History Extra podcast

By BBC History Magazine

On Going since May 2013
BBC

The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine.

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  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 09 Aug 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Adam IP Smithresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy that devastated America in the 1860s. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 52 Minutes 08 Aug 2020

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian, author and broadcaster Janina Ramirez brings to life lesser-known heroines from across the medieval period. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 07 Aug 2020

The distinguished journalists and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan talk about their new book,The Treasures of World History, which compiles some of the most important documents to have shaped human civilisations, covering everything from the Rosetta Stone to Apollo 11. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 Aug 2020

Five years after the publication of his landmark bookThe Silk Roads: A New History of the World, historian Peter Frankopan explores some of the major themes in global history and how they relate to life in 2020. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 03 Aug 2020

Historian Robert Bartlett explores how medieval royal families sought to retain their grip on the throne and explains why some dynasties thrived, while others collapsed. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 02 Aug 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledgeresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 1 of this interview aired last Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 01 Aug 2020

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the tragic life of Henry VI whose catastrophic reign led to the bloodshed of the Wars of the Roses. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 31 Jul 2020

In today’s episode we reveal the winner in our History’s Greatest Mystery poll: the fate of the princes in the Tower. Historian Nathen Amin considers some of the possible explanations for their disappearance in 1483 and whether Richard III was behind their murder. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 30 Jul 2020

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’sGreatest Mysteriespoll. In second place is Stonehenge, and in today’s episode archaeologist Mike Pitts considers how and why the monument was created, more than 4,000 years ago. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 29 Jul 2020

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian and author Tom Holland explores historical and religious explanations as to what may have happened to Jesus’s body following his crucifixion in the 1stcentury AD. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 28 Jul 2020

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Misha Ewen delves into the mysterious disappearance of a group of English settlers in North America in the late 16thcentury. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 27 Jul 2020

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Elma Brenner discusses the 500-year-old Voynich Manuscript, whose mysterious text has baffled some of the greatest code-breakers. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 27 Jul 2020

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In today’s episode, historian Elma Brenner discusses the 500-year-old Voynich Manuscript, whose mysterious text has baffled some of the greatest code-breakers. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 26 Jul 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledgeresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 2 of this interview will follow next Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 25 Jul 2020

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, historian and author Nicola Tallis describes the remarkable life of a pivotal figure in the Wars of the Roses and Tudor eras. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 24 Jul 2020

As the Portable Antiquities Scheme records it’s 1.5 millionth find, we speak to Michael Lewis, who is head of the scheme, about some of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries in its history, and how metal detectorists are contributing to our understanding of Britain’s past. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 22 Jul 2020

Historian Hannah-Rose Murray describes how Frederick Douglass and other African American abolitionists toured Britain in the 19thcentury to campaign against slavery in the United States. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 20 Jul 2020

Archaeologist and author Chris Gosden explores delves into the history of magical beliefs and practices from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 19 Jul 2020

Dr Elena Woodacre is an expert on medieval and early modern queens and queenship at the University of Winchester. In this podcast, she answers the most popular listener and internet search questions about medieval queens, in our ‘Everything you want to know series’. Who was the most beautiful queen, how much power did queens have, and how did they balance motherhood and royal life, are just some of the questions posed. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 18 Jul 2020

Professor Louise Wilkinson, a medievalist at the University of Lincoln talks about her research into the household accounts of Eleanor de Montfort, a key figure in the mid-13thcentury civil war. The conversation particularly discusses what these accounts tell us about day-to-day life in an aristocratic household – what people ate and drank, what they wore, and what they did on a daily basis – as well as how they inform us about the ramifications of the political upheavals that occurred at the time. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 17 Jul 2020

The past few months have seen vigorous debates about the future of statues to contested historical figures, typically related to the colonial era and the Confederacy. In this episode, historian Simon John considers whether we need to broaden the discussion out to include the medieval era and in particular the violent actions of the 12th-century English king Richard the Lionheart. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 15 Jul 2020

Historian and author Alexander Larman is joined by popular historian Dan Jones to discuss his new book,The Crown in Crisis, which explores Edward VIII’s relationship with Wallis Simpson and how it led to the British king’s abdication. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 13 Jul 2020

Roman historian Shushma Malik discusses the infamous crimes of the emperor Nero and considers whether he is deserving of his monstrous reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 12 Jul 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Mark Whiteresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Cold War nuclear confrontation between the US and the USSR. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 11 Jul 2020

Historian Pauline Stafford shares the latest research and thinking on some of the most important historical sources from Early Medieval England. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 10 Jul 2020

Historian Alice Procter discusses her recent bookThe Whole Picture,whichexplains how modern museums often have problematic colonial histories and offers some ideas about how we should be rethinking these institutions. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 08 Jul 2020

Historian David Abulafia discusses his latest book,The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans, which was recently declared the winner of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize. Our conversation focuses in particular on the maritime history of the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 06 Jul 2020

Laurence Grissell, producer of the recent BBC Radio 4 seriesThe Californian Century, explores some of the key moments in the Golden State’s modern history, from the age of Hollywood to the rise of Silicon Valley. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 05 Jul 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Iain MacInnesresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Anglo-Scottish military conflicts of the 13thand 14thcenturies. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 04 Jul 2020

Gordon Noble and Nicholas Evans, co-authors ofThe King in the North, discuss the latest thinking about the culture that flourished in what’s now Scotland in the first millennium AD. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 03 Jul 2020

Historian Natasha Hodgson explores the many different aspects of women’s involvement in the medieval campaigns fought in the Holy Land. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 01 Jul 2020

Historian and author Keith Lowe speaks to us about his new bookPrisoners of History, which tells the stories of 25 monuments to the Second World War from across the globe and explains why many have become highly controversial. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 29 Jun 2020

Medical historian and journalist Mark Honigsbaum, author ofThe Pandemic Century, compares the current Covid-19 pandemic, and our responses to it, to previous diseases outbreaks over the past 100 years. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 28 Jun 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Kate Smithresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about British society during the 18thand early 19thcenturies. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 27 Jun 2020

HistorianEmily Ward, co-editor of a new book on the conquests of 1016 and 1066, explains how the earlier Danish invasion of England is crucial to our understanding of what happened 50 years later. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 26 Jun 2020

Historian and novelist Nicola Cornick discusses the life and mysterious death of Tudor gentlewoman Amy Robsart, wife of Elizabeth I’s chief favourite, Robert Dudley. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 24 Jun 2020

On the 70thanniversary of the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula, historian Grace Huxford describes the key events of the conflict and explains how it played out in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 22 Jun 2020

Historian Helen McCarthy, author of the new bookDouble Lives, considers how women in Britain have sought to balance the demands of work and childcare over the past century. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 21 Jun 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian and battlefield guide Julian Humphrysresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the locations of some of Britain’s most important clashes. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 20 Jun 2020

In the final talk from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Sally Dixon-Smith explores the history of romantic love and marriage practices in the Middle Ages. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 19 Jun 2020

Historian, author and former RAF navigator John Nichol describes the history of the iconic WWII bomber aircraft and tells the stories of the men who flew, fought and died in them. Hisoryextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 17 Jun 2020

Historian David Carpenter, author of a major new biography of the 13th-century monarch Henry III, explains how we know more about his inner mind than any other English king of the period. He describes how Henry’s reign witnessed civil war, the ongoing fallout from Magna Carta, and amazing building projects.Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 16 Jun 2020

Sir Francis Drake was an English naval hero, famed for circumnavigating the globe and his role in defeating the Spanish Armada. But, he was also a slave trader. Following calls for statues of Drake to be removed, historian Claire Jowitt explores this dark chapter in Tudor history. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 15 Jun 2020

As Britain’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade comes under scrutiny following recent protests, historian Christer Petley charts the history of slavery within the British empire and considers how it should be reflected upon today. Plus, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch offers her thoughts on the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 71 Minutes 14 Jun 2020

In the latestof our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Kevin Gainesresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the American civil rights movement. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 13 Jun 2020

In the fourth of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Emma J Wells examines the nature of Christianity in the Middle Ages and how it shaped wider society. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 12 Jun 2020

On the 500thanniversary of Henry VIII and Francis I’s magnificent peace summit in northern France, historian Glenn Richardson explores the events of the Field of the Cloth of Gold and considers its impact on Anglo-French relations. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 10 Jun 2020

Bestselling authors Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch speak to us about their new bookThe Lincoln Conspiracy, which explores a little-known attempt to kill Abraham Lincoln in 1861, just prior to his inauguration as president. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 08 Jun 2020

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell,creators of theHistories of the Unexpectedbooks and podcast, take a sideways look at the Tudors era, exploring everything from gloves to priest holes. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 07 Jun 2020

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Richard J Evansresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Third Reich. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 06 Jun 2020

In the third of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Elma Brenner explores some of the diseases that afflicted people in the Middle Ages, and the steps they took to heal the sick and avoid becoming ill in the first place. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 05 Jun 2020

Biblical scholar John Barton considers the historical background to the most influential book in western culture, exploring its creation and how it fits into the histories of Judaism and Christianity. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 03 Jun 2020

Bestselling author Steven Johnson talks to us about his new book,Enemy of All Mankind, which tells the story of the infamous 17th-century English pirate Henry Avery, whose audacious raid on an Indian treasure ship sparked a global manhunt. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 01 Jun 2020

Marion Turner explores the life of the 14th-century poet, arguing that we need to look beyond his status as the ‘father of English literature’. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 31 May 2020

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Mark Stoyleresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the conflict between Royalists and Parliamentarians that wracked the British Isles in the middle of the 17thcentury. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 67 Minutes 30 May 2020

In the second of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Chris Woolgar presents a broad survey of what, when and how people ate during the middle ages. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 29 May 2020

Historian Ghee Bowman, author ofThe Indian Contingent, tells the stories of a group of Muslims in the British Expeditionary Force who were part of the famous evacuation from the beaches of France in 1940. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 27 May 2020

RémyAmbühldiscusses his new research into the fate of captives in the Hundred Years’ War. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 25 May 2020

