The Historical Relationship Between England and Ukraine Explored Through Football

TLDR This episode delves into the historical connection between England and Ukraine, focusing on their relationship in the context of a football match. It discusses topics such as the Kievan Rus, the Crimean War, Anglo-Ukrainian relations, and the physical appearances of English football players in relation to historical figures.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 This episode explores England's historical relationship with Ukraine, particularly in the context of their football match.
04:25 The Kievan Rus, a group of Vikings who established Kiev as a stronghold, converted to Byzantine Christianity and had a slightly ambivalent status as allies of the Byzantine emperors, and there is evidence to suggest that a New England was granted to Anglo-Saxon Varangians on Crimea.
08:48 Crimea is significant for both Ukrainians and Russians as it is seen as the birthplace of Russian Christianity and has a sacred significance similar to Canterbury or Jerusalem, and the Crimean War was fought by a Turkish Anglo-French alliance against the Russians and centered around Sevastopol.
12:47 The Crimean War exemplifies two key approaches to attacking the enemy: the Charge of the Light Brigade, which goes disastrously wrong, and the thin red line defense strategy.
16:30 The Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War has a revisionist history that tries to portray it as a success, but it is seen as a bloody disaster and a heroic failure in British culture, similar to the love for football disasters, and is motivated by guilt and a cult of martyrdom.
19:57 The legacy of nursing and the mythologization of figures from British imperial history, such as Mary Seacole, are discussed, along with a brief mention of Anglo-Ukrainian relations and the city of Donetsk's British foundation.
23:57 Donetsk, a city in Ukraine, was originally founded by a Welshman named John Hughes who brought skilled laborers from Wales to set up factories, but after the Russian Revolution, the British were kicked out and the city was renamed Starlino and then Donetsk.
27:48 The historian Timothy Snyder's book "Bloodlands" highlights the extreme violence and mass graves in Ukraine, and Gareth Jones, a British journalist, exposed the Holodomor famine in the early 1930s, which was later denied by Walter Durante of the New York Times.
31:35 The hosts discuss the physical appearances of English football players and compare them to figures from history, such as Harry Maguire resembling someone from the First World War, Jack Grealish resembling a character from Dickens, and Harry Kane resembling a Habsburg Prince.
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