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History Extra podcast

The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

41mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #1

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

35mins

16 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Daily life in ancient Egypt: everything you wanted to know

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley responds to listener questions about daily life in ancient Egypt, from governance, pharaohs and the Egyptian mindset, to makeup, dental care and the popularity of cat mummies. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr

7 Feb 2021

Rank #3

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 2)

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 1 of this interview aired last Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr

2 Aug 2020

Rank #4

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The Patient Assassin: A True Tale of Massacre, Revenge and the Raj

In a talk she delivered at our 2019 BBC History Magazine History Weekend in Winchester, author and BBC broadcaster Anita Anand tells the dramatic story of one man’s decades-long quest for revenge following the 1919 Amritsar massacre. Historyextra.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

53mins

5 Sep 2020

Rank #5

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

24mins

25 May 2020

Rank #6

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Stonehenge: History’s Greatest Mysteries

All this week we are counting down the top five of our History’s Greatest Mysteries poll. In second place is Stonehenge, and in today’s episode archaeologist Mike Pitts considers how and why the monument was created, more than 4,000 years ago. Historyextra.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

28mins

30 Jul 2020

Rank #7

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

46mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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When British pop invaded America

David Hepworth tells the story of the British rock bands – from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin – who took the United States by storm in the 1960s Author and broadcaster David Hepworth tells us about his latest book, Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There, which documents how a wave of skinny, pale, long-haired musicians from Blighty became the toast of 1960s America, heralding in a cultural revolution. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

39mins

13 Jan 2021

Rank #9

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

39mins

17 May 2020

Rank #10

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Nazi Germany, but were afraid to ask

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Richard J Evans responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Third Reich. Historyextra.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

57mins

7 Jun 2020

Rank #11

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The Russian revolution: everything you wanted to know

Robert Service responds to listener questions and popular search enquiries about the Russian revolutions of 1917, which saw the beginnings of the Communist era. In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Robert Service responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the Russian revolutions of 1917, which saw Tsar Nicholas II deposed and the beginnings of the Communist era. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 19mins

8 Nov 2020

Rank #12

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The Persian empire: everything you wanted to know

In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, an expert in ancient history, responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries on the Persian empire. Once the largest empire the world had ever seen, Persia was one of the dominant powers of the ancient world. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 9mins

24 Jan 2021

Rank #13

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

36mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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The Renaissance: everything you wanted to know

Jerry Brotton, professor of Renaissance studies at Queen Mary University of London, responds to listener questions and popular internet search queries about the Renaissance. He tackles everyday life in the era and explains why it saw such an explosion of ground-breaking art and culture. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

45mins

10 Jan 2021

Rank #15

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

27mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Isabel Wilkerson on caste in America

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson discusses her new book, Caste: The Lies That Divide Us, which argues that the divisions in American society are best understood if it is viewed as a caste system, and draws on comparisons with India and Nazi Germany. Historyextra.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

39mins

7 Sep 2020

Rank #17

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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 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

33mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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Hunting down the Portland Spy Ring

Writer and espionage historian Trevor Barnes discusses his book Dead Doubles, which details the thrilling 1960s MI5 investigation into the infamous Portland Spy Ring, one of the most dangerous KGB espionage networks ever to operate in the UK. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

58mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #19

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Everything you ever wanted to know about Ancient Greece, but were afraid to ask (part 1)

In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, ancient historian Paul Cartledge responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about one of the most renowned and influential ancient civilisations. Part 2 of this interview will follow next Sunday. Historyextra.com/podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

1hr 9mins

26 Jul 2020

Rank #20