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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.
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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.
If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at ds.hh@historyhit.com, we'd love to hear from you!

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    Civil War in Feudal Japan: The Sengoku Period

    Civil War in Feudal Japan: The Sengoku Period

    Dating from 1467-1603, the Sengoku or ‘Warring States’ period is known as the bloodiest in Japan’s history; an era of continuous social upheaval and civil war which transformed the country. Shogun-led authority was shattered and 150 years of murder and betrayal followed as fearsome warlords ruled local territories with unflinching ruthlessness. 

    In the first episode of this series delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Dr Christopher Harding discuss the origins of the Sengoku Period. Together, they explore how political power was organised in Japan during this time, introduce some of the key players, and discuss how the seeds were sown for Japanese unification. 

    Echoes of History is a Ubisoft podcast, brought to you by History Hit. 

    Hosted by: Matt Lewis
    Edited by: Ella Blaxill
    Produced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt Lewis
    Production Coordinator: Beth Donaldson
    Executive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen Bennett

    The Royal Navy's Darkest Night & The Origins of Longitude

    The Royal Navy's Darkest Night & The Origins of Longitude

    A mix of treacherous seas, navigation errors, and historical intrigue led to one of the Royal Navy's darkest nights. Dan travels to the Scilly Isles to tell the tragic tale of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and the 1707 naval disaster off the Isles of Scilly that caused a staggering loss of over 2000 men. Dan ventures out to the place where the ship went down to see this dangerous stretch of sea for himself. He discovers how this catastrophe spurred advancements in navigation and the quest to solve the problem of longitude.
    Written by Dan Snow, produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore
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    • 33 min
    Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt: The Impossible Alliance that Won WWII

    Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt: The Impossible Alliance that Won WWII

    In the summer of 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. As the Germans drove towards Moscow, a catastrophic Soviet defeat seemed imminent - a defeat that would have made the Allied liberation of Europe virtually impossible. To keep the Allied victory in sight, Roosevelt and Churchill assembled a crack team of diplomats to secretly travel to wartime Moscow and negotiate with the intractable Stalin.
    Dan is joined by Giles Milton, bestselling historian and author of 'The Stalin Affair: The Impossible Alliance That Won the War'. Giles tells us how the leaders who had wanted to destroy Stalin's Russia ended up desperately trying to keep it afloat.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 31 min
    Twelve Caesars with Mary Beard

    Twelve Caesars with Mary Beard

    The title of Caesar has echoed down the ages as the pinnacle of absolute power and perhaps even tyranny. A single man at the head of a nation or empire with untouchable power. But how powerful were they really and why are they seen as an example to follow when many of the men who became Caesar met a bloody end? Dan is joined by the legendary classicist Mary Beard to explore the history of the first twelve Caesars. They discuss how these autocratic rulers have been portrayed throughout history, how the Roman Empire was really ruled and how their legacy still lives with us today.
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    • 50 min
    Marshal Pétain: Hero or Traitor?

    Marshal Pétain: Hero or Traitor?

    Marshal Pétain emerged from the First World War as a French national hero. His defence of Verdun had set him on course to become one of France's most venerated commanders. But by 1945 the Marshal was on trial for treason, having collaborated with Nazi Germany as the head of the Vichy regime.
    Dan is joined by Julian Jackson, author of the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize-winning book 'France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain'. Julian explains how Marshal Pétain went from the hero of Verdun to the traitor of Vichy, and why his trial remains divisive eight decades later.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 40 min
    Stéphane Breitwieser: The Greatest Thief in History?

    Stéphane Breitwieser: The Greatest Thief in History?

    This is the remarkable story of the greatest art thief in history. After an eight-year long spree, Stéphane Breitwieser and his girlfriend Anne-Catherine Kleinklaus had amassed a staggering two billion dollars worth of stolen art, stashed away in his mother's attic.

    Dan is joined by Michael Finkel, a journalist and author of 'The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession'. Michael explains how and why these fanatic art lovers looted this collection of treasures, and what brought it all crashing down.

    Produced by Mariana Des Forges and James Hickmann, and edited by Dougal Patmore.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

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Wonderful Series on Inca

I really enjoyed your series on the Inca. It was very well presented and respectful. Thank you Dan!!

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