Churchill’s Navy

History Extra | 14 March 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthew Seligmann, author of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: Winston Churchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915. Discusses the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals.

Medieval Warrior Queen

History Extra | 21 February 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Hanley, author of Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior. Tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’. Suggests Matilda wielded power more effectively than acknowledged by period chroniclers unable to accept a woman as ruler.

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.