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The world’s most popular history podcast, with Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook.


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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The world’s most popular history podcast, with Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook.


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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    Carthage vs. Rome: Total War (Part 4)

    Carthage vs. Rome: Total War (Part 4)

    In the third century BC, a clash which had been brewing for centuries finally erupted: Rome, the ruthless imperialist upstart dominating Italy, against Carthage, the ancient but sinister apex predator of the Mediterranean. The conflict sparked in Messina in 263 BC, and went on for over two decades, as the fortunes of both powers rose and fell. Rome’s superior, land-based army proved the perfect match to the Carthaginians’ maritime might, though both forces rapidly adapted to the expertise of their foe. By 250 BC, Carthage was embattled and flailing, and in need of a hero, to restore the fate of Carthage, and ensure her survival…
    Join Tom and Dominic as they discuss the outbreak of the First Punic War, in which history’s greatest rivalry, Rome vs Carthage, finally came to blows. As the established power of Carthage was challenged by the rise of a new contender in Rome, but could either live in a world where the other survived?


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    Producer: Theo Young-Smith

    Assistant Producer: Tabby Syrett

    Executive Producers: Jack Davenport + Tony Pastor
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    • 55 min
    RIHC: The Worst Disasters in History (Livestream)

    RIHC: The Worst Disasters in History (Livestream)

    What’s the truth behind the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah? Why did an amphitheatre collapse in 27AD, killing thousands? How did a whole English village fall into the sea in the 13th century? What sunk the ornate Swedish ship the Vasa within mere minutes of her departure? Why did the distribution of free toys in 1883 result in the tragic deaths of over one hundred children? And, how were the radioactive horrors of Chernobyl unleashed…?
    Join Tom and Dominic in today’s bonus livestream, as they reveal their top six picks for history’s deadliest man-made disasters.


    *The Rest Is History LIVE in 2024*

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    @TheRestHistory

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    @dcsandbrook



    Producer: Theo Young-Smith

    Assistant Producer: Tabby Syrett

    Executive Producers: Jack Davenport + Tony Pastor

    Carthage vs. Rome: The Wolf at the Gates (Part 3)

    Carthage vs. Rome: The Wolf at the Gates (Part 3)

    “Every man is the architect of his own destiny”
    Long before Rome reigned over the Mediterranean, there was Carthage: the supreme predator of Antiquity. But how did Rome rise to become one of the most ruthless powers of all time, united in cold, disciplined violence? And what was it about the Roman people that made them the greatest threat Carthage would ever face? Whilst the Carthaginians depended upon foreign mercenaries, Rome’s legions were formed of Romans, all committed to protecting and furthering the interests of Rome. And unlike anyone before, the Roman people shared a collective sense of destiny, with Roman citizenship generously offered to all conquered peoples. But following the Sack of Rome by Gauls in 390 BC, the Romans would become even more ruthless, disciplined and bent on total victory…
    Join Tom and Dominic as they discuss the rise of Rome, history’s most famous superpower. By 285 BC her dominion of Italy was almost complete. Only one thing stood in her way: the formidable military leader Pyrrhus. He alone foresaw the destruction to come, and the “beautiful killing ground” that would emerge when, ten years later, Rome and Carthage would finally go to war…


    *The Rest Is History LIVE in 2024*

    Tom and Dominic are back onstage this summer, at Hampton Court Palace in London! 

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    Twitter:

    @TheRestHistory

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    @dcsandbrook



    Producer: Theo Young-Smith

    Assistant Producer: Tabby Syrett

    Executive Producers: Jack Davenport + Tony Pastor
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    • 51 min
    Ancient Carthage: Rise of a Superpower (Part 2)

    Ancient Carthage: Rise of a Superpower (Part 2)

    “An aristocratic republic, secret and well-ordered, where individuals are subject to the harsh laws of the austere and disciplined rich…”
    The mysterious, wealthy and glamorous city of Carthage flourished between the ninth and second centuries BC, becoming one of the greatest naval and mercantile powers in the world. By the sixth century BC the Carthaginians were a force to be reckoned with, holding off assaults from various Greek rivals, and starting to colonise larger parts of the Mediterranean. Where once there had been a barren wasteland, now stood glittering villas and temples, bustling marketplaces, and vast walls stretching down to the sea. Yet Carthage also had a reputation for violence and cruelty. Bloody human offerings were made to the gods, with hundreds of Carthaginian children cast into the flames, whilst crucifixion was often inflicted on generals who fell short of Carthage’s exacting standards…
    Join Tom and Dominic as they explore the extraordinary rise of Carthage, a city of blazing innovation and sinister mystique. By the third century BC it seemed that no power could ever rival it. But little did the Carthaginians know that another city, a minnow from an Italian backwater, was on the rise. A city that may even one day challenge her supremacy: Rome.



