Scott Reynolds Nelson on Oceans of Grain

Eat This Podcast | 20 June 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
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Three-part interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain. Discusses the various ways in which the ability to move wheat more efficiently changed world history, geography and economics; the various financial innovations developed to facilitate the grain trade; and the history of empires taxing and controlling the movement of grain as an exercise of political and commercial power.

I read this book after listening to the Meb Faber episode. It is an excellent read, framing world history through the lens of grain trading, generating numerous insights along the way.

Alexander Mikaberidze – Napoleon, War, Progress, and Global Order

The Lunar Society | 13 July 2022 | 1h 23m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Alexander Mikaberidze about his book The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History. Discusses the global ramifications of the Napoleonic Wars – from India to Egypt to America; how Napoleon was the last of the enlightened despots; whether he would have made a good startup founder; how the Napoleonic Wars accelerated the industrial revolution; the roots of the war in Ukraine, and more.

Escape from Colditz

History Extra | 13 September 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Macintyre about his book Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle. Discusses the infamous German Second World War prisoner of war camp, some of the ingenious escape attempts from the hilltop castle, and reveals how the prisoner experience encompassed boredom, racism and class conflict.

Oded Galor on The Journey of Humanity

Top Traders Unplugged | 14 September 2022 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Oded Galor about his book The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality. Discusses unified growth theory; the historical roots of inequality in geography, culture, and human diversity; the Malthusian trap; and the costs and benefits of diversity for a society.

Charles C. Mann – Americas Before Columbus & Scientific Wizardry

The Lunar Society | 14 September 2022 | 1h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Charles C. Mann about his books 1491: New Revelations of America before Columbus, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, and The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World. Discusses why Native American civilizations collapsed, why he disagrees with Will MacAskill about longtermism, why there aren’t any successful slave revolts, how Bitcoin is like the Chinese Silver Trade, how geoengineering can help us solve climate change, and more.

Walter Stahr On Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival

Uncommon Knowledge | 1 September 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Walter Stahr about his book Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln’s Vital Rival. Discusses the life and work of Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary under Lincoln: his work as an antislavery lawyer; US Senator, where he was instrumental in helping to settle the slavery question in the United States; governor of Ohio; and Treasury secretary, where he standardized the dozens of currencies then being issued by local banks and to give the US a national currency and a system of national banks.

How the Persians Were Written Out of History

History Extra | 8 June 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones about his book Persians: The Age of The Great Kings. Argues that Eurocentric depictions of the “barbarous” Persians have obscured the achievements of one of the ancient world’s great civilisations.

Brad DeLong on Slouching Towards Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 5 September 2022 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Brad DeLong about his book Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century. Discusses the competing political and economic systems that dominated the “long 20th century” from 1870 to 2010, and how we managed to create such enormous wealth and still be left with such intractable problems.