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History Extra podcast

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Rank #39 in History category

Society & Culture
History
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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

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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

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1146 Ratings
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Best historical channel ever!

By femmefatal100 - Sep 09 2019
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I love this podcast!!! Aaaand love you bringing historians like Dan Jones... xo

Highly informative but

By StevenEtien - Jul 02 2019
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Audio quality sometimes very poor

iTunes Ratings

1146 Ratings
Average Ratings
766
194
76
52
58

Best historical channel ever!

By femmefatal100 - Sep 09 2019
Read more
I love this podcast!!! Aaaand love you bringing historians like Dan Jones... xo

Highly informative but

By StevenEtien - Jul 02 2019
Read more
Audio quality sometimes very poor

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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

Stalin’s early years and Mein Kampf

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Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, author of a major new biography of Josef Stalin, describes the Soviet leader’s path to power. Meanwhile, BBC journalist Chris Bowlby gives us the lowdown on his forthcoming Radio 4 documentary about Adolf Hitler’s notorious book, Mein Kampf.

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Jan 01 2015

1hr 2mins

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Germany through the centuries and Hitler’s cocaine habit

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British Museum director Neil MacGregor joins us to talk about his new BBC Radio 4 series Germany: Memories of a Nation, which illustrates the country’s history through a wealth of fascinating objects. Meanwhile, historical author Giles Milton discusses some surprising tales from the past, including the story of Adolf Hitler’s drug addictions.

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Oct 23 2014

43mins

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The wartime SAS and Hitler’s drug addiction

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 10 2016

1hr 6mins

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The Knights Templar

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 14 2017

1hr 38mins

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The Norman Conquest

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 13 2016

56mins

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A history of the United States

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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

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Nov 14 2019

36mins

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Witch trials and feuding queens

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Historian Robert Poole visits Lancaster Castle, scene of the dramatic 1612 trials of the Pendle witches. Meanwhile, we’re joined by Nancy Goldstone whose latest book delves into the turbulent relationship of Catherine de Medici and Marguerite de Valois in the 16th century. 

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Jul 23 2015

1hr 6mins

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Roman emperors and women through the ages

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Tom Holland speaks to us about his new book on the first five Roman emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Meanwhile, we’re joined by historical author Amanda Foreman to discuss her new BBC TV series The Ascent of Woman.

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Sep 10 2015

50mins

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The murder of the Romanovs

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Historical author Helen Rappaport explains why the last Russian tsar and his family met a violent end in 1918 and considers whether Britain could have saved the Romanovs from their fate

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Jul 16 2018

32mins

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Henry VIII and Henry the Young King

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Tudor historian John Guy, author of a new short biography of Henry VIII, discusses the Tudor king’s life and relationships and what he’s learned about Henry over his many years of research. Meanwhile, medievalist Thomas Asbridge tells us about a 12th-century English king who never sat on the throne and his friendship with William Marshal, famed as ‘the greatest knight’.

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Jan 15 2015

1hr 8mins

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The trials of Joan of Arc

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Historian Helen Castor discusses her new biography of the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc, describing her famous victories and the dramatic trial that condemned her to death. Putting the questions is fellow historian Dan Jones.

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Oct 02 2014

1hr 14mins

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Mary, Queen of Scots’ tragic life

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

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Jan 14 2019

33mins

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Ancient Rome special

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Classical historian and broadcaster Mary Beard talks to us about her new one-volume history of Rome entitled SPQR. Meanwhile, we speak to the bestselling historical novelist Robert Harris about his latest fictional portrait of the Roman statesman Cicero For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 12 2015

55mins

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The true history of The Favourite

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

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Jan 10 2019

53mins

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Germany’s World War Two

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In a talk that he delivered at our recent World War Two event in Bristol, Professor Nicholas Stargardt reflects on how the Second World War was experienced by ordinary Germans, both on the front line and back home
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Jul 18 2017

50mins

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Queen Victoria by Lucy Worsley

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We head to Kensington Palace, once home to the young Victoria, to discuss the queen’s life with the author, historian and broadcaster Lucy Worsley

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Sep 27 2018

44mins

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A year in medieval England

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Cambridge historian and BBC Making History presenter Helen Castor interviews medieval historian Dan Jones about his new book, Realm Divided, which explores what it was like to live during the tumultuous year of 1215 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 15 2015

1hr 2mins

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The Russian revolution and myths of ancient Egypt

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Robert Service explores the downfall of tsar Nicholas II while John Romer discusses popular misconceptions about life in ancient Egypt For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 02 2017

47mins

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The amazing history of Egypt

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In a lecture from our 2015 History Weekend event, Professor Joann Fletcher, presenter of the BBC series Immortal Egypt, explores the story of this remarkable civilisation, from the pyramids to Cleopatra For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 07 2016

53mins

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The Rise and Fall of the Boleyns

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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.

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May 09 2019

25mins

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Asians in 1980s Britain

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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


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Dec 05 2019

22mins

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Secrets of the river

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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

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Dec 02 2019

26mins

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The Mountbattens: success and scandal

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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

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Nov 28 2019

41mins

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The teashop empire

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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

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Nov 25 2019

49mins

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Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors

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

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Nov 21 2019

33mins

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Maoism

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 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

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Nov 18 2019

27mins

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A history of the United States

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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

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Nov 14 2019

36mins

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The King: Henry V on film

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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

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Nov 12 2019

35mins

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The Pacific War on screen

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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

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Nov 11 2019

24mins

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The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

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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

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Nov 07 2019

48mins

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Treasures of Tutankhamun

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

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Nov 04 2019

22mins

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The Fortress: An epic battle of World War I

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

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Oct 31 2019

38mins

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The death of Kitchener: a World War One mystery

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

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Oct 28 2019

36mins

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Britain in the early 80s

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

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Oct 24 2019

1hr 8mins

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The House of York

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

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Oct 21 2019

42mins

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Bonus Episode: Sequences with consequences

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

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Oct 19 2019

37mins

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Slave revolt

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Historian James Walvin describes how enslaved people fought for their freedom and ultimately helped to bring down the Atlantic slave empires. Historyextra.com/podcast

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Oct 17 2019

29mins

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Peter Hennessy on Britain in transition

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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

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Oct 14 2019

39mins

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Secret listeners

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

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Oct 10 2019

29mins

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William Dalrymple on the East India Company

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William Dalrymple explains how a single London corporation took over the Mughal empire and became a major imperial power. Historyextra.com/podcast

 

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Oct 07 2019

33mins

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