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History Hit podcasts and presenters

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.

‘Dan Snow’s History Hit’ explores the deep history behind today’s headlines – giving you the context to understand what is going on today. Everything has a history, every challenge made easier by understanding its nature, its genesis. In a world of fast opinions, we put historians into the debate, women and men who bring real knowledge built over careers spent researching.

‘The Ancients’, hosted by classicist Tristan Hughes, is dedicated to discussing our distant past. Historians and archaeologists join Tristan to discuss specific themes from antiquity, from Neolithic Britain to the Fall of Rome.

War historian and broadcaster, James Rogers hosts our ‘Warfare’ podcast, which opens up fascinating new perspectives on how conflict has shaped and changed our world. James teams up with fellow historians, veterans, and experts to reveal astonishing new histories of inspirational leadership, breakthrough technologies, and era defining battles.

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb presents ‘Not Just the Tudors’. Together with expert interviewees, she covers the sweeping range of the early modern period: everything from the Aztecs to witches, Velázquez to Shakespeare, Mughal India to the Mayflower.

Our all new podcast Gone Medieval’ is hosted by archaeologist Cat Jarman and historian Matt Lewis, who shine a light on one of the most fascinating yet misunderstood periods of history: the Middle Ages. In each episode, experts lead listeners beneath the skin of captivating stories to uncover new insights.

Click on any of the listings below to listen to our most recent episodes from our network.

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The Bank That Sacked It's Customers

2 June 2021

When we think of investment banking we think of high-risk trades, profit at any cost and big bonuses but there is an institution that sees it...

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00:40:15

Disaster Before D-Day: Exercise Tiger

2 June 2021

The D-Day landings of June 6 1944 were the largest amphibious landing in the history of warfare, and are famed as a major turning point towards...

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00:47:36

Democracy

1 June 2021

In this episode taken from our back catalogue Professor Paul Cartledge the concept which is the foundation stone of our political culture: democracy....

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00:33:59

Slaves, Gold & Ivory: Trade Routes From East Africa

1 June 2021

Long before Atlantic trade routes became established East Africa had strong connections with the wider world, trading across the Indian Ocean and...

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00:37:02

The Dissolution of the Monasteries

31 May 2021

Ordered by King Henry VIII and carried out by Thomas Cromwell, the dissolution of the monasteries was the greatest land re-distribution in England...

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00:30:57

Tulsa Race Massacre

31 May 2021

On May 31 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, was torn apart by one of the worst instances of racialised violence in American history. In a period of great racial...

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00:34:51

1943: The Year the War Was Won?

30 May 2021

There are many theories for when the Second World War was lost by the Axis powers. In this episode, Digital historian Alwyn Collinson shares the...

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00:35:18

Joan of Arc

30 May 2021

On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake at the age of 19. It is safe to say that few teenagers have had as big an impact on Anglo-French...

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00:53:21

The Golden Age of Chariots

30 May 2021

Taxis to the front line or ancient tanks? Through archaeological remains and ancient depictions, we have some idea of what the ancient military...

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00:24:53

Israel and Palestine: An Israeli Perspective with Benny Morris

29 May 2021

The conflict between Israeli's and Palestinians is one that inflames strong emotions and opinions on all sides, but can a solution be found or is it...

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00:43:22

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior

29 May 2021

In many ways, Empress Matilda can be seen as a pawn of the men in her world. Sent away aged eight to match with the Holy Roman Emperor, she...

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00:39:41

The Mystery of the Ninth Legion

28 May 2021

The legions of Rome were the nucleus of Rome’s military might for centuries. From campaigning in northern Scotland to the Persian Gulf, these...

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00:32:38

Planning for Catastrophe

28 May 2021

How is it possible to avoid disasters when they are inherently unpredictable? Niall Ferguson, renowned historian, senior fellow at Stanford...

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00:46:48

The Renaissance Lute

27 May 2021

With its double strings and beautiful decorative detail, the lute is a familiar feature of Renaissance paintings. Infact, in the sixteenth century,...

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00:46:18

Sinking the Bismarck

27 May 2021

In May 1941 Nazi Germany's most powerful warship and pride of the Kriegsmarine the Bismarck slipped out of harbour and made its way to hunt Allied...

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00:52:33

Alexander the Great's First Persian Victory

26 May 2021

If there had been a different outcome to the Battle of Granicus, we might never have heard about Alexander the Great. Taking place in 334 BC, this...

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00:19:26

Mary Anning: Palaeontology's Forgotten Pioneer

26 May 2021

Born in Lyme Regis in 1799, Mary Anning was a pioneering palaeontologist and fossil collector whose story continues to inspire so many scientists to...

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00:34:02

The Vietnam War

26 May 2021

With battlefield humiliation for France in 1954, and then defeat and public criticism for the United States in 1975, the Vietnam War became the...

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00:46:32

Hunting the Bismarck

25 May 2021

In May 1941, the Royal Navy pursued Nazi Germany's largest battleship, the Bismarck, in the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare....

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00:31:09

Mysteries of Cerne Abbas Giant

25 May 2021

It's not often a discovery shocks archeologists, but the revelation that the Cerne Abbas Giant could've been created in the late Saxon period has...

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00:46:10

Origins of the English in India

24 May 2021

In the late 16th century, a group of London merchants petitioned Queen Elizabeth I to allow them to build English trade in Asia. She granted a...

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