Why Revolution Engulfed 19th-Century Europe

History Extra | 9 May 2023 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher Clark about his book Revolutionary Spring: Fighting for a New World 1848–1849. Discusses the causes of the 1848 tidal wave of revolution across Europe and explores the consequences on the continent in the following decades.

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James Crawford’s The Edge Of The Plain

Little Atoms | 10 October 2023 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Crawford about his book The Edge Of The Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World. Discusses the history of borders and their role in shaping our world today, the Sumerian cuneiform that marks the oldest known border, the Sápmi lands of Scandinavia, and more.

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Thatcher, the IRA, and the Bomb That Changed History

The Bunker | 6 April 2023 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rory Carroll about his book Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown. Discusses the 1984 Grand Hotel bombing, when the Provisional IRA almost wiped out the British Cabinet, and the way it changed history.

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Peter Wilson on the Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples

School of War | 11 April 2023 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Wilson about his book Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500. Discusses Germany, Germans, and German speakers at war, covering The Holy Roman Empire, The Thirty Years War, the Treaty of Westphalia, Prussia’s emergence, Bismarck, and the World Wars.

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Cold War II: Niall Ferguson on The Emerging Conflict With China

Uncommon Knowledge | 1 May 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Niall Ferguson about the conflict over Taiwan: why it’s a cold war, when it started, how to avoid allowing it to become a hot war, and how to de-escalate and even win it. Along the way, discusses the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the role of the United States and Western Europe in both conflicts, and how we can avoid once again living under the threat of nuclear war as we did in Cold War I.

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South Korea’s F Word: Inside the Feminist Movement

Cover to Cover | 7 March 2023 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Hawon Jung about her book Flowers of Fire: The Inside Story of South Korea’s Feminist Movement and What It Means for Women’s Rights Worldwide. Discusses why “feminism” is such a loaded term in South Korea, the #MeToo movement, digital sex crimes, deep-rooted patriarchal gender norms, and how the women’s rights movement here connects to other movements in Asia and beyond.

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Margaret MacMillan on Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Baillie Gifford Prize | 20 April 2023 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Margaret MacMillan about her 2002 book Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World. Discusses the fascinating figures behind the 1919 peace process, the ways in which the book cast new light on the negotiations that influenced the modern world, and what could have been done differently to avert World War II.

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The New Science of Political Economy featuring James Robinson

unSILOed with Greg LaBlanc | 26 April 2023 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with James Robinson about his books Why Nations Fail and The Narrow Corridor, co-authored with Daron Acemoglu. Explores the correlation between inclusive political institutions and economic growth and prosperity and why the absence of state capacity in developing nations is a major contributing factor to their economic struggles. Highlights the necessity for a genuine debate on whether strong governments and effective state institutions facilitate or stifle independence and innovation.

See also the James Robinson interviews with The Good Fight and Social Science Bites and the Rocking Our Priors interview with Daron Acemoglu.

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