Context with Brad Harris
Brad Harris, Historian
What led to the rise of the modern world? How have we made so much progress, and what are its consequences? There are countless great books exploring these critical questions... we know we should read them, but most of us don't have time. Join historian Brad Harris as he distills their insights in a captivating, accessible way. Unless we understand our historical context, our discourse will be bloated with bad assumptions and progress will stall. We each owe it to our future to be a better historian, and Brad Harris helps us think like one.
Why the West Rules - For Now, by Ian Morris
Is there a logic to history? Many scholars insist that each culture may only be understood on its own terms, but In Why the West Rules - For Now, Ian Morris counters that if we study how human biology, sociology, and geography interact, it's possible to discover a fundamental pattern in history to help us answer the biggest historical questions, from why the West rules for now, to what will happen next. Access bonus episodes on https://www.patreon.com/context. Learn more at https://bradharris.com
The Fall of Rome, and the End of Civilization
A conversation with Bryan Ward-Perkins, author of The Fall of Rome, & the End of Civilization. It's become fashionable to argue that Roman civilization never collapsed but was merely transformed. This counter-narrative may illuminate intellectual developments of Late Antiquity, but verges on cultural relativism that obscures real suffering. Ward-Perkins' book is a reality check of how dark the post-Roman age really was. Bonus content: https://www.patreon.com/context More info: https://bradharris.co
The Two Cultures, by C. P. Snow
The Two Cultureswas one of the most influential lectures of the 20th century, triggering an intense debate regarding the status of science that has persisted to this day. The main theme of Snow's lecture was to raise alarm about the growing knowledge gap between modern society's scientists and everyone else, and to reinvigorate respect for science among cultural elites who were increasingly dismissive of it. Support Contextathttps://www.patreon.com/context Learn more at https://bradharris.com
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