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How do empires rise? Why do they fall? And how have they shaped the world around us today? William Dalrymple and Anita Anand... more

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127. Inventing Curry: The British Taste for India

From the beginning of the Raj, British tastes began to turn away from Indian cuisine towards a European palate. The... more

29 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
126. Punch & Chilli: The East India Company at the Table

When the East India Company first arrived on the shores of India, the food they ate in their first factories... more

27 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
125. The Origin of the Houthis

Since November 2023, the Houthis have been attacking international shipping lanes in the Red Sea. They set off from the... more

22 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
124. Saddam Hussein vs The Ayatollah

In September 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces invaded neighbouring Iran and so began the longest conventional war in modern history.... more

20 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
123. Hezbollah: The Party of God

In June 1982, Israeli tanks rolled over the Lebanese border. Soon after, Iran sent 1,500 Revolutionary Guards into Lebanon to... more

15 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
122. Iran & Saudi Arabia: The Rivalry that Split the Islamic World

1979 was the year that set the Islamic world on the path to today. In Iran, the revolution established the... more

13 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
121. The Fall of the Shah of Shahs

The Shah cracks down on dissent, to the point even his great ally Jimmy Carter begins to cool on the... more

08 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
120. The Iranian Revolution: The Rise of Ayatollah Khomeini

With the Last Shah’s reforms - known as the White Revolution - starting to take effect, Iran looked to be... more

06 Feb 2024 · 41 minutes
119. The Last Shah

Reza Pahlavi rules but he is still bedevilled by the interference of the great powers. Britain has its claws in... more

01 Feb 2024 · 51 minutes
118. Iran's First Revolution

Throughout the 19th century, Iran was a pawn of the great colonial powers. It failed to industrialise, its economy stagnated,... more

30 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
127. Inventing Curry: The British Taste for India