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History Extra podcast

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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

Episodes

Saturday lecture: Medieval food

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/201h 7m

Indian soldiers at Dunkirk

Historian Ghee Bowman, author of The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/2036m 2s

Medieval prisoners of war

Rémy Ambühl discusses his new research into the fate of captives in the Hundred Years’ War. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/2041m 45s

David Olusoga on A House Through Time

Ahead of the third instalment of his acclaimed BBC TV series A 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/05/2024m 0s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Crusades, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Rebecca Rist responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the medieval Christian campaigns in the middle east. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2059m 9s

Saturday lecture: Medieval crime and violence

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/2059m 41s

Cooking for Churchill

Food historian Annie Gray tells the story of Georgina 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/2037m 42s

Rutger Bregman’s optimistic history of the world

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/2035m 43s

Living on the edge in Victorian Britain

Historian Emma Griffin, author of the new book Bread Winner, explores how economic changes in 19th-century Britain affected family life for working class Victorians. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/05/2034m 42s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the English Reformation, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Diarmaid MacCulloch responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Henry VIII’s break from Rome and the seismic events that followed. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2039m 36s

Surviving the Great Plague

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/2029m 18s

Rethinking the Renaissance

Historian Catherine Fletcher, author of the new book The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/2039m 1s

The life and legend of Florence Nightingale

On the 200th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/05/2028m 24s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Vikings, but were afraid to ask

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/05/201h 3m

Britain at War

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day we speak to historian Dan Todman, author of Britain'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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2044m 4s

The Northumbrians: from Bede to Geordie Shore

Historian Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrians, traces the distinctive history and culture of North East England, from ancient times to the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/2038m 44s

Medieval globetrotters

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/05/2034m 25s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Victorians, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Sarah Richardson responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Queen Victoria and the age that bears her name. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/2038m 48s

The Corn Laws crisis

Author and journalist Stephen Bates describes the battle over bread prices that divided Parliament in mid-19th-century Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/2033m 21s

How the world made us

Scientist and author Lewis Dartnell discusses his recent book Origins, which explores how Earth’s physical features have had a profound effect on human civilisations throughout history. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/2040m 28s

The unexpected Vikings

Historians Sam Willis and James Daybell, creators of the Histories of the Unexpected books 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/04/2034m 4s

Everything you ever wanted to know about British prehistory, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist David Miles responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about Britain’s distant past. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2057m 38s

A Nazi mystery

Philippe Sands, author of the multi-award-winning memoir East 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/2057m 45s

A new view of Africa’s past

Historian Toby Green, author of the award-winning book A 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2043m 1s

Chanel and the Riviera

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/04/2046m 50s

Everything you ever wanted to know about D-Day, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the defining episodes of World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2053m 22s

The scandalous Byrons

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/2035m 11s

The mistresses of Charles II

Historian and author Linda Porter talks about her new book Mistresses: 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/2027m 2s

The spies who inspired Bond

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   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/04/2023m 58s

Everything you ever wanted to know about Roman Britain, but were afraid to ask

In the third of our new series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, archaeologist Miles Russell responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the four centuries of Roman rule in Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/2041m 42s

Apollo 13

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2046m 42s

The Black Death and social change

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2036m 48s

The genius of Artemisia

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/04/2026m 17s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Tudors, but were afraid to ask

Tracy Borman responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the 16th-century English royal dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/2036m 15s

Viking women

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/2046m 18s

Okinawa: the battle and the bomb

On the 75th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/2034m 46s

Women at war

Dr Julie Wheelwright, author of the new book Sisters in Arms, explains the roles of female warriors from ancient times until the present day. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/03/2033m 47s

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Normans, but were afraid to ask

 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2056m 43s

A history of celebrity

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/2037m 43s

Russia’s musical journeys

Sophy Roberts, author of The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/2025m 25s

Blitz spirit

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/03/2044m 25s

Shakespeare and America

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/2026m 37s

News in the Middle Ages

 Historian Helen Birkett explores communication networks and the spread of information and news in the medieval era. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/2046m 49s

Coronavirus: a historical perspective

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/03/2028m 10s

Wales’s turbulent 20th century

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/2027m 8s

Resistance in the British empire

Priyamvada Gopal speaks about her book Insurgent Empire, which explores opposition to British colonial rule both within the empire and in Britain itself. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/2029m 13s

