The history of the Balkans and former Yugoslavia is complex. The region consists of different ethnic groups as well as different religions, and it has been war-torn for a significant part of history. Sanimir Resić, a historian with expert knowledge of the region, untangles this complex narrative for us, as well as predicting future scenarios for the ex-Yugoslavia countries.
“History is a collection of stories with dates” Conn Iggulden was told by his mother growing up. As one of today’s most successful authors in historical fiction, Iggulden has written about the extraordinary lives of Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan. He shares his thoughts on historical accuracy, the balance between facts and fiction, and judging historical icons by today’s morals. Iggulden also analyzes the most formidable fighters to ever live – the Spartans.
Interview with Ashk Dahlén, Associate Professor in Iranian Languages, about the great Persian Empire which lasted for more than 200 years and was ruled by legendary kings like Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. Dahlén explains what was unique with the kingdom, how to deal with one-sided bias sources, the purpose of Persepolis, what we can learn from this part of history and how it relates to modern politics, both in Iran and globally.