History Extra podcast

History Extra podcast

Por BBC
En BBC World Service

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, on historical fiction

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Marguerite Kaye join us to discuss their new historical...

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Oliver Cromwell’s remarkable rise to power

Historian Ronald Hutton discusses Oliver Cromwell’s early life and career, exploring the...

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Modern Welsh history: everything you wanted to know

Martin Johnes tackles listener questions about the history of modern Wales, from the Industrial...

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George II: reassessing a much-forgotten monarch

Norman Davies introduces a long-maligned and overlooked monarch, George II, King of Great Britain...

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A hard-fought history of trespass

Nick Hayes discusses the contested history of land ownership in England, from William the...

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Antwerp: city of innovation & intrigue

In the 16th century, Antwerp was a global centre of trade, talked about around the world. Michael...

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How the 1964 Tokyo Olympics redefined Japan

With the Olympics underway in Tokyo, Chris Harding looks back at 1964 – the last time...

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Australian bushrangers: folk heroes or common criminals?

Meg Foster discusses the bandits that lived outside the law in Australia’s bush –...

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Olympic history: everything you wanted to know

As the world’s best athletes congregate in Tokyo for the 29th Summer Games, David Goldblatt...

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Why were the Georgians fixated with fatness?

Dr Freya Gowrley reveals how Georgian satirists used images of fatness to comment on the...

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How assassinations have changed history

Michael Burleigh discusses his book Day of the Assassins: A History of Political Murder,...

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The slave trade: a family history

Alex Renton discusses his new book, Blood Legacy, which offers an unflinching account of his...

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The piano: a musical history

For more than 300 years, the piano has captivated audiences, while composers have pushed the...

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Should they stand or fall? The great statue debate

As statues of controversial historical figures continue to hit the headlines, Alex von Tunzelmann...

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The church in medieval England: everything you wanted to know

Did medieval people have sex in churches? What was a boy bishop? And why did women have to sit in...

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Madness & misery in Antarctica

In 1897 the Belgian Antarctic Expedition set sail in search of the south magnetic pole, but their...

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The battle over the Benin Bronzes

Looted from Benin City in 1897, the Benin Bronzes are one of the most impressive collections of...

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Britain & France: enemies or economic partners?

From the Falklands to North America, British and French soldiers spent much of the 18th century...

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Watergate in 100 days: how President Nixon fell

Author and former Washington Post journalist Michael Dobbs talks about his new...

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Contraception, consent & erotic connection: sex through history

Fern Riddell, author of Sex: Lessons from History, discusses what we can learn from...

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