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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

    Apartheid: everything you wanted to know

    Apartheid: everything you wanted to know

    Wayne Dooling answers listener questions on South Africa’s Apartheid regime. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, he covers subjects including the policy’s origins, the everyday experience of racial segregation, internal and international resistance, and the regime’s legacy on the country today.
     
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    • 51 min
    Berbice: a slave rebellion that nearly succeeded

    Berbice: a slave rebellion that nearly succeeded

    Historian Marjoleine Kars tells Elinor Evans about a little-known 1763 rebellion by enslaved people in Berbice, in present-day Guyana. Chronicled in her Cundill prize-shortlisted book Blood on the River, it was an event that revises our understanding of the actions of enslaved people at the dawn of the Age of Revolution.

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    • 48 min
    Trial by combat: the real history behind The Last Duel

    Trial by combat: the real history behind The Last Duel

    Hannah Skoda delves into the bloody and brutal spectacle of trial by combat in the Middle Ages

    To coincide with the release of new film The Last Duel, Hannah Skoda explores the bloody and brutal spectacle of trial by combat in the Middle Ages. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, she reveals how judicial violence was used to settle legal disputes, and recounts some of the most dramatic real cases.
     
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    • 38 min
    Liberty and racism: an interconnected history

    Liberty and racism: an interconnected history

    Tyler Stovall speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about his Cundill prize-shortlisted book White Freedom, which explores how European and American ideas about ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ have been underpinned by racism since the Enlightenment.

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    • 43 min
    George III: the tyrant who lost America?

    George III: the tyrant who lost America?

    Andrew Roberts discusses his landmark new biography of King George III and takes on some of the myths that have surrounded the monarch

    Historian Andrew Roberts discusses his landmark new biography of King George III with Rob Attar. He takes on some of the myths that have surrounded the king, such as: Was he really a tyrant? Was his “madness” caused by porphyria? And how responsible was he for the loss of the American colonies?

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    At home with the Mongols

    At home with the Mongols

    “The Horde” was an empire like no other, ruled by Nomadic Mongol Khans for three centuries. But how was the Mongol empire governed, and what was everyday life like within it? Marie Favereau speaks to David Musgrove about her Cundill prize-shortlisted book on the subject.


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

tiggylegg ,

Great guests, shame about the host…

I wish someone other than Rob Attar did interviews. He sounds so disinterested and doesn’t really engage with interviewees. There’s no humour or warmth. Not the greatest voice for radio either. It’s a shame because they have some great guests, so it gets four stars.

MaryH1nge ,

Pretty consistently great

Good!

194752 ,

British Royals - WW1

I always enjoy listening to my podcasts as I settle down to sleep - this particular podcast...started out; quite enjoyable. Then I realised that the author of the book, Heather Jones, was speaking far too quickly (in my opinion) which I was unable to stay with. I think the book would be a better bet. My advice would be, slow down, take a breath and let me absorb what your saying!

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