Hadley Freeman on a 20th-century family history

Hadley Freeman speaks to us about her quest to uncover her family’s history through some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/03/2032m 39s

Written in stone

Stonemason Andrew Ziminski talks about some of Britain’s most impressive buildings and monuments. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/2030m 7s

Dictators explained

 Frank Dikötter discusses his new book How to Be a Dictator, which explores the malevolent careers of eight 20th-century rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/2036m 52s

Food and war

Historian Rachel B Hermann talks about her recent book No Useless Mouth, which explores how food and hunger played a critical role in the story of the American Revolutionary era. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/2032m 58s

London’s trailblazing women

 The author Francesca Wade talks to us about her new book Square 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/2031m 1s

Secrets of Lindisfarne

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2035m 13s

Medieval medicine

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/2040m 55s

Georgian terrorists: the Cato Street Conspiracy

On the 200th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/2033m 9s

Burglary: a modern history

Historian Eloise Moss, author of Night Raiders, explores a century of home intrusion in Britain, from the cat burglar phenomenon to Cold War espionage. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/2034m 45s

The rise of Hitler

Frank McDonough discusses the first volume in his new two-part history of Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/2023m 49s

Michael Wood on the Peterloo photograph

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2022m 50s

The bombing of Dresden

On the 75th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/201h 4m

Secrets of war leadership

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/2036m 12s

Confronting evils

Susan Neiman considers how Germany and the United States have sought to come to terms with histories of racism and violence. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/2034m 58s

Marie Antoinette

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/2028m 36s

Mary Beard on the nude in western art

Ahead of her new BBC Two series The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/2040m 21s

The woman who gave birth to rabbits

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/2036m 40s

Indians in the trenches

George Morton-Jack, historian and author of The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/2036m 23s

Fighting for the vote

Historian and author Clare Wright reveals how Australian women battled for political equality in the early 20th century and helped inspire suffrage movements in other parts of the world. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/2045m 56s

The Holocaust orphans

As we approach the 75th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/2043m 49s

Simon de Montfort’s medieval revolution

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/2040m 45s

The Windrush generation

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/2041m 53s

Puritans and the Mayflower

Stephen Tomkins discusses the rise of Puritanism in England and the origins of the Mayflower voyage to North America in 1620. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/2037m 54s

The Auschwitz volunteer

Jack Fairweather, author of the Costa Biography Award-winning book The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/2035m 8s

Medieval myths

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/2038m 2s

Confronting a dark past

As we approach the 75th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/2030m 26s

From Allies to enemies

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy talks to us about his new book Forgotten 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/2039m 18s

The long history of Brexit

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/2037m 9s

The filthy Middle Ages?

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/12/1924m 46s

A curious history of Christmas

Sam Willis and James Daybell offer a distinctive take on festive traditions, which takes in violent Christmas cards and obscene snowmen. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/1924m 26s

2019 Christmas history quiz

Test your history knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/1920m 12s

The birth of the modern world

 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1933m 28s

Politics, Roman style

Classicist and political journalist Asa Bennett discusses his new book Romanifesto, which explores the lessons that 21st-century politicians could learn from their Roman forebears. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1935m 24s

Eleanor of Aquitaine: myth and reality

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/191h 2m

World War Two’s secret heroes

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1922m 38s

Asians in 1980s Britain

Broadcaster Kavita Puri, who presents the BBC Radio 4 series Three Pounds in My Pocket, discusses how Asian communities were adjusting to life in Britain during the volatile 1980s. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1922m 41s

Secrets of the river

Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling book Mudlarking, 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/1926m 49s

The Mountbattens: success and scandal

The author and literary agent Andrew Lownie discusses his bestselling recent book The 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1941m 21s

The teashop empire

Author and journalist Thomas Harding describes how a family of Jewish immigrants to Britain in the 19th century went on to create Lyons – one of the country’s best-known food and restaurant companies. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1949m 39s

Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1933m 31s

Maoism

 Professor Julia Lovell discusses her recent book Maoism: 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/1927m 13s

A history of the United States

Jill Lepore, professor of history at Harvard, discusses her acclaimed recent book These 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1936m 54s

The King: Henry V on film

Lauren Johnson discusses the history behind the new Netflix film The King, considering how closely it follows the real events of Henry V’s life and reign. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1935m 16s

The Pacific War on screen

Roland Emmerich, director of the new blockbuster Midway film, tells us about the process of bringing a major World War Two battle to the big screen. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/1924m 54s

