250 Years of US Trade Policy

ChinaTalk | 17 May 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Douglas Irwin about his book Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy. Discusses the history of U.S. trade policy from the 18th century to the modern day, highlighting significant legislation and the formation of important intergovernmental organizations that have sprung up along the way.

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Life in a Changing China

Chinese Whispers | 27 May 2024 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Yuan Yang about her book Private Revolutions: Four Women Face China’s New Social Order. Discusses the personal stories of four millennial women who lived through the major changes in China that see them living very different lives from their parents and grandparents.

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The Global Political Order is Shifting ft. Gary Gerstle

Top Traders Unplugged | 29 May 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Gary Gerstle about his book The Rise and Fall of The Neoliberal Order: America and the World in the Free Market Era. Delves into the shifting landscape of the global political order, from the decline of the New Deal Order to the ramifications of the Global Financial Crisis. Traces the trajectory of the Neoliberal Order and its impact on contemporary society. Considers the potential rise of authoritarianism worldwide, industrial policy and the implications of protectionism, and the prospect of increased antitrust activism in the US.

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Examining Elections | Featuring David van Reybrouck

How to Fix Democracy | 24 November 2021 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David van Reybrouck about his book Against Elections. Discusses the philosophical underpinnings of representative democracy, and the latest developments in deliberative democracy and citizens’ assemblies, challenges the centrality of elections to democracy, and considers the state of political communication and citizenship today.

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Michael Cook on A History of the Muslim World

Rocking Our Priors | 29 May 2024 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Michael Cook about his book A History of the Muslim World. Discusses whether religious authoritarianism weakened Islamic science; why there were so few peasant rebellions in the Middle East and North Africa; Ghazali’s theological importance; what determined the rate at which people converted to Islam; why there was so much religious syncretism and diversity in the Ottoman Empire; why the Muslim world fell behind economically; whether the Ottoman Empire banned the printing press; why South Asia the only place where Muslims ruled for hundreds of years yet remained a minority; whether colonialism triggered an Islamic backlash; and why Muslim countries often have weak state capacity.

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Mukund Padmanabhan on The Great Flap of 1942

Asian Review of Books | 25 April 2024 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mukund Padmanabhan about his book The Great Flap of 1942: How the Raj Panicked over a Japanese Non-invasion. Backgrounds the events of April 1942 when at least half a million people fled Madras, now Chennai, fearing Japanese invasion. Discusses the debate about how to respond to the threat of a Japanese invasion.

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An African Perspective on the History of Africa

History Extra | 18 April 2024 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Zeinab Badawi about her book An African History of Africa: From the Dawn of Humanity to Independence. Describes the ancient civilisations, medieval empires and deeds of great men and women commonly overlooked in the telling of African history.

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Was Marco Polo a ‘Sexpat’?

Chinese Whispers | 15 April 2024 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jeremiah Jenne about his book review Marco Polo: Travel Writer? Fraud? Sexpat? Discusses The Travels of Marco Polo; how much Europeans observe when they go to China and the reliability of their accounts, understood and told through the perspective of the outsider; how Marco Polo’s portrayal of China moulded the western mindset on the country in the centuries since, and even today; and what it says about 13C China that a trio of Venetian merchants could make it to the heart of the Mongol empire.

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