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This is a combined feed which includes shows from across the History Hit Network. Including: Dan Snow's History Hit Histories of the Unexpected, Art Detective, Chalke Valley History Hit. More shows coming soon. Follow us on Twitter/Facebook: @HistoryHit 

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ENDURANCE22: A Story of Antarctic Survival Part 2

In late 1914, the charismatic and brilliant explorer Ernest Shackleton led 27 men on a voyage to cross the Antarctic to reach the South Pole. But what should have been a successful expedition turned into a two-year nightmare of hardship and catastrophe when their vessel the Endurance was crushed in the Weddell Sea pack-ice and sunk. Stranded with no ship, no contact with the outside world and limited supplies, it would be up to the men to find their own way back to civilisation. This is the second episode of a special mini-series that dramatically retells the extraordinary story of the 1915 Endurance Expedition. Subscribe to Dan Snow's History Hit to get every episode of our Endurance22 season and follow Dan as he searches for the lost Endurance shipwreck in real-time. Presented by Dan Snow, written and produced by Mariana Des Forges. Shackleton's diary is read by Dan Aspel and produced by Thomas Ntinas. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28m
Feb 08
Endurance22: A Story of Antarctic Survival Part 1

In late 1914, the charismatic and brilliant explorer Ernest Shackleton led 27 men on a voyage to cross the Antarctic to reach the South Pole. But what should have been a successful expedition turned into a two-year nightmare of hardship and catastrophe when their vessel the Endurance was crushed in the Weddell Sea pack-ice and sunk. Stranded with no ship, no contact with the outside world and limited supplies, it would be up to the men to find their own way back to civilisation. This is the first part of a special mini-series that dramatically retells the extraordinary story of the 1915 Endurance Expedition. Be sure to subscribe to get each part in your feed over the next few days. Presented by Dan Snow, written and produced by Mariana Des Forges. Shackleton's diary is read by Dan Aspel and produced by Thomas Ntinas. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28m
Feb 07
Alexander's Successors at War: The Spartan Adventurer

Tristan of THE ANCIENTS https://podfollow.com/the-ancients/view podcasts has published his first book,. Focussing in on 323 – 320 BC, the book tells the story of the tumultuous events that seized Alexander the Great’s empire immediately after this titanic figure breathed his last in June 323 BC. Today, we’re giving you a taster of what you can expect. Sit back and relax as Tristan reads out an abridged chapter from the book (including a swift introduction). He tells the story of a Spartan mercenary captain called Thibron, who set forth from Crete with c.6,000 battle-hardened mercenaries intend on forging his own Greco-Libyan empire in North Africa. Filled with several twists and turns the story is a symbol for the many fascinating events, and the larger than life cast, that dominates the immediate aftermath of Alexander’s death. Order Tristan’s book today HERE https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/The-Perdiccas-Years-323320-BC-Hardback/p/20188. Order from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perdiccas-Years-323-Alexanders-Successors/dp/1526775115/ref=zg_bsnr_271237_68/260-7675295-7826601?pd_rd_i=1526775115&psc=1. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58m
Feb 06
ENDURANCE22: Dan Sets Sail for Antarctica!

The expedition has begun and Dan is here to answer your questions about all things Endurance22, the expedition to find Shackleton’s lost shipwreck! For the first time, Dan is the subject of his own podcast as he’s interviewed by History Hit’s producer Mariana Des Forges about all things Endurance. They talk about how he’s feeling about the perilous journey across the southern ocean, what listeners can expect over the coming weeks and he answers your questions.  He also speaks to Mensun Bound of the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust who is the lead marine archaeologist on the expedition about his greatest discoveries and what they’re expecting to find when they make it to Antarctica. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41m
Feb 04
Russia's Threat to Invade Ukraine

Amid Moscow’s increasing build-up of troops along the Ukrainian border and the preparation of infrastructure for a possible invasion, tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to mount. Dating back centuries, the history of the relationship between the two countries is one of complexity - but one that is important to understand to make sense of the current crisis. A. D. Miller is a former Moscow correspondent for the Economist, and the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of ‘Independence Square,’ a novel set in Kyiv during the Orange Revolution. In a conversation about the historical dispute behind Russia’s current threat to invade Ukraine, A. D. Miller and Dan discuss the key events in the twentieth century, including the turning point - the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the relevance of NATO. They also detail the consequences of the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the most recent of tensions. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34m
Feb 03
The Troubles: How It Started

