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Empire

How do empires rise? Why do they fall? And how have they shaped the world around us today?William Dalrymple and Anita Anand explore the stories, personalities and events of empire over the course of history.

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Recent Episodes of Empire


167. Paradise Lost: The Taking of Hawaii

167. Paradise Lost: The Taking of Hawaii

On 7th July 1898, President McKinley formally annexed Hawaii, making it a colonial territory of the USA. It was not until 21st August, 1959, that it became the 50th state. Orchestrated by the American planter class in Hawaii, led by Sanford Dole, this annexation was the culmination of a process throughout the 19th century which pushed the native Hawaiian population to the side for commercial gain. Listen as William and Anita look at the taking of the 50th state and the attempts by the last Queen of Hawaii, Lili’uokalani, to fight against the Americans.


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Episode 20 10 July 2024 47m and 21s


166. How To Hide An Empire

166. How To Hide An Empire

Not everyone agrees that the USA should be classed as an empire. But in the late 1800s, after white settlers had colonised western states, America turned to acquiring overseas territories in what could be described as an imperial project. And one surprising commodity catalysed the project… bird poo. Joining Anita and William to answer questions like “how did shit shape the American empire?” and more, is Daniel Immerwahr, author of How To Hide An Empire. 


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Assistant Producer: Anouska Lewis

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Episode 19 8 July 2024 39m and 43s


165. A Massacre at Dawn

165. A Massacre at Dawn

Arizona Territory, April 30, 1871. The canyon known as Aravaipa lies still in the predawn darkness, the only sounds to be heard in the early-morning calm the song of birds and the lilt of running water as it courses its way toward the nearby San Pedro River. But upon this paradise all hell is about to break loose.


With Native American land being squeezed and squeezed by settlers, and relations becoming more and more violent as indigenous customs are degraded and exterminated, things are at breaking point in Arizona. Nearly 500 native men, women, and children have...

Episode 18 3 July 2024 51m and 9s


164. How the West was Won: The Truth Behind the Westerns

164. How the West was Won: The Truth Behind the Westerns

A whole genre of movies is based on a relatively short period of nineteenth-century American history. But what is the real story behind battles between Native Americans and white settlers during westward expansion? In the aftermath of the Mexican-American War, settlers flooded to the newly acquired territory and before long, violence was commonplace. Images of battles fought on horseback continue to shape our popular understanding, yet have often overshadowed the cultures and lives that were decimated during this period. Listen as Anita and William are joined by Karl Jacoby to discuss the interactions between Native Americans, settlers, and the...

Episode 17 1 July 2024 49m and 56s


163. The Tattooed Girl: From Mormon to Native American

163. The Tattooed Girl: From Mormon to Native American

In 1850, 13-year-old Olive Oatman and her family set off on the perilous journey by foot from Missouri to Arizona. Olive and her little sister were captured by a group of Native Americans and then sold to another. Yet rather than being treated as slaves, the girls were treated with kindness and welcomed as kin. But her version of her story was to be twisted and rewritten in the years that followed… Listen as Anita and William are joined once again by Katie Hickman to discuss the extraordinary experiences of Olive Oatman.


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Episode 16 26 June 2024 42m and 26s


162. The Oregon Trail & the Gold Rush

162. The Oregon Trail & the Gold Rush

Fort Laramie was once a stockade where European fur traders and Native Americans lived together peacefully. But by the 1850s it became a stop-over along the busy trail of emigrants moving westwards seeking gold and religious utopias. Their effect on the environment increased tensions with the local Lakota, and peace crashed down in 1854 all thanks to the death of a Mormon cow… Listen as William and Anita are joined by Katie Hickman to discuss life at Fort Laramie and the First Sioux War.


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Episode 15 24 June 2024 47m and 2s


161. The Trail of Tears

161. The Trail of Tears

Despite having fought alongside them, President Andrew Jackson hated Native Nations. In the early 1800s, he sought to deceive Cherokee tribes into giving up their lands. How did Jackson overturn the precedent of respecting Native sovereignty and force thousands of Native Americans to migrate west? Listen as Anita and William are joined once again by Kathleen DuVal to explore the Indian Removal Act of 1830.


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Assistant Producer: Anouska Lewis

Producer: Callum Hill

Exec Producer: Neil Fearn

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Episode 14 19 June 2024 40m and 52s


160. Native Nations vs Thomas Jefferson

160. Native Nations vs Thomas Jefferson

North America was never virgin territory. For thousands of years it has been home to established nations of Indigenous people who founded ancient cities like Cahokia. When European settlers arrived on the eastern seaboard, Native Americans never saw them as a threat. But as the United States established itself, how did its notion of a new republic affect those who had always lived there? Listen as Anita and William are joined by Kathleen DuVal to discuss interactions between Native Nations and American settlers.


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Episode 13 17 June 2024 46m and 28s


159. The American Revolution: Building The New Rome (Ep 4)

159. The American Revolution: Building The New Rome (Ep 4)

The British have surrendered, they’ll be leaving soon. Now the Americans have a new and arguably harder task than before. They have to meld those 13 states, each with their own sense of independence and unique characteristics, into a country. Taking inspiration from Rome, the Enlightenment, and their own experience of British rule, the Founding Fathers created a republic that lasts until today. Listen as William and Anita are joined by Maya for the last of our episodes on the American Revolution.


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Episode 12 12 June 2024 38m and 39s


158. The American Revolution: Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness (Ep 3)

158. The American Revolution: Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness (Ep 3)

The Declaration of Independence establishes the ideals on which this break away nation founds itself on. But it’s full of contradictions. It complains of white colonists being enslaved by King George III, yet its signatories own enslaved Africans. It declares all men are created equal, but what about women? Listen as Anita and William are joined by Maya Jasanoff as they explore the war, from the evacuation of Boston, to the battle of Yorktown.


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Assistant Producer: Anouska Lewis

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Episode 11 10 June 2024 58m and 56s

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