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.

If you enjoy this you might also like Razib Khan’s recent Substack writings on the Eurasian steppe.

The Entire History of Russia in One Hour

Angry Planet | 29 July 2020 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Mark Galeotti about his book A Short History of Russia, from Pagans to Putin. Reviews the history of Russia, considering how external forces have shaped Russia and noting how it repeatedly rewrites its past to steer its present and future.

Cat Jarman: River Kings

The Book Club | 24 February 2021 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Cat Jarman about her book River Kings. Spins a global history of the Vikings out of a single carnelian bead found in a grave in Repton. Explains that there was more to the Viking culture than arson, rape and pillage in Northumbria – showing how 21st-century techniques have helped to expose a culture that raided and traded from Scandinavia as far as Baghdad and Constantinople, and may have been the ancestral population of the Russian heartland.

The Dark Ages: A Black Hole in Britain’s History

History Extra | 5 February 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Max Adams about his book The First Kingdom, Britain in the Age of Arthur. Discusses the evidence for what happened after the fall of Roman Britain, some of the current theories about the era 400-600 AD, and why Arthurian myths have proven so popular.

Cundill Prize-Winner Camilla Townsend on Global History

History Extra | 11 December 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Camilla Townsend about her book Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, which recently won the Cundill History Prize. Discusses the process of writing Aztec history drawing on texts written by the indigenous people themselves. Also discusses the wider challenges of writing global history for a popular audience.