Edward Watts on the End of the Roman Republic

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 11 March 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Edward Watts, author of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell into Tyranny. Describes the history of how the largely democratic Roman Republic transitioned to autocracy. Highlights the role of populist politicians setting aside long-standing conventions.

Applied Perspective: A Conversation with Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 March 2019 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with historian Niall Ferguson about his efforts to ensure that policymakers and the public better understand how to apply historical lessons to current issues. Discusses the changing politics of academia, the growing challenge of interpreting history productively, the problem of judging the past by the moral standards of the present, and more.

Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl

History Extra | 25 February 2019 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Bart van Es, author of The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, the 2018 Costa Book of the Year. Tells the story of his family taking in a young Jewish girl in The Netherlands during the Second World War and the complex legacy of the traumatic war years for those involved.

Irish Questions

Analysis | 25 February 2019 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Edward Stourton sets out the long history of Irish political, social, cultural and economic issues influencing and shaping UK politics. Covers the Acts of Union in 1800, the Catholic Emancipation in the 1820s, the 1840s Irish potato famine, Catholic clerical education, the campaign for Home Rule leading ultimately to the War of Irish Independence in the twentieth century and the bloody establishment of the Irish Free State, as well as the Troubles and the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Considers what lessons these episodes may hold for today’s Westminster politicians and how to imagine the Anglo-Irish future.

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 Square and the Tower, by Niall Ferguson

Context with Brad Harris | 7 February 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Distils the ideas in The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power by Niall Ferguson. Through groundbreaking research, Ferguson reveals how social networks, from the Freemasons of the middle ages to Facebook in the 21st century, disrupt established hierarchies to divert the course of history, both for better and for worse. Draws lessons from history to apply to modern network disruptors.

The Bronze Age Collapse

In Our Time | 16 June 2016 | 0h 47m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Discusses the Bronze Age Collapse, the sudden, uncontrolled destruction of dominant civilisations around 1200 BC in the Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Explores potential reasons for the collapse including droughts, rebellions, the breakdown of trade as copper became less desirable, earthquakes, invasions, volcanoes and the mysterious Sea Peoples.

History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Great Books | 10 July 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Andrew Latham of Macalester College about Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, a book with enduring insight on the human condition, especially with regard to politics and war.