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The Mali empire: everything you wanted to know

Who founded the Mali empire? What impact did Islam have on its trajectory? What were its...

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The BBC at 100: political tensions in the 1970s and 80s

In the latest instalment of our monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian...

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The end of Roman Britain | 3. a militarised state?

In the third episode of our podcast series on the end of Roman Britain, David Musgrove looks at...

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Who were the Celts?

Simon Jenkins considers the enigmatic story of the Celts, and asks whether any such people ever...

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Pioneering women pilots: from ballooning spectacles to flying escapades

Sally Smith considers the contributions made and significant firsts achieved by British women in...

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Discovering a lost royal battleship

Claire Jowitt discusses the discovery of a 17th-century shipwreck off the coast of Norfolk ...

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The Edwardians: everything you wanted to know

In our latest everything you wanted to know episode, Dr John Jacob Woolf answers listener...

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Watergate at 50: the making of an American scandal

Half a century on from the Watergate scandal, Clifford Williamson explores its twists and turns,...

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The end of Roman Britain | 2. life in the late imperial age

In the second episode of our podcast series on the end of Roman Britain, David Musgrove...

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African-American philanthropy

In the first episode in our series of conversations with winners of the 2022 Dan David Prize, Dr...

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Reconstructing the body of God

Francesca Stavrakopoulou, author of the Wolfson History Prize shortlisted book God: An Anatomy,...

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Midway: why America won the WW2 naval battle

In June 1942, the US and Japanese navies went head to head over a small atoll in the middle of...

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Crime & punishment in Britain: everything you wanted to know

Who maintained law and order before the police? When did Britain ban capital punishment –...

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Has Britain always looked backwards?

From the “Blitz spirit” invoked in the Covid-19 pandemic, to the 16th-century sense...

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The end of Roman Britain | 1. introduction, and a mystery mosaic

What really happened in Britain as Roman influence waned? Recent research is shaking up our view...

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How the Persians were written out of history

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones tells Spencer Mizen why Eurocentric depictions of the...

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Shady deals & rigged elections: the changing face of corruption

Professor Mark Knights discusses how ideas about corruption were transformed in Britain and its...

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Plastic surgery: transformed by WW1

The First World War unleashed an unprecedented wave of violence, and medicine struggled to keep...

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Britain’s transformation during the Queen’s lifetime

This week sees Queen Elizabeth II make history as the first ever British monarch to celebrate...

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Empire of blood

Professor Caroline Elkins explains how the British empire was sustained by violence for more than...

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