Ahead of the third instalment of his acclaimed BBC TV seriesA House Through Time, historian and broadcaster David Olusoga delves into the story of Bristol’s past and explains the value of studying history through our own homes. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 24 May 2020

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Ristresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Christian campaigns in the middle east. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 23 May 2020

In the first of five talks from our virtual Medieval Life and Death Day event, historian Hannah Skoda explores the nature and consequences of crime and violence in the middle ages. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 22 May 2020

Food historian Annie Gray tells the story ofGeorgina Landemare, who became Winston Churchill’s cook during the Second World War. Her career offers fascinating insights into the dining habits of the wartime leader and the nation as a whole. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 20 May 2020

Bestselling Dutch historian Rutger Bregman discusses his new book,Humankind: A Hopeful History, which ranges through the past to argue that humanity is inherently good. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 18 May 2020

Historian Emma Griffin, author of the new bookBread Winner,explores how economic changes in 19th-century Britain affected family life for working class Victorians. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 17 May 2020

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Diarmaid MacCullochresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Henry VIII’s break from Rome and the seismic events that followed. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 15 May 2020

As we grapple with the Covid-19 pandemic, historian Vanessa Harding describes the events of the Great Plague that afflicted London in 1665, and explains how people at the time sought to cope with the disease. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 13 May 2020

Historian Catherine Fletcher, author of the new bookThe Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance, offers a fresh view on this transformative period in Italy – and Europe’s – past. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 11 May 2020

On the 200thanniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, biographer Mark Bostridge reflects on the pioneering Victorian nurse’s work at the Crimean War and beyond. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 10 May 2020

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Judith Jesch, professor of Viking studies,responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Scandinavian people. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 08 May 2020

On the 75thanniversary of VE Day we speak to historian Dan Todman, author ofBritain's War: A New World, 1942–1947, about Britain’s role in defeating the Nazis and the challenges of adjusting to the postwar years. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 06 May 2020

Historian Dan Jackson, author ofThe Northumbrians, traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 04 May 2020

Historian Valerie Hansen, author of a new history of the year 1000 AD, surveys the state of the world a millennium ago and argues that this was a crucial moment in the story of globalization, comparable to 1492. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 03 May 2020

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Sarah Richardsonresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Queen Victoria and the age that bears her name. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 01 May 2020

Author and journalist Stephen Bates describes the battle over bread prices that divided Parliament in mid-19th-century Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 29 Apr 2020

Scientist and author Lewis Dartnell discusses his recent bookOrigins, which explores how Earth’s physical features have had a profound effect on human civilisations throughout history. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 27 Apr 2020

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell, creators of theHistories of the Unexpectedbooks and podcast, take a sideways look at the Viking era, exploring how things like keys, butter and haircuts fit into their story. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 26 Apr 2020

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist David Milesresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Britain’s distant past. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 24 Apr 2020

Philippe Sands, author of the multi-award-winning memoirEast West Street,talks to us about his new book,The Ratline, which charts his investigation into the dramatic life and mysterious death of the senior Nazi Otto von Wächter. Philippe reveals how Otto managed to escape justice after 1945 and examines his relationship with his wife, Charlotte. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 22 Apr 2020

Historian Toby Green, author of the award-winning bookA Fistful of Shells, explores the history of West Africa and its relations with the wider world, from the era of the slave trade to more recent times. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 20 Apr 2020

Anne de Courcy discusses Coco Chanel, and some other famous faces who graced the French Riviera, during the interwar years and the era of Nazi occupation. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 19 Apr 2020

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, military historian Peter Caddick-Adamsresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the defining episodes of World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 17 Apr 2020

Historian and author Emily Brand speaks about her new book,The Fall of the House of Byron, which explores the dramatic lives of the Georgian aristocratic family whose lives were blighted by scandal long before the arrival of the renowned poet. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 15 Apr 2020

Historian and author Linda Porter talks about her new bookMistresses: Sex and Scandal at the court of Charles II, exploring the lives of the many women who shared the 17th-century monarch’s bed. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 13 Apr 2020

Author and spy expert Henry Hemming discusses the real historical personalities who Ian Fleming drew on to create 007 and other major characters in the Bond novels. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 12 Apr 2020

In the third of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist Miles Russellresponds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the four centuries of Roman rule in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 10 Apr 2020

Fifty years on from the NASA mission that almost ended in disaster, historian Tom Ellis revisits the dramatic story of the astronauts’ incredible battle to survive. Plus, he considers the state of the Cold War space race in the wake of the moon landing the year before. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 08 Apr 2020

As we seek to understand the broader impacts of Covid-19, historian Jane Whittle looks at how the devastating plague of the 1340s significantly reshaped the economy and society of England. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 06 Apr 2020

Renaissance historian Catherine Fletcher explores the remarkable life and art of the acclaimed 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose work was due to be celebrated with a major National Gallery exhibition this month. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 06 Apr 2020

Renaissance historian Catherine Fletcher explores the remarkable life and art of the acclaimed 17th-century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi, whose work was due to be celebrated with a major National Gallery exhibition this month. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 05 Apr 2020

Tracy Borman responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the 16th-century English royal dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 03 Apr 2020

Johanna Katrin Fridriksdottir explores what everyday life was like for women in Norse society, the opportunities available to them and the challenges they faced. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 01 Apr 2020

On the 75thanniversary of the battle of Okinawa, historian Saul David revisits one of the bloodiest clashes of the Pacific War and explains how it played a crucial part in the United States’ decision to use atomic weapons against Japan. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 30 Mar 2020

Dr Julie Wheelwright, author of the new bookSisters in Arms, explains the roles of female warriors from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 29 Mar 2020

In a bonus Sunday episode, Marc Morris, author of an acclaimed history of the Norman Conquest, tackles some of the big questions about William the Conqueror and his followers, several of which were submitted by our listeners and social media fans. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 27 Mar 2020

Greg Jenner chats explores the changing nature of fame over the centuries and describes how celebrities have fared in the public glare. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 25 Mar 2020

Sophy Roberts, author ofThe Lost Pianos of Siberia, explains how the instrument can illuminate the history of Russia, from the tsarist era to the decades of Soviet rule. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 23 Mar 2020

At a time when Britons are being asked to revisit the ‘Blitz spirit’, historian Jonathan Boff explains how ordinary people coped with the privations of World War II and considers what parallels can be drawn between the 1940s and the current Coronavirus crisis. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 20 Mar 2020

Acclaimed author James Shapiro considers why England’s foremost playwright has had such a profound impact on the United States, and how his words speak to contemporary concerns. Historyextra.con/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 18 Mar 2020

HistorianHelen Birkettexplores communication networks and the spread of information and news in the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 16 Mar 2020

As COVID-19 dominates the news, Laura Spinney draws historical parallels with other pandemics in history and asks what we might learn from disease outbreaks in the past.Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 13 Mar 2020

Simon Jenkins talks about his new BBC radio programme,Wales: A 20th-century Tragedy?,which explores the difficulties faced by the country in recent history, and offers some opinions on its future.Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 11 Mar 2020

Priyamvada Gopal speaks about her bookInsurgent Empire,which explores opposition to British colonial rule both within the empire and in Britain itself.Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 09 Mar 2020

Hadley Freeman speaks to us about her quest to uncover her family’s history through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20thcentury. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 06 Mar 2020

Stonemason Andrew Ziminski talks about some of Britain’s most impressive buildings and monuments. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 04 Mar 2020

Frank Dikötter discusses his new bookHow to Be a Dictator, which explores the malevolent careers of eight 20th-century rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 02 Mar 2020

Historian Rachel B Hermann talks about her recent bookNo Useless Mouth, which explores how food and hunger played a critical role in the story of the American Revolutionary era. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 28 Feb 2020

The author Francesca Wade talks to us about her new bookSquare Haunting, which tells the stories of five remarkable women – among them Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L Sayers – who all lived on the same London square in the interwar years. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 26 Feb 2020

Archaeologist David Petts and Lisa Wilkins of DigVentures discuss an extraordinary Viking-era discovery that’s been made on the monastic site of Lindisfarne in Northumbria. The conversation also covers the latest trends in archaeological excavations and the broader history of the island. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 24 Feb 2020

Elma Brenner of the Wellcome Library examines the state of healthcare in the Middle Ages and reveals some unusual remedies that were offered for people with injuries or diseases. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 21 Feb 2020

On the 200thanniversary of the Cato Street Conspiracy, Stephen Bates examines a failed attempt to murder the entire British cabinet in February 1820. He also explores the background and aftermath of this violent plot. historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 19 Feb 2020

Historian Eloise Moss, author ofNight Raiders, explores a century of home intrusion in Britain, from the cat burglar phenomenon to Cold War espionage. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 17 Feb 2020

Frank McDonough discusses the first volume in his new two-part history of Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 14 Feb 2020

The acclaimed popular historian and broadcaster Michael Wood talks to us about a photograph he discovered that links his family to the infamous Peterloo massacre of 1819. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 64 Minutes 12 Feb 2020

On the 75thanniversary of the Dresden raid, historical author Sinclair McKay explores one of the most controversial Allied actions of the Second World War. He describes the devastation caused by the bombing and considers whether it constitutes a war crime. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 10 Feb 2020

Historian Andrew Roberts reflects on some of the greatest and most nefarious war leaders of the past – including Napoleon, Hitler, Churchill and Eisenhower – and considers what traits they shared. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 07 Feb 2020

Susan Neiman considers how Germany and the United States have sought to come to terms with histories of racism and violence. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 05 Feb 2020

Historian John Hardman discusses his new biography of the 18th-century French queen, exploring her role in the politics of the revolutionary era and explaining why she met a tragic end. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 03 Feb 2020

Ahead of her new BBC Two seriesThe Shock of the Nude, classicist Mary Beard discusses some of the thorny issues surrounding the naked body in western art over the centuries. Later on in the episode she is joined by art historian Janina Ramirez to share her thoughts on a few of the most intriguing pieces that appear in the programmes. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 31 Jan 2020

Historian Karen Harvey explores the unusual case of Mary Toft who caused a sensation in 1726 by apparently giving birth to rabbits. Karen considers what the story and the reactions to it can tell us about Georgian Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 29 Jan 2020

