158 episodes

Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.
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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    • 4.8 • 58 Ratings

Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.
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.

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    142. General Gordon and the Siege of Khartoum

    142. General Gordon and the Siege of Khartoum

    What happened to Gordon at Khartoum?
    Described by Dominic as the 'greatest media event of the Victorian era', this second parter is not to be missed.
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
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    • 54 min
    141. General Gordon: The Ultimate Victorian Hero

    141. General Gordon: The Ultimate Victorian Hero

    Who was General Gordon? 
    Tune in to hear about the life and times of the 'emblematic martyr of the Victorian age'.
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
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    • 37 min
    140. The Birth of the Railways

    140. The Birth of the Railways

    Today Tom and Dominic are joined by historian Dan Jackson to talk about one of the greatest inventions known to man - the railways.
    Where were they first created? When did they arrive in England? And how did they relate to the standardisation of GMT in Britain?
    From Eric Hobsbawm to cucumber straighteners, this pod has it all! 
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
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    • 52 min
    139. The Princes in the Tower Part 2

    139. The Princes in the Tower Part 2

    Who killed the Princes in the Tower? The inspiration behind Shakespeare's Richard III, their murder remains one of the greatest mysteries in English history. 
    In the second of two episodes, all eyes turn to Richard III, prime suspect in the disappearance of Edward IV's sons. 
    Tom and Dominic discuss whether Richard likely did kill his nephews, potential other suspects, and whether it was a matter of survival for him to do so.
    Plus, the greatest question of our time: was Richard III more Raul Castro, Robert Kennedy, or James Callaghan?
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
    Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com

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    • 54 min
    138. The Princes in the Tower Part 1

    138. The Princes in the Tower Part 1

    Who killed the Princes in the Tower? The inspiration behind Shakespeare's Richard III, their murder is one of the greatest mysteries in English history. 
    In the first of two episodes, we start with the princes' father, Edward IV. Tom and Dominic discuss the remarkable parallels between Edward IV and his grandson, Henry VIII, and why Edward's brother, Duke of Clarence, is certainly not a friend of the show.
    All this, plus Tom's case for why he does a better prince impression than Brian Blessed.
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
    @TheRestHistory
    @holland_tom
    @dcsandbrook
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    • 45 min
    137. 1922: The Birth of the Modern World Part 2

    137. 1922: The Birth of the Modern World Part 2

    In part 2 of this centennial episode, Tom and Dominic cover the triggering of the Irish Civil War, the birth of the BBC, and Howard Carter's 'Tutmania'. 
    Plus, have you ever wondered how many stars Dominic's 1995 Edinburgh Fringe performance of Becket REALLY received from The Scotsman? Featuring appearances from Winston Churchill, Michael Collins and Just William, this podcast is not to be missed! 
    Producer: Dom Johnson
    Exec Producer: Tony Pastor
    Twitter:
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    @holland_tom
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Smallgoalie ,

Amazing insights; lots of laughs

I adore the company of Holland & Sandbrook. They pick great subjects, share their brilliant knowledge & perspective; have a great laugh & all in a marvellously British refined manner that makes this show such a wonderful friend. You’ll always finish listening to a show in a great mood.

1976Annick!!!! ,

Best lockdown companion

Really enjoy Mr Sandbrook and Mr Holland’s chats on a bi-weekly basis. Intelligent discussion and very informative on a broad range of topics.

Dubderm ,

Empire

Normally really enjoy your podcast but today’s episode was very very flawed. It is entitled Empire but only deals with India (more or less). What about your first colony Ireland ? Genocide in Ireland (An Gorta Mór)A colonial history longer the 500yrs ? The rape of Africa ? India was not the only part of the empire no matter how much you want it to be. Why not have an Irish historian on ? Or even Akala on Africa and the Caribbean ? Or just change the title of to your pod to India, that was fun !
As for the bit about the empire not enriching the UK but actually costing you money? Please. Are you serious? Where did the wealth come from then ?
Very disappointed
Dermot

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