Pax Britannica: A History of the British Empire show

Pax Britannica: A History of the British Empire

Summary: 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'?

Podcasts:

 02.09 - The Calm Before the Storm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1825

After signing a treaty with the king, the Covenanters find it wasn't worth the paper it was written on. The General Assembly meets once more, but the Parliament of Scotland is held up in procedure for weeks, before being prorogued. Aware of the danger of foreign intervention, the Covenanters continue their diplomatic offensive with fantastic results. Listen to Agoraphobia here: https://pod.link/1068901505 Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Adams, Goodare, Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Macinnes, Allan, The British Revolution, 1629-1660 Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars James Miller, ‘The Scottish mercenary as a migrant labourer in Europe, 1550-1650’, in Erik-Jan Zürcher (ed), Fighting for a Living Book Subtitle: A Comparative Study of Military Labour 1500-2000 Alexia Grosjean, Steve Murdoch, Alexander Leslie and the Scottish generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 Steve Murdoch (ed), Scotland and the Thirty Years' War Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Introducing The Fault Line: Bush, Blair & Iraq | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 586

Why did we go to war in Iraq in 2003? What happened in the 18 months between 9/11 and March 2003 that drove that decision? What was it about George Bush and Tony Blair that meant war was on the cards? And what motivated these two men at the peak of their powers – with the world on their side – to pursue a war that would prove to be historically unpopular and taint their legacies forever? In the midst of a presidential contest in America where every day the Iraq War – a topic for debate, there is no better time to ask what effect that 18 month period had on the society we live in today.​ The Iraq War came following a moment of crisis – September 11th. In real-time, the world watched our leaders react and make decisions based fast-paced information being presented to them, not unlike the moment we're currently facing with COVID. The issue, however, is that the response to the Iraq War led to an all-time low level of public trust of government officials and media – something that we never fully recovered from. How does that level of distrust in leadership response to crisis effect the current state of the world?​ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

 Bonus - The Sinking of the Arandora Star | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2524

This was the talk I gave at this year's Intelligent Speech conference. I follow three interned 'enemy aliens' during the Second World War, as the British Government arrested them. Their eventual fates were very different, but first they would all have to pass through the crucible of the Arandora Star. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Bonus - Plague, War and Hellfire with Rebecca Rideal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2875

After reading and loving 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire I asked historian, author, producer and podcaster Rebecca Rideal on to talk about it. Buy the book HERE. Register for the Regicide event HERE Listen to Killing Time with Rebecca Rideal HERE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.08 - The First Bishops' War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3898

King and Covenanter call up their forces and prepare for war. Alexander Leslie returns to Scotland. We look at how the armies are armed and trained, and how Scotland's famous castles held up in the era of gunpowder. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Adams, Goodare, Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Macinnes, Allan, The British Revolution, 1629-1660 Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars James Miller, ‘The Scottish mercenary as a migrant labourer in Europe, 1550-1650’, in Erik-Jan Zürcher (ed), Fighting for a Living Book Subtitle: A Comparative Study of Military Labour 1500-2000 Alexia Grosjean, Steve Murdoch, Alexander Leslie and the Scottish generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 Steve Murdoch (ed), Scotland and the Thirty Years' War Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.07 - ‘No Matter What Master We Serve’ | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2414

Veterans of the Thirty Years War were invaluable in the early Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and this episode looks at why. Why did so many Scots sign up to fight on the continent? Gold? Glory? Escaping a debt? Because they were arrested and forced to? All of the above. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars MacKenzie, Kirsteen, The Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms and the Cromwellian Union, 1643-1663 Miller, James, 'The Scottish mercenary as a migrant labourer in Europe, 1550-1650', in Zürcher, Erik-Jan (ed.), Fighting for a Living: A Comparative Study of Military Labour 1500-2000 Murdoch, Steven and Grosjean, Alexia, Alexander Leslie and the Scottish generals of the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648 Murdoch, Steven, Scotland and the Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648  For a full bibliography, see the website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Bonus - The Pre-History of Maryland | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3963

Jared Books from A History of Maryland covers the winding background of the colony Listen to A History of Maryland : https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jared-books/a-history-of-maryland Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Bonus - For God or the Devil with Zachary Twamley | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2183

I talk with When Diplomacy Fails' Zack Twamley about his new book, For God or the Devil: A History of the Thirty Years War. We chat about how the conflict is remembered, and what he's learnt after returning to the topic after seven years. Buy the book HERE Listen to When Diplomacy Fails HERE Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.06 - A Crisis by Monthly Instalments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2171

A new prayer book sparks riots in July, more riots in August, a National Petition in September, a National Supplication in October, a new government in November. When things go badly wrong, they happen fast. Listen to the Research in Scottish History Podcast here: https://pod.link/1523363966 Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Adams, Goodare, Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars MacKenzie, K, The Solemn League and Covenant of the Three Kingdoms and the Cromwellian Union, 1643-1663 For a full bibliography, see the website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 Bonus - The National Covenant | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1764

The confession of faith of the Kirk of Scotland, February 1638. Text courtesy of Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland: https://www.fpchurch.org.uk/about-us/important-documents/the-national-covenant-1638/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.05 - Homecoming | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2088

Despite being born in Scotland, Charles I left as a young child and did not return until he was in his thirties. Nevertheless, he tried to enforce his will much as his father had done. In one of the worst homecomings in history, the king would thoroughly antagonise vast numbers of his subjects. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars Adams, Goodare, Scotland in the Age of Two Revolutions. For a full bibliography, see the website. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.04 - Making Ireland English | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2224

Wentworth and Laud try to reform the Church of Ireland, and face resistance. Plantation returns with a vengeance, and even powerful New English face the wrath of the Lord Deputy. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate Give Ages of Conquest a listen: https://podcasts.apple.com/ph/podcast/ages-of-conquest-a-kings-and-generals-podcast/id1446527049 For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Nicholas Canny, Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars Lennon, C, 'Protestant Reformations, 1550-1641', in The Cambridge History of Ireland See the website for a full bibliography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.03 - Graces Denied | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1854

The political concessions known as the Graces remained a sticking point for Irish Catholics. They had bought and paid for them with taxation, but the last Lord Deputy had dragged his feet. Now, with Sir Thomas Wentworth in charge, perhaps the longed-for toleration would finally be made real. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Russell, C The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars Lennon, C, 'Protestant Reformations, 1550-1641', in The Cambridge History of Ireland See the website for a full bibliography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.02 - Star Chamber | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2435

Archbishop Laud spearheads the reform of the Church of England. Out with the new and in with the old, or so he said. Others disagreed and called for a different future for the church. The Court of High Commission and the Court of Star Chamber awaited them with fines, imprisonment, and mutilation. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Russell, C. The Causes of the English Civil War Kishlansky, M. Monarchy Transformed Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars See the website for a full bibliography. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

 02.01 - Eleven Years of Tyranny? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1768

Charles tries to avoid a parliament. Ship Money goes to court. The Hampden Case begins. Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Conrad Russell, The Causes of the English Civil War Mark Kishlansky, Monarchy Transformed Harris, T. Rebellion  Keynon, Ohlmeyer, The Civil Wars Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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