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Talking Politics
Talking Politics
A new series of talks by David Runciman, in which he explores some of the most important thinkers and prominent ideas lying behind modern politics – from Hobbes to Gandhi, from democracy to patriarchy, from revolution to lock down. Plus, he talks about the crises – revolutions, wars, depressions, pandemics – that generated these new ways of political thinking. From the team that brought you Talking Politics: a history of ideas to help make sense of what’s happening today.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.8 stars from 773 ratings
HickeyBickey via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/05/20
These were an excellent series of talks, David has a unique way to make the complicated accessible, please do a second series
Benji in China via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/01/20
This is a brilliant, grounded tour through the history of political ideas. Highly recommend.
Chabbly via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 06/01/20
Recent Episodes
Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History (1992) became associated with the triumph of liberal democracy at the end of the twentieth century. But was Fukuyama really a triumphalist? David explores what Fukuyama had to say about the strengths and weaknesses of liberal democracy and asks whether his...
Published 05/25/20
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