Kyle Harper – Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 1 October 2021 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Kyle Harper about his book Plagues upon the Earth: Disease and the Course of Human History. Presents a “big history,” tracing the role of disease in the transition to farming, the spread of cities, the advance of transportation, and the stupendous increase in human population. Explains why humanity’s uniquely dangerous disease pool is rooted deep in our evolutionary past, and why its growth is accelerated by technological progress.

John of Gaunt: Prince Without a Throne

History Extra| 20 September 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Helen Carr about her book The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. Discusses the life of John of Gaunt: his upbringing with the Black Prince, the Peasants’ Revolt, his relationship with Richard II, his attempts to capture the Castilian throne, and more.

Niall Ferguson on Why We Study History

Conversations with Tyler | 28 July 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Niall Ferguson discussing the difference between English and Scottish pessimism, his surprise encounter with Sean Connery, what James Bond and Doctor Who have in common, how religion fosters the cultural imagination to produce doomsday scenarios, which side of the Glorious Revolution he would have been on, the extraordinary historical trajectory of Scotland from the 17th century through the 18th century, why historians seem to have an excessive occupation with leadership, what he learned from R.G. Collingwood and A.J.P. Taylor, why American bands could never quite get punk music right, Tocqueville’s insights on liberalism, the unfortunate iconoclasm of John Maynard Keynes, the dystopian novel he finds most plausible, what he learned about right and left populism on his latest trip to Latin America, the importance of intellectual succession and building institutions, what he’ll do next, and more.

Britain & France: Enemies or Economic Partners?

History Extra | 14 July 2021 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with John Shovlin about his book Trading with the Enemy: Britain, France, and the 18th-Century Quest for a Peaceful World Order. Discusses the 18C thinkers who advocated that Britain and France should cooperate economically rather than wage war.

How Constitutions Changed the World

History Extra | 24 April 2021 | 0h 41m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Linda Colley about her book The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World. Explores how written constitutions, together with warfare, forged the modern world. Cites examples from the United States, France, Russia and the Pitcairn Islands.

What Can We Learn From Past Catastrophes?

History Extra | 13 June 2021 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Niall Ferguson about his book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. Discusses how disasters have changed the course of history and what we can learn from them for future crises. Argues that we need to prepare for crises more generally, rather than specifically with bureaucratic complexity.

The Peasants’ Revolt: Who Were the Rebels of 1381?

History Extra | 28 April 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adrian Bell and Helen Lacey about their research on the Peasant’s Revolt, which has used big data methods to uncover that far from being an ill-disciplined explosion of rage, it was organised with military precision, with key players being non-peasant returnees from the warring in France.

Jack Weatherford – Genghis Khan Revisited

dunc tank | 30 November 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jack Weatherford about his book Genghis Khan: The Making of the Modern World. Argues that Genghis Khan has been slandered by history and made contributions that, despite his flaws, are valuable and still felt in present-day society.

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