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History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.
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Dan Snow's History Hit History Hit

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    • 4.7 • 3K Ratings

History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.
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    Sex

    Sex

    250 million years ago the armour-plated Placoderm fish invented the act of sex as we know it. Hubba Hubba. Dive into the historical sack as we go in search of the origins of nature’s greatest-ever invention.
    Dallas’s guest on this episode is Australian palaeontologist John Long, author of The Dawn of the Deed.
    Produced by Freddy Chick. The senior producer is Charlotte Long.
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    • 21 min
    The End of Stalingrad

    The End of Stalingrad

    Stalingrad is one of the most titanic and totemic battles of the Second World War. Millions were killed, the city itself was utterly shattered by fighting and the seemingly unbeatable Wehrmacht suffered a catastrophic rout like never before. But what made the Soviet victory possible; what happened to the men from both sides who fought in the rubble and snow of Stalin's city; and what were the consequences, both on the Eastern Front and around the world, of this savage clash of arms?
    To find out Dan is joined by Jochen Hellbeck professor of history at Rutgers University and author of Stalingrad: The City that Defeated the Third Reich to discuss how the battle of Stalingrad ended and what came next.
    Produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 42 min
    Normans, Romans and Victorians: History of England's New Forest 

    Normans, Romans and Victorians: History of England's New Forest 

    Where can you find an Iron Age fort, Roman kilns, trees built for Nelson's navy and the hunting lodge of William the Conqueror? In the place that Dan calls home: the New Forest in the South of England. In this special episode of the podcast sponsored by BMW and National Park's Recharge in Nature project, Dan joins his good friend and local archaeologist Richard Reeves for an afternoon under the canopy and over the heathland to dig into the deep history of this ancient woodland so named at the Norman Conquest. 
     
    Among the gently falling rain, crunchy leaves and chirping birds, Dan and Richard retrace the many civilisations who have utilised the forest over the centuries for commoning, building ships, serving armies, hiding out and most of all, relaxing. Right through from the Norman gentry hunting deer to the Victorians who planted giant redwoods for scenic driveways, the New Forest has been a place of play and leisure for rich and poor, old and young. 
     
    The Recharge in Nature project is a new 3-year partnership between BMW and National Parks UK with a shared aim and commitment to enhance the electric car charging network and support vital nature restoration, biodiversity and sustainability initiatives across all 15 National Parks.
     
    Produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 21 min
    The Truth About Area 51

    The Truth About Area 51

    Fake moon landings, aliens and secret weapons; conspiracy theories about Area 51 abound but what exactly is it, and do we know anything about it with certainty? Dan is joined by Annie Jacobsen, investigative journalist and author of Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base, to find out what really goes on in this mysterious Air Force installation. They discuss dirty bomb tests, nuclear explosions in space and soviet hoaxes.
    Produced by Mariana Des Forges and James Hickmann, and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 22 min
    The USA & Pacification in the Vietnam War

    The USA & Pacification in the Vietnam War

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. It was one of the most costly conflicts that the U.S. has ever fought, causing immense loss of life on all sides. US intervention was defined by the strategy of 'pacification', but what exactly did this entail, and did it really work? Dan is joined by the expert on this subject, historian Robert Thompson, author of Clear, Hold, and Destroy, to learn about pacification in Vietnam's Phú Yên province. John Harrison, an American veteran who served with the 101st Airborne, will also be sharing his experiences about what pacification looked like on the ground.
    Produced by James Hickmann and mixed by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 46 min
    Anne Frank's Life After Her Arrest

    Anne Frank's Life After Her Arrest

    Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most famous accounts of the Jewish experience during the Second World War, giving us a deeply personal glimpse into the life-in-hiding of a prolific young writer. But on the 1st August 1944, the diary abruptly ends - the Franks, van Pelses and Fritz Pfeffer had been discovered by the Gestapo. In this episode, we’ll find out what happened to them between their arrest and Anne’s tragic death in 1945. Dan is joined by Bas von Benda-Beckmann, historian and co-author of After the Annex: Anne Frank, Auschwitz and Beyond, to reconstruct Anne’s life after her arrest.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K Ratings

rajpatel22 ,

Great podcast, wonderful presenter

I discovered this podcast by accident but what a gem. There are so many different topics covered that are presented with infectious enthusiasm that make me want to learn more. Even if the recent episodes don’t catch your eye, most of the catalog will have something worthwhile.

ZKafer ,

Great podcast, but needs more political balance

I really love most episodes, but some go too political in a leftist direction. I’m fine hearing ideas on both sides, but I resent the apparent assumption that everybody listening agrees that Brexit was bad, climate change solutions are universally agreed upon, everything to do with conservatives in the US is bad, etc. I sometimes skip episodes that are aggravating in this way.

vvizz@rdd ,

History Hit

I mean it’s Dan Snow, what else do I gotta say? Amazing presenter, history hit is my jam. I’d love to make a longer review but I gotta get back to listening to history podcasts so I let it speak for itself!

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