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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.

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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.

    How the Irish Shaped Britain with Fergal Keane

    How the Irish Shaped Britain with Fergal Keane

    Fergal Keane joined me on the podcast to talk about the profound influence the Irish have had on Britain over many centuries.
     
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    • 25 min
    Liberalism with Ian Dunt

    Liberalism with Ian Dunt

    In this episode, I was joined by journalist Ian Dunt, a well known a commentator on politics and on Brexit. Ian is host of the 'Oh God What Now' podcast and editor of politics.co.uk. We discuss his recent book which makes an impassioned defence of liberalism and tells its story, from its birth in the fight against absolute monarchy to the modern-day resistance against the new populism.
     
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    • 32 min
    Cold War Submarine Warrior

    Cold War Submarine Warrior

    Eric Thompson has had his finger literally on the nuclear button. He joined the Royal Navy submarine service in the early days of the Cold War. He served on WW2 era ships and submarine before ending his career as a senior officer on Britain's state of the art nuclear submarines. Each one armed with inter continental ballistic missiles with nuclear tips. He took Dan to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport to show him around one of the finest preserved submarines in the world, HMS Alliance. He told Dan how they kept the beer cold and why his main concern at sea was the toilet.


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    • 21 min
    Lucy Worsley on Queen Victoria

    Lucy Worsley on Queen Victoria

    BAFTA winning historian and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Lucy Worsley takes Dan on a tour of Kensington Palace, one of the principle royal residences since 1689, and the childhood home of Queen Victoria. 
     
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    • 24 min
    Lockdown Learning: The Middle Ages

    Lockdown Learning: The Middle Ages

    In this week's Lockdown Learning episode, I was delighted to be joined by medieval historian Marc Morris. We discuss broad themes relating to the Middle Ages - what were they and which periods did they come in between. We ask whether many of the clichés about the Middle Ages are accurate.


    Many thanks again to Simon Beale, who's put together a worksheet for students to fill out while listening to the episode. You can download it here:


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    • 24 min
    Rediscovering Amazon Civilisations

    Rediscovering Amazon Civilisations

    Ella Al-Shamahi, explorer, paleoanthropologist, evolutionary biologist and stand-up comic, joined me on the podcast to talk about Amazon Civilisations.
     
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
549 Ratings

549 Ratings

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Something for everyone

No matter what your fascination with history, Dan will have something for you. You might even end up with a new fascinating time period or historical event.
Kept up the good work Dan.
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Great history, interviews and host

Really enjoy Dan Snow’s podcasts - wide-ranging globally, with a concentration on both shores of the Atlantic, and the random trend thrown in for good measure. Don’t miss out on Canada 🇨🇦!

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High quality history

History Hit is a lifesaver! I need to spend much time in bed due to illness and the various Dan Snow podcasts fill my brain with information, ideas and imagery! I’m so grateful

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