The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

On the 30th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/1948m 32s

Treasures of Tutankhamun

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/1922m 58s

The Fortress: An epic battle of World War I

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/1938m 24s

The death of Kitchener: a World War One mystery

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/1936m 24s

Britain in the early 80s

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/191h 8m

The House of York

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/1942m 59s

Bonus Episode: Sequences with consequences

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/10/1937m 8s

Slave revolt

Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/1929m 12s

Peter Hennessy on Britain in transition

Historian Peter Hennessy talks about his new book Winds 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1939m 58s

Secret listeners

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1929m 49s

William Dalrymple on the East India Company

William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/1933m 25s

Catherine the Great: fact and fiction

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/10/1927m 34s

Orlando Figes on the transformation of Europe

Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/1946m 15s

Fake news in World War Two

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/09/1938m 57s

The destruction of Pompeii

Daisy Dunn revisits the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and considers the history that was preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/09/1933m 42s

Max Hastings on the Dambusters

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/1937m 22s

Suzannah Lipscomb on women’s lives in Reformation France

Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dan Jones about the lives of women in 16th-century France. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/1957m 18s

Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring legacy

Historian and author Tom Holland discusses his new book Dominion, which explores the history of Christianity and argues that it has had a transformative and enduring impact on the western mindset. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/1937m 48s

The Crusades, with Dan Jones

Bestselling medieval historian Dan Jones discusses his new book Crusaders, 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/191h 1m

Poland, 1939: World War Two begins

As we reach the 80th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/09/1945m 39s

Hitler’s war with Anglo-America

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/09/1937m 16s

War trauma

Dr Emma 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/08/1941m 44s

Chernobyl: the story of a tragedy

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/08/1931m 25s

The real Peaky Blinders

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/08/1945m 58s

The corner shop revolution

Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/08/1924m 20s

Peterloo: the story of a massacre

Ahead of the 200th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/08/1936m 30s

Britain's key archaeological discoveries

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/08/1935m 25s

Gordon Brown on Andrew Carnegie

Former prime minister Gordon Brown discusses the American businessman Andrew Carnegie, who gave away most of his fortune at the turn of the 20th century. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/08/1912m 31s

Prisoner dilemmas

Harry Potter explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/08/1932m 2s

Why black hair matters

Historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explains how the history of black hair reflects broad themes of capitalism, slavery, colonialism and more. Historyextra.com/podcast  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/08/1933m 22s

The Zinoviev Letter conspiracy

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/08/1931m 30s

Making jokes about Romans

Greg Jenner, historical consultant for the BBC series Horrible 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/07/1918m 44s

Charlemagne: medieval empire builder

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    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/07/1921m 49s

Stonewall and the fight for gay rights

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/07/1941m 24s

The race to the moon

As we approach the 50th anniversary 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/07/1943m 32s

An Indian cricket team in imperial Britain

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/07/1934m 21s

The battle of Trafalgar

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/07/1935m 28s

King killers in America

Historian Matthew Jenkinson tells the stories of Edward Whalley and William Goffe who fled to New England in the 17th century following their involvement in the execution of King Charles I. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/1934m 6s

AC Grayling on the history of philosophy

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/07/1936m 14s

The problem with the Anglo-Saxons

Susan Oosthuizen explains why we should be reassessing what we think about the Anglo-Saxons. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/07/1945m 50s

Victorian freak shows

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/06/1929m 59s

Appeasement and the road to World War Two

Historian and journalist Tim Bouverie discusses his new book Appeasing Hitler, which explores the failed diplomacy that led to World War Two and the Nazi domination of Europe. Historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/06/1929m 32s

The women of Bletchley Park

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/06/1928m 6s

At home with the royals

Adrian Tinniswood explores the fascinating history of Britain’s royal households, from the Tudor period until today. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/06/1928m 50s

The story of Madame Tussaud

Edward Carey discusses the life of Madame Tussaud, who created waxworks in the era of the French Revolution. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/06/1918m 33s

The life of Saladin

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 12th century. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/06/1956m 40s

A new view of D-Day

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/06/1936m 11s

Monarchy and faith in Tudor England

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/06/1924m 30s

Rachel Reeves on women who changed politics

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/05/1927m 2s

Jacob Rees-Mogg on the Victorians

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   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/1948m 33s

Women in the 1960s

Virginia Nicholson talks about her new book How 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/05/1935m 24s

