The Marshall Plan and the Cold War

History Extra | 15 March 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Benn Steil, author of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War. Explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe, how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR, and its impact on the European recovery after the Second World War.

Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography

EconTalk | 26 August 2019 | 1h 10m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about the life of Winston Churchill and the art of biography. How did Churchill deal with the mistakes he inevitably made in a long career? Was he prescient or just the right man in the right place at the right time? Was he an alcoholic? Did he suffer from depression? Drawing on his biography of Churchill, Andrew Roberts answers these and other questions in this wide-ranging conversation that includes a discussion of the mechanics of writing a 1000 page book on a man who has had over 1000 biographies written about him already.

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.