Jonathan Schulz on Kinship Networks and Psychology

HistoryTwinsPodcast | 5 December 2019 | 0h 50m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Schulz about the Catholic Church, cousin marriage, and psychological variations between countries. Argues that the Church prohibition of cousin-marriage, which dissolved extended kin groups in early medieval times, was critical to the development of liberal democracy. Draws on his paper Kin-Networks and Institutional Development.

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Contagion, and Slavery in the Roman Empire

HistoryTwinsPodcast | 26 September 2019 | 0h 55m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Kyle Harper about his books The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire and Slavery in the Late Roman World. Discusses the disease events and climatic transitions which lead to the Roman collapse. Also covers what’s wrong with the slavery-to-serfdom theory and why even relatively poor Romans owned slaves.