Justin Marozzi on Islamic Empires: The Cities That Shaped Civilization

Book Talk Today | 2 September 2021 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Justin Marozzi about his book Islamic Empires: The Cities That Shaped Civilisation From Mecca to Dubai. Discusses the growth of Islamic Empires across over time, the impact of different sects in Islam, 14C Samarkand, how Cordoba transformed into a Muslim city, recent events in Kabul and how it relates to history, hypocrisy within Islamic history, and the dividing nature of Dubai.

Twilight Struggle: Cold War Lessons for US-China Today

ChinaTalk | 7 May 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hal Brands about his book The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today. Discusses how the US capitalised on Soviet heavy-handedness in the developing world; how technology impacted the broader trajectory of the Cold War; the US’s never-ending cycles of self-confidence and self-doubt; today’s Sinologists versus Cold War Sovietologists; why the only person who can stop the war in Ukraine is the one who started it.

Mexico’s Ill-Fated Austrian Emperor

History Extra | 9 February 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Edward Shawcross about his book The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World. Discusses the disastrous attempt to install a Habsburg archduke, Ferdinand Maximilian, as emperor of Mexico in the mid-19th century, at a time when the US Civil War was raging.

Helen Thompson on Disorder

Talking Politics | 24 February 2022 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Helen Thompson about her book Disorder: Hard Times in the Twenty-First Century. Discusses the energy transition, the perils of QE, the travails of the Eurozone, the crisis of democracy, China, and America, from the past to the present to the future. Argues that past and future geopolitical turbulence is a function of fossil fuel energy.

David Friedman – Legal Systems Very Different from Ours

Ideas Having Sex | 25 April 2022 | 1h 20m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Friedman about his book Legal Systems Very Different from Ours. Describes the legal systems of societies throughout history and around the globe, including saga-era Iceland and examples where law enforcement is private and decentralised.

The Road to Peace and Prosperity: A Conversation with Barry Weingast

The Governance Podcast | 31 October 2018 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | Podcasts
Interview with Barry Weingast about his book Violence and Social Orders: A Conceptual Framework for Interpreting Recorded Human History, co-authored with Douglass C. North and John Joseph Wallis. Argues that developing countries are often held back by the need to privilege some actors in order to forestall violence.

Origin: How Did Humans Migrate to the Americas?

The Next Big Idea | 14 April 2022 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jennifer Raff about her book Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas. Explains the breakthroughs in genetics that have given scientists an entirely new understanding of how the Americas were peopled and what happened in the millennia that followed.