Sathnam Sanghera: Empireworld

The Book Club | 31 January 2024 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sathnam Sanghera about his book Empireworld: How British Imperialism Shaped the Globe. Discusses the effect of British imperialism around the globe, why he’s trying to get beyond the ‘balance-sheet’ view of imperial history, why we should all read W E B Dubois, and why he’s not good at going on holiday.

See also the How to Academy interview with Sathnam Sanghera and William Dalrymple about British imperialism in India.

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Francesca Peacock: Pure Wit

The Book Club | 13 September 2023 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Francesca Peacock about her book Pure Wit: The Revolutionary Life of Margaret Cavendish. Discusses the life and work of 17C writer Margaret Cavendish, her feminist writing before feminism was generally thought of, and her pioneering science fiction.

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Sarah Ogilvie: The Dictionary People

The Book Club | 20 September 2023 | 0h 44m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Sarah Ogilvie about her book The Dictionary People: The Unsung Heroes Who Created the Oxford English Dictionary. Describes the story of the making of the Oxford English Dictionary, why the OED was different in kind from any previous English dictionary, how crowdsourcing made it ‘the Wikipedia of its day’, and how – as she discovered – quite so many cranks, murderers, perverts and foreigners took such an interest in it.

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Mary Beard: Emperor of Rome

The Book Club | 27 September 2023 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mary Beard about her book Emperor of Rome. Explores what we can and can’t know about the men who ruled the Roman Empire, and what the lurid stories about so many of them tell us about the anxieties and fantasies of Rome’s ordinary citizens and the remarkable resilience of the regime.

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Ferdinand Mount: Big Caesars and Little Caesars

The Book Club | 19 July 2023 | 0h 40m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ferdinand Mount about his book Big Caesars and Little Caesars: How They Rise and How They Fall – From Julius Caesar to Boris Johnson. Discusses why he thinks it’s fair to compare Boris Johnson with a cast of despots and autocrats from Indira Gandhi and Oliver Cromwell to Louis Napoleon and even Adolf Hitler – and why he sees the impulse to autocracy as an ineradicable thread in human history.

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Caitlin Moran: What About Men?

The Book Club | 12 July 2023 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Caitlin Moran about her book What About Men? Having written one of the bestselling works of popular feminism of the last 20 years – How To Be A Woman – she turns her attention to the other half of the population. Discusses how to reboot masculinity for the 21C, why she felt she needed to write such a book, and what qualifies her to do so; why she thinks young men are turning against feminism; what she says to the people who accuse her of trading in stereotypes; and why she thinks Jordan Peterson is a poor excuse for a ‘public intellectual’.

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Tom Whipple: The Battle of the Beams

The Book Club | 5 July 2023 | 0h 46m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Tom Whipple about his book The Battle of the Beams: The secret science of radar that turned the tide of the Second World War. Describes the ingenious technological, psychological and espionage battles that made electromagnetic warfare a decisive – if under-appreciated – contributor to Britain’s victory in the air war and, finally, in the Normandy Landings.

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Peter Turchin: End Times

The Book Club | 7 June 2023 | 0h 48m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Peter Turchin about his book End Times: Elites, Counter-Elites, and the Path of Political Disintegration. Proposes a scientific theory of history, mapping the underlying forces that have led to the collapse of states from the ancient world to the present day, and warns of very turbulent times ahead.

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