The History Hit Network gives you access to a growing range of podcasts presented by and featuring historians at the forefront of research and debate.

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World Wars: The Siege of Leningrad

19 September 2020

In 1941, Nazi Germany turned on its former ally, the Soviet Union. One of the strategic objectives of this operation, Barbarossa, was to conquer...

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00:22:38

Battle of Britain: What were the Germans thinking?

19 September 2020

Victoria Taylor is an aviation historian who is just completing her PhD in the Luftwaffe and its politicisation under the Nazis. She talked to me...

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00:22:39

The Budapest Ghetto

19 September 2020

Born in Budapest in July 1944, Agnes Grunwald-Spier resided in the Ghetto with her mother from November 1944 to January 1945. Having gained degrees...

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00:29:07

The United Nations at 75

18 September 2020

In the aftermath of the Second World War, 850 delegates from 50 nations gathered in San Fransisco, determined to establish an organization which...

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00:21:49

The History of Unbelief

18 September 2020

Dan delves into the history of unbelief - or rather, past people who didn't believe in God(s). He talks to Professor Tim Whitmarsh about Greek...

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00:27:22

What Really Happened on D-Day?

18 September 2020

Giles Milton has been researching D-Day from a new perspective - that of the youngsters who were involved in the first wave of the offensive. For...

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00:29:01

Arnhem, Satire, Bartending and Drums

17 September 2020

Comedian, historian, broadcaster Al Murray joins me on the podcast to discuss Arnhem. The British-Polish allied defeat at Arnhem took place in autumn...

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00:53:53

Jason and the Argonauts

17 September 2020

This week's episode from the History Hit archive features the brilliant Tom Holland telling the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, an epic story of...

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00:29:39

Nazi Collaborator or Victim: Finding Klara

16 September 2020

In the aftermath of World War Two, Clara – once a Nazi icon and heiress to the Falkenberg Iron Works – finds herself on the run, accused of...

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00:30:14

Historical Fiction: Nazi Collaborator or Victim? - Finding Klara

16 September 2020

In the aftermath of World War Two, Clara – once a Nazi icon and heiress to the Falkenberg Iron Works – finds herself on the run, accused of...

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00:30:06

How and Why History: The United Nations at 75

16 September 2020

In the aftermath of the Second World War, 850 delegates from 50 nations gathered in San Fransisco, determined to establish an organisation which...

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00:22:52

The Battle of Britain

15 September 2020

In a moment of great danger to national survival, the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom against large scale attacks by the...

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01:53:18

The Battle of Britain: A Veteran's View

15 September 2020

In this episode, Dan speaks to the late Wing Commander Thomas Neil, who fought in the Battle of Britain. Thomas joined the RAF Volunteer...

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00:42:20

Battle of Britain: Why the RAF Won

15 September 2020

80 years ago, in 15 September 1940, the Luftwaffe made a gigantic aerial assault on London in the belief that the Royal Air Force was down to its...

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00:30:55

Philopoemen: The Last Greek

14 September 2020

In 209 BC, as the most powerful empires in the world brawled over the spoils of a fading Greece, Philopoemen had a vision to stop the anarchy and...

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00:32:30

Mayflower 400

14 September 2020

I am joined on the podcast by a series of historians, writers and storytellers, to talk about the 400th anniversary of the journey of the Mayflower....

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00:34:51

The Ancients: Alexander the Great Through Persian Eyes

13 September 2020

Conqueror. Destroyer. Convert. Legendary king. It's fair to say that Alexander the Great's relationship with ancient Persia was complicated. Despite...

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00:05:31

The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

13 September 2020

In this short episode, Dan visits Sarajevo on the trail of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, his wife and his assassin, Gavrilo Princip. It was their fatal...

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00:33:31

A Medieval Education

13 September 2020

Eleanor Janega joined me on the pod to discuss the educational institutions of the medieval period. We talk about student riots in Paris, the role of...

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00:34:15

Alexander the Great: Through Persian Eyes

13 September 2020

Conqueror. Destroyer. Convert. Legendary king. It's fair to say that Alexander the Great's relationship with ancient Persia was complicated. Despite...

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00:22:22

World Wars: Stalin's Danish Mystery

12 September 2020

In the spring of 1945, the Allies liberated territory from German occupation. Whilst the British emancipated most of Denmark, Stalin’s Soviet...

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