Thursday, 16 February 2012
Was Maximilien Robespierre (1758-94) a great revolutionary martyr or the world’s first murderous dictator? Australian author, historian and professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne Peter McPhee provides new insights into the man in his new biography Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life (published by Yale last month). Here he discusses Robespierre's life, upbringing, downfall and his immense and controversial role during the bloody French Revolution.
Monday, 07 November 2011
A hundred years ago, two teams were racing to the South Pole. The Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen made it first, beating British explorer Robert Scott. But only Scott did pioneering science—and photography—along the way. NPR's Ira Flatow talks to Edward Larson, author of An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science about the achievements of the first Antarctic expeditions.
Thursday, 03 November 2011
Edward III by Mark Ormrod is an enlightening biography that takes a deeper look at the personality of this celebrated warrior king, emphasising the importance of Edward's familial relationships and his achievement of a cohesive stable nation. Here Ormrod, who is a history professor at the University of York and an expert in the political structures and ideas of late medieval England, discusses Edward III on the BBC History Magazine Podcast with editor Dave Musgrove.