The Bronze Age Collapse

In Our Time | 16 June 2016 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses the Bronze Age Collapse, the sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilisations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Explores potential reasons for the collapse including droughts, rebellions, the breakdown of trade as copper became less desirable, earthquakes, invasions, volcanoes and the mysterious Sea Peoples.

The Origins of Civilisation

History Extra | 18 December 2017 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with political scientist James C Scott about his book Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. Explores the evidence for the forces and processes involved in early agriculture and state-building. Includes some delicious asides about the necessity of grains to raising taxes.

Gregory Clark on What Caused the Industrial Revolution

Rationally Speaking | 14 May 2017 | 1h 06m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Gregory Clark, author of A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World. Evaluates the various arguments for the causes, timing and location of the industrial revolution.

The Entebbe Raid

History Extra Podcast | 10 May 2018 | 0h 44m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Saul David, author of Operation Thunderbolt, on the story of the Israeli operation to rescue hostages from an airport in Uganda in 1976. Fresh insights on the planning and execution of the raid and its long-term consequences.

Paul Morland: How Population Shifts Change World History

Radio New Zealand | 18 January 2019 | 0h 24m | Listen Later 
Interview with Paul Morland, author of The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World. Sets out how demographic change has influenced and explains much of the history of the last two centuries.

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Great Books | 10 July 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Andrew Latham of Macalester College about Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, a book with enduring insight on the human condition, especially with regard to politics and war.

Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.

Why the West Rules – For Now, by Ian Morris

Context with Brad Harris | 9 January 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Distils the ideas in Why the West Rules – For Now by Ian Morris. Suggests that the interactions of human biology, sociology, and geography reveal a fundamental pattern in history that lets us answer historical questions like why the West rules for now, and what will happen next.