241 A Brief History of Being Cold2013-01-29 17:48:00
Listen
Listen
242 Tolstoy and Napoleon. 1 - On Napoleon2012-12-05 17:32:00
Listen
Listen

Tolstoy and Napoleon. 1 - On Napoleon

In 1812 Napoleon led his army to Moscow. In War and Peace Tolstoy gave his account of the great invasion, the battle of Borodino, and the subsequent burning of Moscow. Rosamund Bartlett, translator of Russian novels and biographer of Tolstoy investigates the truth and the fiction of one of the most famous novels of all time. Tolstoy believed that Napoleon and the Russian commander Kutuzov were no more significant in deciding the outcome of events than any one of the thousands of ordinary soldiers who slogged their way across Europe to fight or who defended their motherland as best they could. With reports by the Russian novelist Zinovy Zinik from the battlefied at Borodino and at Tolstoy's country estate at Yasnaya Polyana, Rosamund Bartlett tells how Tolstoy took up the story of what became known as the first great patriotic war in Russia and shaped it in his own way - a version of events that nonetheless has endured over time and become in many people's minds the truth of 1812.…read more

243 The Essay: Anglo-Saxon Portraits 1: Vortigern2012-10-15 22:00:00
Listen
Listen
244 Sunday Feature: After the Gold Rush - The Poetry of California2012-10-04 14:13:00
Listen
Listen
245 Piano Tales - A Social History of the Piano2012-09-25 17:05:00
Listen
Listen
246 Jacquetta Hawkes and The Personal Past2012-09-13 16:13:00
Listen
Listen
247 Dr Adam Smith on Britain in the American Civil War2012-07-27 21:46:00
Listen
Listen
248 Dr Adam Smith on the dividing lines of the American Civil War2012-07-26 20:46:00
Listen
Listen
249 Dr Adam Smith on the War of the North in America2012-07-25 21:00:00
Listen
Listen
250 Dr Adam Smith on the War of the South in America2012-07-25 16:21:00
Listen
Listen
251 Historian Tristram Hunt on anti-imperialism.2012-07-20 21:50:00
Listen
Listen
252 Historian Tristram Hunt on England and Ireland in the 1840’s.2012-07-20 16:47:00
Listen
Listen
253 Tristram Hunt on economist Robert Malthus2012-07-20 16:29:00
Listen
Listen
254 George Reynolds - writer and contemporary of Dickens2012-07-01 19:00:00
Listen
Listen
255 Geneticist Steve Jones investigates the science of crowds2012-06-24 19:00:00
Listen
Listen
256 Andrew Graham Yooll examines Argentine identity2012-06-13 13:12:00
Listen
Listen
257 Phoenix Rising - The Story of Coventry Cathedral2012-05-28 15:04:00
Listen
Listen
258 Wesker at 802012-05-21 16:06:00
Listen
Listen
259 Europe - the Art of Austerity2012-05-03 13:27:00
Listen
Listen
260 The Archbishop of Canterbury on poet Vernon Watkins2012-03-16 13:30:00
Listen
Listen