Cuba & the USA: An Intertwined History

History Extra | 24 October 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ada Ferrer about her book Cuba: An American History. Discusses Cuba’s history from the island’s colonisation by Europeans and its crucial location during the Golden Age of Sail, to its complex economic and political relationship with the United States.

Lucy Worsley on Agatha Christie

History Extra | 8 September 2022 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lucy Worsley about her book Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman. Reveals how Christie was a thoroughly modern woman for her time, with almost as much drama and mystery as her novels. Explains how her 80 books reflect the tumultuous transformations Britain went through during her lifetime.

Clash of Cultures: How Interpreters Bridged the Gap Between Britain and China

History Extra | 29 September 2022 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Henrietta Harrison about her book The Perils of Interpreting: The Extraordinary Lives of Two Translators between Qing China and the British Empire. Explores the extraordinary life stories of two key interpreters and reveals how their work shaped the course of British-Chinese relations in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Escape from Colditz

History Extra | 13 September 2022 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ben Macintyre about his book Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle. Discusses the infamous German Second World War prisoner of war camp, some of the ingenious escape attempts from the hilltop castle, and reveals how the prisoner experience encompassed boredom, racism and class conflict.

How the Persians Were Written Out of History

History Extra | 8 June 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones about his book Persians: The Age of The Great Kings. Argues that Eurocentric depictions of the “barbarous” Persians have obscured the achievements of one of the ancient world’s great civilisations.

Antony Beevor on the Russian Revolution

History Extra | 25 May 2022 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Antony Beevor about his book Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921. Delves into the two revolutions that overthrew Tsar Nicholas II and brought the Bolsheviks to power, and then examines the bloody civil war that ultimately consolidated communist control.

The Turbulent Stuart Century

History Extra | 4 October 2021 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Clare Jackson about her book Devil-Land: England Under Siege, 1588-1688. Examines the insecurities and anxieties that plagued England between 1588 and 1688, from fears of a foreign invasion to paranoia over Catholic plots.