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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.

They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius. 
 
They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes.

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WATERGATE/NIXON apple.co/3JrVl5h
ALEXANDER THE GREAT apple.co/3Q4FaNk
HARDCORE HISTORY'S DAN CARLIN apple.co/3vqkGa3
PUTIN & RUSSIA apple.co/3zMtLfX

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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.

They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius. 
 
They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes.

Join The Rest Is History Club (www.restishistorypod.com) for ad-free listening to the full archive, weekly bonus episodes, live streamed shows and access to an exclusive chatroom community.

Here are some of our favourite episodes to get you started:

WATERGATE/NIXON apple.co/3JrVl5h
ALEXANDER THE GREAT apple.co/3Q4FaNk
HARDCORE HISTORY'S DAN CARLIN apple.co/3vqkGa3
PUTIN & RUSSIA apple.co/3zMtLfX

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    Introducing Empire with William Dalrymple

    Introducing Empire with William Dalrymple

    Today's feed drop features friend of the show William Dalrymple discussing his new podcast, Empire, which he hosts alongside Anita Anand.
    How do empires rise? Why do they fall? And how have they shaped the world around us today?
    This new show explores the stories, personalities and events of empire over the course of history.
    The first series looks at the British in India, covering The East India Company, the Raj, Gandhi, Independence and Partition.
    In the opening episode, William and Anita discuss the rise of The East India Company, exploring how a small corporation with only a handful of employees came to rule India. The episode begins with the birth of the Company in Tudor England and culminates with Robert Clive and the Battle of Plassey.
    Listen to the second episode of Empire below:
    Apple - apple.co/3bVP1Xi
    Spotify - spoti.fi/3zX2hmG
    Listen to William's appearance on The Rest Is History: 75. The East India Company

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    221. Holidays: Byron's Grand Tour

    221. Holidays: Byron's Grand Tour

    Welcome to the first of four episodes on the history of holidays: Byron's Grand Tour; The Invention of Mass Tourism; Sun, Sea and Sex; and Roman Holidays.
    In the first episode, Tom and Dominic explore the adventures of Byron, Boswell and their peers contemporaries to foreign lands, where they pursued romance, sought to improve their health, and 'acquire' authentic souvenirs.
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    Twitter:
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    • 47 min
    220. Justinian & Theodora: The Secret History

    220. Justinian & Theodora: The Secret History

    Wars, disease, and legacy.
    In the final episode of the trilogy, Tom and Dominic discuss the Byzantine reconquest of Italy, the arrival of the Justinianic plague, and the legacy of Justinian and Theodora.
    Join The Rest Is History Club for ad-free listening to the full archive, weekly bonus episodes, live streamed shows and access to an exclusive chatroom community.
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
    Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com

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    • 49 min
    219. Justinian: Making Rome Great Again

    219. Justinian: Making Rome Great Again

    The Riot that destroyed a city and almost brought down an Emperor...
    In the second part of our trilogy, Tom and Dominic discuss the Nika riots in the early part of Justinian's reign, and how he set himself out as the defender of Christendom against the Persian Empire in the East.
    The third and final episode, 'Justinian & Theodora: The Secret History', will be released on Thursday. Can't wait until then? Head to restishistorypod.com to get it right now!
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
    Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com

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    • 35 min
    218. Theodora: Empress of Byzantium

    218. Theodora: Empress of Byzantium

    In the first episode of a three part series, Tom and Dominic dive into the incredible story of Justinian and Theodora.
    Tune in for an incredible (and racy) introduction to the powerful Byzantine empress, the collapse of the Western half of the Roman Empire, and a deep-dive into the great city of Constantinople.
    Justinian and Theodora episode release schedule:
    Monday 8th August - THEODORA: EMPRESS OF BYZANTIUM
    Tuesday 9th August - JUSTINIAN: MAKING ROME GREAT AGAIN
    Thursday 11th August - JUSTINIAN & THEODORA: THE SECRET HISTORY
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    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
    Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com

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    • 45 min
    217. Plague and the decline of the Roman Empire

    217. Plague and the decline of the Roman Empire

    Tom and Dominic are joined by friend of the show Kyle Harper to discuss how pandemics and disease played a far greater role in the decline of the Roman Empire than previously understood.
    On the show Kyle, Dominic, and Tom discuss life expectancy, how the Roman Empire was ‘bad for people’s health', the Antonine Plague, and more.
    Listen to our previous episodes with Kyle:
    146. Disease vs. the rise of civilisation
    147. Disease, the New World and modern pandemics
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    • 46 min

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Brilliantly British way into history

You listen to historical overviews of major themes which have been explored endlessly but still you get enormous pleasure into this particular interpretation! Keep on podcasting!

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