George Morton-Jack, historian and author ofThe Indian Empire at War, reflects on the contributions made by the vast number of Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 29 Jan 2020

George Morton-Jack, historian and author ofThe Indian Empire at War, reflects on the contributions made by the vast number of Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 27 Jan 2020

Historian and author Clare Wright reveals how Australian women battled for political equality in the early 20thcentury and helped inspire suffrage movements in other parts of the world. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 24 Jan 2020

As we approach the 75thanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, historian Rebecca Clifford tells the stories of child survivors of the Holocaust who made their way to Britain after the war. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 22 Jan 2020

Historian Sophie Ambler chronicles the dramatic life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established a revolutionary form of government. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 20 Jan 2020

Historian, author and broadcaster Colin Grant discusses his recent book,Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation,which tells the stories of postwar immigrants to Britain from the Caribbean. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 17 Jan 2020

Stephen Tomkins discusses the rise of Puritanism in England and the origins of theMayflowervoyage to North America in 1620. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 15 Jan 2020

Jack Fairweather, author of the Costa Biography Award-winning bookThe Volunteer, tells the story of the Polish resistance leader Witold Pilecki who allowed himself to be arrested by the Nazis in order to gather intelligence from Auschwitz. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 13 Jan 2020

Historian Hannah Skoda tackles some common misconceptions about the middle ages, from irrational peasants and filthy towns, to powerless women and mindless violence. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 09 Jan 2020

As we approach the 75thanniversary of the end of the Holocaust, historical broadcaster Chris Bowlby explains how Germany has sought to come to terms with the legacy of Nazism. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 06 Jan 2020

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy talks to us about his new bookForgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front, which describes a little-known World War Two joint operation between the US and USSR. As Plokhy reveals, the military collaboration hinted at the Cold War tensions that were to come. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 02 Jan 2020

For our first episode of 2020, Professor David Reynolds explores how several centuries of British history have fed into the recent Brexit debate. He shows how empire, national identities and ideas of British decline have all shaped the present political situation. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 30 Dec 2019

Does the Medieval era deserve its reputation for poor hygiene and bad odours? Dr Katherine Harvey examines the evidence and reveals some of the unusual techniques that people used to keep clean. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 26 Dec 2019

Sam Willis and James Daybell offer a distinctive take on festive traditions, which takes in violent Christmas cards and obscene snowmen. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 23 Dec 2019

Test your history knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised byQIwriter JustinPollard. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 19 Dec 2019

The writer and historian Charles Emmerson reflects on the crucial years 1917-24, which witnessed the conclusion of the First World War, the collapse of empires, and new ideologies and conflicts emerging across the globe. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 16 Dec 2019

Classicist and political journalist Asa Bennett discusses his new bookRomanifesto, which explores the lessons that 21st-century politicians could learn from their Roman forebears. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 12 Dec 2019

Sara Cockerill, author of a new biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenge some common misconceptions about her life. She is joined in conversation by the popular historian Dan Jones. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 09 Dec 2019

Author and journalist Simon Parkin tells the incredible, but little-known, story of a real life game of battleships that transformed British fortunes in the battle of the Atlantic. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 05 Dec 2019

Broadcaster Kavita Puri, who presents the BBC Radio 4 seriesThree Pounds in My Pocket, discusses how Asian communities were adjusting to life in Britain during the volatile 1980s. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 02 Dec 2019

Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling bookMudlarking, describes some of the fascinating historical objects she has discovered while scouring the banks of the Thames over the past 15 years. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 28 Nov 2019

The author and literary agent Andrew Lownie discusses his bestselling recent bookThe Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves,which explores the colourful and controversial lives of Louis and Edwina Mountbatten. It’s a story that incorporates Indian independence, royal connections and scandalous love affairs. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 25 Nov 2019

Author and journalist Thomas Harding describes how a family of Jewish immigrants to Britain in the 19thcentury went on to create Lyons – one of the country’s best-known food and restaurant companies. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 21 Nov 2019

Historian and author Nicola Tallis discusses her new biography of Margaret Beaufort who played a key role in the Wars of the Roses and whose son, Henry VII, began the Tudor dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 18 Nov 2019

Professor Julia Lovell discusses her recent bookMaoism: A Global History, which has just won the prestigious Cundill History Prize. In the conversation Julia explores the nature of Mao’s ideology and how it has shaped China and many other countries around the world. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 14 Nov 2019

Jill Lepore, professor of history at Harvard, discusses her acclaimed recent bookThese Truths, which charts the highs and lows of American history since 1492 and considers how far the United States has lived up to its founding ideals. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 12 Nov 2019

Lauren Johnson discusses the history behind the new Netflix filmThe King, considering how closely it follows the real events of Henry V’s life and reign. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 11 Nov 2019

Roland Emmerich, director of the new blockbusterMidwayfilm, tells us about the process of bringing a major World War Two battle to the big screen. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 07 Nov 2019

On the 30thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, author and editor Iain MacGregor revisits some of the most dramatic events associated with the history of the Cold War barrier, from its construction in 1961 to its modern afterlife. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 04 Nov 2019

As a major new exhibition of the pharaoh’s tomb arrives in London, we speak to curator Tarek El Awady about the remarkable artefacts buried with Egypt’s iconic boy king. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 31 Oct 2019

Professor Alexander Watson describes the dramatic battle for the fortress city of Przemysl, which pitted a multi-ethnic Habsburg force against the might of the Russian army in the early months of World War I. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 28 Oct 2019

The author and former Cabinet minister David Laws examines the life and dramatic death, in 1916, of Britain’s Secretary of State for War: Lord Kitchener. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 68 Minutes 24 Oct 2019

Historian and author Dominic Sandbrook joins us to discuss his new book,Who Dares Wins, which explores the pivotal early years of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership in Britain: 1979-1982. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 21 Oct 2019

Historian and author Thomas Penn discusses the Wars of the Roses, the princes in the Tower and the start of the Tudor era as he reflects on the Yorkist dynasty and the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 19 Oct 2019

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Dr Robert Elliott Smith examines the dark history of algorithms and considers how they affect all of our lives today. 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 17 Oct 2019

Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 14 Oct 2019

Historian Peter Hennessy talks about his new bookWinds of Change, which tells the story of Britain in the early 1960s and explores subjects such as the Cold War, decolonisation, the Profumo affair and the country’s failed attempt to join the EEC. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 10 Oct 2019

Author and historian Helen Fry talks about her new book,The Walls Have Ears, which describes an ingenious British intelligence operation to bug German prisoners during the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 07 Oct 2019

William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 03 Oct 2019

Ahead of a major new TV drama about the Russian empress, historian Janet Hartley explores Catherine’s life and considers whether there is any truth behind the scandals that continue to damage her reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 30 Sep 2019

Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 30 Sep 2019

Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 26 Sep 2019

Author and journalist Henry Hemming discusses his new book,Our Man in New York, which describes the adventures of British spymaster William Stephenson who plotted to bring the United States into World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 23 Sep 2019

Daisy Dunn revisits the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and considers the history that was preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 19 Sep 2019

Sir Max Hastings discusses his new book on the iconic World War Two raid, describing the ingenuity and courage of the operation, as well as the terrible cost. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 16 Sep 2019

Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dan Jones about the lives of women in 16th-century France. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 12 Sep 2019

Historian and author Tom Holland discusses his new bookDominion, which explores the history of Christianity and argues that it has had a transformative and enduring impact on the western mindset. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 09 Sep 2019

Bestselling medieval historian Dan Jones discusses his new bookCrusaders, which tells the stories of these religious conflicts through the people who were involved in them. He is joined in conversation by his fellow historian Helen Castor. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 05 Sep 2019

As we reach the 80thanniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, historian Roger Moorhouse tells the story of the 1939 battle for Poland that saw the country dismembered by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 02 Sep 2019

Professor Brendan Simms talks to us about his new biography of Adolf Hitler, which argues that the Nazi dictator’s main preoccupation was rivalry with Britain and America, rather than the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 29 Aug 2019

DrEmma Butcher and Dr Hannah Partis-Jennings explore the history of war trauma, discussing how it has affected soldiers and civilians in conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars, the two world wars, and more recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 26 Aug 2019

Historian Serhii Plokhy, author of an award-winning book on the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster, explores the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl accident and offers his thoughts on the accuracy of the recent drama series. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 22 Aug 2019

As the fifth series of the BBC historical drama is about to air, we talk to historian Andrew Davies about the real Birmingham gangsters who inspired the programme, and discover how late-Victorian society contributed to a rise in gang violence. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 19 Aug 2019

Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 15 Aug 2019

Ahead of the 200thanniversary of Peterloo, we speak to Robert Poole, author of a major new history of the massacre. He explores the history of 19th-century radicalism that fed into the Manchester demonstration and then reveals why a peaceful meeting ended in death and injury. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 12 Aug 2019

Archaeologist and writer Mike Pitts discusses some of the major archaeological finds that have shaped the way we understand the early history of the British Isles. 
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  Direct Link   Download 12 Minutes 10 Aug 2019

Former prime minister Gordon Brown discusses the American businessman Andrew Carnegie, who gave away most of his fortune at the turn of the 20thcentury. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 08 Aug 2019

Harry Potter explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 05 Aug 2019

Historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explains how the history of black hair reflects broad themes of capitalism, slavery, colonialism and more. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 01 Aug 2019

Former Foreign Office historian Gill Bennett explores how a forged letter by a Soviet leader in 1924 shocked Britain and helped undermine the Labour Party. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 29 Jul 2019

Greg Jenner, historical consultant for the BBC seriesHorrible Histories, talks about the series’ big screen outing,Rotten Romans. He also explores wider questions about history and comedy and the current state of popular history. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 25 Jul 2019

Professor Dame Janet L Nelson discusses Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks who became one of medieval Europe’s most important rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 22 Jul 2019

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots in New York City,historian Chris Parkes explores the background to the events and shows how the episode became a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history. Historyextra.com/podcast 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 18 Jul 2019

As we approach the 50thanniversary of the moon landing, historian Kendrick Oliver explores the space race that led to it and considers the legacy of the momentous events of July 1969. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 15 Jul 2019

