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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Underland with Robert Macfarlane

10 October 2020

Robert Macfarlane joined me on the podcast to talk about his new book, Underland. We talked about cave communities in Cappadocia, underground...

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00:22:44

Imphal and Kohima

9 October 2020

The Battles of Imphal and Kohima were the decisive clash of the Burma Campaign during World War Two, a crucial turning point in the attempted...

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00:26:22

How and Why History: King David

8 October 2020

One of the Old Testament’s most compelling figures, King David was anointed as king of a united Israel, conquering Jerusalem and bringing the Ark...

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00:37:47

In Conversation with Sir David Attenborough

8 October 2020

Sir David Attenborough is an English veteran broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in...

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00:26:57

Septimius Severus in Scotland

8 October 2020

This week's episode from the History Hit archive features Dan Snow talking to Simon Elliott about Septimius Severus, the first Hammer of the Scots,...

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00:19:28

Ireland's Great Famine: Counterpoint

7 October 2020

Christine Kinealy joined me on this podcast to discuss the British government’s adverse policies during the Great Famine, and the effects these had...

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00:38:44

The Lancaster Bomber: A Veteran’s View

7 October 2020

An Avro Lancaster Bomber was one of the most dangerous places to be during the Second World War. The planes had a 46% combat attrition rate, and yet...

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00:39:13

World War Two Tank Commander with Captain David Render

6 October 2020

Captain David Render was a nineteen-year-old second lieutenant fresh from Sandhurst when he was sent to France to join a veteran armoured unit that...

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00:23:02

A President Incapacitated: Woodrow Wilson's Stroke

6 October 2020

101 years ago this week, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke which left him prone to "disorders of emotion, impaired impulse control,...

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00:12:15

Asylum on Saint Helena

5 October 2020

Annina Van Neel showed me around Saint Helena, a small scrap of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This island is the most significant...

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00:23:08

War with Margaret MacMillan

4 October 2020

Margaret MacMillan joined me on the podcast to discuss the ways in which war has influenced human society. We discussed how, in turn, changes in...

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00:55:18

Nero the Antichrist?

4 October 2020

The Emperor Nero is one of antiquity's most infamous figures, having a particularly hostile relationship with the Christians. But did the early...

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00:19:23

MI9: The Secret Service for Escape and Evasion

3 October 2020

Helen Fry joined me on the podcast to talk about the thrilling history of MI9. The WWII organisation engineered the escape of Allied forces from...

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00:23:12

How Steam Power Remade the World

2 October 2020

John Darwin joined me on the podcast to discuss how steam power reshaped our cities and our seas, and forged a new world order. Subscribe to...

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00:25:37

King David

2 October 2020

One of the Old Testament’s most compelling figures, David was anointed as king of a united Israel, conquering Jerusalem and bringing the Ark of the...

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00:29:32

Nazi Megastructures

2 October 2020

Walking around Second World War fortifications, Patrick Bury is able to draw on his time in the infantry to tell the stories of the battles that...

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00:23:25

The Hunt For The Killers Of Julius Caesar

1 October 2020

Peter Stothard joined me on the podcast to discuss the assassination of Julius Caesar. Many men killed Julius Caesar. Only one man was determined to...

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00:43:33

Agrippa: Rome's Forgotten Hero

1 October 2020

There are few men in Roman history that can claim to have been as influential as Marcus Agrippa. The right-hand man of Octavian / Augustus, his...

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00:27:00

Soviet Women Snipers on the Eastern Front

30 September 2020

In many countries, including Britain, women were banned from taking part in active combat operations during the Second World War. In the Soviet...

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00:35:22

Alfred the Great

30 September 2020

Ever since his reign in the 9th century, Alfred the Great has been celebrated as one of the most accomplished of our kings. A learned and religious...

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00:26:07

History of China with Michael Wood

30 September 2020

Michael Wood joined me on the podcast to talk about his new history of China. He takes a fresh look at Chinese history in the light of the current...

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