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Pax Britannica is a narrative history podcast covering the empire upon which the sun never set. Beginning with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, Pax Britannica will follow the people and events that created an empire that dominated the globe.

Hosted by a PhD candidate in British Imperial history, and based on extensive scholarship and primary sources, along with interviews with experts in their field, Pax Britannica aims to explain the rise and eventual fall of the largest empire in history. After all, how peaceful was the 'British Peace'?

Pax Britannica Samuel Hume

    • History
    • 4.4, 12 Ratings

Pax Britannica is a narrative history podcast covering the empire upon which the sun never set. Beginning with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the throne of England, Pax Britannica will follow the people and events that created an empire that dominated the globe.

Hosted by a PhD candidate in British Imperial history, and based on extensive scholarship and primary sources, along with interviews with experts in their field, Pax Britannica aims to explain the rise and eventual fall of the largest empire in history. After all, how peaceful was the 'British Peace'?

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Rob C from Oz ,

Riveting

I am really enjoying this one. It is presented with a fantastic level of professionalism. Clearly spoken and well written. This is wonderful history, suited to both the interested lay person, or someone who has researched this period such as myself. This is definitely going onto my subscribe list.

Robyn Gilbertson ,

Pronunciation

Interesting stories well told but episode 8 - the Stone of Scone, horror! Scone is pronounced skoon not like the thing you pile with jam and cream. If it’s a word or name you’re not familiar with, check it out.

Andy_historylover ,

Great first episode

Bravo!

I enjoyed this first episode very much. I had previously heard your guest episodes on the magnificent history of England podcast and am now looking forward to sharing your journey describing the creation and eventual end of the British Empire. In particular, I think a focus on trade, England’s tentative forays into international trade and later empire will add a useful dimension often missing when the focus is on politics.

The British Empire is controversial. Many ex colonies struggle to deal with the legacy of Pax Britannia. Britain itself struggles to understand its place in the world since the empire’s demise.

It’s easy to focus on the bad things that happened while neglecting the sheer audacity and scale of the venture repugnant as many aspects were. Above all it was a flawed venture which is what makes it interesting.

I look forward to this story unfolding over the coming months and years.

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