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February 21, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 19, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 17, 2020
Frank McDonough discusses the first volume in his new two-part history of Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 14, 2020
The acclaimed popular historian and broadcaster Michael Wood talks to us about a photograph he discovered that links his family to the infamous Peterloo massacre of 1819. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 12, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 10, 2020
Historian Andrew Roberts reflects on some of the greatest and most nefarious war leaders of the past – including Napoleon, Hitler, Churchill and Eisenhower – and considers what traits they shared. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 7, 2020
Susan Neiman considers how Germany and the United States have sought to come to terms with histories of racism and violence. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 5, 2020
Historian John Hardman discusses his new biography of the 18th-century French queen, exploring her role in the politics of the revolutionary era and explaining why she met a tragic end. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
February 3, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 31, 2020
Historian Karen Harvey explores the unusual case of Mary Toft who caused a sensation in 1726 by apparently giving birth to rabbits. Karen considers what the story and the reactions to it can tell us about Georgian Britain. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 29, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 27, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 24, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 22, 2020
Historian Sophie Ambler chronicles the dramatic life of Simon de Montfort, the 13th-century rebel who battled Henry III for mastery in England and established a revolutionary form of government. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 20, 2020
Historian, author and broadcaster Colin Grant discusses his recent book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, which tells the stories of postwar immigrants to Britain from the Caribbean. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 17, 2020
Stephen Tomkins discusses the rise of Puritanism in England and the origins of the Mayflower voyage to North America in 1620. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 15, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 13, 2020
Historian Hannah Skoda tackles some common misconceptions about the middle ages, from irrational peasants and filthy towns, to powerless women and mindless violence. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 9, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 6, 2020
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
January 2, 2020
For our first episode of 2020, Professor David Reynolds explores how several centuries of British history have fed into the recent Brexit debate. He shows how empire, national identities and ideas of British decline have all shaped the present political situation. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 30, 2019
Does the Medieval era deserve its reputation for poor hygiene and bad odours? Dr Katherine Harvey examines the evidence and reveals some of the unusual techniques that people used to keep clean. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 26, 2019
Sam Willis and James Daybell offer a distinctive take on festive traditions, which takes in violent Christmas cards and obscene snowmen. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 23, 2019
Test your history knowledge with our annual festive quiz, devised by QI writer Justin Pollard. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 19, 2019
The writer and historian Charles Emmerson reflects on the crucial years 1917-24, which witnessed the conclusion of the First World War, the collapse of empires, and new ideologies and conflicts emerging across the globe. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 16, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 12, 2019
Sara Cockerill, author of a new biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, explores the story of the remarkable medieval queen and challenge some common misconceptions about her life. She is joined in conversation by the popular historian Dan Jones. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 9, 2019
Author and journalist Simon Parkin tells the incredible, but little-known, story of a real life game of battleships that transformed British fortunes in the battle of the Atlantic. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 5, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
December 2, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 28, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 25, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 21, 2019
Historian and author Nicola Tallis discusses her new biography of Margaret Beaufort who played a key role in the Wars of the Roses and whose son, Henry VII, began the Tudor dynasty. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 18, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 14, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 12, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 11, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 7, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
November 4, 2019
As a major new exhibition of the pharaoh’s tomb arrives in London, we speak to curator Tarek El Awady about the remarkable artefacts buried with Egypt’s iconic boy king. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 31, 2019
Professor Alexander Watson describes the dramatic battle for the fortress city of Przemysl, which pitted a multi-ethnic Habsburg force against the might of the Russian army in the early months of World War I. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 28, 2019
The author and former Cabinet minister David Laws examines the life and dramatic death, in 1916, of Britain’s Secretary of State for War: Lord Kitchener. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 24, 2019
Historian and author Dominic Sandbrook joins us to discuss his new book, Who Dares Wins, which explores the pivotal early years of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership in Britain: 1979-1982. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 21, 2019
Historian and author Thomas Penn discusses the Wars of the Roses, the princes in the Tower and the start of the Tudor era as he reflects on the Yorkist dynasty and the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 19, 2019
In this special edition, produced by our friends from the Science Focus podcast, Dr Robert Elliott Smith examines the dark history of algorithms and considers how they affect all of our lives today. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 17, 2019
Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 14, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 10, 2019
Author and historian Helen Fry talks about her new book, The Walls Have Ears, which describes an ingenious British intelligence operation to bug German prisoners during the Second World War. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 7, 2019
William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
October 3, 2019
Ahead of a major new TV drama about the Russian empress, historian Janet Hartley explores Catherine’s life and considers whether there is any truth behind the scandals that continue to damage her reputation. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 30, 2019
Orlando Figes describes the cultural transformations of 19th-century Europe through the lives of a remarkable menage a trois. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 26, 2019
Author and journalist Henry Hemming discusses his new book, Our Man in New York, which describes the adventures of British spymaster William Stephenson who plotted to bring the United States into World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 23, 2019
Daisy Dunn revisits the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and considers the history that was preserved at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 19, 2019
