An African Perspective on the History of Africa

History Extra | 18 April 2024 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Zeinab Badawi about her book An African History of Africa: From the Dawn of Humanity to Independence. Describes the ancient civilisations, medieval empires and deeds of great men and women commonly overlooked in the telling of African history.

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Happily Ever After? Love and Marriage in Austen’s Era

History Extra | 14 February 2024 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rory Muir about her book Love and Marriage in the Age of Jane Austen. Discusses the reality of love and marriage in the age of Jane Austen, from engagements and elopements to going on honeymoon with your mother-in-law.

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Nick Lloyd on The Eastern Front: A History of the Great War

History Extra | 24 March 2024 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nick Lloyd about his book The Eastern Front: A History of the Great War, 1914–1918. Backgrounds how a local struggle between Austria-Hungary and Serbia spiralled into a massive conflagration that pulled in Germany, Russia, Italy, Romania, and Bulgaria. Discusses the First World War on the Eastern Front, which Winston Churchill described as “incomparably the greatest war in history”. Also considers why it has been overshadowed by its counterpart in the west.

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Century of Chaos: People & Power in the 1600s

History Extra | 11 April 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Spotify
Interview with Jonathan Healey about his book The Blazing World: A New History of Revolutionary England. Illuminates the revolutionary society that helped forge modern Britain: the civil war, regicide, and increasing people power.

It’s fascinating that the society that seeded America was even more litigious.

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The West’s Attempt to Crush Bolshevik Russia

History Extra | 8 March 2024 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Anna Reid about her book A Nasty Little War: The West’s Fight to Reverse the Russian Revolution. Describes the intervention by Britain, France, America and Japan in the Russian Civil War after the Bolshevik regime withdrew from the First World War.

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Alexandria: The First Modern City

History Extra | 2 February 2024 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Islam Issa about his book Alexandria: The City that Changed the World. Explores the origin story of Alexandria: Alexander the Great’s vision for the city; how the metropolis grew and thrived, drawing people in from far and wide; the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; and the Great Library, which aspired to be home to all the world’s knowledge.

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The West’s Enduring Fascination with Asia

History Extra | 29 January 2024 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher Harding about his book The Light of Asia: A History of Western Fascination with the East. Discusses Westerners’ enduring fascination with India, China and Japan, and the ways it has shaped the relationship between East and West from the ancient world to the 21st century.

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Resistance in the Second World War

History Extra | 17 November 2023 | 0h 27m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Halik Kochanski about her book Resistance: The Underground War Against Hitler, 1939-1945 (which won the 2023 Wolfson History Prize). Discusses why some people in Nazi-occupied Europe choose to resist the Third Reich and the different types of resistance – from open partisan warfare in the occupied Soviet Union to dangerous acts of defiance in Norway.

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