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.
The Square and the Tower, by Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson, perhaps the most famous historian of our generation, offers yet another breakthrough in his latest work, The Square and the Tower. Through groundbreaking research, Ferguson reveals how social networks, from the Freemasons of the middle ages to Facebook in the 21st century, disrupt established hierarchies to divert the course of history, both for better and for worse. Join me at patreon.com/context for ad-free episodes and bonus content. Visit https://bradharris.com to learn more.
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
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