Gentleman Jack

Biographer Angela Steidele explores the life of 19th-century gay pioneer Anne Lister, whose story is the inspiration behind the major BBC/HBO drama Gentleman Jack. historyextra.com/podcasts  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/1922m 14s

Jared Diamond on countries in crisis

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/05/1947m 58s

Secrets of Britains castles

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/1937m 36s

The Rise and Fall of the Boleyns

Lauren Mackay, author of Among 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/1925m 6s

Women who made modern Britain

Journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman discusses her new book Bloody Brilliant Women, which tells the stories of trailblazing women who changed the course of modern British history.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/1928m 38s

How population has shaped world history

Demography expert Dr Paul Morland discusses his new book The 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/05/1929m 44s

The landscape of England

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/1931m 36s

The Amritsar assassin

Anita Anand tells the story of one man’s quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/04/1935m 23s

Letters from World War Two leaders

Professor David Reynolds discusses the relationship between World War Two leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, as revealed by the messages exchanged between them  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/1940m 35s

Notre-Dame

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/04/1924m 41s

Melvyn Bragg on Heloise and Abelard

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/1930m 20s

Exploring Britain’s cathedrals

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/04/1937m 4s

The Scottish Clearances

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/1935m 26s

King John: medieval monster

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/04/1931m 46s

World War Two's 'ordinary' soldiers

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/1946m 20s

Rethinking the crusades

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/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/03/1929m 29s

The women killed by Jack the Ripper

Hallie Rubenhold discusses her new book The 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/1927m 4s

The global Vikings

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/03/1946m 33s

Henry VI: terrible king

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/1932m 36s

Churchill's navy

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/03/1946m 20s

Victorian murder scandal

Author and biographer Claire Harman talks to us about a 19th-century killing that drew in the literary world, including Dickens and Thackeray.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/1923m 58s

Rutger Bregman: historian in the news

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1923m 25s

King George V at war

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/1936m 43s

Schools through time

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/02/1920m 52s

Bart van Es on The Cut Out Girl

Professor Bart van Es talks to us about The 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/02/1936m 29s

Medieval warrior queen

Historian Catherine Hanley tells the story of Empress Matilda, the daughter of Henry I whose battle with Stephen for the English throne in the 12th century became known as ‘the anarchy’.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/02/1930m 6s

A global history of philosophy

Philosopher and author Julian Baggini speaks about his new book, How the World Thinks, in conversation with the historian Justin Champion.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/02/1935m 3s

Love in Georgian times

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/1931m 42s

Eric Hobsbawm: history and politics

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/02/1945m 55s

The story of modern Japan

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/1937m 26s

War and music

BBC broadcaster John Simpson discusses the connections between classical music and some of the most notable events of the mid-20th century, from World War Two to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/02/1924m 10s

Bonus Episode: How technology is changing politics

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/1935m 54s

A Roman woman of great power

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/01/1942m 9s

World-changing women

Jenni Murray, longstanding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/01/1933m 14s

Legacies of the Holocaust

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/01/1947m 38s

Diversity in history

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/01/1927m 46s

The story of the Hurricane

Joel Hammer, producer of the new BBC World Service podcast The 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/01/1925m 31s

Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/01/1933m 28s

The true history of The Favourite

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/1953m 36s

Remarkable women through history

Max Adams, author of Unquiet Women, explores the lives of some remarkable women from history whose stories have been largely forgotten. He also overturns the 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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/01/1941m 39s

Egypt’s lost tombs

Egyptologist, author and broadcaster Chris Naunton talks about the search for the resting places of famous Egyptians such as Nefertiti and Cleopatra  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/01/1938m 8s

Medieval civil war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/12/1843m 26s

Indians in World War One

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/12/1838m 25s

2018 Christmas history quiz

Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz with questions set by QI writer Justin Pollard. Read the text version at: www.historyextra.com/christmasquiz2018  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/1824m 44s

Bess of Hardwick: a Tudor success story

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/12/1832m 32s

Wonders of the Middle Ages

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/12/1835m 19s

Letters that changed the world

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/12/1828m 36s

Black radicalism with Kehinde Andrews

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/12/1848m 44s

Napoleon: the insecure emperor

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1831m 29s

History in colour

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/12/1829m 26s

Walter Ralegh: enemy of the state

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/11/1839m 23s

The Germans who fought Hitler

Paddy Ashdown tells the stories of German opponents of Nazism who plotted to bring down Hitler’s regime.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/11/1843m 50s

