How the Persians Were Written Out of History

History Extra | 8 June 2022 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones about his book Persians: The Age of The Great Kings. Argues that Eurocentric depictions of the “barbarous” Persians have obscured the achievements of one of the ancient world’s great civilisations.

Thomas Penn: The Brothers York

The Book Club | 30 October 2022 | 0h 34m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Thomas Penn about his book The Brothers York: An English Tragedy. Tells the story of three brothers – Edward IV; George, Duke of Clarence; and Richard III. Argues that the ‘Wars of the Roses’ weren’t determined by a struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster so much as by the catastrophic white-on-white conflict that caused the House of York to implode.

Scott Reynolds Nelson – How Wheat Made The Modern World

The Meb Faber Show | 25 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson about his book Oceans of Grain: How American Wheat Remade the World. Discusses the role of wheat in the world; why access to wheat has caused the rise and fall of empires, social unrest like the Arab spring, and plagues; why the Russia / Ukraine war is another example of countries going to war for access to wheat and the related trade routes; the history of US financial crises and the role of commodities in each.

Helen Thompson on Disorder

Talking Politics | 24 February 2022 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Helen Thompson about her book Disorder: Hard Times in the Twenty-First Century. Discusses the energy transition, the perils of QE, the travails of the Eurozone, the crisis of democracy, China, and America, from the past to the present to the future. Argues that past and future geopolitical turbulence is a function of fossil fuel energy.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto: Beyond the Myth of Magellan

The Book Club | 6 April 2022 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Felipe Fernández-Armesto about his book Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan. Argues that almost everything we think we know about this hero of the great age of exploration is wrong.

Christopher de Bellaigue: The Lion House

The Book Club | 2 March 2022 | 0h 39m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Christopher de Bellaigue about his book The Lion House: The Coming of a King. Discusses the life of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent – massacres, sieges, over-mighty viziers, Venetian perfidy, and… true love?

Linda Jaivin on the Sprawling, Messy History of China

Conversations | 16 August 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Linda Jaivin about her book The Shortest History of China. Discusses the history of China, including the Opium Wars, the fall of the Qing dynasty, Mao, Deng Xiaoping, Xi Jinping, and its deteriorating relationship with Australia.

Paul Lockhart on How Guns Transformed Western Civilization

Quillette Podcast | 20 December 2021 | 0h 32m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Paul Lockhart about his book Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Discusses the enormous military and political upheavals set in motion by the adoption of gunpowder-based weapons from the 13th century onward – including the demise of the medieval castle, the empowerment of large centralized states, and the deployment of permanent standing armies.