Chaos & Communism: China’s 1949 Revolution

History Extra | 18 February2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Graham Hutchings about his book China 1949: Year of Revolution. Explores the events of a tumultuous year that saw communist victory in the Chinese civil war and the birth of the People’s Republic of China.

Cundill Prize-Winner Camilla Townsend on Global History

History Extra | 11 December 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Camilla Townsend about her book Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, which recently won the Cundill History Prize. Discusses the process of writing Aztec history drawing on texts written by the indigenous people themselves. Also discusses the wider challenges of writing global history for a popular audience.

Searching for Freedom After the Holocaust

History Extra | 19 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rosie Whitehouse about her book The People on the Beach: Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust. Describes the story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sailed from Italy to Palestine in 1946, taking on the might of the Royal Navy in the process. Explains why, after being liberated, they did not feel safe in Europe.

Women in Greek Myths

History Extra | 25 November 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Natalie Haynes about her book Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths. Discusses the varied portrayals of women in Greek mythology, finding that the figures who emerge from different retellings and translations owe more to modern mores than historical fidelity.

Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton

History Extra | 22 December 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ron Chernow about his book Alexander Hamilton. Discusses the extraordinary life of the American Founding Father and the hip-hop musical that was inspired by the book.

Were the Suffragettes Terrorists?

History Extra | 18 December 2020 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Fern Riddell about her book Death in Ten Minutes: The Forgotten Life of Radical Suffragette Kitty Marion. Discusses her biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores the suffragettes’ use of bombings and fires to advance their campaign for votes for women.

The White Ship: A Medieval Royal Tragedy

History Extra | 4 November 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Spencer about his book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream. Discusses the White Ship disaster, which drowned the heir to the English throne, triggering a succession crisis and the subsequent civil war known as the Anarchy.

The Dispossession of Native Americans

History Extra | 13 October 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Claudio Saunt about his book Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory. Tells the story of the forced expulsion of tens of thousands of Native Americans from their lands by the US government in the mid-19th century.