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This is a combined feed which includes shows from across the History Hit Network. Including: Dan Snow's History Hit Histories of the Unexpected, Art Detective, Chalke Valley History Hit. More shows coming soon. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook: @HistoryHit 

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Hiroshima with Hirata San

Dan talks to Hirata San, a survivor of the Hiroshima attacks, and one of the few remaining survivors who speak English, about the Hiroshima bombing. Discover more history interviews and documentaries at History Hit TV.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #1

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Napoleon with Adam Zamoyski

Dan talks to Adam Zamoyski, a historian who has recently written a new biography of Napoleon. Discover more history interviews and documentaries at History Hit TV.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Pantheon

The Pantheon from Greek Πάνθειον Pantheion meaning "[temple] of every god") is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). The present building was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD. He retained Agrippa's original inscription, which has confused its date of construction as the original Pantheon burnt down so it is not certain when the present one was built. The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 142 feet (43 m). It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" (Latin: Santa Maria ad Martyres) but informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda". The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda. The Pantheon is a state property, ruled by Italy's Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism through the Polo Museale del Lazio; in 2013 it was visited by over 6 million people. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Darius on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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Lucy Worsley on Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace

This Friday sees the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. BAFTA winning historian and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Lucy Worsley takes Dan on a tour of Kensington Palace, one of the principle royal residences since 1689, and the childhood home of Queen Victoria. The rooms of the royal residence are being renovated for a new exhibition opening to the public on the 200th anniversary of Victoria's birth.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod3' at checkout. All of the books discussed in the History Hit podcast are available at History Hit books. If you're interested in buying the book, we'd love it if you supported what we do by using our affiliate links at: https://books.historyhit.com/Producer: Natt Tapley and James CarsonAudio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

23 May 2019

Rank #4

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The Roman Forum

The Roman Forum, also known by its Latin name Forum Romanum (Italian: Foro Romano), is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. For centuries the Forum was the centre of day-to-day life in Rome: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly. Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and follow Darius on Twitter. Follow History Hit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please share this episode on Twitter and Facebook.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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The Death of Hitler

Did Hitler shoot himself in the Führerbunker, or did he slip past the Soviets and escape to South America? There have been innumerable documentaries, newspaper articles and twitter threads written by conspiracy theorists to back up the case for escape. Luke Daly Groves has made it his mission to take on the conspiracy theorists, and smash their arguments using historical method. With the help of recently declassified MI5 files, previously unpublished sketches of Hitler's bunker and eyewitness accounts of intelligence officers, this made for a fascinating discussion. Enjoy. For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, including our new in depth documentary about some of the greatest speeches ever made in the House of Commons, please signup to www.HistoryHit.TV Use code 'pod1' at checkout for your first month free and the following month for just £/$1.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

24 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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The Tombs of Egypt with Chris Naunton

What treasures lie in store in the shifting sands of the Valley of the Kings? Dan talks to Chris Naunton to discover where the tombs of Alexander the Great and Cleopatra might be. For more exclusive history interviews and documentaries, subscribe to History Hit TV.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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Leonardo Da Vinci and the Leicester Codex with Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp, an emeritus professor at the University of Oxford, is one of the foremost experts on Leonardo Da Vinci. He has recently worked on a translation and collation of the Codex Leicester and he talks Dan through Leonardo's most interesting and prescient ideas.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod3' at checkout. Producer: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Vikings: A History of the Northmen

The Vikings have never lost their appeal to scholars and enthusiasts. Now Wayne Bartlett has written a great new survey of the Viking World from Newfoundland to Central Asia. Dan got him on the podcast to ask him the central questions of the Viking Age. What does Viking even mean? Why did they explode onto the world stage when they do? Are the myths true? What is their legacy?See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

22 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Europe Remembers WW2 with Rémi Praud

The Liberation Route Europe team are working to ensure that the end of World War Two is celebrated and that those who fell are justly commemorated. Rémi Praud, a member of the team, talks to Dan about remembering and commemoration.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod4' at checkout to get a 30 day free trial and your first 4 months for £4/$4.Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Emergency Podcast: The Notre-Dame Fire with Jonathan Foyle

Dan talks to Jonathan Foyle in order to fully understand the history of the Notre-Dame cathedral, and how devastating this fire really is.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod4' at checkout to get a 30 day free trial and your first 4 months for £4/$4. Producer/Audio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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The French Revolution with David Andress

David Andress delves into the French Revolution, explaining its causes, its outcomes, and how we should look at its historical legacy.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod3' at checkout.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

3 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Division. Corruption. Incompetence: A History of Spain

Professor Paul Preston doesn’t pull his punches. His magisterial new history of modern Spain is called 'A People Betrayed'. He is the greatest living authority on Spain and he is not a fan of how that country had been governed. In this podcast he tells me a sorry story of corruption, war and brutality. And that's before the 20th Century even kicks off. This podcast, unusually, made me feel profoundly sad. For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, including our new in depth documentary about the bombing war featuring James Holland and other historians, please signup to www.HistoryHit.TV Use code 'pod1' for a month free and the first month for just £/€/$1See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

29mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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The Shadow King: Henry VI with Lauren Johnson

Henry VI came to the throne in exceptionally difficult circumstances. The untimely death of his warlike father, Henry V, placed the crown upon his head aged just 9 months. While England was in the ascendant in the Hundred Years' War in 1422, by the time he came of age his father's French conquests were disintegrating and the English nobility were locked in a dangerous struggle for power.In 1453, Henry suffered a complete mental collapse from which he never fully recovered, and then was used as a chess piece in the bloody Wars of the Roses which swept the country for the next 30 years. Lauren Johnson talks to Dan about the fascinating reign of Henry VI. For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod3' at checkout. All of the books discussed in the History Hit podcast are available at History Hit books. If you're interested in buying the book, we'd love it if you supported what we do by using our affiliate links at: https://books.historyhit.com/Producer: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

21 May 2019

Rank #14

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West Africa before the Europeans

Toby Green has been fascinated by the history of West Africa for decades after he visited as a student and heard whispers of history that didn’t appear in text books. Years later he wrote ‘Fistful of Shells,’ a survey of West Africa and West-Central Africa before the slave trade, and the effect the arrival of Europeans had on those societies. I asked him about what we know about that history and how integrated this region was into the global economy. We also explored the impact of the slave trade on West Africa itself, how it turned the ruling elites against their populations which they now saw as fodder for slave traders. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

16 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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John Franklin and the Northwest Passage with Dr John Roobol

Dr John Roobol discusses the fate of John Franklin and his crew, from how they suffered in the bitter conditions, to the crew members who resorted to cannibalism. John's work also looks into the Inuits, and how their testimony was largely ignored, as the Victorians were desperate to insist that no British explorers would ever resort to cannibalism.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod3' at checkout. Producer: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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King George V in World War One with Alexandra Churchill

King George V played a critical role in Britain's war effort during World War One, from the outbreak of war in 1914, until the King's Pilgrimage in May 1922, to visit cemeteries and memorials being constructed by the Imperial War Graves Commission. Alexandra Churchill has combed the Royal Archives to fully understand George's role in the war, including his frequent disputes with David Lloyd George. So bitter was this relationship, Lloyd George at one point attempted to place control of the British army under French commanders.Famously, King George V had to change his family surname from Saxe-Coburg to Windsor during the war, but Alexandra Churchill also tells Dan about the names that were suggested, including one that suggested George's family were bastards.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod3' at checkout to get a 30 day free trial and your first 4 months for £4/$4. All of the books discussed in the History Hit podcast are available at History Hit books. We'd love it if you supported what we do by using our affiliate link: https://books.historyhit.com/  Producer: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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The Real Thomas Cromwell

Everyone is Thomas Cromwell obsessed at the moment. The man who rose to be the most powerful member of Henry VIII's court, his Lord Privy Seal, Principal Secretary and Chancellor. He was a driving force behind the English Reformation and constitutional changes that emphasised the centrality of Parliament, but his current mighty reputation depends on the fictional trilogy of the genius novelist Hilary Mantel. On this podcast I talk to another genius, Tracy Borman, historian and curator of Historic Royal Palaces, a biographer of Cromwell about the reality behind the literary legend. For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, including our new in depth documentary about the bombing war featuring James Holland and other historians, please signup to www.HistoryHit.TV We have got a special offer on at the moment - use code 'pod1' for a month free and the next month for just £/€/$1.For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

24mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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The Persian War

In the 5th century BC the world's first super power, the Persian Empire, went to war against a ragtag collection of cities and statelets on its western frontier. It was the start of the Persian War. Thankfully for us this war was recorded in some detail by the world's first historian. Herodotus. Despite previous millenia of history in the ancient Near East, this historical record means that the Persian Wars feels recognisably modern. The attitudes and decisions of commanders are discernable. The course of the battles, traceable.William Shepherd has written an engaging new account of the war. He took some time to sit down with Dan and explore the course of the war and why it still matters.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Melvyn Bragg on Héloïse and Abelard

Melvyn Bragg talks to Dan about a philosopher and a scholar in the 12th century. Abelard was one of the best known theologians of the medieval era, and his love affair with Héloïse, characterised famously by the letters that they sent to each other are legendary.Such was the passion of their affair, Héloïse once wrote to Abelard, “If the Emperor Augustus were to ask me to be his wife and help him control the greatest empire in the world, I would think it more honourable to be your whore, than his wife.” Melvyn Bragg has dug into these letters, and he has written a novel based on their lives.For ad free versions of our entire podcast archive and hundreds of hours of history documentaries, interviews and films, signup to History Hit TV. Use code 'pod4' at checkout to get a 30 day free trial and your first 4 months for £4/$4. Producer: Natt TapleyAudio: Peter CurrySee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #20