Jonathan Schulz on Kinship Networks and Psychology

HistoryTwinsPodcast | 5 December 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Schulz about the Catholic Church, cousin marriage, and psychological variations between countries. Argues that the Church prohibition of cousin-marriage, which dissolved extended kin groups in early medieval times, was critical to the development of liberal democracy. Draws on his paper Kin-Networks and Institutional Development.

Valerie Hansen on the Globalization of the Year 1000

Tides of History | 11 June 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Valerie Hansen about her book The Year 1000: When Explorers Connected the World – and Globalization Began. Discusses how, from around the year 1000, merchants, explorers, and missionaries first linked the world together from Newfoundland to China. Trade goods, people, and above all ideas flowed across a rich assortment of routes, connecting previously distant places into a single unit.

Walter Scheidel – Escape from Rome

Science Salon | 30 June 2020 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book Escape from Rome: The Failure of Empire and the Road to Prosperity. Recounts the end of the Roman Empire and argues that Rome’s collapse cleared the path for Europe’s economic rise and the creation of the modern age. Discusses why the Roman Empire appeared; why nothing like returned to Europe; why Europeans came to dominate the world; the rich diversity of Europe that encouraged political, economic, scientific, and technological breakthroughs; why other parts of the world lagged behind; how empires are built and why they fail; America as an empire; income inequality and the only forces that change it significantly; and the future of human civilization.

The Extraordinary Life of Sultan Selim I

History Extra | 28 August 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Alan Mikhail about his book God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World. Discusses his biography of the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, backgrounding how he transformed the empire in the early 16th century, and explaining the important consequences for the rest of the world.

Dr Walter Scheidel – The Great Leveler

Science Salon | 11 June 2017 | 0h 57m | Listen Later
Interview with Walter Scheidel about his book The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the 21st Century. Traces the global history of inequality, showing that inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return.

Who Dares Wins: Britain in the Age of the Falklands

History Extra | 22 August 2020 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes
Talk by Dominic Sandbrook exploring the history of Britain in the early 1980s. Argues that the Falklands War, not Margaret Thatcher’s election, was a cultural revolution that changed the UK’s national mood. Draws from his book Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979–1982.

Charles Freeman on Awakening – A History of the Western Mind AD500–1700

Versus History Podcast | 15 August 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Freeman about his book The Awakening: A History of the Western Mind AD 500–AD 1700. Discusses the history of European thought, covering Charlemagne’s role preserving ancient texts, the founding of universities, the printing press and the Renaissance, and the effect of Europe’s encounter with the New World.

Ivan the Terrible

SRB Podcast | 30 December 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Halperin about his book Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish. Backgrounds Ivan’s reign; the oprichnina, his state-within-a-state; and his use of mass terror. Argues for interpreting Ivan as at least partly a function of his context rather than glibly blaming insanity.