Hungry Empire, The [Book Of The Week]

Episodes

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01Salt Cod on the Mary Rose20170814

Historian Lizzie Collingham explains how salt cod helped to create the British Empire.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

02Salt Beef Succotash in New England2017081620170815 (R4)

The Puritan settlers struggle to recreate the ideal English diet in new surroundings.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

03Dining at Sea20170816

As the Empire expands the colonial trade in ships' provisions races to keep up.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

04Opium and the East India Company20170817

In 19th-century India, British companies are profiting from arms-length drug trading.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres

05Feeding a Wartime Empire20170818

North Africa, 1941. Wartime strictures reveal the brutal reality behind feeding an empire.

Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres