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History Lessons features the brightest conversations with the world's best historians.

    Alexander Lee on Machiavelli

    Alexander Lee on Machiavelli

    In this episode of History Lessons, Mattias Hesserus is joined by Alexander Lee discuss Machiavelli’s life and works. Was he always an adept politician?  Was he as immoral as is often claimed?

    • 49 min
    Asian Philosophies of Rebirth with Jessica Frazier

    Asian Philosophies of Rebirth with Jessica Frazier

    In this episode of History Lessons, Mattias Hesserus and Jessica Frazier are in conversation about the differences between Eastern and Western philosophies of crisis. Is the desire for a return to ’normal’ inherently western? What can we learn from narratives of rebirth? And, was the global lockdown a mass-participation yogic experiment?

    • 37 min
    Leadership in a Crisis with Andrew Roberts

    Leadership in a Crisis with Andrew Roberts

    On this episode of History Lessons, Mattias Hessérus is joined by the historian and author Andrew Roberts to look through the careers of great figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher (as well as some of history's great villains, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin) and see how they handled the pressure of a crisis.

    History Lessons is an Engelsberg Ideas podcast.

    Hosted by Mattias Hessérus.
    With Andrew Roberts.
    Produced by Nick Hilton for Podot.

    • 26 min
    The History of Quarantine with Lincoln Paine

    The History of Quarantine with Lincoln Paine

    On this episode of History Lessons, Mattias Hessérus speaks to the maritime historian Lincoln Paine, author of The Sea and Civilization, about the history of quarantine, how pandemics have affected trade and travel in the past, and whether globalisation can survive the current moment.

    Hosted by Mattias Hessérus.
    With Lincoln Paine.
    Produced by Nick Hilton for Podot.

    • 25 min
    Art, History and Pandemics with Tom Holland

    Art, History and Pandemics with Tom Holland

    On this, the first episode of History Lessons, Mattias Hessérus speaks to the historian Tom Holland about the relationship between reality and art in the age of a pandemic.

    Hosted by Mattias Hessérus.
    With Tom Holland.
    Produced by Nick Hilton for Podot.

    • 34 min

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