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25 min

West Africa Before the Europeans

Toby Green reveals what we know about West African history before the arrival of the Europeans and how integrated the region was into the global ...

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21 min

Mudlarking

Today the River Thames' mud banks have become London's greatest source for archaeology. Dan joins author and mudlark expert Lara Maiklem for a spot of ...

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33 min

Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness

On 13 February 1945 Dresden, known as the ‘jewel box’ because of its stunning architecture, was obliterated by British and American bombers. Was it a war crime? ...

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59 min

The British Republic

The Commonwealth of England between 1649 and 1660 is one of the least talked about, yet most defining, periods in British history. Paul Lay comes on the ...

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17 min

Arnhem: Battle for the Bridges

Dan Snow visits Arnhem and the scenes of the vicious fighting that occurred in September 1944. Featuring contributions from veterans of the conflict and interviews with ...

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30 min

Confronting a Nazi Past

Author and writer Derek Niemann discovered only a few years ago that the grandfather he never knew had been an SS officer, in charge of ...

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23 min

Secrets of the Churchill War Rooms

Dan Snow pays a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, walking in the footsteps of the great man and his many colleagues during the Second ...

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21 min

The Anglo-Zulu War

Saul David - historian, broadcaster and author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction - comes on the show to discuss the most brutal ...

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21 min

The Real Peaky Blinders

Dan headed up to Birmingham to meet bestselling author and celebrity local historian Carl Chinn to learn the true history behind 19th century Birmingham's most ...

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33 min

The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz

Historian Jack Fairweather tells the story of Witold Pilecki the Polish resistance agent who volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz concentration camp.

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The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz

17th February, 2020

This is the most remarkable father and son story I have ever come across. We are still marking the 80th anniversary of the liberation of ...

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00:26:27

West Africa before the Europeans

16th February, 2020

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 ...

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00:22:15

Suicide at the Fall of Nazi Germany

13th February, 2020

There is almost no end to the dark secrets that emerge from the smashed ruins of 1945 Europe. Dr Florian Huber has spent years researching the ...

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00:21:33

The Adventuress

12th February, 2020

In the 1930s Lady Lucy Houston was one of the richest women in England and a household name, notorious for her virulent criticisms of the ...

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00:22:33

A Very Stable Genius

10th February, 2020

Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig are both Pulitzer Prize winning journalists at the Washington Post. They've written a new book with yet more revelations from ...

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00:35:54

Dresden. 75 years on.

9th February, 2020

75 years ago this week Dresden, in Saxony, known as the ‘jewel box’ because of its stunning architecture was obliterated by British and American bombers. ...

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01:01:01

The British Republic

6th February, 2020

Paul Lay, editor of History Today, has written a great book about the rise and fall of Oliver Cromwell's Protectorate (1653–1659), England's sole experiment in republican ...

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00:29:30

Flu pandemics. Then and Now.

5th February, 2020

'We are very very vulnerable' says the brilliant science author and journalist Laura Spinney. Her fantastic book 'Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How ...

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00:32:45

Confronting a Nazi past

4th February, 2020

Derek Niemman and Noemie Lopian work together. Two people from very different backgrounds, they tour the world telling people about their family stories. Author and ...

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00:24:19

Night of the Bayonets

29th January, 2020

75 years ago this spring a fascinating but forgotten battle was fought in the dying days of the Second World War. A group of Georgians rose ...

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01:17:39

Max Eisen: Surviving Auschwitz

27th January, 2020

Max Eisen was only 15 when he and his family were taken from their Hungarian home to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp during the Second World ...

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00:27:53

UnRoman Britain

26th January, 2020

How far did Roman culture and politics penetrate into Britain during the Roman occupation of Britannia? Miles Russell, archaeologist and writer, argues that Britain wasn't ...

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