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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
    • 4.7, 22 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'?

    Making Ireland English

    Making Ireland English

    Wentworth and Laud try to reform the Church of Ireland, and face resistance. Plantation returns with a vengeance, and even powerful New English face the wrath of the Lord Deputy.

    Check out the podcast website: https://www.paxbritannica.info
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
    Give Ages of Conquest a listen: https://podcasts.apple.com/ph/podcast/ages-of-conquest-a-kings-and-generals-podcast/id1446527049

    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War


    Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed


    Nicholas Canny, Making Ireland British, 1580-1650


    Harris, T. Rebellion 

    Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars


    Lennon, C, 'Protestant Reformations, 1550-1641', in The Cambridge History of Ireland



    See the website for a full bibliography.
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    • 37 min
    Graces Denied

    Graces Denied

    The political concessions known as the Graces remained a sticking point for Irish Catholics. They had bought and paid for them with taxation, but the last Lord Deputy had dragged his feet. Now, with Sir Thomas Wentworth in charge, perhaps the longed-for toleration would finally be made real.
    Check out the podcast website: https://www.paxbritannica.info
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PaxBritannica
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War


    Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed


    Harris, T. Rebellion 

    Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars


    Lennon, C, 'Protestant Reformations, 1550-1641', in The Cambridge History of Ireland



    See the website for a full bibliography.
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    • 30 min
    Star Chamber

    Star Chamber

    Archbishop Laud spearheads the reform of the Church of England. Out with the new and in with the old, or so he said. Others disagreed and called for a different future for the church. The Court of High Commission and the Court of Star Chamber awaited them with fines, imprisonment, and mutilation.

    Check out the podcast website: https://www.paxbritannica.info
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Russell, C. The Causes of the English Civil War


    Kishlansky, M. Monarchy Transformed


    Harris, T. Rebellion 

    Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars



    See the website for a full bibliography.
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    • 40 min
    Eleven Years of Tyranny?

    Eleven Years of Tyranny?

    Charles tries to avoid a parliament. Ship Money goes to court. The Hampden Case begins.

    Check out the podcast website: https://www.paxbritannica.info
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Conrad Russell, The Causes of the English Civil War


    Mark Kishlansky, Monarchy Transformed


    Harris, T. Rebellion 

    Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars



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    • 29 min
    The Pequot Genocide

    The Pequot Genocide

    After the devastating raid at Fort Mystic, the Pequot nation is left without allies as the English and their indigenous allies continue their campaign of collective punishment. Far to the south, the English colonies of Montserrat and Barbados establish their unique characteristics; Montserrat, an Irish island in an English Atlantic world; and Barbados, an economic engine powered by the enslavement of Africans.

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    Check out the podcast website: https://www.paxbritannica.info
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Richard Middleton, Colonial America


    Lipman, Andrew, 'Murder on the Saltwater Frontier', Early American Studies


    Winthrop, John, A History of New England


    Karr, Ronald Dale, "Why should you be so furious?": The Violence of the Pequot War', Journal of American History


    Katz, Steven T., 'The Pequot War Reconsidered', The New England Quarterly


    Grant, Daragh, 'The Treaty of Hartford: Reconsidering Jurisdiction in Southern New England', The William and Mary Quarterly


    Beckles, Hilary McD, A History of Barbados: From Amerindian Settlement to Caribbean Single Market


    Block, Kristen and Shaw, Jenny, 'Subjects without an Empire: The Irish in the Early Modern Caribbean', Past and Present


    Hogan, Liam, McAtackney, Laura, and Reilly, Matthew C.,'The Irish in the Anglo-Caribbean: servants or slaves?', History Ireland





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    • 38 min
    Mystic Massacre

    Mystic Massacre

    With Saybrook and the rest of Connecticut under siege, a combined Engish and Native force sets out on a daring raid to strike at the heart of Pequot territory.
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    Check out the podcast website: https://www.paxbritannica.info

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PodBritannica/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BritannicaPax
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    Virginia Dejohn Anderson, 'New England in the Seventeenth Century', in The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire


    Virginia Dejohn Anderson, New England's Generation: The Great Migration and the Formation of Society and Culture in the Seventeenth Century


    Richard Middleton, Colonial America


    Lipman, Andrew, 'Murder on the Saltwater Frontier', Early American Studies


    Winthrop, John, A History of New England


    Karr, Ronald Dale, "Why should you be so furious?": The Violence of the Pequot War', Journal of American History


    Katz, Steven T., 'The Pequot War Reconsidered', The New England Quarterly



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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

darren1495 ,

Very good history

Great history here, I love the very long view of the history of the British Empire. Hope it comes back!

Help, Help! ,

Makes British History Interesting

In the past I've found the role of parliamentary politics in the historey of Britain to be a bit dry, but this podcast keeps me coming back each episode by keeping it both interesting and informative. A good listen up there with other podcasts like the History of Rome or Age of Napoleon.

Henrik Braathen ,

Great and informative show

This is a very informative show covering the entire history of the British empire. It has covered the early Stuart’s and can’t wait for more episodes

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