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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Women’s History: From 1066 to Margaret Thatcher

History Extra | 6 November 2023 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Philippa Gregory about her book Normal Women: Nine Hundred Years of Making History. Reflects on 900 years of women’s history, from the huge upheavals of the Norman invasion to successfully securing the right to vote in the 20th century, explaining how global conflicts, the job market, deadly diseases and more have transformed the lives of women.

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Renaissance Eugenics

History Extra | 19 October 2023 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mackenzie Cooley about her book The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Breeding, and Race in the Renaissance. Backgrounds how the Renaissance era obsession with animal breeding prompted people to think about whether humankind could also be improved by selective breeding. Discusses how ideas about animal breeding tied into colonialism, race and eugenics.

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Indian Experiences in WW2

History Extra | 17 August 2023 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Diya Gupta about her book India in the Second World War: An Emotional History. Backgrounds that 2.5 million Indian soldiers fought in the Second World War. Describes the complex web of emotional experiences, how Indian soldiers and civilians back home felt about the war, and how the conflict impacted their lives.

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Mindbending Experiments: How Drugs Shaped Modern Science

History Extra | 17 April 2023 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mike Jay about his book Psychonauts: Drugs and the Making of the Modern Mind. Discusses formative experiments in drug taking from the 19C when cannabis, cocaine and heroin were widely available over the counter at the local chemist. Respected scientists and doctors tested out laughing gas and chloroform on their friends at dinner parties, while philosophers and artists dabbled in drug use to try and unlock different states of consciousness and even access the spirit world.

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Tom Holland on Rome’s Golden Age

History Extra | 6 July 2023 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tom Holland about his book Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age. Discusses the golden age of Ancient Rome, or “Pax Romana”, where peace and prosperity prevailed across the Mediterranean world, from the fall of Nero to the reign of Hadrian.

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