09 December 2021
Pax Britannica, a narrative history podcast on the British Empire, surpassed one million downloads last month.
Created and hosted by history PhD candidate Samuel Hume (pictured left), the podcast combines 'rigorously researched and engaging narrative episodes with fascinating expert interviews'.
Beginning with the accession of James VI of Scotland to the thrones of England and Ireland, Pax Britannica follows 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.
- Season 1 covered the start of English colonisation in North America and the Caribbean, the first steps of the East India Company, and the ruthless politics of Britain and Ireland
- Season 2 covers the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Civil war and revolution erupt in England, Ireland, and Scotland, pitting the forces of Charles I against his own subjects. By the end, the King will be dead, the monarchy abolished, and Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell will lead a militarised and expansionist Commonwealth
History Scotland's consultant editor Dr Allan Kennedy was interviewed for an episode on the Covenanters in Restoration Scotland. Listen to this, and the other episodes, at the Pax Britannica website.