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.

Is the West at War with Russia?

The Inquiry | 29 November 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Evaluates whether Russia is right to feel threatened by the West given NATO expansion, Western meddling in the internal affairs of Russia and its neighbours, and provocative deployments of troops and military hardware.

The Thirty Years War

In Our Time | 6 December 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the war in Europe which began in 1618 and continued on such a scale and with such devastation that its like was not seen for another three hundred years. It pitched Catholics against Protestants, Lutherans against Calvinists and Catholics against Catholics across the Holy Roman Empire, drawing in their neighbours. Many more civilians died than soldiers, and famine was so great that even cannibalism was excused.

Neil MacGregor: Living With The Gods

Spectator Books | 20 September 2018 | 0h 30m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Neil MacGregor about the ideas in his book Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples, which tells the story of the world’s religions through objects. What do religions have in common? Why should there be an evolutionary advantage in engaging with the intangible or imaginary? And what does the history of religion tell us about the common threads of humanity?

George Soros: FT Person of the Year 2018

FT Big Read | 21 December 2018 | 0h 21m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Profiles George Soros and explains the thinking behind the FT’s selection of the billionaire philanthropist and liberal standard-bearer as its Person of the Year.