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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. read less

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On the Empire podcast, listeners learn about the world's greatest empires and their impact today. The families of kings and queens become paupers, and paupers become kings and queens.

Once, mighty rulers claimed foreign places, conquered their people, and took their wealth. These rulers built glorious palaces and vast armies. The saying once said, “The sun never sets on the British empire.” Britain's rule extended across the globe. Yet more countries keep claiming independence. Thus the power of countries like Britain, France, and Spain diminishes. The Empire podcast's first season explores the rule of the British in India.

Podcast hosts Anita Anand and William Dalrymple share this brutal history with listeners. Anita is a writer and journalist. Her book, The Patient Assassin: The True Tale of Massacre, Revenge, and India's Quest for Independence, came out in 2019. Cocreator William is a writer and historian, along with other titles. He's won many awards for his books on the history of India. Now, Anita and William share their decades of study on this podcast.

The East India Company and Mahatma Gandhi are familiar names. But what about the bloody truth behind this famous company and Gandhi's fasts? Empire begins by telling the story of The East India Company. It started as a small business in England in 1660 and soon ruled India. Back then, India was the wealthiest country in the world, and England was one of the smallest. Later episodes reveal the tales of massacres, uprisings, and rebellions.

William and Anita also discuss Koh-i-Noor, a famous diamond with a shadowed history. The diamond now belongs to the British royal family and sits upon a crown. Tales of murder and intrigue surround the cursed diamond. Other episodes explore Pakistan, slavery, the British monarchy, and the Ottoman Empire. History enthusiasts can learn about the rise of Ataturk and wars in the middle east. The podcast answers why the Ottoman Empire fell and how Gandhi defeated the British. Why is the United Kingdom shrinking, and which countries refuse its rule? Empire answers this question and many more.

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