Historian Prashant Kidambi revisits the first Indian cricket tour of Britain, which took place in the summer of 1911 when the British empire was still at its height. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 11 Jul 2019

Historian Sam Willis describes the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets, while challenging misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 08 Jul 2019

Historian Matthew Jenkinson tells the stories of Edward Whalley and William Goffe who fled to New England in the 17thcentury following their involvement in the execution of King Charles I. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 04 Jul 2019

AC Grayling ranges through 2,500 years of history to explore the impact of great thinkers like Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 01 Jul 2019

Susan Oosthuizen explains why we should be reassessing what we think about the Anglo-Saxons. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 27 Jun 2019

Historian and author Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb, who became stars in the age of PT Barnum and other circus pioneers. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 24 Jun 2019

Historian and journalist Tim Bouverie discusses his new bookAppeasing Hitler, which explores the failed diplomacy that led to World War Two and the Nazi domination of Europe. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 20 Jun 2019

Historian and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop shares the stories of women she interviewed who worked at Britain’s codebreaking centre during World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 17 Jun 2019

Adrian Tinniswood explores the fascinating history of Britain’s royal households, from the Tudor period until today. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 18 Minutes 13 Jun 2019

Edward Carey discusses the life of Madame Tussaud, who created waxworks in the era of the French Revolution. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 10 Jun 2019

Professor Jonathan Phillips is joined by medieval historian Dan Jones to discuss the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who famously captured Jerusalem and battled the crusaders during the 12thcentury. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 06 Jun 2019

James Holland revisits the events of 6 June 1944 and challenges myths that have grown up around the Allied landings and the battle for Normandy. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 03 Jun 2019

Estelle Paranque and Emma J Wells reflect on the religious changes that took place during the reigns of Henry VIII and his children. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 30 May 2019

Rachel Reeves talks about her new book,Women of Westminster, which explores the achievements of some of Britain’s foremost women politicians. Historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 27 May 2019

Jacob Rees-Mogg discusses his new book, which explores the lives of 19th-century figures who he believes were crucial in creating modern Britain. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 23 May 2019

Virginia Nicholson talks about her new bookHow Was It For You?, which explores how some of the radical changes of the decade shaped the lives of women from different backgrounds. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 20 May 2019

Biographer Angela Steidele explores the life of 19th-century gay pioneer Anne Lister, whose story is the inspiration behind the major BBC/HBO dramaGentleman Jack. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 16 May 2019

Historian, author and geographer Jared Diamond discusses how ideas from psychology can help us understand how countries have coped with traumas through history. historyextra.com/podcasts 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 13 May 2019

Medieval historian Marc Morris reveals the fascinating history of Britain’s castles, exploring why they were built, what they were used for, and the challenges of defending and attacking them. 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 09 May 2019

Lauren Mackay, author ofAmong the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn, charts the tumultuous lives of the father and brother of one of the Tudor era’s most famous figures – Anne Boleyn. 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 06 May 2019

Journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman discusses her new bookBloody Brilliant Women,whichtells the stories oftrailblazing women who changed the course of modern British history. 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 02 May 2019

Demography expert Dr Paul Morland discusses his new bookThe Human Tide, which explores how population has been a crucial factor in global events over the past two hundred years, and has shaped the world we live in today. 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 29 Apr 2019

Professor Stephen Rippon of the University of Exeter explores the changing nature of England’s landscape, from the Iron Age until the Anglo-Saxon period. 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 25 Apr 2019

Anita Anand tells the story of one man’s quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 22 Apr 2019

Professor David Reynolds discusses the relationship between World War Two leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, as revealed by the messages exchanged between them 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 18 Apr 2019

Following Monday’s blaze that devastated Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral, we speak to historian Emma J Wells about the medieval building’s remarkable history and what its future might hold 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 15 Apr 2019

Renowned author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discusses the 12th-century French thinkers Peter Abelard and Heloise, and the enduring love story at the centre of his new novel 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 11 Apr 2019

Travel writer Christopher Somerville discusses his experiences of visiting some of Britain’s historic cathedrals and explains what they can tell us about the country’s religious past 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 08 Apr 2019

Professor Tom Devine explores one of the most traumatic moments in Scottish history and explains how a number of misconceptions still exist around the Clearances. 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 04 Apr 2019

Professor Nicholas Vincent discusses the life and reign of the infamous 13th-century monarch, whose reign saw military disasters abroad and the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 01 Apr 2019

Military historian Jonathan Fennell discusses his new book, which explores the experiences of citizen soldiers from Britain, its empire and commonwealth in the global battle against the Axis. 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 28 Mar 2019

Historian Nicholas Paul explores some little known aspects of the crusades and also considers why this aspect of medieval history has inspired the far-right. Find out more about his research at:https://medievaldigital.ace.fordham.edu/mapping-projects/oxford-outremer-map-project/ 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 25 Mar 2019

Hallie Rubenhold discusses her new bookThe Five, which uses the untold stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims to reveal what life was like for working-class women in Victorian London. 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 21 Mar 2019

Medieval historian Levi Roach describes how the Norse people travelled, raided and settled far beyond their Scandinavian homeland, even journeying across the Atlantic to America. 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 18 Mar 2019

Historian and author Lauren Johnson discusses the life and reign of Henry VI, whose decades on the throne coincided with defeat in the Hundred Years’ War and the disaster of the Wars of the Roses. 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 14 Mar 2019

Professor Matthew Seligmann describes the changes made by Winston Churchill to the Royal Navy in the years leading up to the First World War – ranging from pay and conditions to discipline and the treatment of homosexuals. 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 11 Mar 2019

Author and biographer Claire Harman talks to us about a 19th-century killing that drew in the literary world, including Dickens and Thackeray. 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 07 Mar 2019

We speak to Dutch historian Rutger Bregman, who recently hit the headlines with his appearance at the World Economic Forum and an unaired interview on Fox News. He discusses some of the ideas that caused a global sensation and the role of a historian in the modern world. 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 04 Mar 2019

Alexandra Churchill considers the impact of the British monarch on the First World War, and explores the question of whether he could have done more to save his cousin Tsar Nicholas II. 
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  Direct Link   Download 20 Minutes 28 Feb 2019

Former education secretary Alan Johnson discusses the history of schooling since the Victorian era, which is the subject of his new series on BBC Radio 4 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 25 Feb 2019

Professor Bart van Es talks to us aboutThe Cut Out Girl, which was recently announced as the Costa Book of the Year. He explains how his family took in a young Jewish girl in the Netherlands during the Second World War, and the complex legacy of the traumatic war years for those involved. 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 21 Feb 2019

Historian Catherine Hanley tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12thcentury became known as ‘the anarchy’. 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 18 Feb 2019

Philosopher and author Julian Baggini speaks about his new book, How the World Thinks, in conversation with the historian Justin Champion. 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 14 Feb 2019

For our Valentine’s Day episode, historian Sally Holloway explores the nature of courtship, love and marriage in 18th-century Britain, highlighting the similarities and differences to the modern day 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 11 Feb 2019

Professor Richard J Evans discusses his new biography of Eric Hobsbawm, the influential 20th-century historian who was famously – and sometimes controversially – a committed Marxist throughout his career 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 07 Feb 2019

Dr Christopher Harding explores Japan’s dramatic history over the past 150 years, considering its relationship with the west and the cultural impact of its rapid modernisation 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 04 Feb 2019

BBC broadcaster John Simpson discusses the connections between classical music and some of the most notable events of the mid-20thcentury, from World War Two to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 02 Feb 2019

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Jamie Susskind explains how the politics of the future will be shaped by the technology influencing our lives today. 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 31 Jan 2019

Historian Emma Southon explores the extraordinary life of Agrippina the Younger, who was the wife of Claudius, the mother of Nero and the sister of Caligula, as well as being a remarkable woman in her own right. 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 28 Jan 2019

Jenni Murray, longstanding presenter of BBC Radio 4’sWoman’s Hour, discusses her new book, which tells the stories of some of the most fascinating women in global history, from Joan of Arc to Marie Curie and Madonna. 
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  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 24 Jan 2019

Historians Mary Fulbrook and Richard J Evans explore the aftermath of the Nazi genocide, looking at how thousands of perpetrators escaped justice and considering how subsequent generations have sought to understand the greatest atrocity of the 20th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 21 Jan 2019

Olivette Otele, who recently became Britain’s first black female professor of history, joins Dr Sadiah Qureshi of the University of Birmingham to discuss race and equality in the British historical profession 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 17 Jan 2019

Joel Hammer, producer of the new BBC World Service podcastThe Hurricane Tapes, revisits the life of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the American boxer whose imprisonment for a 1966 triple murder inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film. 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 14 Jan 2019

Historian, author and broadcaster Kate Williams tells the dramatic story of the 16th-century Scottish queen and reflects on her doomed relationship with Elizabeth I of England. As part of the conversation, Williams also discusses the upcoming film of Mary’s life 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 10 Jan 2019

Historians Amanda Vickery, Hallie Rubenhold and Hannah Greig discuss the acclaimed new historical drama The Favourite and consider how accurately it reflects the reality of Queen Anne’s court in the early 18th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 07 Jan 2019

Max Adams, author ofUnquiet Women, explores the lives of some remarkable women from history whose stories have been largely forgotten. He also overturnsthe idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible – and explains why women’s history narratives are easy to find, if only you look in the right places 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 03 Jan 2019

Egyptologist, author and broadcaster Chris Naunton talks about the search for the resting places of famous Egyptians such as Nefertiti and Cleopatra 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 31 Dec 2018

Historian, author and broadcaster Nick Barratt explores the dynastic clashes between Henry II and his ambitious sons for control of the Plantagenet crown in the 12th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 27 Dec 2018

Professor Santanu Das explores the experiences of Indians who fought in and were affected by the First World War and explains how he has utilised a wide range of sources to uncover their forgotten stories 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 24 Dec 2018

Join theBBC History Magazineteam for the return of our annual Christmashistory quiz with questions set byQIwriter Justin Pollard. Read the text version at: www.historyextra.com/christmasquiz2018 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 20 Dec 2018