Hunting Britain’s Nazis

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1824m 31s

Tales from D-Day

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1833m 17s

Bernard Cornwell on the Last Kingdom

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/1834m 2s

Nietzsche’s dangerous ideas

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/11/1845m 28s

Dan Snow on shell shock

The popular historian discusses war trauma over the past century, the subject of his upcoming BBC Two documentary  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/1825m 6s

The end of the First World War

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/11/1843m 19s

Mike Leigh on Peterloo

The acclaimed writer and director talks about the creation of his major new historical epic  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/11/1815m 55s

The Peterloo Massacre

Historian and author Jacqueline Riding discusses the tragic events of August 1819  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/10/1835m 24s

Anglo-Saxon treasures

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/10/1835m 0s

Thomas Cromwell reconsidered

Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his new book on the Tudor statesman  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/10/1849m 57s

A new life of Churchill

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/10/1834m 7s

Peter Jackson on the First World War

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/10/1845m 2s

Adventures in Iceland

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/1833m 8s

Brexit and American independence

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1828m 8s

Bonus Episode: Identifying Jack the Ripper

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1826m 17s

The Nazi on the run

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1831m 45s

The spy who changed the cold war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1840m 56s

Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1844m 19s

Neil Oliver’s history of the British Isles

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1851m 31s

The good war?

Journalist and author Peter Hitchens discusses his new book, The Phoney Victory, which challenges a number of popular beliefs about the Second World War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/09/1830m 52s

The extraordinary history of ordinary things

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/09/1831m 57s

A half-hour history of Europe

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/09/1836m 7s

Dissent through the centuries

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/1832m 4s

Who should we commemorate?

Professor Lawrence Goldman explores the issues surrounding monuments to controversial historical figures in light of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and other recent debates  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 52s

Scots and Catalans

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 1s

100 women who changed the world

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 8s

Charles de Gaulle reconsidered

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 1m

Female spies of the Civil War era

Historian Nadine Akkerman introduces a number of remarkable women who acted as secret agents in the 17th century  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 37s

Captain Cook’s Endeavour

Journalist and author Peter Moore talks about HMS Endeavour, the ship that carried Cook on his landmark voyage to the Pacific 250 years ago  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 6s

Dan Jones on the secrets of popular history

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 3m

Mary Beard’s life in Classics

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 17s

Historical fact and fiction

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 16s

Ian Kershaw on postwar Europe

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

Inside the mind of Elizabeth I

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 59s

Britons under Nazi rule

Historical author Duncan Barrett tells the stories of Channel Islanders who spent several years living under German occupation during World War Two  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1849m 38s

Islam’s struggle with modernity

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 46s

Britain’s foreign policy secrets

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 14s

The Tommies’ final acts

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 16s

Catholics in Elizabethan England

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 20s

Rethinking 20th-century Britain

Professor David Edgerton explains why we need to revise our understanding of recent British history, from the world wars to the welfare state  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 48s

Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1857m 23s

The murder of the Romanovs

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 50s

Britain’s refugee camps

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 22s

Spies through the ages

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 33s

Making the modern world

We are joined by bestselling historical author Simon Winchester, who reveals how some of history’s greatest engineers helped create the industrial age  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 26s

Ireland’s past and present

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer discusses a new multi-volume history of Ireland and explains how the past continues to affect Anglo-Irish relations today  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 48s

Sherwood Forest through the ages

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 26s

The national debt dilemma

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 8s

Restoring women’s voices

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 47s

The history of manners

Distinguished historian Sir Keith Thomas reflects on how concepts of civility and civilisation shaped society in the early modern period  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 15s

World War One at home

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 22s

Grenfell Tower: from hope to tragedy

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 2s

Britain’s Catholic emancipation

Acclaimed historian and author Antonia Fraser joins us to discuss her new book The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 38s

The mystery of Donald Maclean

Author and editor Roland Philipps discusses A Spy Named Orphan, his new biography of the enigmatic Cambridge spy Donald Maclean  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 45s

America’s changing dream

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 31s

Challenging British heroes

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 21s

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s favourite queen

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 19s

The remarkable history of the Netherlands

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 51s

Beevor on Arnhem

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 14s

The Women Behind Lord Byron

Miranda Seymour discusses the extraordinary lives of Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace, the wife and daughter of Lord Byron  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 13s

The Entebbe raid

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 50s

The failings of the French Revolution

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 14s

500 years of medicine

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 5s

Were the suffragettes terrorists?

