In Our Time: History
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Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.Read more »
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The Mexican-American War
Melvyn and guests discuss the 1846-48 conflict after which the United States of Mexico lost half its territory to the United States of America. The US gained land covered by the states of Texas, Utah, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and part of Colorado. The outcome had a profound impact on Native Americans and led to civil war in defeated Mexico. It also raised the question of whether slavery would be legal in this acquired territory - something that would only be resolved in the US Civil War, which this victory hastened.
Professor of American History at the University of Edinburgh
Professor of American and Indigenous Histories at the University of East Anglia
Lecturer in Latin American History at University College London
Producer: Simon Tillotson.Read more »
Rated 5 out of
Great stand alone episodes on various topics
This is easily one of my favorite podcasts. Each episode has a topic (Alexander the Great, Zen Buddhism, gravitational waves, cynicism, etc) which the host explores with 3 academics/experts on the subject. The discussion is lively and almost invariably interesting. The host (Mervyn Bragg) does a superb job in framing and guiding the discussion with his questions and prompts, so one doesn't need background knowledge on the subject to enjoy the conversation. Also, he has a wit and dry sense of humor that I've come to appreciate more the more I listen.
Date published: 2017-02-15