With Kenneth Branagh film, Belfast, hitting cinemas - we run down the historical background of the early years of the decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland. Dan is joined by Tim McInerney, co-host of The Irish Passport podcast, for this deep dive into the pivotal events of 1969 to the early 1970s. This episode will establish the century-long roots of sectarian tensions, paint a picture of the political atmosphere in Northern Ireland as the decade came to a close, and track the series of escalating conflicts that climaxed in the deployment of British Troops. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32m
Feb 02
The Forgotten Einstein

John von Neumann is one of the most influential scientists to have ever lived, a man who was in his day as well-known as Einstein and considered smarter. Von Neumann was instrumental in the Manhattan Project and helped formulate the bedrock of Cold War geopolitics and modern economic theory. He created the first-ever programmable digital computer, prophesied the potential of nanotechnology and, from his deathbed, expounded on the limits of brains and computers - and how they might be overcome. Ananyo Bhattacharya, science writer and former medical researcher, joins Dan on the podcast. They discuss the story of the 20th century’s foremost forgotten intellectual - who von Neumann was and his remarkable contributions to mathematics that continue to impact our lives today. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32m
Feb 01
Introducing: On Jimmy's Farm

Join celebrity farmer, ecologist and conservationist, Jimmy Doherty, on his farm as he talks to eco-experts and well-known faces about trying to live a greener life. From bug burgers and sustainable football clubs, to viagra honey and foraging fungi, Jimmy’s new weekly podcast will cover all things ecology. Hear Jimmy chat to guests like his old friend Jamie Oliver, ecopreneur Eshita Kabra-Davies, the Eden Project's Sir Tim Smit, BOSH!, Dale Vince, Bez from the Happy Mondays... and many more. A new episode will drop every Thursday. Subscribe to On Jimmy's Farm from History Hit - https://podfollow.com/1606172296   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

2m
Jan 31
The Execution of Charles I

On the 30th January, 372 years ago, Charles I, king of Great Britain and Ireland, stepped out of the Banqueting House in Whitehall, to be beheaded in front of a huge London crowd. It was a deeply shocking moment not just in the lives of those people who witnessed it, but also in the longer span of British history. But the regicide didn’t just happen out of the blue, it was part of a truly revolutionary period - one that experienced civil war, regime change, religious upheaval and, for the only time in British history, a period of republican government. Rebecca Warren, an early modern historian who specialises in the history of the church during the British civil wars and interregnum between 1640-1660, joins Dan on the podcast. They discuss the reason king and parliament went to war, the Battle of Preston in August 1648 as a turning point, the day-by-day details of the trial, and how the image of Charles as a martyr became immediately fostered as a result. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

42m
Jan 31
After Nuremberg

The 1950s in West Germany saw a sharp decline in Nazi war crimes investigations and trials. Instead, there were campaigns for amnesties and reductions of earlier sentences, many led by former high-level Nazis and supported tacitly by conservative politicians. Prosecutions lacked any serious or systematic effort, and in both German states, the emphasis was more on integration and rehabilitation, with the aim of stabilising their war-torn societies, rather than the rigorous investigation of Nazi crimes. This began to change in West Germany following scandals about former Nazis in prominent positions. As the 50s wore on, several new trials spotlighted the horrors and scale of Nazi atrocities. Rainer Schulze, Professor of Modern European History at University of Essex and Editor of The Holocaust in History and Memory, joins Dan on the podcast for a conversation about the prosecution of Nazi war criminals in post-war Germany. They discuss the turning point of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, how the 1963-1965 Auschwitz Trials in Frankfurt brought the Holocaust back into broad public consciousness and the legacy of Nuremberg in the present day with the case of the 100-year-old man who stood trial in Germany in 2021, charged with assisting in the of the murder of 3,518 people as a former SS guard at Sachsenhausen concentration camp. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

38m
Jan 30
Nuremberg: The Trial of Major War Criminals

Carried out in Nuremberg, Germany, between 1945 and 1949, the Nuremberg trials were held for the purpose of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice. The most widely-known of those trials was the Trial of Major War Criminals, held from November 20, 1945, to October 1, 1946. Judges from the Allied powers of Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States, presided over the hearing of 22 defendants, who included Nazi Party officials and high-ranking military officers along with German industrialists, lawyers and doctors, were indicted on such charges as crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. Sir John Tusa, broadcaster and writer, joins Dan on the podcast. They discuss what led to the Nuremberg trials, the intricate details of the Trial of Major War Criminals, outcomes for subsequently convicted war criminals such as Hermann Göring, and the lasting impact of these trials. This episode is dedicated to the late Ann Tusa, who co-authored with husband John, 'The Nuremberg Trial'. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23m
Jan 28
The Boy Who Survived Auschwitz