Kate Hubbard, biographer of Bess of Hardwick, explores the fascinating life of a Tudor woman who rose from relative obscurity to become one of the richest and most influential people of her age 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 17 Dec 2018

Kathleen Doyle and Tuija Ainonen discuss a major Anglo-French project that has made hundreds of medieval manuscripts available for the public to view online 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 13 Dec 2018

Bestselling historian and author Simon Sebag Montefiore describes some of history’s most fascinating and important letters, from Mark Antony’s thoughts on Cleopatra to a message Gandhi sent to Hitler 
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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 10 Dec 2018

Kehinde Andrews, professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, discusses his new book, Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century, and offers his opinions on a range of issues including Black History Month, reparations for slavery and the state of history education in the UK 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 06 Dec 2018

Historian Adam Zamoyski, author of a new biography of Napoleon, offers his views on the iconic French leader, exploring how his stellar career was driven by insecurities 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 03 Dec 2018

Popular historian Dan Jones and digital artist Marina Amaral discuss their groundbreaking book The Colour of Time, which uses colourised photographs to chart the history of the world from the mid-19th to mid 20th century. 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 29 Nov 2018

Anna Beer, biographer of Walter Ralegh, explores the extraordinary life and incendiary legacy of the Tudor polymath. She reveals how he became a favourite of Elizabeth I, only to fall foul of her successor, James VI & I, with deadly consequences 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 26 Nov 2018

Paddy Ashdown tells the stories of German opponents of Nazism who plotted to bring down Hitler’s regime. 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 22 Nov 2018

Journalist and author Robert Hutton talks about his new book Agent Jack, which describes the activities of Nazi sympathisers in Britain during World War Two and reveals the brilliant methods MI5 used to subvert them. 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 19 Nov 2018

Author and historian Giles Milton describes some dramatic but lesser-known stories of soldiers and civilians who were involved in the Normandy landings of June 1944 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 15 Nov 2018

As the third series of the Anglo-Saxon drama is about to air, we speak to the renowned historical novelist Bernard Cornwell about his books that inspired the programmes, and about his writing career more broadly. 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 12 Nov 2018

The award-winning biographer Sue Prideaux discusses the life and work of the influential 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and explains how his ideas came to be associated with Nazi Germany 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 08 Nov 2018

The popular historian discusses war trauma over the past century, the subject of his upcoming BBC Two documentary 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 05 Nov 2018

As we approach the centenary of the Armistice, Gary Sheffield explores the final moments of the conflict that devastated the world for four and a half years 
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  Direct Link   Download 15 Minutes 01 Nov 2018

The acclaimed writer and director talks about the creation of his major new historical epic 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 29 Oct 2018

Historian and author Jacqueline Riding discusses the tragic events of August 1819 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 25 Oct 2018

Claire Breay, lead curator of a major new Anglo-Saxons exhibition at the British Library, explores the cultural highlights of 600 years of English history 
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  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 22 Oct 2018

Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his new book on the Tudor statesman 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 18 Oct 2018

The historian and author Andrew Roberts discusses his new biography of Winston Churchill, revealing some of the insights arising from his research and tackling some of the biggest debates around Britain’s wartime prime minister. 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 15 Oct 2018

We speak to the Lord of the Rings director about They Shall Not Grow Old, his ambitious new film that recreates the First World War in colour 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 11 Oct 2018

With the aid of his recently discovered diaries, Katherine Findlay tells the unusual story of Pike Ward – a Devon fish merchant who became an Icelandic knight in the early 20th century. 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 08 Oct 2018

Historian Tom Cutterham compares the ongoing negotiations to take Britain out of the EU with those of the 1780s when the United States departed from the British empire. 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 07 Oct 2018

In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, criminologist David Wilson applies the latest scientific techniques in the case of the notorious Whitechapel murderer of 1888. 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 05 Oct 2018

The author and barrister Philippe Sands discusses the incredible story of Otto von Wächter, which forms the basis of his new BBC podcast and Radio 4 series, Intrigue: The Ratline 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 01 Oct 2018

Bestselling historical author Ben Macintyre talks to us about his new book, The Spy and the Traitor, which tells the remarkable story of a KGB double agent who risked his life to help the west during the Cold War 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 27 Sep 2018

We head to Kensington Palace, once home to the young Victoria, to discuss the queen’s life with the author, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley 
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  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 24 Sep 2018

The archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver talks about some of the highlights of his new book, which charts the history of the British Isles through 100 key locations 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 20 Sep 2018

Journalist and author Peter Hitchens discusses his new book, The Phoney Victory, which challenges a number of popular beliefs about the Second World War 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 17 Sep 2018

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell explore some of the fascinating stories that appear in their Histories of the Unexpected book and podcast, from signatures to lions 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 13 Sep 2018

Author and journalist Simon Jenkins is joined by Professor Kathleen Burk to discuss his forthcoming Short History of Europe, which explores some of the key themes and milestones in the continent’s past 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 10 Sep 2018

The Private Eye editor and broadcaster Ian Hislop is joined by curator Tom Hockhenhull to discuss some of the themes and objects that appear in their new British Museum exhibition,I Object 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 06 Sep 2018

Professor Lawrence Goldman explores the issues surrounding monuments to controversial historical figures in light of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and other recent debates 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 03 Sep 2018

Historian Sir John Elliott explores the long histories of Scottish and Catalan nationalism and considers some of the key similarities and differences between the two. 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 30 Aug 2018

Historians Joanne Paul, Olivette Otele and June Purvis dissect the results of our recent poll into history’s most important women, which saw Marie Curie come top, followed by Rosa Parks and Emmeline Pankhurst 
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  Direct Link   Download 61 Minutes 28 Aug 2018

Historian Julian Jackson, author of a major new biography of Charles de Gaulle, offers a fresh take on the iconic French leader, exploring his role in World War Two and decolonisation, among other things. 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 23 Aug 2018

Historian Nadine Akkerman introduces a number of remarkable women who acted as secret agents in the 17th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 20 Aug 2018

Journalist and author Peter Moore talks about HMS Endeavour, the ship that carried Cook on his landmark voyage to the Pacific 250 years ago 
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  Direct Link   Download 63 Minutes 17 Aug 2018

Historian, author and broadcaster Dan Jones talks to us about his career, his latest projects and how he combines swimming with his love of the past 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 16 Aug 2018

We pay a visit to the renowned Cambridge classicist to discuss her career, her passion for the ancient world and her desire to share her expertise with the masses 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 15 Aug 2018

Historian and author Tracy Borman describes the process of writing her first historical novel, set in the era of King James VI & I and the European witch craze 
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  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 14 Aug 2018

For the 500th episode of the History Extra podcast we are joined by Professor Sir Ian Kershaw, who appeared in our very first programme. This time the topic for discussion is his new history of modern Europe 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 13 Aug 2018

In the first of five special programmes to mark our upcoming 500th episode, historian, author and broadcaster Helen Castor explores the psychology of the Virgin Queen and discusses the challenges of writing a new biography of one of England’s best-known historical figures. 
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  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 09 Aug 2018

Historical author Duncan Barrett tells the stories of Channel Islanders who spent several years living under German occupation during World War Two 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 06 Aug 2018

Ed Husain, author of The House of Islam, meets with the historian Tom Holland to explore the roots of some of the challenges Muslims face in the 21st century 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 02 Aug 2018

Historian Rory Cormac discusses his new book Disrupt and Deny, which investigates Britain’s use of spies and special forces for covert operations in the postwar period. 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 30 Jul 2018

Jonathan Ruffle, creator of the BBC Radio 4 historical drama Tommies, explores the situation on the front line in August 1918 as the First World War approached its end 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 26 Jul 2018

Historian Jessie Childs tells the story of Thomas Tresham, a Tudor gentleman who built a remarkable monument to his Catholic faith and risked the anger of the Virgin Queen 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 23 Jul 2018

Professor David Edgerton explains why we need to revise our understanding of recent British history, from the world wars to the welfare state 
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  Direct Link   Download 57 Minutes 19 Jul 2018

On the centenary of Mandela’s birth, we speak to the politician and author Peter Hain about the South African leader’s remarkable achievements in the face of tremendous adversity 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 16 Jul 2018

Historical author Helen Rappaport explains why the last Russian tsar and his family met a violent end in 1918 and considers whether Britain could have saved the Romanovs from their fate 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 12 Jul 2018

Historian Jordanna Bailkin discusses her new book, Unsettled, which explores the experiences of people of several different nationalities who fled to Britain in the 20th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 09 Jul 2018

Professor Christopher Andrew discusses his new book The Secret World, which explores the history of intelligence and espionage from ancient times until the present day 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 05 Jul 2018

We are joined by bestselling historical author Simon Winchester, who reveals how some of history’s greatest engineers helped create the industrial age 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 02 Jul 2018

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer discusses a new multi-volume history of Ireland and explains how the past continues to affect Anglo-Irish relations today 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 28 Jun 2018

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, presenter of a BBC Radio 3 series on forests, takes a trip to the home of Robin Hood to explore how forests have shaped our history and mythology 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 25 Jun 2018

Economist Martin Slater charts 350 years of British government borrowing – from the Glorious Revolution to the 2008 financial crisis – and considers what lessons this history might have for policy makers today 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 21 Jun 2018

Sarah Jackson, joint founder of East End Women’s Museum, explores how historical women are currently commemorated and how this might be done better in future 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 18 Jun 2018

Distinguished historian Sir Keith Thomas reflects on how concepts of civility and civilisation shaped society in the early modern period 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 14 Jun 2018

Professor Maggie Andrews, historical consultant on the BBC Radio 4 drama series Home Front, joins us to reveal how the First World War was affecting British civilian life as the conflict entered its closing stages 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 11 Jun 2018

Ahead of the BBC Two documentary Before Grenfell: A Hidden History, architect Peter Deakins discusses his involvement in the creation of the tower block and considers its place in the history of social housing in Britain 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 07 Jun 2018

Acclaimed historian and author Antonia Fraser joins us to discuss her new book The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 04 Jun 2018

