About the Project

Historias is a Spanish history podcast.  Each monthly episode is an interview with a historian on a particular topic in Spanish history.  Topics vary widely from ancient to modern times and may consider any part of the Iberian peninsula as well as the empires of any Iberian state.  Each episode maintains a high level of academic rigor while keeping the conservation accessible to the general public.  The primary language of the podcast is English, but some episodes are also in Spanish.

The purpose of the Historias podcast is to broaden the diffusion of the latest research on Spanish history and to promote dialogue between scholars across disciplinary, period and national boundaries.  The podcast’s name symbolizes these goals because “historias” means both “histories” and “stories” in Spanish.  The project aims to let scholars share their own perspectives and interpretations of the past, thus presenting different “histories,” while doing so through informal conversations that relate these interpretations as interesting “stories.”

About the Host

Foster Chamberlin is a visiting assistant professor of humanities at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.  He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of California- San Diego.  His research concerns military culture and political violence in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Spain.  His dissertation, “Honor Bound: The Military Culture of the Civil Guard and the Political Violence of the Spanish Second Republic, 1931-1936,” explored how the military culture of Spain’s gendarmerie, the Civil Guard, contributed to making it the most violent profession of the Second Republic period that immediately preceded the Civil War.  He has been the recipient of J. William Fulbright and Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowships.  Outside of academia, Foster enjoys surfing, hiking, camping, travelling and drinking craft beer.  His personal website is fchamberlin.weebly.com.


  • The 2018-19 theme music is “Serenata andaluza” by Manuel de Falla, performed by Esteban Sánchez.  Thanks to Ensayo Records for permission to use this music.
  • The 2017-18 theme music is “Aragón (Fantasía)” from the Suite Española Op. 47 by Isaac Albéniz, performed by Giuseppe Feola.  Thanks to Brilliant Classics for permission to use this music.
  • The header’s background image is of Christopher Columbus’s 1493 letter describing his first voyage.  The source is Wikimedia.  The image is in the public domain.
  • Thanks to Ecem Dalgakıranlar for designing the podcast logo.
  • Thanks to Leonidas Mylonakis for updating the web design.
  • Thanks to Chris Gratien and Nir Shafir of the Ottoman History Podcast (ottomanhistorypodcast.com) for their inspiration, suggestions and support.