Archive by Era: 19th Century

  1. 1848: Year of Revolution

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss 1848, the year that saw Europe engulfed in revolution.

  2. Ada Lovelace

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ada Lovelace - the Victorian ‘enchantress of numbers’.

  3. Altruism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss philosophical and evolutionary arguments over altruism.

  4. Anaesthetics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of anaesthetics.

  5. Anarchism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the political creed of Anarchism.

  6. Archaeology and Imperialism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the link between archaeology and imperialism.

  7. Bismarck

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the original Iron Chancellor, Otto Von Bismarck.

  8. Bohemianism

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 19th century Parisian philosophy of life lived for art.

  9. Bolivar

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America.

  10. Capitalism

    Melvyn Bragg examines the history of capitalism from Marx to the collapse of Communism.

  11. Chemical Elements

    Melvyn Bragg explores chemistry's ongoing mission to understand irreducible substances.

  12. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

  13. Consequences of the Industrial Revolution

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the influence of the Industrial Revolution.

  14. Custer's Last Stand

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Custer's Last Stand.

  15. Darwin: Life After Origins

    Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.

  16. Darwin: On the Origin of Species

    How Darwin was eventually persuaded to publish On the Origin of Species in November 1859.

  17. Darwin: On the Origins of Charles Darwin

    Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.

  18. Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle

    How Darwin's work during the Beagle expedition influenced his theories.

  19. Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Delacroix's painting Liberty Leading the People.

  20. Dickens

    The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.

  21. Electrickery

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the dawn of the age of electricity.

  22. Genetic Determinism

    Melvyn Bragg explores the part genes play in our personalities.

  23. Genetics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the development of the science of genetics.

  24. Gothic

    Melvyn Bragg examines the origins and significance of the 18th century Gothic movement.

  25. Heritage

    Melvyn Bragg explores the relationship between heritage culture and the study of history.

  26. Humboldt

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Prussian naturalist and explorer, Alexander Von Humboldt.

  27. Immunisation

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the search for immunisation and its impact on society.

  28. John Ruskin

    The life and work of one of the most influential figures of the Victorian era.

  29. Kierkegaard

    Melvyn Bragg examines the rich and radical ideas of the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

  30. Logic

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the history of logic.

  31. Madame Bovary

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the 1857 trial of Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary

  32. Marx

    The life and ideas of Karl Marx who changed the world with his Communist Manifesto.

  33. Maxwell

    The work and legacy of the often overlooked 19th century scientist James Clerk Maxwell.

  34. Mill

    The life and ideas of the 19th century political philosopher John Stuart Mill.

  35. Munch and The Scream

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Edvard Munch and his most famous painting, The Scream.

  36. Napoleon and Wellington

    The comparative histories of two titans of 19th century history.

  37. Nihilism

    The history of the philosophy that claims that truths are illusory.

  38. Oscar Wilde

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Oscar Wilde, his literary legacy and the Aesthetes.

  39. Pragmatism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the American philosophy of pragmatism.

  40. Radiation

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the discovery of radiation, from radio waves to gamma rays

  41. Rutherford

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear science.

  42. Schopenhauer

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pessimistic philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.

  43. Sensation

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the novels of sensation, a Victorian literary phenomenon.

  44. Silas Marner

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss George Eliot's 1861 novel Silas Marner.

  45. Suffragism

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss suffragism, the movement for women's voting rights.

  46. Tennyson's In Memoriam

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem In Memoriam.

  47. The Age of Doubt

    Melvyn Bragg examines the spread of religious doubt over the last three centuries.

  48. The American West

    Melvyn Bragg explores the myths and harsh reality of the 19th century American pioneers.

  49. The Berlin Conference

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Berlin Conference and the Scramble for Africa.

  50. The British Empire

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ethos and legacy of the British Empire.

  51. The Brothers Grimm

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.

  52. The Cavendish Family in Science

    Melvyn Bragg and guests explore the scientific achievements of the Cavendish family.

  53. The City - a history, part 2

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of the city.

  54. The Corn Laws

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Corn Laws of the 19th century.

  55. The Dreyfus Affair

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Dreyfus Affair, which tore France apart in the 1890s.

  56. The East India Company

    The history of the private trading company that helped forge the British Empire.

  57. The Enclosures of the 18th Century

    Melvyn Bragg examines the enclosure movement that fenced in the British countryside.

  58. The French Revolution's Legacy

    The impact and legacy of the French Revolution on European culture and politics.

  59. The Great Exhibition of 1851

    Melvyn Bragg examines the exhibition that showcased Victorian Britain's industrial might.

  60. The Great Reform Act

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Great Reform Act of 1832.

  61. The Indian Mutiny

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and the rebellion which followed

  62. The Industrial Revolution

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Industrial Revolution.

  63. The Later Romantics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the poetry, tragedy and idealism of Byron, Shelley and Keats.

  64. The Novel

    Melvyn Bragg and guests consider the development and the future of the novel.

  65. The Opium Wars

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the 19th century Opium Wars between Britain and China.

  66. The Oxford Movement

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 19th century Catholic movement within the Church of England.

  67. The Peterloo Massacre

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 1819 Peterloo Massacre and the brutality of the British state.

  68. The Poincaré Conjecture

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss a puzzle that may explain the shape of the universe.

  69. The Romantics

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideals, exponents and legacy of Romanticism.

  70. The Royal Society and British Science: Episode 3

    The 19th century blooms scientifically with numerous alternative, specialist societies.

  71. The Second Law of Thermodynamics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Second Law of Thermodynamics from steam to the Big Bang.

  72. The Statue of Liberty

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Statue of Liberty. .

  73. The Taiping Rebellion

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Taiping Rebellion.

  74. The War of 1812

    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the War of 1812 between America and Great Britain.

  75. The Zulu Nation's Rise and Fall

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise and fall of the Zulu Nation.

  76. Thomas Edison

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the American technological pioneer Thomas Edison.

  77. Thoreau and the American Idyll

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau.

  78. Tolstoy

    Melvyn Bragg explores the life and work of the 19th century Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.

  79. Tsar Alexander II's assassination

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881.

  80. Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 19th century anti-slavery novel, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'.

  81. Victorian Pessimism

    Melvyn Bragg discusses the high pessimism of Victorian culture.

  82. Victorian Realism

    Melvyn Bragg explores Victorian realism and its focus on the ordinariness of life.

  83. Wagner

    Melvyn Bragg examines the position of Richard Wagner and his music in German culture.

  84. Wilberforce

    Melvyn Bragg examines the life of anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce.

  85. William Hazlitt

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and works of the essayist William Hazlitt.

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