History Extra podcast

History Extra podcast

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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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The Highland Clearances: everything you wanted to know

Who was to blame for the Highland Clearances? Why did they happen? And what became of those who...

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Running to escape the horrors of war

Jonathan Westaway explores why there was a boom in the popularity of endurance running following...

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The glamour & danger of Cairo’s 1920s nightlife scene

During its heyday in the roaring 20s, Cairo’s nightlife district was the place to go for a...

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The Viking Great Army: the latest discoveries

Julian Richards discusses the Viking Great Army, which wreaked havoc on the kingdoms of...

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Glee-man, high-deedy & bendsome: a language to save England

Poverty and riots racked 19th-century rural England, but one eccentric Victorian cleric was...

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