The Battle of Trafalgar

History Extra | 11 July 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sam Willis about the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets. Challenges misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon.

The Life of Saladin

History Extra | 10 June 2019 | 0h 56m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Phillips discussing the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who captured Jerusalem and battled the Crusaders during the 12th century. Draws on ideas in The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin.

A New View of D-Day

History Extra | 6 June 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with James Holland, author of Normandy ‘44: D-Day and the Battle for France, revisiting the events of 6 June 1944 and challenging myths that have grown up around the Allied landings and the battle for Normandy.

Jared Diamond on Countries in Crisis

History Extra | 16 May 2019 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jared Diamond about Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. Uses ideas from psychology to explore how a selection of countries have coped with historical crises.

Churchill’s Navy

History Extra | 14 March 2019 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matthew Seligmann, author of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: Winston Churchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915. Discusses the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals.

Medieval Warrior Queen

History Extra | 21 February 2019 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Catherine Hanley, author of Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior. Tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I, whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’. Suggests Matilda wielded power more effectively than acknowledged by period chroniclers unable to accept a woman as ruler.

The Origins of Civilisation

History Extra | 18 December 2017 | 0h 46m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with political scientist James C Scott about his book Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. Explores the evidence for the forces and processes involved in early agriculture and state-building. Includes some delicious asides about the necessity of grains to raising taxes.