8 episodes

How do empires rise? Why do they fall? And how have they shaped the world around us today?

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand explore the stories, personalities and events of empire over the course of history.

The first series looks at the British in India, covering the East India Company, the Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition.

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    • 4.8 • 583 Ratings

How do empires rise? Why do they fall? And how have they shaped the world around us today?

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand explore the stories, personalities and events of empire over the course of history.

The first series looks at the British in India, covering the East India Company, the Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition.

    7. Mahatma Gandhi

    7. Mahatma Gandhi

    In the latest episode of Empire, William and Anita are joined by Ram Guha to explore the incredible life and story of Mahatma Gandhi.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    6. Queen Elizabeth II & Empire (with David Olusoga)

    6. Queen Elizabeth II & Empire (with David Olusoga)

    Anita and Willie are joined by David Olusoga for a special episode of Empire, where they discuss the Queen, the Commonwealth, the future of the monarchy and the long shadow of Empire.

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    • 38 min
    5. The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

    5. The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

    In the latest episode of Empire, Willie and Anita dive into the story of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, alongside Professor Kim Wagner. Plus a discussion as to whether analysing the darker parts of a country’s history is the same as talking it down.

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    • 47 min
    4. Between Two Massacres: 1857-1919

    4. Between Two Massacres: 1857-1919

    Join William and Anita for the latest episode of Empire, which picks up in the aftermath of the 1857 Rebellion and the establishment of the British Raj.
    The episode covers the birth of Gandhi, the arrival of Michael O'Dwyer, Indian soldiers in the First World War, and the lead up to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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    • 42 min
    3. Mutiny, Uprising, and Rebellion

    3. Mutiny, Uprising, and Rebellion

    In 1857 tensions in Company-controlled India came to a head in what the British called 'The Indian Mutiny', now referred to in India as the First War of Independence. The uprising and bloody reprisals sent shockwaves through the Empire, ended the rule of the East India Company, and led to the creation of the Raj.

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    • 52 min
    2. Company Rule in India

    2. Company Rule in India

    Emerging victorious from the Battles of Plassey and Buxar, The East India Company cements its grip on power in India.

    Join Anita and William as they discuss the nature, horrors, and key figures of 'Company Rule' in India at its height in the early 19th Century.

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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
583 Ratings

583 Ratings

QZ62 ,

Thank you

Absolutely riveting

I’m totally hooked

There is enormous amounts of research supporting each topic

And most importantly I’m very impressed with the objectivity of their analysis and style of presentation

Thank you for doing justice to such a highly complex chapter of Asian history

Qaisar M Zaman

Charlie merrell ,

Exceptionally Thought Provoking

I’m really enjoying getting to understand the history of the British in the Asian subcontinent and, frankly, the real complexities of what happened. In particular, contextualising the behaviour (good and bad) of the various players in history. I do think there could be more context (what was happening before the East India Company arrived? What was happening in other parts of the world at the time? etc). I think history can only be judged and understood in context of the time else we risk judging it from our own paradigm.

Rafaelle R ,

Seriously recommend

Hugely important (and wilfully forgotten and neglected) part of British history, told with captivating storytelling - got absolutely hooked from the first episode. Hugely thought-provoking and impactful. We really need more podcasts telling the real histories of empire - I’d been trying to learn more about this part of our history through reading different books, I hadn’t realised how great a medium of storytelling and learning podcasts on this topic could be until I came across this series. Would love to hear an episode on how this history of empire shapes our current relationship with India, and further series about the reality of the British empire beyond India.

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