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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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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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    John the Baptist

    John the Baptist

    Not long after the turn of the first millennium, a Jewish prophet emerged from a period of desert solitude in the Jordan River valley. He wore simple camel hair garments and ate nothing but locusts and wild honey. His name was John the Baptist, and his pre-messianic preachings about repentance and God's final judgement would form the bedrock of the early Christian faith.
    Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London and author of 'The Immerser: John the Baptist Within Second Temple Judaism'. She explains why people were so drawn to him, and why he is considered the forerunner of Jesus Christ.
    Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Max Carrey.
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    • 27 min
    The Rosetta Stone

    The Rosetta Stone

    In 1798, the young French General Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt. After successfully taking Alexandria, he ordered the reconstruction of a fort at the nearby city of Rosetta. As his soldiers did the back-breaking work of digging fortifications in the blazing sun, they uncovered an archaeological treasure that would prove to be the key to Egypt's past - the Rosetta Stone.

    Dan is joined by Egyptologist and writer Dr Chris Naunton to tell us what exactly was written on this vital relic, and why it mattered.

    Produced by Mariana Des Forges and James Hickmann, and edited by Max Carrey.

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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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

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I work for an Electric Utility in Northern California. While doing inspections I will listen with my phone in my shirt pocket and quite often I will laugh with no one in the Sub but me. I learned my trade in the US Navy on the USS New Jersey. Re-commissioning crew and plank owner from 1982. Went to Lebanon with the Multi-national peacekeeping force. I’ve learned a lot from the History Hit and Warfare pods and a subscriber. Thank you for producing very entertaining and informative shows.

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This is my favourite podcast. Ever.

I love Dan’s competent, enthusiastic and no-nonsense delivery. His guest match him in enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of their subjects. I’ve learned so much.

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HistoryHit Rocks!

I’m new to this podcast and got hooked on the Napoleon series. I decided to go back and listen to old episodes in order. Whether it’s a topic I know well like WWII or not so well like medieval Europe I always learn something. I especially like obscure stories and other bits of history. The podcast on mudlarking was a particular favorite. Keep up the great work!

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