Mexico’s Ill-Fated Austrian Emperor

History Extra | 9 February 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Edward Shawcross about his book The Last Emperor of Mexico: The Dramatic Story of the Habsburg Archduke Who Created a Kingdom in the New World. Discusses the disastrous attempt to install a Habsburg archduke, Ferdinand Maximilian, as emperor of Mexico in the mid-19th century, at a time when the US Civil War was raging.

Living on the Edge in Victorian Britain

History Extra | 18 May 2020 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Emma Griffin about her book Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy. Explores how economic changes in 19th-century Britain affected family life for working-class Victorians. Highlights the problems for both women and men of the breadwinner model that paid men much much more than women.

I am struck by how the problems of 19C Britain caused by the male breadwinner model parallel those in today’s India, as described by Shrayana Bhattacharya.

Rapa Nui’s Island Mysteries

History Extra | 28 March 2022 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Cat Jarman drawing from her article Mystery of Easter Island. Delves into the mysteries and debates surrounding the history of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island. Explores the creation of the astonishing moai monuments and explains the seemingly dramatic collapse of the island’s population.

If you like this, you will love Easter Island – Where Giants Walked.

Berlin’s Tumultuous History

History Extra | 5 February 2022 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Barney White-Spunner about his book Berlin: The Story of a City. Discusses the extraordinary, absorbing and often tragic history of Germany’s capital, including its role at the centre of the Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, the Third Reich, and the Cold War.

Goods & Globalisation: Merchants in Tudor & Stuart England

History Extra | 3 January 2022 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Edmond Smith about his book Merchants: The Community that Shaped England’s Trade and Empire, 1550-1650. Describes the flourishing of English trade between 1550 and 1650, as thousands of merchants sought out trading ventures across the globe. Discusses the experiences of England’s merchants and explores how their efforts as a community shaped England’s relationship with the rest of the world.

How the Greeks Changed the World

History Extra | 26 November 20212 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Roderick Beaton about his book The Greeks: A Global History. Ranges over 4,000 years of Greek history, from the glories of Mycenae to the life of a modern European nation, picking out some of the key moments including the triumphs of ancient Greece, the conquests of Alexander the Great and the 1820s battle for independence.

From Chariots to e-Scooters: Transformations in Transport

History Extra | 6 November 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Tom Standage about his book A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next. Discusses technological advances in transport, from the invention of the wheel to the rise of the car, and reveals why modern transport dilemmas echo those of the late 19th century.

At Home with the Mongols

History Extra | 11 October 2021 | 0h 57m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marie Favereau about her book The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World. Discusses how the Mongol empire was governed and what everyday life was like within the empire ruled by Nomadic Mongol Khans for three centuries.