For the slight chance that someone among my readers hasn’t heard of Dan Carlin
’s Hardcore History podcast yet, I highly recommend checking it out. His latest series Blueprint for Armageddon
, in which he tells the story of the first World War, is a good start.
What he does is looking at an event or an epoch from history by going through tons of material and combines them into one tale. But he always mentions his sources and how they differ, what might have been their biases etc. He provides a ton of context around events to give the listener a much better idea why stuff might have happened. Oh, and he has one of the best voices for podcasting I can imagine.
Btw. Carlin has a second podcast called Common Sense
that is more about contemporary politics.