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Antony Beevor on the Russian revolution

Bestselling military historian Antony Beevor discusses his new book Russia: Revolution and Civil...

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Eliza Acton: Britain’s first modern cookery writer

Writer Annabel Abbs discusses poet and food writer Eliza Acton, the protagonist of her new...

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The BBC at 100: change & innovation in 60s Britain

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

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WW2’s desert war: everything you wanted to know

Historian Jonathan Fennell answers listener questions on the North African campaign in the Second...

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Christine de Pizan: from medieval writer to feminist icon

Charlotte Cooper-Davis delves into the life and legacy of Christine de Pizan, a late medieval...

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The Black Death | 4. medieval medical thinking

How do you fight a disease, when you don’t know what causes it? In this episode, Ellie...

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A legacy of inequality: the economic impact of empire

Imperialism led to eye-watering profits for the British, and after decolonisation those who had...

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Stasi poets: creative writing & the Cold War

Journalist Philip Oltermann explores the unusual story of the poetry group run by the East German...

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Cathedrals: from bishops' seats to tourist hotspots

Nicholas Orme speaks to Emily Briffett about the long story of English cathedrals, tracing their...

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The Restoration: everything you wanted to know

How did the Restoration of the monarchy come about, after a period of civil war and 11 years of...

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HistoryExtra Plus: get early access to our podcast series

Enjoying our new Black Death series? Listen to the next three episodes right now on our new...

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Eurovision: a political history

From voting scandals and political messaging to drag queens and ABBA, Dr Dean Vuletic speaks to...

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The Black Death | 3. living through the plague

What would it have been like to live through a Black Death outbreak? In this episode, Ellie...

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Free speech: a brief, contentious history

Jacob Mchangama explores the global history of free speech, discussing its ancient origins,...

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Disabled people in Tudor times

Phillipa Vincent-Connolly explores the lives of disabled people in the Tudor era. Speaking to...

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Magellan: daring explorer or doomed failure?

In September 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set off on a fateful voyage to find a...

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War in the air: everything you wanted to know

What are the origins of aircraft being used in war? How common were dogfights? And were early...

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The Dudleys: power behind the Tudor throne

The might of the Tudor dynasty was built on the blood and sweat of three generations of another...

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The Black Death | 2. origins & spread

Over recent years, our understanding of the Black Death has been radically transformed by new...

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Despatches on dictators: US reporters in 1930s Europe

Deborah Cohen discusses a close-knit group of American foreign correspondents who reported on the...

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