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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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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

    Nefertiti: wife, mother, pharaoh

    Nefertiti: wife, mother, pharaoh

    Following the discovery of her striking bust in 1912, Nefertiti has become one of the best-known women of ancient Egypt. Professor Aidan Dodson – author of Nefertiti: Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife – discusses ancient Egypt’s sun queen and offers his take on whether she ever reigned as a fully-fledged pharaoh in her own right.
     
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    • 53 min
    The women who fought back against Hollywood

    The women who fought back against Hollywood

    Film critic Helen O’Hara talks about her new book Women vs Hollywood, which highlights female pioneers of film, and reveals some of the challenges faced by women working in Hollywood over the past century – from controlling studios and sexist roles to unequal pay and #MeToo.
     
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    Rivalries and romances: couples that shook up history

    Rivalries and romances: couples that shook up history

    When it comes to making a mark in the history books, sometimes two heads are better than one. Broadcaster and author Cathy Newman talks about her latest book It Takes Two: A History of the Couples Who Dared to be Different, which highlights duos that changed the course of history.
     
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    The Vikings’ global connections

    The Vikings’ global connections

    Dr Cat Jarman explores the far-reaching trading networks of the Vikings, from the Baltic sea to Asia

    Dr Cat Jarman discusses her new book River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Road, which opens up the story of Scandinavian trade, settlement and communication from the Baltic sea right through to Asia.
     
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    The space race: everything you wanted to know

    The space race: everything you wanted to know

    Tom Ellis responds to listener questions on the great Cold War rivalry that saw the US and the Soviet Union battle for dominance in space

    In the latest in our series tackling the big questions on major historical topics, historian Tom Ellis responds to listener questions about the space race. He covers topics including Cold War espionage, the role played by German engineers with Nazi connections, and the battle to plant a flag on the moon.
     
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    Sathnam Sanghera on how modern Britain is shaped by empire

    Sathnam Sanghera on how modern Britain is shaped by empire

    Sathnam Sanghera discusses where we can see the legacy of imperialism in Britain today – from politics and education to museums and multiculturalism

    Journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera discusses his new book Empireland, which interrogates everything from the objects in our museums and the subjects on our curriculum to the ways we think about race and multiculturalism, to trace the legacy of imperialism in Britain today.
     
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
428 Ratings

428 Ratings

VDC88 ,

A little fluffy but good for opening new avenues

History Extra does a lot of direct discussion with historians and history writers who are promoting their recent books, which makes them a great resource for connecting with new material.

Hereford exile ,

Going down hill

Covig has led to more and much longer episodes compared to a few years ago. This expansion has watered down the product. I FF through most of each weeks episodes because the topic is mind numbing or stuffed with fluff. Still the odd gem though.

joy534778 ,

An ordinary Nazi

I was extremely disturbed by this episode implying that the protagonist of this episode was just a regular ordinary guy. A man who participated in the killing of Jews, complicit in the torturing of children, member of the gestapo, just an ordinary guy and certainly not a monster. This is offensive to all those who died in WW2 and promulgates a narrative that looks to rewrite history.

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