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 37s

1983: the Cold War almost goes nuclear

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 50s

Economists who changed the world

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 28s

Medieval bodies

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 23s

Africa’s contested past

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 30s

Shakespeare’s greatest actor

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 23s

The Vietnam War on film

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 19s

Medieval mystics

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 10s

A quick history of France

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 7s

Creating the SAS

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 53s

Opposing the Nazis

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 13s

The history of today

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 41s

The postwar world

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 50s

The Marshall Plan and the Cold War

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 51s

Ruth Ellis: the last woman to be hanged in Britain

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 25s

Vikings on screen

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 19s

Music and revolution

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 27s

Schama on Civilisations

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 41s

Science and suffrage

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 26s

The Terracotta Warriors

With a new exhibition open in Liverpool featuring a group of Terracotta Warriors, Edward Burman explores the fascinating history of these ancient Chinese sculptures  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 7s

BBC Arabic at 80

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 57s

The World Cup story

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 37s

The Spanish Flu pandemic

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 39s

The Pankhursts

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 2s

The Suffragettes

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’  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 5s

Elizabeth’s love rival

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 17s

Britain’s secret wartime prison

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 29s

Living with the oceans

Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe meets with historian David Abulafia to discuss humanity’s relationship with the Mediterranean and the Atlantic since ancient times  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 47s

The story of the Bayeux Tapestry

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 27s

East End Crime

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 46s

Prisoners of war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 10s

Mary Shelley and her monster

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 58s

The tragedy of Lady Jane Grey

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 36s

Hamilton: the man behind the musical

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1846m 38s

Churchill’s darkest hour

Antony McCarten, writer of the new historical blockbuster Darkest Hour, considers whether the British leader came close to seeking peace with Hitler in 1940  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 21s

1917: The world at war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 55s

Christmas history quiz

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 34s

Alfred the Great and science at Christmas

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 7s

The origins of civilisation

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 53s

Cornwell on Shakespeare

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1819m 31s

Eating with Dickens

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 6s

Animals that changed us

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 5s

Britain on the edge

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 21s

Black Tudors

Historian Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors: The Unknown Story, explores the lives of several Africans who resided in 16th-century England  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 26s

Victorian medicine

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 2s

The history of sleep

Historian Sasha Handley explores the bedtime routines of the early modern period and considers what lessons today’s sleepers can draw from past centuries  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 46s

Charles II on the run

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 28s

Demons and shipwrecks

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 33s

Drinking history

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 21s

Britain’s Chinese army

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 16s

The Last Kamikazes

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 58s

How networks shape history

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 53s

The search for King Arthur

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 53s

The Medici

Historian and author Mary Hollingsworth reflects on the powerful dynasty who dominated the Italian Renaissance but whose tale also includes tyranny, crime and murder  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 2s

The death of Stalin

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 47s

The Gunpowder Plot

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 19s

Living with the Gods

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 17s

Richard III reconsidered

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 34s

The Munich Conference

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 12s

The world of the Scythians

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 16s

Starkey on the Reformation

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 47s

Tales of war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1846m 57s

Victoria the matchmaker

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 8s

Christianity and the classical world

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1850m 9s

The Ukrainian famine

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 24s

The Knights Templar

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 38m

William Marshal: the greatest knight

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 37s

The History Hot 100

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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1854m 19s

Viking Britain

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 15s

A deadly royal favourite?

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 36s

Queen Victoria behind closed doors

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 57s

Friends or Enemies? Anglo-French relations

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 28s

Migrating to Britain

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 32s

The Jarrow March

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 21s

Witchcraft through the ages

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 3s

Icelandic murder mystery

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 53s

China in World War Two

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 2s

The Koh-i-Noor

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 46s

Living through Partition

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 32s

The lost objects of South Asia

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 27s

The brilliance of Henry James

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 16s

The English in America

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1837m 30s

Germany’s World War Two

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1850m 28s

Voices of the Cold War

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 56s

A legendary spymaster

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 4s

Hans Sloane and the British Museum

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 8s

Female flyers in Nazi Germany

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 3s

Children at war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 14s

The Second World War

James Holland discusses the second book in his The War in the West trilogy with John Buckley, focusing on the years 1941-43.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 13s

