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A contemptible little army?

In this edition of Black's History Week, what sort of war was Britain's armed forces equipped to fight in 1914 and how successfully did they adapt to the reality of the first world war? Professor Jeremy Black, whose books include The World at War 1914-1945 and The Great War and the Making of the Modern World, talks to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode.--Image: First World War British soldiers in a trench 1914. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (premiumbeat.com)

50mins

10 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Is "Net Zero" achievable?

All major parties agree that the UK needs to cut carbon emissions but is the goal of "Net Zero" achievable or will it leave us, in the words of Steve Baker MP, "quivering under duvets in the dark on windless winter nights"? On this podcast the former Brexit rebel explains his scepticism with The Critic's Online Editor David Scullion.--Music: “Modern Jazz Samba” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

39mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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Parliament will burn again

Should heritage be preserved at all costs or can defunct and forgotten buildings make space for better use? On this week's Critic Podcast, our Online editor David Scullion discusses with Brice Stratford about the restoration of parliament and the heel-dragging by MPs over what should be done. Stratford argues that there are parallels between today and the conditions in 1834 just before the palace was destroyed by fire.Stratford has written about the issue here, and also about the closure of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry here.--Music: “Modern Jazz Samba” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

29mins

3 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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Land and sea: the global reach of Britain's armed forces in the nineteenth century

In this edition of Black's History Week, Professor Jeremy Black, whose books include Naval Warfare: A Global History since 1860 and Combined Operations,talks toThe Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, about the reach and organisation of Britain's armed forces in protecting and expanding the British empire and expeditionary campaigns around the world in the Victorian era.Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode.--Image: HMS Terrible in a battle scene against men-of-war. At the time of construction, this 20-gun paddle frigate was one of the most powerful steam war vessels in the world. During the Crimean War she took part in operations around Sebastapol. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (premiumbeat.com)

48mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Man About Town

As the literary would comes out of its Covid-induced hibernation, The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, discusses with the writer and journalist Alexander Larman, the merits of celebrity authors and literary book prizes.__Music: “Modern Jazz Samba” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensecreativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

23mins

28 May 2021

Rank #5

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Napoleon's shifting reputation

In this edition of Black's History Week, Professor Jeremy Black, author of Waterloo and France: A Short History, talks to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, about the shifting reputation of Napoleon Bonaparte.Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode.--Image: Equestrian portrait of Napoleon I, 1810, by Joseph Chabord (1786-1848), oil on canvas. Napoleonic era, France, 19th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (premiumbeat.com)

43mins

27 May 2021

Rank #6

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The cloak of woke

Are progressive leaders more moral than their conservative rivals or are they just better at doing politics? In this podcast The Critic's Online editor David Scullion discusses with Patrick Hess whether the likes of Jacinda Ardern and Justin Trudeau are more machiavellian than Donald Trump.__Music: “Modern Jazz Samba” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensecreativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

21mins

24 May 2021

Rank #7

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Queens and Queen consorts

In this edition of Black's History Week, Professor Jeremy Black, author of A History of the British Isles, talks to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, about the role of the queen, and the queen consort, in British and European history.Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode.--Image: Queen Elizebeth, via Getty ImagesMusic: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (premiumbeat.com)

45mins

19 May 2021

Rank #8

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Should the government ban "gay cure"?

Matthew Roberts, the Minister of Trinity Church York and Jo Bartosch, a writer and reporter for Lesbian and Gay news, share their concerns with The Critic's David Scullion about the proposed legislation to outlaw "gay cure".Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode.Right now we’re offering 5 issues for just £10. Go to thecritic.imbmsubscriptions.com/ for details.

31mins

14 May 2021

Rank #9

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Crown, cross and altar

In this edition of Black's History Week, Professor Jeremy Black talks to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, about the centrality of religion to the status and mission of monarchy in Britain and Europe.Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Spotify and iTunes to ensure you never you never miss an episode.--Image: Queen Elizebeth II attends Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel on April 21, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)Music: Radetzky March by Human Symphony Orchestra (premiumbeat.com)

49mins

12 May 2021

Rank #10