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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

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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'?

    035 - The Sword of the Magistrate

    035 - The Sword of the Magistrate

    By the end of his reign, James is unwilling to entertain the more ludicrous accusations of witchcraft, and Charles continues this approach. Puritanism, the new bogeyman of the Anglican church, appears the most vocal supporter of the trials, and so the established clergy approach the topic warily. And the magistrates and judiciary have seen the last twenty years of legal precedent, of cases thrown out and judges publicly shamed, and have no interest in risking their careers.
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    This episode primarily makes use of the following sources:

    Gaskill, Malcolm, ‘Witchcraft Trials in England’, in Levack, Brian (ed.) The Oxford Handbook


    Holmes, R., Witchcraft in British History (1974)

    MacFarlane, A., Witchcraft in Tudor and Stuart England (London, 1970)

    Levack, B., 'State-Building and Witch Hunting', in Darren Oldridge (ed.), The Witchcraft Reader (London, 2002)

    Poole, R., (ed.), The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories (2002)

    A full bibliography can be found on the website.
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    • 38 min
    034 - War and Peace

    034 - War and Peace

    Charles comes to terms with his French and Spanish enemies, and we examine what has been going on outside of Europe. The East India Company survives significant threats, while the Pilgrims gain new neighbours. Virginia continues its war with the locals, while Europeans in the West Indies commit a genocide.
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    In this episode I made particular use of the following publications. See the website for a full bibliography:

    Dalrymple, William, (2019) The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company


    Virginia Dejohn Anderson, (1998) 'New England in the Seventeenth Century', The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I


    Beckles, H. M. (1998). ‘The “Hub of Empire”: The Caribbean and Britain in the Seventeenth Century’, The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I


    Lawson, Philip, (1993). The East India Company : a history


    Stern, P. J. (2011). The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India


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    • 33 min
    Bonus - New England Revisited

    Bonus - New England Revisited

    Allen Ayers from the Political History of the United States podcast comes on to talk all about New England in the 1620s.

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    • 29 min
    Bonus - The Life of Barnet Burns, Pākehā Māori

    Bonus - The Life of Barnet Burns, Pākehā Māori

    Thomas from the History of Aotearoa New Zealand Podcast tells the tale of Barnet Burns, a sailor turned trader turned Pākehā Māori.

    Listen to The History of Aotearoa New Zealand here:https://historyaotearoa.com/
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    • 1 tim. 4 min
    Bonus - Buckingham and Berry

    Bonus - Buckingham and Berry

    I chat with David from The Siècle about the two assassinations we've just covered: the Duke of Buckingham, and the Duc de Berry. They were both killed for political reasons, but the reaction to their deaths could not have been more different, while their assassins, John Felton and Louis Pierre Louvel, were either celebrated or forgotten.

    Listen to The Siècle here: http://thesiecle.com/

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    • 32 min
    033 - Constitutional Crisis

    033 - Constitutional Crisis

    Parliament is back, and they are not happy. The Petition of Right isn't worth the paper its written on, and King Charles had flagrantly disregarded the spirit of it. He was displaying worrying tendencies - promoting Arminians and crypto-Catholics, and violating the fundamental rights of his subjects to raise money. The death of the Duke of Buckingham, rather than marking a sea change in unpopular government policy, instead cements it.

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    In this episode I made particular use of the following publications:


    The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire.

    David Smith, The Stuart Parliaments, 1603-1689


    Kishlasnky, M, A Monarchy Transformed: 1603-1714


    The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

    Historical Collections of Private Passages of State: Volume 1, 1618-29.


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    • 25 min

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Very good and informative

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