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Measurement: an unexpected history

From weight and distance, to calorie-counting and calculating the depths of space, throughout...

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15 minutes of fame: Alice Kinloch, Pan-African activist

It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15...

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First World War poets: everything you wanted to know

How much has our view of the First World War – one of mud, trenches and futility –...

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Stalingrad: a soldier’s testimony

Author Iain MacGregor reveals how the unpublished memoirs of a German officer shed fascinating...

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Medieval monks: a day in the life

Danièle Cybulskie charts a day in the life of a medieval monk, from morning rituals and mealtime...

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Gone with the Wind: how a 1936 novel explains modern America

Professor Sarah Churchwell discusses her new book The Wrath to Come, which re-examines the...

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Treason: from Anne Boleyn to Lord Haw Haw

Professor Mark Cornwell charts the history of treason in Britain. He tells Kev Lochun how a...

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15 minutes of fame: St Wilfrid, quarrelsome church reformer

It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15...

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Gold rushes: everything you wanted to know

Stephen Tuffnell answers listener questions on the series of gold rushes that captivated the...

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Reconstructing black lives in the Antebellum South

As part of our series of conversations with winners of the 2022 Dan David Prize, Dr Kimberly...

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The end of Roman Britain | 8. ends and beginnings

In the final episode of the series, David Musgrove wraps up what we’ve learnt from our...

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Hannibal: Rome’s greatest nightmare

Philip Freeman shares the story of how the brilliant Carthaginian general Hannibal led his...

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Stalin’s library: inside the mind of a dictator

Historian Geoffrey Roberts explores the life and career of Josef Stalin through his vast book...

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15 minutes of fame: Queen Tiye, overshadowed ancient Egyptian royal

It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15...

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The partition of India: everything you wanted to know

For the latest in our everything you want to know series, historian Dr Anwesha Roy revisits the...

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The BBC at 100: scandals break

In the penultimate episode of our series marking the centenary of the BBC, David Hendy looks back...

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The end of Roman Britain | 7. bones, diet and migrants

In this episode, we talk to Dr Sam Leggett, an expert in archaeological bone analysis, about the...

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The first Vietnam War

Historian Christopher Goscha explores the decade-long conflict between the French empire and Ho...

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Powerful pages: the beguiling history of books

For centuries, humanity has had a love affair with books. But these volumes are far more than...

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15 minutes of fame: Marie Tharp, ground-breaking cartographer

It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15...

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