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.

Charles C. Mann: 1491 Fifteen Years Later

Razib Khan’s Unsupervised Learning | 9 December 2021 | 1h 19m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Charles C. Mann discussing his books 1491, 1493 and The Wizard and the Prophet. Describes the advanced societies and biological technologies used in the New World before the arrival of Columbus; the conditions that caused the downfall of those societies; and the global exchange of crops, slaves and goods that developed thereafter. Contrasts considerations of environmental carrying capacity versus applying science to enable our adaptive ingenuity in the face of ecological constraints.

Marc David Baer on the Ottomans as Khans, Caesars and Caliphs

Turkey Book Talk | 2 November 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Marc David Baer about his book The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs. Argues that the Ottoman Empire was an inseparable part of European history – not as the antithesis of the Christian West but as an intimate and active participant in the continent’s shifting cultural and political tides.

Mark Mazower: The Greek Revolution

John Sandoe Books | 9 November 2021 | 0h 52m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Mark Mazower about his book The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern Europe. Discusses the Greek war of independence against the Ottoman Empire; its post-Napoleonic context; the divisions within the Greek side, the incompetence of the Ottoman response; Lord Byron and the engagement of public opinion in the West; and its sudden end after a combined British, Russian and French flotilla wiped out the Ottoman fleet.