    *The Rest Is History LIVE in 2024*

    Tom and Dominic are back onstage this summer, at Hampton Court Palace in London! 

    Buy your tickets here: therestishistory.com


    Twitter:

    @TheRestHistory

    @holland_tom

    @dcsandbrook



    Producer: Theo Young-Smith

    Assistant Producer: Tabby Syrett

    Executive Producers: Jack Davenport + Tony Pastor
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    • 55 min
    RIHC: Medieval Monarchs, Historical Epochs and The Crown

    RIHC: Medieval Monarchs, Historical Epochs and The Crown

    What qualities did medieval monarchs need to be successful? Did Lord Mountbatten plan to lead a coup against Harold Wilson in 1968, as depicted in the TV show The Crown? Will historians of the future view the 1960’s as historically distinct from the 1970’s, or will they simply merge into larger historical epochs? How long does it take people to realise they have lived through moments of life-changing cultural transformation? Was the 18th century Britain’s greatest period? And, has the last one hundred years of British history seen more change to society, politics and culture than the preceding century?
    Join Tom and Dominic for this week's bonus episode, as they discuss some important historical questions.




    *The Rest Is History LIVE in 2024*

    Tom and Dominic are back onstage this summer, at Hampton Court Palace in London!

    Buy your tickets here: therestishistory.com


    Twitter:

    @TheRestHistory

    @holland_tom

    @dcsandbrook



    Producer: Theo Young-Smith

    Assistant Producer: Tabby Syrett

    Executive Producers: Jack Davenport + Tony Pastor

    Ancient Carthage: Lords of the Sea (Part 1)

    Ancient Carthage: Lords of the Sea (Part 1)

    “Carthago delenda est.”
    Carthage must be destroyed: this was the rallying cry of Cato the Elder, the senator endlessly pushing for war against Rome’s sworn enemy, Carthage. But what are the origins of this supposedly decadent and sinister city, and did the Carthaginians really sacrifice their children? Starting as a crafty, seafaring people called the Phoenicians, a mighty mercantile civilisation emerged, who would eventually come to be known as the Carthaginians. But who were the Phoenicians, and why are they so mysterious? From the Bible, the Iliad and the Odyssey, to Herodotus’ account of the Persian Wars, and the conquests of Alexander the Great, their shadow haunts Antiquity…
    Join Tom and Dominic as they investigate the Phoenicians, the first masters of the Mediterranean. Pioneers of seafaring, craftsmanship and writing, these were the people who gave birth to Rome’s most feared enemy, Carthage. Myths, legends, child-sacrifice, and the rise and fall of civilisations abound.



    *The Rest Is History LIVE in 2024*

    Tom and Dominic are back onstage this summer, at Hampton Court Palace in London! 

    Buy your tickets here: therestishistory.com


    Twitter:

    @TheRestHistory

    @holland_tom

    @dcsandbrook



    Producer: Theo Young-Smith

    Assistant Producer: Tabby Syrett

    Executive Producers: Jack Davenport + Tony Pastor
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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JFK

Thanks for JFK! Couldn’t wait to get from work today to hear the final episode. Fantastically told story.

Jokseenkin kriitinen ,

Lovely otter talk

Otters get too little attention in history podcasts. Aztecs feeding them with human hearts is a deeply forgotten point in Otter/Aztec history.
These stories need to be heard

Fede from Argentina ,

A brilliant duo

This podcast is just amazing. Both Tom and Dominic are great entertainers while educating the audience at the same time. They make any and every topic sound interesting. The only episode I disliked was the one on the falklands, but it’s just because I’m Argentinian. Keep up the great work guys.

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