I am a professional scientist, but in my spare time I read history books and I review them. I am mainly working through Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire at the moment, but will slip in a few other titbits from time to time. I normally get a show out every Thursday.
The Holy Roman Empire by Peter Wilson
In this unscripted episode I speculate about why the Holy Roman Empire tends to be written out of European history, and suggest it is time to take it a bit more seriously.
He Knew He Was Right by Anthony Trollope
In the Victorian world women were subservient to men. It sounds great in thery, but how did it actually work?
The View From The Foothills by Chris Mullin
A view from inside the Blair government in the years leading up to the war in Iraq.
The Secret History - Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 41 Part 5
The private life of Belisarius is revealed in the Secret History. Or is it?
SPQR by Mary Beard
Mary Beard sums up the Roman Empire for the general reader.
HBR The Gothic War Continues - Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Chapter 41 Part 4
Belisarius is recalled after almost completely defeating the Goths in Italy.
Wonderful podcast. I listen while I cycle. Great insights, breadth of historical knowledge, and such a melodious voice. Thank you. More please.
Also. Please review Black Athena by Martin Bernal. Posterity will owe you a debt of gratitude.
Pithy witty and great
My only complaint is I want more! Smalljoys
Intelligent and enjoyable digest and critique of the great book
I have actually read The Decline and Fall, but I'm still completely absorbed by Colin's extended precis of it. His style is concise and perceptive, and the easy, informal delivery is never stuffy and often genuinely funny, in a Gibbon-esque sort of way. Think Mike Duncan. The underlying subject-matter is of course vast and sprawling, but he cuts through that, seemingly effortlessly, though I suspect a lot of prep must go into it.
The only problem is that the of course the Decline and Fall, though very long, is finite, so at some point this podcast must come to an end. But at time of writing Justinian is still alive, so we have something like a thousand years to go. Great!