Author and editor Roland Philipps discusses A Spy Named Orphan, his new biography of the enigmatic Cambridge spy Donald Maclean 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 31 May 2018

Professor Sarah Churchwell and fellow historian Adam IP Smith explore some of the ideas in her new book Behold, America, which traces the history of America First and the American Dream 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 29 May 2018

Ahead of her new Channel 4 series, the author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch argues that we need to seriously revise our understanding of the likes of Nelson and Churchill 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 24 May 2018

Bestselling author and historian Alison Weir discusses the life and tragic death of the Tudor king’s third wife, who bore him his long-awaited male heir. Alison also reveals the challenges of recreating Jane for her new historical novel 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 21 May 2018

In advance of his new BBC Radio 4 series, the journalist and broadcaster Misha Glenny reflects on some of the key moments in the Netherlands’ story: from the Dutch Golden Age to World War Two 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 17 May 2018

Bestselling military historian Antony Beevor discusses his new book, which outlines why 1944’s Operation Market Garden was one of the biggest disasters of the Allied war effort 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 14 May 2018

Miranda Seymour discusses the extraordinary lives of Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, the wife and daughter of Lord Byron 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 10 May 2018

As the film Entebbe is about to arrive in UK cinemas, historian and author Saul David reveals the extraordinary story of the Israeli operation to rescue dozens of hostages from an airport in Uganda in 1976 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 07 May 2018

Stephen Clarke, author of a new history of the French Revolution, argues that we need to look afresh at the events of 1789 and beyond 
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  Direct Link   Download 21 Minutes 03 May 2018

We speak to Simon Bowman of the Royal College of Physicians, which is celebrating its 500th anniversary, about how the work of doctors has changed since the time of Henry VIII 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 30 Apr 2018

Historian Fern Riddell talks about her new biography of suffrage campaigner Kitty Marion, which explores some of the darker aspects of the campaign for votes for women 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 26 Apr 2018

Historian and author Taylor Downing describes the events of the Able Archer scare, which nearly witnessed global Armageddon when the Soviets misread the intentions behind a NATO war exercise 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 23 Apr 2018

Author and economist Linda Yueh discusses the work and legacy of some of history’s greatest economic thinkers, revealing some of the lessons they might offer for us today 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 19 Apr 2018

Art historian Jack Hartnell talks about his new book Medieval Bodies, which offers some fascinating perspectives on the ways people in the middle ages viewed their physical selves 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 16 Apr 2018

Historians Tom Young and Emma Dabiri explore how Africa’s past has affected its present in a discussion prompted by the themes of Tom’s new book, Neither Devil Nor Child: How Western Attitudes Are Harming Africa 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 12 Apr 2018

Ahead of his BBC Radio 3 documentary Exit Burbage, the journalist and author Andrew Dickson explores the remarkable career of Richard Burbage, a Jacobean actor who played many of Shakespeare’s best-known roles for the first time. 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 09 Apr 2018

Acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Novick describes the making of an epic documentary series on the conflict in Vietnam, which she has co-directed with Ken Burns. She also reveals the secrets to making high quality history television programmes 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 05 Apr 2018

Medieval historian Hetta Howes reveals the extreme lengths to which women in the Middle Ages went to get closer to God and discusses how mystics were perceived by their contemporaries 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 03 Apr 2018

Historian and author John Julius Norwich reflects on some of the key moments in France’s history and relates a few of the more unusual and scandalous stories he uncovered while researching his latest book. 
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  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 29 Mar 2018

We are joined by John Lewes, nephew and biographer of Jock Lewes, to talk about how his uncle helped found one of the world’s most famous special forces during World War Two 
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  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 26 Mar 2018

Robert Scott Kellner talks about the extraordinary diary of his German grandfather, Friedrich, who recorded his observations of many of the Third Reich’s crimes. He also tells us about his role in getting the diary published more than 70 years later 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 22 Mar 2018

Historical novelist and broadcaster Sarah Dunant expands on her new BBC Radio 4 series When Greeks Flew Kites, which uses the past to illuminate modern concerns around medicine, old age, debt and sexual harassment 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 19 Mar 2018

Historian and author Keith Lowe joins us to talk about his book The Fear and the Freedom, which explores the legacy of the Second World War on the decades that followed 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 15 Mar 2018

Economist and author Benn Steil explains the background to the 1947 US aid initiative to Europe and describes how it helped shape relations between the USA and USSR. He also considers what impact it had on European recovery after the Second World War 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 12 Mar 2018

Ahead of her new BBC Four series The Ruth Ellis Files, Gillian Pachter explores the controversial case of a British woman who was hanged for murder in 1955 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 08 Mar 2018

We speak to the acclaimed screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst about his work on the smash hit series Vikings and the secrets of creating blockbuster history dramas 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 05 Mar 2018

Music expert Graham Griffiths discusses the 20th-century pianist and composer Leokadiya Kashperova, whose career was blighted by the events of the Russian revolution and whose work is now being celebrated with a special BBC Radio 3 concert 
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  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 01 Mar 2018

As the major new BBC arts history series Civilisations is due to air, we speak to Simon Schama, one of its three presenters, to discuss the making of the series and how he was inspired by Kenneth Clark’s original 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 26 Feb 2018

Historian of science Patricia Fara discusses her new book A Lab of One’s Own, which explores the challenges facing women scientists in the First World War era 
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  Direct Link   Download 40 Minutes 22 Feb 2018

With a new exhibition open in Liverpool featuring a group of Terracotta Warriors, Edward Burman explores the fascinating history of these ancient Chinese sculptures 
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  Direct Link   Download 17 Minutes 19 Feb 2018

In the year that BBC Arabic celebrates its 80th anniversary, we speak to the network’s Communication Advisor, Wissam El Sayegh, about the BBC’s history of broadcasting to the Arab world 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 15 Feb 2018

With this year’s tournament in Russia only a few months away, we speak to veteran football writer Brian Glanville about the 88-year history of this global sporting extravaganza 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 12 Feb 2018

Catharine Arnold joins us to discuss her new book Pandemic: 1918, which explores the story of the influenza outbreak that caused devastation across the globe a century ago 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 08 Feb 2018

In the second of our two episodes marking the centenary of (some) women being granted the vote in Britain, historian June Purvis considers the role of the Pankhurst family in the long battle for female suffrage 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 05 Feb 2018

As we approach the centenary of (some) British women being granted the vote, historian and author Diane Atkinson explores the stories of the suffrage campaigners who believed in ‘deeds not words’ 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 01 Feb 2018

Historian and author Nicola Tallis explores the life of Lettice Knollys, who was a leading figure at the Tudor court until she enraged the Virgin Queen by marrying her favourite, Robert Dudley 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 29 Jan 2018

Historian Helen Fry shares her discoveries about the Cage, a clandestine British interrogation centre, where extreme methods were used to extract information from enemy prisoners during the Second World War 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 25 Jan 2018

Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe meets with historian David Abulafia to discuss humanity’s relationship with the Mediterranean and the Atlantic since ancient times 
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  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 22 Jan 2018

Following the announcement that the Noman embroidery may soon be heading to Britain, historian Kathryn Hurlock tackles some of the big questions relating to the iconic medieval artefact 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 18 Jan 2018

John Bennett delves into the dark history of disorder and lawlessness in London’s East EndFrom Jack the Ripper to the Kray twins, historian and tour guide John Bennett explores four centuries of crime and disorder in the London neighbourhood. 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 15 Jan 2018

Historian Clare Makepeace joins us to discuss her new book Captives of War, which draws on first-hand testimonies to examine the experiences of British soldiers who were confined in POW camps in World War Two 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 11 Jan 2018

Fiona Sampson, author of a new biography of Mary Shelley, discusses the remarkable life of the Frankenstein author and considers what her story can tell us about Georgian society 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 08 Jan 2018

Historian, author and broadcaster Helen Castor describes the short, but dramatic, life and reign of England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’, who is the subject of her new BBC Four series. 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 04 Jan 2018

We explore the amazing life story of Alexander Hamilton, with Ron Chernow, whose biography of the American Founding Father inspired the hip-hop musical sensation. 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 02 Jan 2018

Antony McCarten, writer of the new historical blockbuster Darkest Hour, considers whether the British leader came close to seeking peace with Hitler in 1940 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 28 Dec 2017

Renowned First World War historian Professor David Stevenson explores the Russian Revolution, the Balfour Declaration, Passchendaele, and American entry into the First World War, as part of his survey of one of the 20th century’s most pivotal years 
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  Direct Link   Download 23 Minutes 25 Dec 2017

The History Extra team present our annual festive quiz, testing your history knowledge with a Christmas twist. The questions have been set, as always, by QI writer Justin Pollard 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 21 Dec 2017

Historian and author Max Adams discusses the famed Anglo-Saxon king and considers whether he deserves his stellar reputation. Meanwhile, we team up with our friends from the Science Focus podcast to explore the history of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in the company of the writer and marine biologist Helen Scales 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 18 Dec 2017

Yale political scientist James C Scott talks to us about his new book, Against the Grain, which explores some of the key questions around early agriculture and state-building. 
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  Direct Link   Download 19 Minutes 14 Dec 2017

We are joined by the world-renowned historical novelist Bernard Cornwell who shares the story behind his latest book Fools and Mortals, which explores the world of Elizabethan theatre and the man at the centre of it 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 11 Dec 2017

Food historian and author Pen Vogler explores the Victorian diet and recipes through the life and works of 19th-century Britain’s best-known writer 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 07 Dec 2017

The academic, author and broadcaster Alice Roberts talks to us about her new book Tamed, which explores some of the most important relationships people have forged with different species over our history 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 04 Dec 2017

The historian and journalist Simon Heffer ranges over class, empire, politics. scandals and suffrage in an exploration of Britain in the years leading up to the First World War 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 30 Nov 2017

Historian Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors: The Unknown Story, explores the lives of several Africans who resided in 16th-century England 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 27 Nov 2017

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art, delves into the terrifying world of 19th-century hospitals and shows how scientific advances eventually led to dramatic improvements 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 23 Nov 2017

Historian Sasha Handley explores the bedtime routines of the early modern period and considers what lessons today’s sleepers can draw from past centuries 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 20 Nov 2017