Sir Max Hastings discusses his new book on the iconic World War Two raid, describing the ingenuity and courage of the operation, as well as the terrible cost. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 16, 2019
Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dan Jones about the lives of women in 16th-century France. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 12, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 9, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 5, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
September 2, 2019
Professor Brendan Simms talks to us about his new biography of Adolf Hitler, which argues that the Nazi dictator’s main preoccupation was rivalry with Britain and America, rather than the Soviet Union. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 29, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 26, 2019
Historian Serhii Plokhy, author of an award-winning book on the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster, explores the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl accident and offers his thoughts on the accuracy of the recent drama series. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 22, 2019
As the fifth series of the BBC historical drama is about to air, we talk to historian Andrew Davies about the real Birmingham gangsters who inspired the programme, and discover how late-Victorian society contributed to a rise in gang violence. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 19, 2019
Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 19, 2019
Babita Sharma explores the history of the British corner shop, explaining how Asian immigrants transformed these local businesses. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 15, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 12, 2019
Archaeologist and writer Mike Pitts discusses some of the major archaeological finds that have shaped the way we understand the early history of the British Isles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 12, 2019
Archaeologist and writer Mike Pitts discusses some of the major archaeological finds that have shaped the way we understand the early history of the British Isles. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 10, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 8, 2019
Harry Potter explores the twists and turns in the history of the British penal system. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 5, 2019
Historian and broadcaster Emma Dabiri explains how the history of black hair reflects broad themes of capitalism, slavery, colonialism and more. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
August 1, 2019
Former Foreign Office historian Gill Bennett explores how a forged letter by a Soviet leader in 1924 shocked Britain and helped undermine the Labour Party. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 29, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 25, 2019
Professor Dame Janet L Nelson discusses Charlemagne, the 8th-century king of the Franks who became one of medieval Europe’s most important rulers. Historyextra.com/podcast   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 22, 2019
Fifty years after the Stonewall riots in New York City, historian Chris Parkes explores the background to the events and shows how the episode became a pivotal moment in LGBTQ+ history. Historyextra.com/podcast For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 18, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 15, 2019
Historian Prashant Kidambi revisits the first Indian cricket tour of Britain, which took place in the summer of 1911 when the British empire was still at its height. Historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 11, 2019
Historian Sam Willis describes the dramatic 1805 British victory against French and Spanish fleets, while challenging misconceptions about the role of Nelson and the importance of the battle in the war against Napoleon. Historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 8, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 4, 2019
AC Grayling ranges through 2,500 years of history to explore the impact of great thinkers like Aristotle, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
July 1, 2019
Susan Oosthuizen explains why we should be reassessing what we think about the Anglo-Saxons. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 27, 2019
Historian and author Dr John Woolf explores the extraordinary and complex stories of 19th-century performers such as General Tom Thumb, who became stars in the age of PT Barnum and other circus pioneers. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 24, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 20, 2019
Historian and broadcaster Tessa Dunlop shares the stories of women she interviewed who worked at Britain’s codebreaking centre during World War Two. Historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 17, 2019
Adrian Tinniswood explores the fascinating history of Britain’s royal households, from the Tudor period until today. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 13, 2019
Edward Carey discusses the life of Madame Tussaud, who created waxworks in the era of the French Revolution. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 10, 2019
Professor Jonathan Phillips is joined by medieval historian Dan Jones to discuss the life and legacy of the Muslim ruler Saladin, who famously captured Jerusalem and battled the crusaders during the 12th century. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 6, 2019
James Holland revisits the events of 6 June 1944 and challenges myths that have grown up around the Allied landings and the battle for Normandy. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
June 3, 2019
Estelle Paranque and Emma J Wells reflect on the religious changes that took place during the reigns of Henry VIII and his children. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 30, 2019
Rachel Reeves talks about her new book, Women of Westminster, which explores the achievements of some of Britain’s foremost women politicians. Historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 27, 2019
Jacob Rees-Mogg discusses his new book, which explores the lives of 19th-century figures who he believes were crucial in creating modern Britain. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 23, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 20, 2019
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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 16, 2019
Historian, author and geographer Jared Diamond discusses how ideas from psychology can help us understand how countries have coped with traumas through history. historyextra.com/podcasts For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 13, 2019
Medieval historian Marc Morris reveals the fascinating history of Britain’s castles, exploring why they were built, what they were used for, and the challenges of defending and attacking them. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 9, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 6, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
May 2, 2019
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. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 29, 2019
Professor Stephen Rippon of the University of Exeter explores the changing nature of England’s landscape, from the Iron Age until the Anglo-Saxon period. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 25, 2019
Anita Anand tells the story of one man’s quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 22, 2019
Professor David Reynolds discusses the relationship between World War Two leaders Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, as revealed by the messages exchanged between them For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
April 18, 2019
Following Monday’s blaze that devastated Paris’s Notre-Dame cathedral, we speak to historian Emma J Wells about the medieval building’s remarkable history and what its future might hold For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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