History Extra podcast

Immediate Media

history, "society & culture"
The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com
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Best Episodes

2020: The historians’ verdict

Nov 26, 2020

"How will 2020 be remembered in the history books?"

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From debates about colonialism to lessons from previous pandemics, a panel of historians discuss how the past has shaped 2020 – and how the events of this momentous year should change our understanding of the pastFrom debates about colonialism to lessons from previous pandemics, history hasRead more

How did the Reformation impact Jews?

Dec 3, 2020

"Martin Luther on Jews and conversion during the reformation "

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Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation had on Europe’s Jewish communities.Historian Kenneth Austin explores what impact the Reformation of the 16th century had on Europe’s Jewish communities and their relations with their Christian neighbours.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy andRead more

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Escaping Nazi-occupied Europe

Nov 5, 2020

"Spy gadgets used to rescue prisoners of war in WWII"

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Helen Fry discusses the top-secret work of MI9, which helped Allied prisoners of war escape during WW2Historian Helen Fry discusses her new book MI9, which reveals how the secret agency helped Allied prisoners of war make it back to Britain, and shares stories of the Second World War’s mostRead more

An ‘ordinary’ Nazi

Nov 2, 2020

"Imagine your antique armchair being filled with nazi papers... tense. "

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Daniel Lee discusses the life of an ‘ordinary’ member of the SSHistorian Daniel Lee describes how the chance discovery of a cache of documents within a piece of furniture led him to uncover the life of Robert Griesinger, an ‘ordinary’ member of the SS.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy andRead more

Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Japan, but were afraid to ask

Oct 4, 2020

"Defining Japanese culture vs. Chinese culture before 500AD is challenging "

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In the latest of our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Christopher Harding responds to listener queries and popular search enquiries about the history of Japan, ranging from the ancient past to the Second World War and beyond. Historyextra.com/podcastEnter theRead more

Hitler and Stalin: tyrants at war

Jan 15, 2021

"Dictator vs. tyrant"

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Laurence Rees compares the actions of the two dictators over the course of the Second World War Historian, author and broadcaster Laurence Rees discusses his new book, Hitler and Stalin, which compares the actions of the two dictators over the course of the Second World War.  See acast.com/privacyRead more

Ingenious medieval science

Nov 12, 2020

"How did science differ in the medieval period?"

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Historian Seb Falk discusses his new book, The Light Ages, which highlights the surprising sophistication of scientific research in the Middle Ages – from astronomy to medicine.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Daily life in ancient Egypt: everything you wanted to know

Feb 7, 2021

"What was education like in ancient Egypt? Spoiler alert: not very sophisticated for most people"

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In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley responds to listener questions about daily life in ancient Egypt, from governance, pharaohs and the Egyptian mindset, to makeup, dental care and the popularity of cat mummies.  SeeRead more

1962: London’s big freeze

Feb 4, 2021

"London, Dec. 1962: a very chilly time"

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Author Juliet Nicolson talks about her latest book, Frostquake, which tells the story of the frozen winter of 1962. As Britain shivered under a blanket of ice and snow, new political and cultural forces were emerging that would shake up the nation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-outRead more

Looking for Egypt’s lost tombs

Nov 28, 2020

"Where can you find the royal Egyptian tombs? Depends which you’re looking for!"

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Are there any treasures left to be excavated in Egypt? Chris Naunton gives a lecture on some of the most fascinating ancient figures whose tombs are yet to be discoveredIn a lecture he delivered at our 2019 Chester History Weekend, Chris Naunton discusses his book Searching for the Lost Tombs ofRead more
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