We join historian and author Charles Spencer on location at Boscobel House to discuss Charles II’s desperate flight from parliamentarian forces at the end of the Civil War. Boscobel was famously a hiding place for the king as he sought to escape his foes 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 16 Nov 2017

To accompany their upcoming events in the UK-wide Being Human festival, Kasia Szpakowska discusses her research into Ancient Egyptian demonology, while Dan Pascoe reveals some of the insights that have been gained from excavating a sunken 17th-century warship. 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 13 Nov 2017

Mark Forsyth, author of A Short History of Drunkenness, draws on fascinating examples from across the globe to explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with alcohol 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 09 Nov 2017

Historians Frances Wood and Spencer Jones, who are both contributors to the upcoming Channel 4 documentary Britain’s Forgotten Army, reflect on the little-known contribution of more than 100,000 Chinese labourers to the Allied effort in the First World War 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 06 Nov 2017

BBC journalist Mariko Oi discusses her experiences of interviewing some of the last survivors of the notorious Japanese raids in World War Two, in advance of her new documentary on BBC World Service 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 02 Nov 2017

The renowned historian, author and broadcaster Niall Ferguson reveals the ways networks have transformed our world, from the medieval era to the social media age 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 30 Oct 2017

Archaeologist Dr Miles Russell talks to us about his bold new theory on the legendary British ruler, which is based on a reinterpretation of Geoffrey of Monmounth’s History of the Kings of Britain 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 26 Oct 2017

Historian and author Mary Hollingsworth reflects on the powerful dynasty who dominated the Italian Renaissance but whose tale also includes tyranny, crime and murder 
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  Direct Link   Download 32 Minutes 23 Oct 2017

Historian Joshua Rubenstein discusses the dramatic events surrounding the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin in 1953, now the subject of a major new historical comedy film. 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 19 Oct 2017

Historians Hannah Greig and John Cooper, who are consultants on the new BBC drama Gunpowder, explore the story of the 1605 attempt to blow up the king and parliament. Plus they reveal the challenges involved in recreating the events for the small screen 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 16 Oct 2017

Former British Museum director Neil MacGregor talks about his new BBC Radio 4 series Living with the Gods, and the accompanying exhibition, which together explore humanity’s longstanding relationship with faith 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 12 Oct 2017

Historian and politician Chris Skidmore discusses his major new biography of the Yorkist king, offering his take on pivotal moments such as Richard’s seizing of the throne, his death at Bosworth and the disappearance of the princes in the tower 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 09 Oct 2017

The acclaimed historical novelist Robert Harris talks to us about his new book Munich, which explores the events of September 1938 where Neville Chamberlain, Hitler and other European leaders met in Germany in an attempt to avert European war. 
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  Direct Link   Download 24 Minutes 05 Oct 2017

We explore some of the most fascinating objects in the British Museum’s new exhibition about this nomadic warrior people who flourished 2,500 years ago. Curators St John Simpson and Chloë Leighton join us to share their thoughts on the Scythians 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 02 Oct 2017

Ahead of his BBC Two documentary to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the historian and broadcaster David Starkey offers his views on Martin Luther, Henry VIII and the religious upheavals of the 16th century, revealing some fascinating parallels with the present day 
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  Direct Link   Download 46 Minutes 28 Sep 2017

The distinguished authors and broadcasters Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan discuss their new book War Stories, which explores some remarkable incidents of ordinary people caught up in conflicts through history 
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  Direct Link   Download 30 Minutes 25 Sep 2017

Author and TV producer Deborah Cadbury discusses her new book Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking, which reveals how the 19th-century British monarch sought to influence the future of Europe through the marriages of her descendants 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 21 Sep 2017

Classicist and journalist Catherine Nixey talks about her new book The Darkening Age with Professor Edith Hall. Their discussion explores the momentous changes that occurred when Christianity became the dominant faith of the Roman empire 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 18 Sep 2017

Historian and author Anne Applebaum discusses her new book Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, which charts the events of the devastating 1932–33 famine in Soviet Ukraine. Almost 4 million people lost their lives in this man-made catastrophe 
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  Direct Link   Download 98 Minutes 14 Sep 2017

In a special extended-length episode popular historian Dan Jones is joined by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb to discuss his new book The Templars, which explores the rise and fall of the medieval military order who became the stuff of legend 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 11 Sep 2017

In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend event, medieval historian Thomas Asbridge reflects on the remarkable career of William Marshal who served five English kings in the 12th and 13th centuries 
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  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 07 Sep 2017

Historians Greg Jenner and Joanne Paul join us to talk about the results of our 2017 History Hot 100 survey. We asked you to tell us which historical figures are interesting you most and the final list has provided plenty of food for thought... 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 04 Sep 2017

We speak to Thomas Williams of the British Museum about his new book Viking Britain: An Exploration, which offers a fresh take on several centuries of Viking invasions and rule in Britain 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 31 Aug 2017

Author and broadcaster Benjamin Woolley explores the very close relationship between James VI and I and his favourite the Duke of Buckingham. He also considers what role Buckingham may have played in the king’s demise 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 29 Aug 2017

Historian and author Professor Jane Ridley reveals some lesser-known aspects of the 19th-century monarch’s life in a talk that she delivered at our Victorians Day earlier this year 
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  Direct Link   Download 33 Minutes 24 Aug 2017

Historians Fabrice Bensimon and Renaud Morieux explore the complex relationship between France and Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was an era dominated by war and revolution but one which also saw more positive interactions between the countries 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 21 Aug 2017

Clair Wills of Princeton University discusses her new book Lovers and Strangers, which explores the lives of people from across the globe who moved to Britain after the Second World War 
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  Direct Link   Download 36 Minutes 17 Aug 2017

Author and BBC broadcaster Stuart Maconie reflects on the iconic 1936 protest against poverty and unemployment. He also describes his experiences of retracing the route of the march 80 years later 
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  Direct Link   Download 29 Minutes 14 Aug 2017

We speak to Professor Ronald Hutton about his new book The Witch, which reveals how societies throughout the globe have lived in fear of witchcraft for more than 2,000 years 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 10 Aug 2017

We speak to filmmaker Dylan Howitt, director of a new BBC Four documentary entitled Out of Thin Air, which explores the story of a double disappearance and controversial criminal investigation from 1970s Iceland 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 07 Aug 2017

Expert historians Hans van de Ven and Rana Mitter discuss China’s lengthy war against Japan and consider its impact on the country’s civil war and Chinese participation in the later conflict in Korea 
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  Direct Link   Download 31 Minutes 03 Aug 2017

Historian and author William Dalrymple and BBC journalist Anita Anand join us to discuss their new history of the Koh-i-Noor, the famed Indian diamond, which was controversially brought to Britain in the 19th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 31 Jul 2017

We speak to Kavita Puri, presenter of the new BBC Radio 4 series Partition Voices, which tells the story of the turbulent birth of India and Pakistan through interviews with those who lived through it 
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  Direct Link   Download 27 Minutes 27 Jul 2017

Kanishk Tharoor talks about the latest series of BBC Radio 4’s Museum of Lost Objects, which explores the heritage of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh 
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  Direct Link   Download 22 Minutes 24 Jul 2017

In advance of a major new Henry James season on BBC Radio 4, Professor Sarah Churchwell explores the life and work of the great Anglo-American author, whose books offer insights to changes in the USA and in the role of women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries 
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  Direct Link   Download 37 Minutes 20 Jul 2017

Historian and author James Evans talks to us about his new book Emigrants, which explains why hundreds of thousands of English people decided to make a new life in the Americas during the 17th century. He also explores the challenges of migrating to the New World 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 18 Jul 2017

In a talk that he delivered at our recent World War Two event in Bristol, Professor Nicholas Stargardt reflects on how the Second World War was experienced by ordinary Germans, both on the front line and back home 
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  Direct Link   Download 26 Minutes 13 Jul 2017

We are joined by the BBC journalist Bridget Kendall who picks out some of the most fascinating stories that feature in her new book and Radio 4 series on life in the Cold War 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 10 Jul 2017

Historical author Henry Hemming discusses the life and career of Maxwell Knight, an eccentric spymaster and nature enthusiast who may have inspired the Bond character M 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 06 Jul 2017

Author and historian James Delbourgo discusses his new book Collecting the World, which explores the life of the 18th-century natural historian Hans Sloane whose collections went on to form the basis of the British Museum in London 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 03 Jul 2017

Author and biographer Clare Mulley discusses her new book The Women Who Flew for Hitler, which explores the lives of two remarkable women who became leading aviators in the Third Reich 
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  Direct Link   Download 28 Minutes 29 Jun 2017

Historian Emma Butcher reflects on the experiences of child soldiers throughout history, ranging from Ancient Sparta to the Hitler Youth and recent conflicts in Africa 
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  Direct Link   Download 38 Minutes 22 Jun 2017

James Holland discusses the second book in his The War in the West trilogy with John Buckley, focusing on the years 1941-43. 
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  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 15 Jun 2017

Historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley shares her thoughts on the Georgian novelist who is the subject of her new biography. Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Alford reflects on how the English capital was transformed over the course of the 16th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 08 Jun 2017

Christopher de Hamel discusses his recent book Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, which has just won the Wolfson History Prize. Meanwhile, we speak to Jonathan Ruffle, creator of the BBC Radio 4 drama series Tommies, about some of the fascinating wartime incidents that he has researched for the programme 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 01 Jun 2017

Professor Matthew Hughes reflects on a brief, but hugely-important, Arab-Israeli conflict that began 50 years ago this month and continues to have an impact on the region. Meanwhile, historian and broadcaster Dan Jones joins us to highlight some of the most interesting aspects of the 1666 inferno, which is explored in his new Channel 5 TV series 
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  Direct Link   Download 49 Minutes 25 May 2017

Harvard professor David Armitage explores how internal conflicts have changed through history and considers what lessons can be learned for the wars of today. Meanwhile, bestselling popular historian Ian Mortimer guides us through life in England following Charles II’s Restoration – a time of sweeping changes throughout society 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 18 May 2017

