I’m thrilled to announce the launch of my new podcast: Context.  If you’ve enjoyed engaging in history with me so far, I think you’ll continue to find value in the new show. First, I’d like to take a moment to explain my shift from How It Began to the new podcast, Context.

As those of you who’ve followed How It Began will know, the show essentially functions as my argument for two claims: progress and modernity are real, and the historical factors that have made them possible are sacred. I was motivated to launch How It Began because it is shocking to me how contested these two claims have become within academia and among public intellectuals. I’ve released 20 episodes for How It Began; 20 case studies designed to support those two claims. I could certainly continue releasing more such case studies, and there are definitely more topics that I would love to present, many of which have been suggested by you. But I think 20 episodes goes a long way in making the overall argument, for now at least, and as a historian one of the things I think is also really important is to explore how other scholars have formulated their own insights on the rise of the modern world. I think we’ve reached an opportune moment to do that. I’m not here to declare that How It Began is over – it’s going to remain available to you indefinitely through the website and podcast feed, and I hope to release new episodes from time to time in the future. But for now, I’d love to invite you to stay with me as we continue engaging in history through the new show, Context.

Through Context, we’re going to explore how other scholars have developed their own insights on the rise of the modern world. There are countless great books on this subject, but most people simply don’t have time to read them. In Context, I aim to distill the wisdom from those works for you, and contextualize the authors’ arguments. This will fundamentally serve as a book review, straightforward and very effective for learning history. We all want to navigate toward greater prosperity, and we can argue over politics and values all day in the effort, but unless we understand our historical context our discourse will be bloated with bad assumptions and progress will stall. We owe it to our future to be better historians. I am deeply grateful to have a growing community of you who value this idea as much as I do, and I hope Context helps us toward that end.

Please take a minute right now to subscribe to Context on Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening; if the link is not in your show notes, search Context with Brad Harris on your favorite podcast player. Also, the new website is live, check it out at bradharris.com. You can find me on twitter @bradcoleharris, and the new facebook page for Context is up and running as well.

Thank you so much. Please enjoy a preview of the new show here, and to listen to the complete episode, be sure to subscribe to Context with Brad Harris and continue on in that podcast feed. I’ll see you there.

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