12 – The Road to the North

70 CE to 78 CE.

This episode we’ll be talking about how awful life under Roman Rule was in the first century, the year of the four emperors, and the events that lead up to Agricola.

(History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, History of Scotland, Celtic History, Roman History)

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  1. Hi Jamie! I really want to thank you for an informative, engaging (not at all “dry”), and “human” British History Podcast! Are by any chance related to Alan at Royal Commercial? I looked at their website, thinking, “Royal,…might be from across the pond.” I’m broke the rest of this month after overspending on my 8 year old grandson, but I plan on subscribing next month. Keep up the good work!

  2. Your hypothesis that Roman Rule was a “nightmare” for Britain is flawed. You are assuming that local rule would have been better, which I doubt. For instance, Zimbabwe would have been much better off to remain a British colony.

    1. Well, Peter. We’re just going to have to disagree on that. Killing 10% of the local population and destroying the local economy for a generation seem manifestly wicked behaviors to me.

      Additionally, your hypothetical about Zimbabwe is incomplete in a variety of ways, such as we don’t know what would have happened if they stayed a colony, we don’t know what would have happened if they were never colonized, etc.

      Anyway, we’re just going to have to disagree. Thanks for listening!

    2. WOAH PETER.

      That’s a pretty extreme-right opinion. Zimbabwe was getting deliberately exploited of its natural resources under British colonialism – that’s like the definition of colonialism.

      There was no economic development at all because it was getting siphoned off by British corporations and the like. White brits basically owned all the property and land, and ruled over the natives like… well, like it was a colonial vassel state.

      And then it was basically taken over by Rhodesia, the crazy white supremacist state that started apartheid in South Africa. They treated the Zimbabweans even worse than the British.

      And when the people carriedn out a popular, anti colonialist guerilla war that got the Rhodesians out; Zimbabwe came under economic blocade because Mugabe wanted to redistribue land and wealth to correct the injustices of colonialism. Mugabe, however, was an unrestrained plutocrat who deliberately enriched himself and his old buddies. His land reform made the international world hate his bloody guts and he was forced to print money like a mad man to fight a civil war his ineptitude started.

      And don’t let me get started on the international neoliberalism or the IMF or any of that other junk.

  3. So even with you always saying ‘our island’ in reference to Britain and doing a British history podcast, I’d always assumed you were American because of your accent. I guess I all English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish people had some sort of accent. Could you talk about that a little? I’m very curious as to how you got an American accent, lol.

      1. It’s in the intro (and I think also in one of the Q&A’s). I’m from North Wales, but when we moved to the states I learned how to speak with an American accent because my classmates couldn’t understand me. After years of that, the accent has stuck.

        But I should probably point something out. Barring the Native Americans, the rest of the population are relatively recent immigrants. And given that it was a British colony, that means that a huge chuck of the population are descended from British immigrants.

        You didn’t think that Americans just sprung out of the ground without any ancestry, did you? ;)

        1. Oh, nice. So that would’ve been the area Seutonius Paulinus would’ve been attempting to take right before Boudica started her rebellion in the Iceni land! And yes, hehe, I do realize that. I’m not sure about other areas of the U.S, but I’ve never actually heard a British accent in real life except but once where I live,(South East Texas). Most recent immigrants that would have an accent around here are Vietnamese or Latin American, maybe even some type of an Arab accent. British accents (again, at least in my experience) aren’t too common in the U.S. I come from a line of recent Czechs on my dad’s side. but on my mom’s side, from Georgia, I actually have a lot of Anglo-Saxon/Celtic that fought in the Revolutionary War, so I might share a little bit of heritage with you as well. Wish I knew what type of British I was though :/

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