Stories of War with Max Hastings

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 14 November 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Max Hastings about his book Soldiers: Great Stories of War and Peace. Examines not just the heroism of those who have fought wars over the centuries but also the suffering and squalor that conflict brings. Reflects on his own experiences as a battlefield reporter in Vietnam and the Falklands, the effect those experiences had on him and why battlefields continue to fascinate him and the public.

The Economics of Ancient Rome with George Maher

The CapX Podcast | 15 October 2021 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with George Maher about his book Pugnare: Economic Success and Failure. Argues that the ascent of Rome wasn’t just a military or cultural achievement – it was an economic one. Discusses the Romans’ innovations in free trade, currency and banking, and why the lessons from the empire’s downfall are still relevant today.

Mark Mazower: The Greek Revolution

John Sandoe Books | 9 November 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mark Mazower about his book The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe. Discusses the Greek war of independence against the Ottoman Empire; its post-Napoleonic context; the divisions within the Greek side, the incompetence of the Ottoman response; Lord Byron and the engagement of public opinion in the West; and its sudden end after a combined British, Russian and French flotilla wiped out the Ottoman fleet.

Selling China’s Story

ChinaTalk | 7 November 2021 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Maggie Baughman about how the Chinese government uses Western social media to promote their desired image of China internationally. Discusses how she used public procurement data to identify the companies helping the Chinese government; the scale of the revenues involved; how Facebook benefits from this; and how China’s messaging contrasts with other countries.

The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

In Our Time | 14 October 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the republic that emerged from the union of the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 14th Century. At first, this was a personal union, similar to that of James I and VI in Britain, but this was formalised in 1569 into a vast republic, stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Kings and princes from across Europe would compete for parliament to elect them King and Grand Duke, and the greatest power lay with the parliaments. When the system worked well, the Commonwealth was a powerhouse, and it was their leader Jan Sobieski who relieved the siege of Vienna in 1683, defeating the Ottomans. Its neighbours exploited its parliament’s need for unanimity, though, and this contributed to its downfall. Austria, Russia and Prussia divided its territory between them from 1772, before the new, smaller states emerged in the 20th Century.

James Breiding on Small-Nation Success

American Purpose’s Bookstack | 26 February 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with James Breiding about his book Too Small To Fail: Why Some Small Nations Outperform Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World. Discusses lessons from eight small economies about the factors that have allowed them to successfully tackle problems that trip up larger countries.

At Home with the Mongols

History Extra | 11 October 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marie Favereau about her book The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World. Discusses how the Mongol empire was governed and what everyday life was like within the empire ruled by Nomadic Mongol Khans for three centuries.