusions - with Dr. Oleksa Drachewych
March 12, 2022

In this special episode, the podcast is joined by Oleksa Drachewych to discuss Putin’s claims regarding Ukrainian statehood and nationhood.  Episode blog post: