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60 min

Battlezone: World War Two

A series of archive films documenting stories from the many combat theatres of World War Two. From Stalingrad to New Britain.

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50 min

Journeys to the Ends of the Earth

David Adams takes us on a journey across many different lands. From the harsh landscapes of Afghanistan, to the City of Gold in Peru to ...

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31 min

Science in the Middle Ages

Seb Falk, a historian of science at Cambridge University and the author of The Light Ages, tackles the big questions about science in the Middle ...

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26 min


Dan Snow visits one of the most recognisable historical sites on Earth. Stonehenge. Timed with the recent solving of the Sarsen stones origin mystery, this ...

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23 min

The Rollright Stones: Mind, Myre and Magic

Alice Loxton traces six thousand years of human history, unveiling villagers who were transfixed by superstition and legend, the struggles of antiquarians who accredited the ...

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31 min

Africa: Written out of History

Historian Luke Pepara looks at how and why the history of Africa was written out of world history. He also explores how and why, as ...

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27 min

The Last Ring Home

In this heartfelt documentary, his son and grandson recount the story of Lieutenant Dial's life and military service, and reveal the impact his story and ...

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26 min

HMS Warrior

In the late 1850s, Britain and France were involved in an arms race. Both sides were embracing new technologies like armour plating to try and ...

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36 min

The Kingdom of Benin

Luke Pepera, a British-Ghanaian writer, historian, archaeologist and anthropologist tackles the big questions about the Kingdom of Benin, a powerful domain that flourished between the 13...

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39 min

The East India Company

Mark Williams, senior lecturer in Early Modern history at Cardiff University, tackles the big questions about the East India Company.

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Chinese Philosophy

14th August, 2020

Michael Puett is Professor of Chinese History at Harvard and has lectured widely at the world's leading universities. His course in Chinese philosophy is among ...

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The Korean War: An American Perspective

13th August, 2020

I was thrilled to be joined by H. W. Brands. He's authored 30 books on American history and his works have twice been selected as finalists ...

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12th August, 2020

Dan finds out what's going on with recent excavations at Vindolanda, one of the largest Roman forts near Hadrian's Wall. All manner of discoveries have ...

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How and Why History: Europe's Witch Craze

11th August, 2020

In 1597, King James VI of Scotland published a compendium on witchcraft called Daemonologie that laid down the kind of trial and ...

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History's Documents

10th August, 2020

In this pod I was joined by two people who have played quite an important part in my life: my mum and dad (known to ...

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9th August, 2020

The second atomic strike on the city of Nagasaki is less well known than the one a few days earlier on Hiroshima, but was it ...

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Refugees, Sexual Violence and the Fall of the Third Reich

8th August, 2020

In this episode, Dan speaks to award-winning political correspondent and commentator, Svenja O'Donnell, about her remarkable grandmother's personal story of migration, sexual violence and murder ...

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Pertinax. Son of a Slave to Emperor of Rome.

7th August, 2020

The son of a former slave, Pertinax was the Roman Emperor who proved that no matter how lowly your birth, you could rise to the ...

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How and Why History: America, Japan and the Atomic Bomb

6th August, 2020

On 6 August 1945, an American B29 bomber dropped the world's first deployed atomic bomb over Hiroshima. Three days later, Nagasaki was at the receiving end of ...

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Rum, Sodomy and the Lash?

5th August, 2020

The common sailor was a crucial engine of British prosperity and expansion up until the Industrial Revolution. From exploring the South Seas with Cook to ...

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The Road to 1914: Myths of Nationalism

4th August, 2020

This week in 1914 saw the outbreak of the First World War. In this special episode from the archive, Margaret MacMillan talks to her nephew Dan ...

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Gallipoli: the Endgame

3rd August, 2020

In December 1915, some 135,000 allied troops, nearly 400 guns and 15,000 horses were collectively trapped in the bridgeheads at Anzac, Suvla and Helles. It was clear that the ...

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