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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.

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    159. The American Revolution: Building The New Rome (Ep 4)

    159. The American Revolution: Building The New Rome (Ep 4)

    The British have surrendered, they’ll be leaving soon. Now the Americans have a new and arguably harder task than before. They have to meld those 13 states, each with their own sense of independence and unique characteristics, into a country. Taking inspiration from Rome, the Enlightenment, and their own experience of British rule, the Founding Fathers created a republic that lasts until today. Listen as William and Anita are joined by Maya for the last of our episodes on the American Revolution.

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    • 38 min
    158. The American Revolution: Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness (Ep 3)

    158. The American Revolution: Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness (Ep 3)

    The Declaration of Independence establishes the ideals on which this break away nation founds itself on. But it’s full of contradictions. It complains of white colonists being enslaved by King George III, yet its signatories own enslaved Africans. It declares all men are created equal, but what about women? Listen as Anita and William are joined by Maya Jasanoff as they explore the war, from the evacuation of Boston, to the battle of Yorktown.

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    • 58 min
    157. The American Revolution: The Shot Heard Around the World (Ep 2)

    157. The American Revolution: The Shot Heard Around the World (Ep 2)

    The infamous Boston Tea Party sees colonists dressed as Native Americans dump British tea in the surrounding waters. Calls of “the British are coming!” rally untrained militias to stand together against one of the most advanced militaries in the world. The two sides have their first face off. A war begins. Listen as Anita and William are joined by Maya Jasanoff who explains how the War of Independence was just as much a civil war as any other kind.

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    • 50 min
    156. The American Revolution: No Taxation Without Representation (Ep 1)

    156. The American Revolution: No Taxation Without Representation (Ep 1)

    From sugar to paper, a series of taxes in the 1760s spark outrage amongst American colonists that snowball into a revolution. Was it inevitable that thirteen of Britain's 26 colonies in the Atlantic would band together and break away from the British Empire? Listen as Anita and William are joined by Maya Jasanoff to discuss the beginning of the American Revolution.

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    • 47 min
    Bonus: Buddhism in Africa, British colonialism in America vs Asia, & winning at Cannes

    Bonus: Buddhism in Africa, British colonialism in America vs Asia, & winning at Cannes

    Why did the British behave differently when colonising India vs when colonising America? How did William's book inspire an award-winning film at Cannes Festival? Did Buddhism ever go to Africa? Will Empire podcast explore more Chinese history? Listen as Anita and William answer these questions and reveal the histories hidden in the boxes in their garages.

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    155. The Founding Fathers: Benjamin Franklin (Ep 5)

    155. The Founding Fathers: Benjamin Franklin (Ep 5)

    We're all about the Benjamins. Franklin is unquestionably the most well-rounded of the Founding Fathers. Not only did he help draft the Declaration of Independence and help America define itself, but he also discovered that electricity and lightning were one and the same, reformed the postal system, and proved you couldn't catch colds from swimming. Listen as William and Anita look at their last Founding Father and his incredible range of skills.

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    Exec Producer: Neil Fearn
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    • 39 min

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