Thomas Geve was just 15 years old when he was liberated from Buchenwald concentration camp on 11 April 1945. It was the third concentration camp he had survived. During the 22 months he was imprisoned, he was forced to observe first-hand the inhumane world of Nazi concentration camps. On his eventual release, Thomas felt compelled to capture daily life in the death camps in more than eighty profoundly moving drawings. He detailed this dark period of history with remarkable accuracy. Despite the unspeakable events he experienced, Thomas decided to become an active witness and tell the truth about life in the camps. He has spoken to audiences from around the world and joins Dan on the podcast for Holocaust Memorial Day. They discuss Thomas’ rare living testimony, how as a child he had the unique ability to document the details around him, and his book ‘The Boy Who Drew Auschwitz: A Powerful True Story of Hope and Survival’. Thomas’ daughter Yifat, also kindly shares with Dan the lasting impact of her father’s experiences. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Jan 27
Endurance22: The Search for Shackleton's Shipwreck - New Season Coming to Dan Snow's History Hit!!

Have you heard? History Hit is going to the Antarctic! Dan is joining an incredible expedition to locate the missing shipwreck of Ernest Shackleton’s vessel that was crushed by the ice and sank during his 1914 attempt to cross Antarctica. If they find the Endurance, it'll be the greatest underwater discovery since the Titanic. Over the coming weeks, we'll be releasing an exclusive series into your regular podcast feed that tells the incredible tale of the Endurance expedition- how Shackleton and his men survived months stranded on the ice with no contact with the outside world and how they made their daring escape. It will follow Dan in real time as he and the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust set up an ice camp of their own down in the Weddell Sea and search for the lost Endurance. With podcasts recorded in the Antarctic, listeners will be the first to hear about the breakthroughs and challenges of navigating an Antarctic expedition as told through interviews with his crew-mates, reporting from the ice and personal diary entries from Dan.  Coverage starts on 7th of February 2022- look out for Endurance22 podcasts coming soon! If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1m
Jan 26
Munich - The Edge of War: Reappraising Chamberlain

Join James from the WARFARE PODCAST https://podfollow.com/the-world-wars/view, as he chats to the writer and cast of the new film 'Munich - the Edge of War'. Set in 1938, the movie follows Chamberlain's attempts to appease Hitler, desperate to avoid another Great War. Joining James is author Robert Harris, along with lead actors George Mackay and Jannis Niewöhner. Together they discuss the historical significance of Chamberlain and Hitler's relationship, Munich's role in contemporary politics, and the pressures of having to learn German in a week. Munich – The Edge of War is in select cinemas now and on Netflix from January 21st. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34m
Jan 26
The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age was a time in American history when the economy grew at its fastest rate in history. This had wide-reaching cultural and social effects, including a broadening tier of self-made millionaires, the rapid growth of the working class and a burgeoning black middle class. It is against this backdrop of rapid change that Julian Fellows, creator of Downton Abbey, sets his new drama. We sat down with the show's historical advisor, Dr Erica Dunbar to help us understand the opportunities, challenges and tensions of this time. ​​The Gilded Age is available in the UK on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW from 25 January. For US audiences, it is available on HBO from the same date. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Jan 25
Champagne Riots

Rebecca Gibb is a Master of Wine. A ninja who can sniff out a Merlot from a Margaux at 50 paces. In this archive episode, she talks to Dan about the riots that tore through the region of Champagne just before the First World War as the small wine growers rose up against the power of the big Champagne brands. This story has it all: invasive species, globalisation, climate crisis, superbrands, booze and artisanal production. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

22m
Jan 24
1942: Churchill's Real Darkest Hour

Most people think that Britain's worst moment of the war was in 1940 when the nation stood up against the threat of German invasion. Yet, eighty years ago, Britain stood at the brink of defeat. In 1942, a string of military disasters engulfed Britain in rapid succession, including the collapse in Malaya; the biggest surrender in British history at Singapore and the passing of three large German warships through the Straits of Dover in broad daylight. Taylor Downing, historian, writer and broadcaster, joins Dan on the podcast to draw the startling parallels between events in 1942 and today. They discuss just how unpopular Churchill became in 1942 against the backdrop of a new low of public morale, the two votes attacking his leadership in the Commons and the emergence of a serious political rival. As people began to claim that Churchill was not up to the job and that his leadership was failing badly, it was 1942 that was in fact Britain’s real darkest hour. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30m
Jan 23
Roe v. Wade: America's Landmark Ruling

