Prisoners of Geography

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 19 April 2021 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Marshall about his books Prisoners of Geography and The Power of Geography. Discusses how our politics, demographics, economies and societies are determined by geography.

The Second Reich

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 18 January 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katja Hoyer about her book Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918. Discusses the events (and Bismark’s machinations) leading up to the proclamation of King Wilhelm I of Prussia as Emperor of the German Empire in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1871.

Big Data and History

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 9 December 2020 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Hoyer and Peter Turchin about their book Figuring Out the Past: The 3,495 Vital Statistics that Explain World History. Backgrounds the new transdisciplinary field of Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states. Discusses the implications for America today.

The Real Great Escape with Commander Steve Foster

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Foster relating an extraordinary Second World War escape story. Moving tale of two unlikely friends escaping a Nazi war camp, audaciously travelling across Europe, even visiting a Munich beer hall, before reaching the Swiss border. Subsequently became the book The Soldier Who Came Back.

How Democracy Dies

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 20 July 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends. Discusses the growing authoritarian strain attacking many democracies and how it came to be embraced and celebrated by many elites around the world.

Working Motherhood

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 April 2020 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Helen McCarthy about her book Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood. Discusses the complicated past of working motherhood, the forces seeking to include or exclude women from work, and how these developments have informed views on gender, work and equality.

Battle of Britain ‘What Ifs’

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 30 March 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jamie Wood and Niall Mackay about their application of statistics to evaluate historical counterfactuals. Discusses how they use data on airframe losses from the Battle of Britain to test how close Germany came to victory in the battle. Similarly considers the Dogger Bank and Jutland naval battles.

West Africa before the Europeans

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 February 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toby Green about his book A Fistful of Shells, which surveys the history of West Africa and West-Central Africa before the slave trade, and the effect the arrival of Europeans had on those societies. Explains how integrated the region was into the global economy, the impact of the slave trade on West Africa itself and how it turned the ruling elites against their populations which they now saw as fodder for slave traders.