Early Modern

Traditionally, the Early Modern period covers the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries and we have kept to this tradition. Empires and the dominance of trade have a strong presence in the history of this period and that is seen and felt on a global scale. The podcasts here explore how those to factors also influence social history and cultural legacies. Read more

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  • The Songhay Empire 1450-1591

    Podcast

    In this podcast Dr Toby Green of King's College London examines the history of the Songhay (Songhai) Empire, which dominated the Western Sahel region of West Africa during the 15th-16th centuries.

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  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

    Podcast

    In this podcast Professor Gad Heuman of the University of Warwick examines the origins of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the triangular trade, race, slave society and the changing interpretations of the abolition of the slave trade. (See also podcast The business of slavery: Economic history in the classroom from the HA's Britain and...

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  • The Western magical tradition

    Podcast

    In modern times, occultists have spoken of a specifically western tradition of ceremonial magic, which has been continuously handed down through the millennia, in secret, from an original starting point in ancient Egypt. Although professional historians have become increasingly interested in the history of magic in general, there has not...

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