West Africa before the Europeans

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 February 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toby Green about his book A Fistful of Shells, which surveys the history of West Africa and West-Central Africa before the slave trade, and the effect the arrival of Europeans had on those societies. Explains how integrated the region was into the global economy, the impact of the slave trade on West Africa itself and how it turned the ruling elites against their populations which they now saw as fodder for slave traders.

Simon de Montfort’s Medieval Revolution

History Extra | 22 January 2020 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sophie Ambler about her book The song of Simon de Montfort: England’s first revolutionary and the death of chivalry. Discusses the life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established the foundations of parliamentary government.

Japan’s Sakoku Period

In Our Time | 4 April 2013 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Japan’s Sakoku period, two centuries when the country deliberately isolated itself from the Western world. Sakoku began with a series of edicts in the 1630s which restricted the rights of Japanese to leave their country and expelled most of the Europeans living there. For the next two hundred years, Dutch traders were the only Westerners free to live in Japan. It was not until 1858 and the gunboat diplomacy of the American Commodore Matthew Perry that Japan’s international isolation finally ended. Although historians used to think of Japan as completely isolated from external influence during this period, recent scholarship suggests that Japanese society was far less isolated from European ideas during this period than previously thought.

Matt Clifford – Investing Pre-Company

Invest Like the Best | 14 January 2020 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Clifford, the co-founder of Entrepreneur First, the world’s leading talent investor. They invest “pre-company” by helping the best people in cities around the world find a co-founder, develop an idea, and start a company. Includes a fascinating perspective on the history of the dominant technology of ambition – from reading and writing, through military command and finance to today’s technology entrepreneurship. With each change, a new type of institution emerges to amplify outcomes. Entrepreneur First aims to be the missing institution that makes technology entrepreneurship a viable career path.

Adam Tooze on Nazi Ideology and the German War Economy

Politics Theory Other | 25 June 2018 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adam Tooze about his book The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy. Discusses the entwinement of Nazi ideology and economics, the explanation for the apparent irrationality of German military strategy, the comparative backwardness of the German economy in the pre-war period, and the question of 1930s parallels in the post-financial crash era.

Vikings: A History of the Northmen

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 22 December 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wayne Bartlett about his book Vikings: A History of the Northmen, which surveys the impact of the Vikings on the World from Newfoundland to Central Asia.

The Crusaders’ Last Battle for the Holy Land

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 1 January 2020 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Roger Crowley about his book Accursed Tower: The Crusaders’ Last Battle for the Holy Land. Describes the fall of the city of Acre in 1291, bringing two hundred years of Christian crusading in the Holy Land to an end.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Myth and Reality

History Extra | 12 December 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sara Cockerill, author of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires. Explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenges some common misconceptions about her life.