How Did the British Royals Survive WW1?

History Extra | 27 September 2021 | 1h 05m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Heather Jones about her book For King and Country: The British Monarchy and the First World War. Explores the royal family’s role during the war, which they not only survived but were strengthened by, in contrast to the many European royal families that faced abdications and revolutions.

Censorship: Waging War on Free Speech

History Extra | 18 August 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Eric Berkowitz about his book Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News. Discusses the inglorious history of censorship – from the first Chinese emperor to Henry VIII – and explains why he believes that attempts to silence others never work.

Monarchs, Fascists & Communists: Romania’s Modern History

History Extra | 16 August 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Kenyon about his book Children of the Night: The Strange and Epic Story of Modern Romania. Describes the story of modern Romania, and its colourful, chaotic and often corrupt leaders – from unstable playboy King Carol II, to communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.

Britain & France: Enemies or Economic Partners?

History Extra | 14 July 2021 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Shovlin about his book Trading with the Enemy: Britain, France, and the 18th-Century Quest for a Peaceful World Order. Discusses the 18C thinkers who advocated that Britain and France should cooperate economically rather than wage war.

How Constitutions Changed the World

History Extra | 24 April 2021 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Linda Colley about her book The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World. Explores how written constitutions, together with warfare, forged the modern world. Cites examples from the United States, France, Russia and the Pitcairn Islands.

The Merits of Meritocracy

History Extra | 21 June 2021 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adrian Wooldridge about his book The Aristocracy of Talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World. Explores meritocracy’s role in forging the modern world, and weighs up the challenges and advantages of a system in which people are advanced solely on the basis of their talents.

What Can We Learn From Past Catastrophes?

History Extra | 13 June 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Niall Ferguson about his book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. Discusses how disasters have changed the course of history and what we can learn from them for future crises. Argues that we need to prepare for crises more generally, rather than specifically with bureaucratic complexity.

Why Are We Living Longer Than Our Ancestors?

History Extra | 29 May 2021 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steven Johnson about his book Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer (and BBC Four series co-presented with David Olusoga). Chronicles the revolution in medicine and innovations in science and public health that have led to huge increases in life expectancy since 1900.