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.

Appeasement and the Road to World War II

History Extra | 24 June 2019 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Tim Bouverie discussing his book Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War. Explores the failed diplomacy that led to World War II and the Nazi domination of Europe.

The Inca

In Our Time | 13 June 2019 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the people of Cusco, in modern Peru, established an empire along the Andes down to the Pacific under their supreme leader Pachacuti. Before him, their control grew slowly from C13th and was at its peak after him when Pizarro arrived with his Conquistadors and captured their empire for Spain in 1533.

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.

100 Years After Versailles

Carnegie Council Audio | 14 May 2019 | 1h 12m | Listen Later | iTunes
Just weeks after the armistice the victors of the Great War set out to negotiate the terms of the peace – and to rewrite the rules of international relations. A century later, we live in a world shaped by the Treaty of Versailles. Delves into the complex situation on the ground at the time and the Treaty’s legacy today, from Europe and the U.S. to Asia and the Middle East.

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.

Philip Zelikow on Suez Deconstructed

New Books in History | 25 January 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Philip Zelikow, co-author of Suez Deconstructed: An Interactive Study in Crisis, War, and Peacemaking. Analyses the Suez crisis, considering the perspectives of the countries and leaders involved.