History's Most Insane Rulers

Sultan Ibrahim I practiced archery on his palace servants, murdered dozens of his concubines, and universally despised in the Ottoman Empire

 

 

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History's Most Insane Rulers

What happens when a king or emperor has absolute power but can’t separate fantasy from reality? Ask Emperor Caligula, George III, and many others.

 

 

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Emperor Caligula's Madness

Caligula set a disastrous precedent for future emperors by declaring himself divine, appointing his horse senator, and having relations with his sister.

 

 

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Germany's Economic Miracle

Rebuilding your economy is never easy. Germany, after WW2, had to literally rebuild its entire nation from the ground up. And it did so in a decade.

 

 

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History on the Net: Research All Of History. From Ancient Mesopotamia to the Cold War

History on the Net features articles and podcast episodes on everything from Ancient Near East civilizations to 20th century global warfare. Topics covered include military history, diplomacy, everyday life, biographies, and schematics of fortifications—whether you’re looking for a medieval castle or World War I trench.

We also host the History Unplugged Podcast, the only show that dedicates episodes to both interviewing history experts and answering questions from its audience. First it features long-form interviews with best-selling authors who have written about everything from World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids to presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk. Second, it features a call-in show where you can ask our resident historian (Scott Rank, PhD) absolutely anything (What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and 12 concubines? If you were sent back in time, how would you kill Hitler?).

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About the Editor


Scott Michael Rane, Ph.D.Scott Michael Rank, Ph.D., is the editor of History on the Net and host of the History Unplugged podcast. A historian of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, he is a publisher of popular history, a podcaster, and online course creator.

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