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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.
If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at ds.hh@historyhit.com, we'd love to hear from you!

Dan Snow's History Hit History Hit

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    • 4.8 • 358 Ratings

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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen.
If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at ds.hh@historyhit.com, we'd love to hear from you!

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    Why Are Humans Drawn to War with Richard Overy

    Why Are Humans Drawn to War with Richard Overy

    Countless battles have littered the pages of our shared human story. Powerful leaders, hungry for glory and conquest, have always relied on conflict to achieve their goals. And despite this several-thousand-year-long history of warfare, the question still remains - why?

    To understand the persistence of violent conflict in the human story, Dan is joined by Richard Overy, one of the great military historians and author of 'Why War?'.

    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Max Carrey.

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    The Other D-Day: The Eastern Front

    The Other D-Day: The Eastern Front

    Historian, broadcaster and author Jonathan Dimbleby joins Dan to explain how Hitler's plans in the East went disastrously wrong.
    2 weeks after the D-Day landings, a gigantic Soviet offensive tore through the German lines on the Eastern Front. Named for the Russian general who fought Napoleon, Operation Bagration swept through Byelorussia and put the Red Army within striking distance of Berlin. On the anniversary of this vital offensive, Jonathan and Dan look at the role it played in the liberation of Europe.
    Jonathan's new book is called 'Endgame 1944: How Stalin Won the War'.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 42 min
    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 2

    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 2

    Please note that this episode contains some explicit language.
    This is the story of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Britain's most extraordinary soldier. The one-handed, one-eyed, walking stick-wielding war hero fought in the Second Boer War, The First World War and the Second World War. He was wounded countless times, awarded prestigious medals for gallantry, and made into a figure of legend. Away from the battlefield the eccentric veteran rubbed shoulders with kings and emperors, and worked with some of the most important world leaders of the 20th century.
    To tell this astonishing tale, Dan weaves his storytelling with the words of Carton De Wiart himself, read by Dan's father, Peter Snow. In this second episode, Carton de Wiart survives the 1939 invasion of Poland, becomes a POW in Italy and eventually makes his way to China, where he becomes Churchill's personal representative to Chiang Kai-shek.
    Written and produced by Dan Snow, and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 1

    Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 1

    This is the story of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Britain's most extraordinary soldier. The one-handed, one-eyed, walking stick-wielding war hero fought in the Second Boer War, The First World War and the Second World War. He was wounded countless times, awarded prestigious medals for gallantry, and made into a figure of legend. Away from the battlefield the eccentric veteran rubbed shoulders with kings and emperors, and worked with some of the most important world leaders of the 20th century.
    To tell this astonishing tale, Dan weaves his storytelling with the words of Carton De Wiart himself, read by Dan's father, Peter Snow. In this first episode, we follow the aspiring young officer from his baptism by fire in South Africa to the trenches of the Western Front.
    Written and produced by Dan Snow, and edited by Dougal Patmore.
    Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at https://historyhit.com/subscription/.
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    • 46 min
    The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

    The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

    With a sinister hierarchy of "grand wizards" and "dragons," hooded Klansmen concealed their identities as they unleashed a reign of terror on Black Americans and other minorities across America for almost a century.
    Dan is joined by Professor Kristofer Allerfeldt from the University of Exeter to map out the rise and fall of the KKK founded in 1866 by Confederate veterans in Tennessee, as a vehicle for white Southerners to resist Reconstruction and the enfranchisement of Black Americans right through to the 21st century.
    Produced by Mariana Des Forges, James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 37 min
    Civil War Rivals: Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses Grant

    Civil War Rivals: Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses Grant

    100 years ago, in the spring of 1864, the Overland Campaign ignited a ferocious clash between two titans of US military history: Ulysses S. Grant, the rugged and relentless Union general, versus the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, a suave southern officer and master of strategy.
    Theirs was a hotly-contested rivalry, and the debate still rages on to this day - who was the better general? To help you decide, we're joined by Jonathan D. Bratten, an engineer officer and command historian in the Maine Army National Guard.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
358 Ratings

358 Ratings

livvylookb ,

Thank you :)

Love this Podcast. Great way to learn without getting bored! Thanks for giving me over 1200 episodes to binge lol!
Listening from NZ

burtonrory ,

Brilliant!!

A brilliant light of knowledge in a dark wasteland of mediocrity

M a r k y B o y ,

Great Podcast

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