As we near the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation, Professor Peter Marshall explores how the events impacted on England. He explains how Henry VIII’s break with Rome led to many decades of violence 
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  Direct Link   Download 55 Minutes 11 May 2017

Food historian and broadcaster Annie Gray explores the eating habits of Britain’s second-longest reigning monarch and compares them to the typical Victorian diet. Meanwhile, historian and author Morgan Ring tells the story of Margaret, Countess of Lennox, who had one of the most colourful lives of the Tudor age 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 04 May 2017

Professor Lyndal Roper explores the life of the father of the Reformation and considers his impact on Protestant history. Meanwhile, we speak to Misha Glenny about his new BBC Radio 4 series, which charts key milestones in the development of the United States 
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  Direct Link   Download 35 Minutes 27 Apr 2017

Journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown interviews Christopher de Bellaigue about his new book The Islamic Enlightenment, which considers how the Muslim world has adapted to some of the wider changes of the 19th and 20th centuries 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 20 Apr 2017

Philippa Gregory talks to us about her 30-year career as a historical novelist and the history behind bestsellers such as The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. Meanwhile, David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z, discusses his new book, which details the killing of several Native Americans in the 1920s and the subsequent investigation by the FBI 
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  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 13 Apr 2017

Professor Paul Cartledge reflects on the work of the Greek author Herodotus, who was born 2,500 years ago and is regarded as the first historian. Meanwhile, we catch-up with Dr Jon Wilson to discuss some of the big questions around the Raj 
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  Direct Link   Download 74 Minutes 06 Apr 2017

On the centenary of America’s entry into the First World War, historian Adam IP Smith explores the impact of this momentous decision on both the conflict and the history of the United States. Meanwhile, we speak to archaeologist Graham Scott about the SS Mendi disaster, which saw hundreds of South Africans drown off the coast of England in 1917 
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  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 30 Mar 2017

We gathered a panel of historians – Janina Ramirez, Anna Whitelock, Joann Fletcher and Fern Riddell – to consider the the challenges and opportunities for women in TV, book publishing and other forms of public history 
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  Direct Link   Download 44 Minutes 23 Mar 2017

Military historian Lloyd Clark challenges a number of myths about the 1940 German invasion of France, in a lecture he delivered at our World War Two day in Bristol’s M Shed last month 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 16 Mar 2017

Writer and thinker Rutger Bregman discusses his new book Utopia for Realists, exploring examples of how to create a better society. Meanwhile, we speak to BBC radio producer Julian May about the aftermath of the Torrey Canyon disaster, when a huge oil tanker ran aground in 1967 
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  Direct Link   Download 41 Minutes 09 Mar 2017

Professor Susan L Carruthers tells the story of American forces who occupied Germany, Japan and other defeated powers after World War Two. Meanwhile, we are joined by TV producer Steve Humphries to chat about his upcoming BBC Four documentary Pedalling Dreams, which charts the history of the iconic Raleigh bicycle 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 02 Mar 2017

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Professor Eamon Duffy joins us to discuss some of the big questions about the religious upheavals that altered the course of English and European history. 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 23 Feb 2017

Journalist and author Julian Glover describes the life and remarkable career of Georgian engineer Thomas Telford, the subject of his new biography. Meanwhile, we meet up with the writer Shrabani Basu to discuss the relationship of Queen Victoria with her Indian teacher Abdul Karim 
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  Direct Link   Download 43 Minutes 16 Feb 2017

Author and journalist Pankaj Mishra and historian Tom Holland discuss Mishra’s new book, Age of Anger, which explores the origins of the resentments that are fuelling radical politics around the world 
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  Direct Link   Download 48 Minutes 09 Feb 2017

Professor Peter Clarke shares some insights from his new book The Locomotive of War, which considers how conflicts have shaped modern history. Meanwhile, Isobel Charman reveals some fascinating stories from the early years of London Zoo in the 19th century 
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  Direct Link   Download 47 Minutes 02 Feb 2017

Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt 
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  Direct Link   Download 45 Minutes 26 Jan 2017

Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor introduces an unconventional Georgian aristocrat 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 19 Jan 2017

In a talk from our 2015 History Weekend at Malmesbury, historian James Holland describes how the Luftwaffe and RAF fought to control the skies over Britain in 1940. He explains how Britain came out on top in one of the pivotal clashes of World War Two. 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 12 Jan 2017

Historian Bettany Hughes talks to Peter Frankopan about her new book exploring Istanbul's diverse history, from its earliest days through to the upheavals of the 21st century 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 05 Jan 2017

Historian, author and broadcaster Laurence Rees joins us to discuss his upcoming book The Holocaust: A New History and consider some of the key debates in the history of the Nazi genocide of the Jews 
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  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 29 Dec 2016

In a talk from our 2016 History Weekend event in Winchester, the renowned archaeologist Barry Cunliffe discusses the subject of his recent book By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean 
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  Direct Link   Download 25 Minutes 22 Dec 2016

Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz. The quizmaster is QI writer Justin Pollard 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 15 Dec 2016

Babita Sharma talks about her new BBC Four documentary 'Booze, Beans and Bhajis: The Story of the Corner Shop', while Simon Morrison explores the colourful history of the Bolshoi Ballet. 
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  Direct Link   Download 34 Minutes 08 Dec 2016

Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other. 
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  Direct Link   Download 42 Minutes 01 Dec 2016

Nicholas Best reflects on the events and aftermath of the 1941 Japanese raid, while Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book 'Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity'. 
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  Direct Link   Download 51 Minutes 24 Nov 2016

Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history’s most talented eccentrics. 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 17 Nov 2016

Simon Ings, author of Stalin and the Scientists, describes how the Bolshevik leaders intervened in scientific research in the USSR. Meanwhile, food writer William Sitwell tells the story of a man who battled to bring supplies into Britain during the era of rationing 
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  Direct Link   Download 66 Minutes 10 Nov 2016

Author and broadcaster Ben Macintyre details the extraordinary activities of the Special Air Service in the fight against the Axis, based on research for his new authorised history. Meanwhile, we speak to the German writer Norman Ohler whose sensational book Blitzed highlights the astonishing extent of drug use in the Third Reich 
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  Direct Link   Download 69 Minutes 03 Nov 2016

Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga explores Britain’s often forgotten links with the people of Africa. Meanwhile, historical author Linda Porter, describes the fates of a group of royal children whose father was executed in 1649 
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  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 27 Oct 2016

John Simpson, the BBC’s World Affairs Editor, reflects on his 50 years of reporting from conflicts all over the globe. Plus, he considers how life for the foreign correspondent has changed throughout history 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 24 Oct 2016

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, historian and producer Steve Humphries talks about how the Welsh village has coped with the tragedy. Meanwhile, we are joined by Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray to discuss some of the figures she's chosen for her new book A History of Britain in 21 Women 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 13 Oct 2016

As we approach the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings, medieval historian Marc Morris tells the story of William the Conqueror’s dramatic victory of 1066 and explores its profound legacy for England 
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  Direct Link   Download 53 Minutes 06 Oct 2016

Catherine Merridale recounts the future Soviet leader’s famous 1917 train journey across Europe to Petrograd, where the took command of the Bolsheviks. Meanwhile, we speak to Helen Rappaport about some of the foreign nationals then living in Petrograd who witnessed the year’s revolutionary events 
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  Direct Link   Download 60 Minutes 29 Sep 2016

Tony Robinson discusses his new autobiography, No Cunning Plan, and the impact of shows such as Time Team and Blackadder. Meanwhile, Dr Katie Stevenson explores the 1513 battle of Flodden and its consequences for Scotland. Why did England emerge victorious and how grievous a blow was the death of Scottish king James IV? 
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  Direct Link   Download 50 Minutes 22 Sep 2016

Julie V Gottlieb charts the progression from the Suffragettes to Theresa May and Hillary Clinton, while Andrew Lambert tells the story of a Pacific island connected to the famous Daniel Defoe novel 
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  Direct Link   Download 62 Minutes 15 Sep 2016

Historians David Reynolds and Kristina Spohr discuss their new book about the postwar meetings between international leaders that aimed to control the nuclear arms race 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 08 Sep 2016

As the smash-hit series Poldark returns to our screens, its historical advisor, Hannah Greig and Horrible Histories historian Greg Jenner join us to discuss the growing popularity of historical fiction on TV. The pair also consider the big question of accuracy in historical drama. 
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  Direct Link   Download 54 Minutes 01 Sep 2016

Professor Robert Gerwarth discusses his new book The Vanquished, which shows how Europe continued to be beset by violence long after 1918. Meanwhile, Dr Huw Davies pays a visit to Apsley House, the magnificent London residence of the hero of Waterloo 
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  Direct Link   Download 39 Minutes 25 Aug 2016

As we approach the 350th anniversary of the 1666 blaze, historical author Alexander Larman describes how the inferno devastated London. Meanwhile, we speak to Nicholas Kenyon, director of the Barbican Centre, about the rebuilding of the city that took place after the Great Fire and, later, following the Blitz 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 18 Aug 2016

Historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann reflects on the dramatic events that took place in the middle east and Hungary 60 years ago. Meanwhile, we speak to broadcaster Melvyn Bragg about his new BBC Radio 4 series that charts the fascinating history of the north of England 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 11 Aug 2016

Historian, author and broadcaster Kate Williams explores the key developments of the early interwar period, in this talk that was delivered at our 2015 History Weekend event in Malmesbury 
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  Direct Link   Download 56 Minutes 04 Aug 2016

Dr Rory Cormac guides us around York Cold War Bunker, which was designed to monitor the fallout of a nuclear attack. Meanwhile, we speak to historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes about some of the enduring ideas from Ancient Greece 
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  Direct Link   Download 59 Minutes 29 Jul 2016

Jacqueline Riding describes the events of the 1745 rebellion, while Michael Scott explains how ancient cultures across the globe managed to interact with each other 
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  Direct Link   Download 65 Minutes 21 Jul 2016

Richard Davenport-Hines and Piers Brendon, authors of new biographies of Edward VII and Edward VIII, discuss the two kings’ contrasting lives and reigns and their impact on the British monarchy 
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