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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

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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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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

1042 Ratings
Average Ratings
706
176
66
45
49

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

Rank #1: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 38 mins
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Rank #3: 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.

To read an extract from Milton's book, click here.

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Oct 23 2014
43 mins
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Rank #4: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #5: 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
56 mins
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Rank #6: 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
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #7: Hitler’s war with Anglo-America

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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

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Sep 02 2019
37 mins
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Rank #8: 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
50 mins
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Rank #9: Tudor monarchs and a Medieval civil war

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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 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jun 02 2016
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #10: 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
33 mins
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Rank #11: 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
53 mins
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Rank #12: 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
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #13: 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
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #14: 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
55 mins
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Rank #15: 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
32 mins
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Rank #16: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #17: 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
44 mins
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Rank #18: Chernobyl: the story of a tragedy

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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

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Aug 26 2019
31 mins
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Rank #19: 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
53 mins
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Rank #20: A history of red hair and amazing animals

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Jacky Colliss Harvey charts the fascinating history of red-headedness from ancient times until the present day. Meanwhile, Stephen Moss talks about his new book Natural Histories, which accompanies a recent BBC Radio 4 series, describing extraordinary species that have changed our world For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Dec 10 2015
44 mins
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