Simon Sebag Montefiore
10/4/2023
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Bestselling Author of 'The World: A Family History', Discusses the Power of Family Dynasties

In this episode, bestselling author and historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore, discusses his new book, which covers the key families who have shaped global history.

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In this episode, bestselling author and historian, Simon Sebag Montefiore, discusses his new book, which covers the key families who have shaped global history.

His latest work has proven to be a hit, with Henry Kissinger commenting that: ‘Sebag Montefiore interweaves the stories of the servants, courtiers and kings, pioneers, preachers and philosophers who have made history. A brilliant synthesis that will impart fresh insight to even the most learned readers.’

In this interview, he discusses some key ideas covered in the book, including some case studies of some lesser known dynasties who have had a momentous impact on the course of history, and why family influence is making a comeback in some parts of the world.He also explains how the prism of family allowed him to better explore the role of women, migration and non-Eurocentric themes, before reflecting on some lessons learnt in his wider writing career.

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