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law banning abortion, effectively legalising the procedure nationwide. The court held that a woman’s right to an abortion was implicit in the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Roe v. Wade, involved the case of Norma McCorvey “Jane Roe”, who in 1969, wanted an abortion but lived in Texas, where abortion was illegal except when necessary to save the mother's life. Her attorneys, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, filed a lawsuit on her behalf in U.S. federal court against her local district attorney, Henry Wade, alleging that Texas's abortion laws were unconstitutional. Linda Greenhouse has reported on and written about the Supreme Court for The New York Times for more than four decades, earning numerous accolades, including a Pulitzer Prize. Currently, Linda writes an opinion column on the court and teaches at Yale Law School - today, she joins Dan on the podcast. They discuss the legality of abortion prior to the 19th century, the details of the court ruling, and the legacy and current challenges to Roe v. Wade, which continues to divide Americans today. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33m
Jan 21
Who Was Joan of Arc?

Joan of Arc is a name that’s instantly recognisable to most. A controversial figure in her own day, she has remained so ever since, often being adopted as a talisman of French nationalism. But how much do we really know—or understand—about the young woman who ignited France’s fightback against England during the Hundred Years’ War, but who paid the ultimate price at the age of just 19? To get to the heart of the real ‘Maid of Orléans’, Matt Lewis from the GONE MEDIEVAL https://podfollow.com/gone-medieval/view podcast is joined in this episode by Dr Hannah Skoda, a Fellow and Tutor in Medieval History at the University of Oxford. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49m
Jan 20
The Child Soldiers of WWI

After the outbreak of the First World War, boys as young as twelve were caught up in a national wave of patriotism and, in huge numbers, volunteered to serve. The press, recruiting offices and the Government all contributed to the enlistment of hundreds of thousands of underage soldiers in both Britain and the Empire. Having falsified their ages upon joining up, many broke down under the strain and were returned home, while others fought on and were even awarded medals for gallantry. Richard van Emden, who has interviewed over 270 veterans of the Great War and has written twelve books on the subject, joins Dan on the podcast. They discuss the unknown stories of boys who served in the bloodiest battles of the war, fighting at Ypres, the Somme and on Gallipoli. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25m
Jan 19
28 Years on Death Row

Anthony Ray Hinton is an Alabama was held on death row after being wrongly convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers, John Davidson and Thomas Wayne Vasona, in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25 and July 2, 1985. In 2014 he was released after winning a new trial which demonstrated that the forensic evidence used against him during his original conviction was totally flawed. Since his exoneration and release Anthony has become an activist, writer, and author. In this episode, Anthony takes Dan around the streets of Birmingham, Alabama and they explore some of the most iconic locations of the civil rights movement. They also discuss his experiences as a death row inmate and the vital importance of forgiveness. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36m
Jan 18
Korean War: The Veterans Of Imjin River

Fought between the 22nd-25th of April 1951, the battle of Imjin River was part of a Chinese counter-offensive after United Nations forces had recaptured Seoul in March 1951. The assault on ‘Gloster Hill’ was led by General Peng Dehuai who commanded a force of 300,000 troops attacking over a 40-mile sector. The 29th Independent Infantry Brigade Group, under the command of Brigadier Tom Brodie, of the 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, was responsible for defending a 15-kilometre section of the front, over which General Peng Dehuai sent three divisions of his force. What resulted was the bloodiest battle that involved British troops in modern history since the Second World War. Taken from the 2021 Gloucester History Festival, Dan is joined by two battle veterans of the 1951 Korean War battle, Tommy Clough and Brian Hamblett. Tommy served as a gunner with the Royal Artillery which was attached to the Gloster, Brian served in the British military in Infantry manning machine guns in his platoon - both were Chinese prisoners of war for more than two years. They join Dan to explore the battle of the Imjin River on what was its 70th anniversary. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1h 1m
Jan 17
Eugenics with Adam Rutherford

Eugenics has been used in attempts throughout history, and across continents, to gain power and assert control. In this episode, we trace Eugenics from its intellectual origins in Victorian Britain to the actual policies put into action to control populations birthrates in Nazi Germany and 20th Century America. Dan is joined by broadcaster and geneticist Adam Rutherford who helps him understand this complicated legacy as well as what the troubling future of gene editing has to hold. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32m
Jan 16
Tudor True Crime

The true-crime genre - stories of actual murders and other crimes that are then fictionalised - is not a new phenomenon. More than four centuries ago, a series of plays based on real life cases appeared on the London stage. It was a short-lived craze generated by the insatiable early modern appetite for the "three Ms" - melodrama, moralizing and misogyny. In this edition of NOT JUST THE TUDORS https://podfollow.com/not-just-the-tudors/view, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks to author Charles Nicholl about the little known phenomenon of Elizabethan true crime, which even influenced the works of William Shakespeare. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40m
Jan 14
George Washington: The First President

