Artwork for 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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Artwork for Empire

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Deerfield, February 1704. The small, puritan town of roughly 300 inhabitants in western Massachusetts has been riven with tension ever since the French and Native American forces had begun raiding them at the end of the previous year. The snows of wi... more

43 hours ago

One of the most famous names in American history, Pocahontas had an extraordinary life. She was the daughter of Powhatan, a great Native American chief, and was born in Werowocomoco, in what we’d now call Virginia. From a young age, she mixed with th... more

7 days ago

The Empire that dare not speak its name. America was born through an explicit rejection of empire as it forced the British from the continent and indeed many of its citizens would baulk at the suggestion their nation is an empire. Yet, over its lifet... more

9 days ago

In 1877 Queen Victoria took on the title Empress of India, a nation which she undoubtedly had close to her heart. Yet, under her reign and that of her successors, India was exploited. At the same time, she takes Abdul Karim, known as the Munshi, into... more

14 days ago


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4.7 out of 5 stars from 9.4k ratings
  • Meh

    It is always about how bad the British empire was. No more interesting. Not a native speaker or a Brit, but I’m tired of this repetitive narrative

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom11 days ago
  • Such an Awesome Podcast

    I love this podcast. I listen to it on my daily morning 5 mile walks. Anita and William’s chemistry. They have incredible and educational insights into so many historical topics. I love Anita’s voice. So elegant. I also like how William says his name when they sign off. Ha! Keep up the wonderful work.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States11 days ago
  • Engrossing

    Without a doubt, the best podcast that I have listened to. Thank you so much for bringing history to life!

    Apple Podcasts
    New Zealand15 days ago
  • Could be good, but…

    The information is excellent, then hosts are very knowledgeable. But their inane banter and incessant giggling at their own “humor” quickly makes the podcast unlistenable. Too bad, if they just get over themselves it could be a outstanding.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States17 days ago
  • Enthusiasm and research shines through, editing needed

    The hosts clearly love their subject, and enjoy talking it through. I would love a version where the constant ‘y’know, suduv’s (sort of) were cut out. I don’t know, I never know, I’m waiting for you to tell me.

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    United Kingdom17 days ago

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