7 episodes

Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present for their new podcast "The Rest Is History"


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 thirty minutes.

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    • 4.7 • 215 Ratings

Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present for their new podcast "The Rest Is History"


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 thirty minutes.

    6. Troy

    6. Troy

    It’s been described as the most legendary story ever told. But did the Trojan War actually happen? And was it really fought over a beautiful woman? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss an enduring tale that still resonates to this day.
     
    A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production
    Produced by Jack Davenport
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
    Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com
     
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    • 35 min
    5. 1981

    5. 1981

    As a new series of The Crown arrives on Netflix, returning viewers to the 1980s, we look back at the year many Britons consider the worst in living memory.
    Rocketing unemployment, riots in major cities and a country governed by the most divisive prime minister in post-war British history made 1981 a year to forget.
    Amidst the gloom was the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana and the greatest Ashes fightback England cricket fans had ever seen.
    So what can we learn from a closer analysis of 1981?


    A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production
    Produced by Jack Davenport
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: #TheRestIsHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
    Email: theresthistory@gmail.com
     
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    • 37 min
    4. We’re all so 17th Century

    4. We’re all so 17th Century

    Plague, pestilence and statue smashing are back in business. Has 2020 turned out to be the 17th Century in disguise? And if so, has Boris Johnson become the new Oliver Cromwell, determined to crack down on the excesses of Christmas? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland suggest things now are not as bad as we thought.


    A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production
    Produced by Jack Davenport
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: @TheRestHistory #TheRestisHistory
    Email: theresthistory@gmail.com
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
     
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    • 33 min
    3. Is Trump Caesar or Nixon?

    3. Is Trump Caesar or Nixon?

    Recorded hours after Joe Biden was named President of the United States, we ask if Donald Trump is a modern day Caesar, willing to do anything to stay in power? Or is Trump the natural successor to the disgraced Richard Nixon? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook draw parallels between the modern White House, the 1970s and ancient Rome.


    A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production
    Produced by Jack Davenport
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: @TheRestHistory #TheRestIsHistory
    Email: theresthistory@gmail.com
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
     
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    • 35 min
    2. Civil War

    2. Civil War

    What are the conditions needed for a civil war to start? Could we see a modern industrial nation turn upon itself again? Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore examples from ancient history though to Spain in the 1930s and Yugoslavia in the 1990s to work out what it takes for neighbour to murder neighbour.


    A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production
    Produced by Jack Davenport
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: @TheRestHistory #TheRestIsHistory
    Email: theresthistory@gmail.com
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
     
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    • 35 min
    1. Greatness

    1. Greatness

    How did certain people come to be called ‘the Great’? Is the notion of great men and women outmoded? Can anyone today be reckoned ‘great’? Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take a wide ranging stroll through the annals of time, from Nero to Nixon, with a bit of Trump thrown in for good measure.


    A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production
    Produced by Jack Davenport
    Exec Producer Tony Pastor
    Twitter: @TheRestHistory #RestIsHistory
    Email: theresthistory@gmail.com
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
     
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
215 Ratings

215 Ratings

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Excellent

Two erudite commentators, but above all friends in friendly banter - have laughed as well as learnt each episode. Wild boys both! And Dominion is indeed a great book.

Supertopcat79 ,

Gold

Absolutely love this podcast - intelligent debates, with lots of great humour along the way. A joy to listen to, and I only wish there was a bigger back catalogue to binge on...

Turk Thrust III ,

Straight into the confectionery stall and out again

I was around the same age as Holland Snr when I was converted to the True Faith. The first ever test match I saw was also an Ashes test at Headingley. Unfortunately this was Headingley ‘89. So I had a Christmas only slightly worse than Nicolae Ceaușescu.

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