Almost History. Always incredible. What if ... ? Almost History tells the amazing true stories behind the aborted missions, cancelled plans, utopian dreams, failed revolutions and hubristic designs that didn't quite make it from the drawing board to change the real world. Rescued from the footnotes, archives and passing references, each episode explores what almost happened and explains why it didn't.
AH 12 Opening the iron curtain - the DDR's day of dissent
What if a violent uprising had toppled East Germany's communist government in 1953?
AH 11 Operation Unthinkable - Churchill's plan to attack Russia and start a Third World War
According to Field Marshal Montgomery, rule number one on the first page of the book of war is ‘do not march on Moscow’.
In April 1945, Winston Churchill ordered the British Chiefs of Staff to rip up the rule book and plan for an attack on their...
AH 10 Louis of England - history’s forgotten King of England
In August of 1216, the King of Scotland rode down the entire length of England to pay homage to a new English king at Dover.
The Scottish monarch bent his knee to a warrior prince who was the pride and hope of his dynasty.
His name was Louis...
AH 09 Princess Mary Tudor's flight to freedom
In the summer of 1550, Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was packing her belongings and preparing to flee her home.
Her Tudor brother was the figurehead for an increasingly Protestant regime. Mary clung to her mother's Catholicism....
AH 08 Cancelling Christmas and the Plum Pudding Riots
In 1647, the new puritan government tried to cancel Christmas.
People in Canterbury protested in a peculiarly English way, with a destructive game of football followed by a mass brawl.
The city’s Plum Pudding Riots led to a royalist revolt...
AH 07 The Prince of Poyais - settling in the country that never was
In 1822, Gregor MacGregor committed what The Economist newspaper has called the ‘biggest fraud in history’ and ‘the greatest confidence trick of all time’.
Investors, many of them Scottish, put forward vast sums towards creating a colony in central...
As a teacher in New England, I truly appreciate hearing the product of an individual putting in the time and effort to help others appreciate knowledge and learning. In this case, Chapman-Curry offers us an objective and informed stance on several historical, sociological, and political topics. Strong voice; strong podcast.