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History is full of the extraordinary.

Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people.

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Hosted by John Hopkins. Production: Katrina Hughes, Kate Simants, Nicole Edmunds, Jacob Booth, Dorry Macaulay, Rob Plummer, Cody Reynolds-Shaw. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

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History is full of the extraordinary.

Each week, we'll transport you back in time to witness history's most incredible moments and remarkable people.

New episodes Mondays, or a week early for Noiser+ subscribers.

With Noiser+ you'll also get ad-free listening and exclusive content. For more information, head to noiser.com/subscriptions

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Hosted by John Hopkins. Production: Katrina Hughes, Kate Simants, Nicole Edmunds, Jacob Booth, Dorry Macaulay, Rob Plummer, Cody Reynolds-Shaw. Compositions by Oliver Baines, Dorry Macaulay, Tom Pink.

We are sponsored by Indeed. Go to Indeed.com/shorthistory for £100 sponsored credit.

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    Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi

    This episode will be available for free on May 20th, 2024. For instant access, ad-free listening and bonus material, join Noiser +.

    Raised in India, and trained in London as a lawyer, Mahatma Gandhi went on to lead a life that was anything but ordinary. He campaigned against unjust laws in South Africa, led the movement against British rule in India, and changed the entire nature of protest. His commitment to non-violence would inspire world leaders for generations. But how did a shy, unpromising schoolboy turn into one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century? Where did his ideals and approach to conflict come from? And why, despite his commitment to non-violence, did his own life end so suddenly? This is a Short History Of Mahatma Gandhi.

    A Noiser production, written by Kate Harrison. With thanks to Bindu Puri, Professor of Contemporary Indian Philosophy at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and author of ‘Gandhi for the 21st Century: Religion, Morality and Politics’.

    The Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China is one of the architectural wonders of the world. Stretching for over 21,000km - as far as London to New York and back, twice - it follows what used to be the border between China and Mongolia. Built over a period of 2,000 years by millions of conscripted workers, it’s been the subject of myths and legends for centuries. But who really built the Great Wall, and how? Is it true that those who died at the Wall were buried within it? What purpose did it serve? And can this incredible structure really be seen from space?
    This is a Short History Of the Great Wall of China. 
    A Noiser production, written by Fiona Veitch-Smith. With thanks to William Lindesay, a geographer, explorer, conservationist, and leading expert on the Great Wall of China. 
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    • 58 min
    Polynesian Exploration

    Polynesian Exploration

    Modern genetics tells us that the residents of the far-flung Polynesian islands are one of the most closely related people in the world. But, thanks to the exploration of their ancestors, they’re also the most widely dispersed. Polynesian exploration of the Pacific has been compared to humankind’s missions into space, and has led to a unique and vibrant culture for these islanders. So what do these people scattered across 1,000 islands have in common? How did the earliest pioneers survive epic journeys at sea? And what enables sailors to navigate such treacherous waters without any form of writing or physical map-making? 

    This is a Short History Of Polynesian Exploration.

    A Noiser production, written by Jo Furniss. With thanks to Dr Christina Thompson, editor of the Harvard Review, and author of the book Sea People, The Puzzle of Polynesia.

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    • 53 min
    The Korean War

    The Korean War

    Beginning only five years after the end of World War Two, the Korean War was an exceptionally violent conflict which led to the death of at least 2.5 million people. It became the most deadly conflict of the Cold War era, a political battle of capitalism versus communism, that almost triggered World War Three. But how was this war encouraged by American, Soviet, European, and Chinese ambitions? Was anything really achieved by the years of fighting? And what was the true aftermath of the conflict, both locally, and for the world at large?
    This is a Short History Of the Korean War.
    Written by Lindsay Galvin. With thanks to Dr Owen Miller, a lecturer in Korean studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 
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    • 59 min
    Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming

    Ian Fleming’s most famous creation, James Bond, is a cultural icon. To paraphrase one critic, Bond is someone men want to be, and women want to be with. Although many attitudes expressed in the Bond books are out of kilter with modern ideas, Bond remains one of the most enduring fictional characters in history. But what is the story behind his creator - Ian Fleming? What inspired Fleming to write the ultimate spy novels? Did his success bring happiness? And how much of his own character did he lend to James Bond? This is a short history of Ian Fleming. 

    Written by Dan Smith. With thanks to Edward Abel-Smith, author of ‘Ian Fleming’s Inspirations: The Truth Behind the Books.’

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Introducing: The Curious History of Your Home

    Introducing: The Curious History of Your Home

    Noiser presents a brand new podcast: The Curious History of Your Home.
    In this taster episode of Noiser’s new podcast, join domestic historian Ruth Goodman as she guides you through the surprising, often epic stories behind everyday objects in your home, starting with the wallpaper.
    To discover more episodes, search ‘The Curious History of Your Home’ wherever you get your podcasts or follow the link https://podfollow.com/the-curious-history-of-your-home. New episodes every Tuesday. Short History Of will be back as normal next week.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

el woodro ,

Noiser does it again

Podcast is fascinating and the production is amazing

Crosby123456789 ,

Unfortunate downturn

I have listened to this podcast series since the beginning and have looked forward to them each week and loved listening. Unfortunately when the narration changed from Paul I found the episodes went from being totally enthralling and interesting to no longer grabbing my attention and found myself constantly bored. I still enjoy from time to time but sadly not what it was.

StefanTrifonov ,

Great show, but too short

I really enjoy this podcast. Most topics are well selected and the history is delivered in an interesting manner.

My biggest critique… Some of the topics are vast and really interesting. I think it would be worth considering creating more than one episode on some of the topics.

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