The Extraordinary Life of Sultan Selim I

History Extra | 28 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alan Mikhail about his book God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World. Discusses his biography of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, backgrounding how he transformed the empire in the early 16th century, and explaining the important consequences for the rest of the world.

Who Dares Wins: Britain in the Age of the Falklands

History Extra | 22 August 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Talk by Dominic Sandbrook exploring the history of Britain in the early 1980s. Argues that the Falklands War, not Margaret Thatcher’s election, was a cultural revolution that changed the UK’s national mood. Draws from his book Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979–1982.

The Picts

History Extra | 4 July 2020 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gordon Noble and Nicholas Evans about their book The King in the North. Blends history and archaeology to discuss insights from Aberdeen University’s Northern Picts Project on first millennium AD Scotland.

David Abulafia on The Boundless Sea

History Extra | 8 July 2020 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with David Abulafia about his book, The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, which recently won the 2020 Wolfson History Prize. Focuses on how the oceans increasingly interconnected humans through the medieval era.

A Legendary Pirate

History Extra | 3 June 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book, Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt. Tells the story of the infamous 17th-century English pirate Henry Avery, whose audacious raid on an Indian treasure ship sparked a global manhunt and changed the course of Indian history.

Rutger Bregman’s Optimistic History of the World

History Extra | 20 May 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rutger Bregman about his book, Humankind: A Hopeful History, which ranges over the past to argue that humanity is inherently good.

The Northumbrians: from Bede to Geordie Shore

History Extra | 6 May 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Jackson about his book The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People – A New History. Traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day, before ending with a primer on the Geordie dialect.

Okinawa: the Battle and the Bomb

History Extra | 1 April 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Saul David about his book Crucible of Hell: The Heroism and Tragedy of Okinawa, 1945. Discusses one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan.