From Ploughs to Cash Cows: A Short History of Economics

Conversations | 21 February 2024 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Leigh about his book The Shortest History of Economics. Backgrounds the economic forces behind human history. Argues that the most powerful insights come from a handful of big ideas that almost anyone can follow.

See also the interview about his earlier book Randomistas, about using random trials for evidence-based policy.

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Fareed Zakaria on the Age of Revolutions

Conversations with Tyler | 27 March 2024 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Fareed Zakaria about his book Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present. Discusses what he learned from Khushwant Singh as a boy, what made his father lean towards socialism, why the Bengali intelligentsia is so left-wing, what’s stuck with him from his time at an Anglican school, what’s so special about visiting Amritsar, why he misses a more syncretic India, how his time at the Yale Political Union dissuaded him from politics, what he learned from Walter Isaacson and Sam Huntington, what put him off academia, how well some of his earlier writing as held up, why he’s become focused on classical liberal values, whether he had reservations about becoming a TV journalist, how he’s maintained a rich personal life, and more. Suffused with his enduring passion for ideas and his belief in the importance of classical liberalism in an age of increasing populism and authoritarianism.

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Sathnam Sanghera: Empireworld

The Book Club | 31 January 2024 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sathnam Sanghera about his book Empireworld: How British Imperialism Shaped the Globe. Discusses the effect of British imperialism around the globe, why he’s trying to get beyond the ‘balance-sheet’ view of imperial history, why we should all read W E B Dubois, and why he’s not good at going on holiday.

See also the How to Academy interview with Sathnam Sanghera and William Dalrymple about British imperialism in India.

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Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 10 January 2024 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher Harding about Japan’s Tokugawa Shogunate. Discusses how the prior Warring States period brought Japan to its knees, with rival warlords fighting bitterly for control of the land; how Tokugawa Ieyasu emerged victorious in the early 17C, the first of three ‘Great Unifers’; and how this military government worked to restore order and stability to Japan, and why it eventually came to an end.

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Murray Pittock on Scotland: The Global History, 1603 to the Present

New Books Network | 12 September 2023 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Murray Pittock about his book Scotland: The Global History: 1603 to the Present. Examines the place of Scotland in the world: Scotland and Empire, the rise of nationalism, and the pressures on the country from an increasingly monolithic understanding of “Britishness.” Covers the Thirty Years’ War, the Jacobite risings, and today’s ongoing independence debates.

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Andrew Roberts – Leading Historian on Warfare from Napoleon to Ukraine

Dwarkesh Podcast | 22 November 2023 | 1h 18m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his books. Discusses Churchill the applied historian; Napoleon the startup founder; why Nazi ideology cost Hitler WW2; drones, reconnaissance, and other aspects of the future of war; Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Ukraine, & Taiwan.

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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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