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.

The Second Reich

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 18 January 2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Katja Hoyer about her book Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918. Discusses the events (and Bismark’s machinations) leading up to the proclamation of King Wilhelm I of Prussia as Emperor of the German Empire in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles in 1871.

Big Data and History

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 9 December 2020 | 0h 28m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Hoyer and Peter Turchin about their book Figuring Out the Past: The 3,495 Vital Statistics that Explain World History. Backgrounds the new transdisciplinary field of Cliodynamics, which uses the tools of complexity science and cultural evolution to study the dynamics of historical empires and modern nation-states. Discusses the implications for America today.

Sören Urbansky – Beyond the Steppe Frontier

New Books Network | 8 September 2020 | 1h 15m | Listen Later
Interview with Sören Urbansky about his book Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border. Discusses the border’s formation over 300 years and shows how the inter-state boundary took shape as a result of actions by local people, whose lives have in turn been transformed by existence next to a geopolitical faultline.

Virginia Postrel on Textiles and the Fabric of Civilization

EconTalk | 16 November 2020 | 1h 06m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Virginia Postrel about her book The Fabric of Civilization and How Textiles Made the World. Tells the fascinating story behind the clothes we wear and everything that goes into producing them throughout history. The history of textiles, Postrel argues, is a good way of understanding the history of the world.

The White Ship: A Medieval Royal Tragedy

History Extra | 4 November 2020 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Spencer about his book The White Ship: Conquest, Anarchy and the Wrecking of Henry I’s Dream. Discusses the White Ship disaster, which drowned the heir to the English throne, triggering a succession crisis and the subsequent civil war known as the Anarchy.

Ötzi the Iceman: The Neolithic Ice Mummy

Tides of History | 12 November 2020 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Explores what science has allowed us to learn about the life and final days and hours of Ötzi, the man who died five thousand years ago, more than 10,000 feet high in the Alps of northern Italy.

Enslaved Women & Resistance

History Extra | 21 October 2020 | 0h 36m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Stella Dadzie about her book A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance. Discusses the experiences of enslaved women in the West Indies and reveals the inventive ways they resisted their oppressors.