George. Where did it all go wrong? George Washington could have had a comfortable career as a loyal member of His Majesty's Virginia militia and colonial grandee. But no, he had to go and roll the dice. In this episode, Dan speaks to historian Alexis Coe about her biography of Washington. She has a fresh take on the first President, but no less scholarly for that. Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down - even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

21m
Jan 13
The Rule of Laws

The laws now enforced throughout the world are almost all modelled on systems developed in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During two hundred years of colonial rule, Europeans exported their laws everywhere they could. But not quite as revolutionary as we may think, they weren't filling a void: in many places, they displaced traditions that were already ancient when Vasco Da Gama first arrived in India. Even the Romans were inspired by earlier precedents. Fernanda Pirie, Professor of the Anthropology of Law at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford and author of ‘The Rule of Laws: A 4,000-Year Quest to Order the World,’ joins Dan on the podcast. They discuss where it all began, and what law has been and done over the course of human history.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25m
Jan 12
Digging for Britain with Professor Alice Roberts

2021 was a bumper year for archaeological discoveries across Britain. In this episode, we go on a whistlestop tour of some of the most notable finds — from an immaculately preserved Roman mosaic found on a working farm, to the puzzling ruin of a Norman church discovered by HS2 engineers. Dan is joined by author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, who got to see many of these discoveries first hand and meet the people who found them during the filming of the latest series of Digging For Britain. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26m
Jan 11
Was the League of Nations Doomed to Fail?

102 years ago on the 10th of January 1920, the League of Nations was formed out of the Treaty of Versailles. Its aim was to maintain peace after the First World War. With 58 member states by the 1930s, it had successes e against drug traffickers and slave traders, settling border disputes and returning prisoners of war. But much of the treaty was designed to punish Germany after WWI, creating an environment of disillusionment that enabled Nazi ideology to thrive. Across the rest of Europe, it was working up against economic depression, rising nationalism and a lack of support from the two great nations of Russia and the United States. Its ultimate demise began with Hitler's declaration of war in 1939.  Was it too utopian and doomed to fail? In this episode Mats Berdal, Professor of Security and Development at Kings College London, joins Dan to discuss the legacy of the League of Nations, its importance in establishing the Geneva Protocol (prohibition of gas warfare), laying the foundations of the UN and the challenges that led to its ultimate failure. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20m
Jan 10
Obama and Merkel: The Extraordinary Partnership

U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are two of the world’s most influential leaders, together at the centre of some of the biggest controversies and most impressive advancements of our time. Taking office at the height of the 2008 global recession, Obama was keenly aware of the fractured relationship between the US and Europe, while Merkel was initially sceptical of the charismatic newcomer who had captivated her country. Despite their partnership having been the subject of both scrutiny and admiration, few know the full story. Upon Merkel’s departure from office after 16 years last month, Dan is joined by Claudia Clark, author of ‘Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel’. They discuss Merkel and her administration, where the partnership between Obama and Merkel began, the historically significant parallel trajectories that marked the highs and lows of their extraordinary alliance, and the continued influence of their legacy on global politics. If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25m
Jan 09
1921 Census: Revealed

For the first time, the 1921 Census of England & Wales is now publicly available https://www.findmypast.co.uk/1921-census?utm_source=history-hit&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=1921&utm_content=launch-pod, only online at the family history website, Findmypast https://www.findmypast.co.uk/?utm_source=history-hit&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=1921&utm_content=launch-pod. More detailed than any previous British census taken up to that point, it provides us with a remarkable, once-in-a-generation snapshot of a country that had been transformed after the First World War. In this episode, we are joined by guests Audrey Collins, from The National Archives, and Myko Clelland, from Findmypast. They explain what the records show about how families, communities and workplaces were reshaped by the war, as well as share stories buried deep within the Census that reveal so much about how our ancestors lived a hundred years ago. Are you interested in exploring your own family history? After years spent digitising and transcribing this unique record of your recent history, the 1921 Census is now available exclusively online with Findmypast. Start exploring now at findmypast.co.uk https://www.findmypast.co.uk/?utm_source=history-hit&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=1921&utm_content=launch-pod If you'd like to learn more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad-free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit https://access.historyhit.com/?utm_source=audio&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=Podcast+Campaign&utm_id=Podcast - subscribe today! To download the History Hit app please go to the Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.historyhit&hl=en_GB&gl=US or Apple https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/history-hit/id1303668247 store.   * See acast.com/privacy https://acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28m
Jan 07