About the podcast
Originally intended as a history of The Thirty Years War, the scope of the project grew to now include the entire Early Modern Period of European History. The project has stated with an introduction to the geography of Europe and the way its residents lived in the Middle Ages. After the introduction, the podcast will cover the events of the Protestant Reformation and their geopolitical context, the wars that resulted, and their impact upon people caught up in events. Also touched on will be changing technology, the role of women, class, the economy, the military revolution, and many many other things.
About the podcast-or
Ben Benjamin Jacobs has a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and received his BA in International Relations from Worcester, Massachusetts' Clark University. Having grown up in New Jersey, Benjamin now resides in Providence, Rhode Island, where he works as a Research Technician doing a lot of things with maps so that other people can do things with money that will hopefully make someone's life better. Benjamin is a lifelong lover of history and lives with a cat and a woman. The woman married him which was a pretty nice gesture all around. As with most history lovers, Benjamin is fond of elbow patches and large rooms with dark wood paneling and lots of books. Ben and his wife have a child who is remarkably destructive for such a small creature. She is also cute and makes every room she enters slightly better.
Late Cohost Nori
Nori was a teeny black cat that we got from the Providence Animal Rescue League. We think she was part British short hair, regardless she had a very thick coat that was so soft. Her first owners were not particularly nice to her. She seemed to like us. We got her when we were still in the old apartment, you can see us there to the left doing our best Sonic Youth impression. She died of the kitty version of breast cancer in 2019. We still miss her, and I occasionally say her name when I am yelling at Duncan and it makes Di sad. I don't think Duncan minds, he's just happy to be here. She is buried under the rose bush in the yard.