The Episode “146. Disease vs. the rise of civilisation” of “The Rest Is History“
The way we die has been utterly transformed.
There have been around 10,000 generations of human beings, but only in the last 3 or 4 have infectious diseases not been an expected and accepted cause of death.
What drove the most deadly infectious diseases? Was technological progress and globalisation one of the key causes for its spread over the course of history?
Tom and Dominic are joined by Professor Kyle Harper from the University of Oklahoma to discuss the fascinating history of disease and how shifts in the way we die have changed our world completely.
Producer: Dom Johnson
Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.
They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius.
They’re distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes.
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