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Pax Britannica is a narrative history podcast covering the empire upon which the sun never set. Nominated for the 2023 Independent Podcast Awards, Pax Britannica follows the events which created an empire that dominated the globe. Hosted by Dr Samuel Hume, a historian of 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: A History of the British Empire Samuel Hume

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Pax Britannica is a narrative history podcast covering the empire upon which the sun never set. Nominated for the 2023 Independent Podcast Awards, Pax Britannica follows the events which created an empire that dominated the globe. Hosted by Dr Samuel Hume, a historian of 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'?

    Evil as well as Good

    Evil as well as Good

    After the Battle of Kentish Knock, the English navy is over confident. At the Battle of Dungeness, the Dutch hit back, led by the resurgent Admiral Tromp.
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    Martyn Bennet, Oliver Cromwell, 2006.

    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, 2015.


    Barry Coward, The Cromwellian Protectorate, 2002.

    Nicholas Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: a Naval History of Britain, Volume 2, 1649-1815, 2004.

    Ian Roy, 'Prince Rupert', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


    Roger Hainsworth, Christine Churches, The Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars, 1652-1674, 1998.

    Christian J. Koot, ‘A “Dangerous Principle”: Free Trade Discourses in Barbados and the English Leeward Islands, 1650—1689’, Early American Studies, 5.1 (2007), 132–63.

    Thomas Leng, ‘Commercial Conflict and Regulation in the Discourse of Trade in Seventeenth-Century England’, The Historical Journal, 48.4 (2005), 933–54

    Jonathan Barth, The Currency of Empire, Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America (Cornell University Press, 2021).

    John Kenyon and Jane Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Alan MacInnes, The British Revolution, 1629-1660, 2004.


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    • 26 min
    The Battle of Kentish Knock

    The Battle of Kentish Knock

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    Martyn Bennet, Oliver Cromwell, 2006.

    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, 2015.


    Barry Coward, The Cromwellian Protectorate, 2002.

    Nicholas Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: a Naval History of Britain, Volume 2, 1649-1815, 2004.

    Ian Roy, 'Prince Rupert', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


    Roger Hainsworth, Christine Churches, The Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars, 1652-1674, 1998.

    Christian J. Koot, ‘A “Dangerous Principle”: Free Trade Discourses in Barbados and the English Leeward Islands, 1650—1689’, Early American Studies, 5.1 (2007), 132–63.

    Thomas Leng, ‘Commercial Conflict and Regulation in the Discourse of Trade in Seventeenth-Century England’, The Historical Journal, 48.4 (2005), 933–54

    Jonathan Barth, The Currency of Empire, Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America (Cornell University Press, 2021).

    John Kenyon and Jane Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Alan MacInnes, The British Revolution, 1629-1660, 2004.


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    • 30 min
    The History of the Mughal Empire - The Throneless Times

    The History of the Mughal Empire - The Throneless Times

    In this first episode of this bonus series, we hear about Timur's devastating raid of northern India, and then follow his descendant Babur through his adventurous early years. 
    For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful:

    William Dalrymple, The Anarchy.


    William Dalrymple, The Last Mughal.

    John F. Richard, The Mughal Empire.

    Bamber Gascoigne, The Great Moghuls



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    • 25 min
    The Sovereign of the Seas

    The Sovereign of the Seas

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    Martyn Bennet, Oliver Cromwell, 2006.

    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, 2015.


    Barry Coward, The Cromwellian Protectorate, 2002.

    Nicholas Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: a Naval History of Britain, Volume 2, 1649-1815, 2004.

    Ian Roy, 'Prince Rupert', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


    Roger Hainsworth, Christine Churches, The Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars, 1652-1674, 1998.

    Christian J. Koot, ‘A “Dangerous Principle”: Free Trade Discourses in Barbados and the English Leeward Islands, 1650—1689’, Early American Studies, 5.1 (2007), 132–63.

    Thomas Leng, ‘Commercial Conflict and Regulation in the Discourse of Trade in Seventeenth-Century England’, The Historical Journal, 48.4 (2005), 933–54

    Jonathan Barth, The Currency of Empire, Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America (Cornell University Press, 2021).

    John Kenyon and Jane Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Alan MacInnes, The British Revolution, 1629-1660, 2004.


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    • 26 min
    A Mountain of Gold

    A Mountain of Gold

    Two of the greatest naval commanders of the 17th century - Robert Blake and Maarten Tromp - face off in the English Channel. After months of growing hostilities, a refusal to salute English ships is enough to spark a shooting war between the Commonwealth of England and the United Provinces of the Netherlands.
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    Martyn Bennet, Oliver Cromwell, 2006.

    Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution, 2015.


    Barry Coward, The Cromwellian Protectorate, 2002.

    Nicholas Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: a Naval History of Britain, Volume 2, 1649-1815, 2004.

    Ian Roy, 'Prince Rupert', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


    Roger Hainsworth, Christine Churches, The Anglo-Dutch Naval Wars, 1652-1674, 1998.

    Christian J. Koot, ‘A “Dangerous Principle”: Free Trade Discourses in Barbados and the English Leeward Islands, 1650—1689’, Early American Studies, 5.1 (2007), 132–63.

    Thomas Leng, ‘Commercial Conflict and Regulation in the Discourse of Trade in Seventeenth-Century England’, The Historical Journal, 48.4 (2005), 933–54

    Jonathan Barth, The Currency of Empire, Money and Power in Seventeenth-Century English America (Cornell University Press, 2021).

    John Kenyon and Jane Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660.


    Alan MacInnes, The British Revolution, 1629-1660, 2004.


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    • 29 min
    Cromwell and Ireland with Prof. Micheál Ó Siochrú

    Cromwell and Ireland with Prof. Micheál Ó Siochrú

    I speak with Micheál Ó Siochrú, Professor in Modern History at Trinity College Dublin about the Irish Confederacy, its strengths and successes, the place of Oliver Cromwell in Irish history, and whether the conquest was genocidal in intention and outcome.
    Interested listeners might enjoy reading:

    Micheál Ó Siochrú, Confederate Ireland, 1642-1649, 1999

    Micheál Ó Siochrú, God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland, 2008.


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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

SweetTraci ,

Great

Clear, Concise and Easy to listen to.

Auron Renouille ,

Excellent show, very in-depth.

Loving the level of detail that is going into this - it’s quite granular and, once the host gets his seas legs, the narrative episodes tend not to be boring at all (I’m not personally a huge fan of the interview episodes, all of his guests are experts in their fields but I suspect that not all of those guests excel at, say, teaching undergrads.😇) That said, it’s absolutely worth a listen solely for the core narrative! 😀

The Accountant 41 ,

Great

Fantastic show with an awesome delivery. Strongly recommend!

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