Jane Austen and Tudor London

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1855m 38s

Medieval manuscripts and the First World War

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 30s

The Six-Day War and the Great Fire of London

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 32s

Civil wars and Restoration England

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1849m 6s

England’s bloody Reformation

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 51s

Queen Victoria’s dinners and Henry VIII’s niece

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1855m 36s

Martin Luther and the making of the USA

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 41s

The Islamic enlightenment

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 45s

Historical fiction and a US murder scandal

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 18s

The ‘Father of History’ and India in the British empire

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 58s

America in World War One and a naval tragedy

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 14m

Women in popular history

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 38s

Blitzkrieg

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 20s

Utopias in history and an environmental disaster

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 35s

Postwar occupations and Raleigh bicycles

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 54s

The Reformation

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 35s

A revolutionary engineer and Victoria’s Indian confidant

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 55s

The roots of modern rage

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 28s

The impact of war and a zoological institution

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1848m 9s

The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt

Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1847m 14s

The history of puzzles and the extraordinary life of Lady Anne Barnard

Alex Bellos explores 2,000 years of puzzles, while Stephen Taylor introduces an unconventional Georgian aristocrat  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 43s

The Battle of Britain

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 19s

A history of Istanbul

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 13s

The big questions of the Holocaust

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 28s

The birth of Eurasia

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 2s

2016 Christmas history quiz

Join the BBC History Magazine team for the return of our annual Christmas history quiz. The quizmaster is QI writer Justin Pollard  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 30s

Corner shops and Russian ballet

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 27s

Historians in parliament

Historian-politicians Tristram Hunt, Chris Skidmore, Kwasi Kwarteng and Peter Hennessy explain how their two professions relate to each other.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 37s

The attack on Pearl Harbor and physics through the ages

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'.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 43s

Arts and Crafts and unusual inventors

Rosalind Ormiston discusses an important 19th-century artistic movement, while David Bramwell introduces some of history’s most talented eccentrics.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 33s

Soviet science and feeding Britain at war

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 10s

The wartime SAS and Hitler’s drug addiction

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 6m

Black British history and Charles I’s children

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 9m

Reporting from war zones

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1854m 2s

The Aberfan disaster and women who made history

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 49s

The Norman Conquest

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 44s

Lenin and the Russian revolutions

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1853m 27s

Historical television and the battle of Flodden

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?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 0m

Women in politics and Robinson Crusoe

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1850m 5s

Cold War summits

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

Poldark and historical TV drama

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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 7s

The end of the First World War and the Duke of Wellington

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1854m 4s

The Great Fire of London

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 34s

The Suez crisis and the north of England

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 24s

The 1920s: Roaring or tame?

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 22s

The Cold War and the history of philosophy

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 38s

Jacobites and the Ancient World

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 1s

Two King Edwards

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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 5m

Paris’s women at war and the Housewives’ League

Anne Sebba talks to us about her new book, Les Parisiennes, which explores how women of Paris fared under Nazi occupation. Meanwhile, we catch up with Jo Fidgen, presenter of a BBC Radio 4 documentary about housewives in postwar Britain  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 15s

Britain’s Second World War and the Country House

Dr Daniel Todman talks to us about his new book: Britain's War: Into Battle, 1937-1941. Meanwhile, we are joined by historian Adrian Tinniswood to discuss the changing nature of English country houses during the interwar years  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1852m 52s

Battle of the Somme special

As we approach the centenary of the 1916 clash, we speak to Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, author of Somme: Into the Breach. Meanwhile, Jonathan Ruffle of gbfilms.com joins us to talk about his ongoing BBC Radio 4 series Tommies and how he plans to tackle the Somme anniversary on the programme.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 26s

The Radium Girls and the cotton revolution

Kate Moore describes the tragic story of a group of women who were exposed to radium in 20th-century America, while Terry Wyke visits a key site from Britain’s textile heritage  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1852m 16s

Wolfson History Prizes: Nazi camps and St Augustine

Robin Lane Fox and Nikolaus Wachsmann talk about their award-winning books: Augustine: Conversions and Confessions and KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 9m

Operation Barbarossa

As we near the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s assault on the Soviet Union, Antony Beevor explores this pivotal moment in the Second World War  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1848m 56s

Tudor monarchs and a Medieval civil war

Tracy Borman reveals the secret lives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor et al, while Nicholas Vincent describes the events of Simon de Montfort’s rebellion  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 5m
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