To The Quad! The Origins of “Indo-Pacific”

ChinaTalk | 13 March 2021 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Medcalf about his book Indo-Pacific Empire: China, America and the Contest for the World’s Pivotal Region. Discusses 15th-century Korean maps, the promise of the 1947 Asian Relations Conference, Australia and India’s shifting conceptions of their place in the region, the origins of the Quad (US, Japan, Australia-India Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), and China-Australia relations.

America and Iran: A History

The Iran Podcast | 19 November 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Ghazvinian about his book America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present. Discusses the history of US-Iran relations over the past few centuries and how the two countries went from mutual admiration to mutual hatred.

Cat Jarman: River Kings

The Book Club | 24 February 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cat Jarman about her book River Kings. Spins a global history of the Vikings out of a single carnelian bead found in a grave in Repton. Explains that there was more to the Viking culture than arson, rape and pillage in Northumbria – showing how 21st-century techniques have helped to expose a culture that raided and traded from Scandinavia as far as Baghdad and Constantinople, and may have been the ancestral population of the Russian heartland.

Adam Tooze and Matt Klein on Trade Wars are Class Wars

ChinaTalk | 11 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Adam Tooze and Matt Klein discuss Klein’s book Trade Wars Are Class Wars. Discusses Ricardo’s comparative advantage in a globalized age, why Stalin’s embrace of “socialism in one country” was a response to the hegemonic power of British (and American) capital, whether a Bolshevik Revolution is the best way to solve global inequality, how intra-elite conflict drives sovereignty-limiting engagement in international organizations, vaccines, Europe’s carbon markets, Keynes’ “bancor”, the Strategic Shiraz Reserve, and more.

Vikings in North America

History Extra | 2 March 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gordon Campbell about his book Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth. Discusses the debate about whether Norse explorers settled in North America a millennium ago, sets out what we know about the Vikings’ voyages across the Atlantic, and describes the claims and counterclaims of Protestants and Catholics, which were often grounded in racist ideology.

The Dark Ages: A Black Hole in Britain’s History

History Extra | 5 February 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Adams about his book The First Kingdom, Britain in the Age of Arthur. Discusses the evidence for what happened after the fall of Roman Britain, some of the current theories about the era 400-600 AD, and why Arthurian myths have proven so popular.

Rethinking Industrial Policy…and Everything Else

ChinaTalk | 17 February 2021 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jose Luis Ricón Fernández de la Puente of the blog nintil.com. Discusses whether the state invented the iPhone, if the trends of history are pointing Taiwan’s direction, why the way we fund science is broken, what mass conversions to Mormonism would mean for the American economy, and how to live forever.

Chaos & Communism: China’s 1949 Revolution

History Extra | 18 February2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Graham Hutchings about his book China 1949: Year of Revolution. Explores the events of a tumultuous year that saw communist victory in the Chinese civil war and the birth of the People’s Republic of China.