History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

Great Books | 10 July 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later 
Interview with Andrew Latham of Macalester College about Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, a book with enduring insight on the human condition, especially with regard to politics and war.

Why the West Rules – For Now, by Ian Morris

Context with Brad Harris | 9 January 2019 | 1h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Distils the ideas in Why the West Rules – For Now by Ian Morris. Suggests that the interactions of human biology, sociology, and geography reveal a fundamental pattern in history that lets us answer historical questions like why the West rules for now, and what will happen next.

The Thirty Years War

In Our Time | 6 December 2018 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the war in Europe which began in 1618 and continued on such a scale and with such devastation that its like was not seen for another three hundred years. It pitched Catholics against Protestants, Lutherans against Calvinists and Catholics against Catholics across the Holy Roman Empire, drawing in their neighbours. Many more civilians died than soldiers, and famine was so great that even cannibalism was excused.

The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization

Context with Brad Harris | 12 December 2018 | 0h 53m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization. Interesting discussion of the evidence from pottery, coinage, livestock size and pollution that living standards collapsed with the fall of Rome and the consequent loss of economic and social complexity.

The Making of Modern Japan

The Forum | 8 September 2018 | 0h 39m | Listen Later  | iTunes
From the mid-19th century, Japan transformed itself from feudal state to economic powerhouse at breakneck speed. The rebel samurai who seized power in 1868 removed an entire ruling elite, introduced national conscription and compulsory education, building a brand new society. Unpacks the origins of this transformation, and examines how it led to imperial expansion and the subsequent atrocities of World War II.

James Belich – The Black Death

RNZ: Saturday Morning | 9 March 2018 | 0h 25m | Listen Later 
Interview with historian James Belich about his book, “The Prospect of Global History”, which argues that the Black Death, beginning in the 1340s, fuelled wider European control and influence across the globe.

Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill

Podcast | 11 October 2018 | 0h 31m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Andrew Roberts about his new biography on Winston Churchill, which draws on newly available archival material. Covers Churchill’s belief that he was ‘walking with destiny’, his prophecies of European disaster in the 1930s, as well as his drinking habits, the racist charges against him, and his singular ability to deliver some of the most memorable speeches of the 20th century.

Coffee: Sobering Up for The Enlightenment

How It Began | 18 December 2017 | 0h 50m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Coffee’s arrival into Europe in the 1600s helped awaken Western Civilization from centuries of booze-induced slumber, catalyzing an entirely new age of progress that featured revolutionary change on practically every front.