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The latest news from the team behind BBC History Magazine - a popular History magazine. To find out more, visit www.historyextra.com

    How Shakespeare inspired terrorists

    How Shakespeare inspired terrorists

    Shakespeare has been an obsession of extremist groups across the globe over the centuries. The Nazi Party held him up as a hero, while Osama Bin Laden condemned him as the ultimate symbol of the depraved west. Islam Issa speaks to Rhiannon Davies about the playwright’s tangled relationship with terror.

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    • 39 min
    How the Greeks changed the world

    How the Greeks changed the world

    Historian Roderick Beaton ranges over 4,000 years of Greek history, from the glories of Mycenae to the life of a modern European nation. In discussion with Rob Attar, he picks out some of the key moments in this journey, including the triumphs of ancient Greece, the conquests of Alexander the Great and the 1820s battle for independence.


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    • 50 min
    What can churches tell us?

    What can churches tell us?

    Peter Stanford speaks to Emily Briffett about his new book, If These Stones Could Talk, which chronicles his journeys around Britain and Ireland’s churches, abbeys, chapels and cathedrals in a quest to understand how religion has defined our past and continues to shape our present.

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    • 49 min
    Sex work: a brief history

    Sex work: a brief history

    From the courtesans of Edo Japan and ancient Greece to the mollyhouses of Regency London, Kate Lister speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about her new book Harlots, Whores and Hackabouts, which charts the long, diverse and colourful history of sex work.

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    • 31 min
    The Ottoman “Age of Discovery”

    The Ottoman “Age of Discovery”

    The “Age of Discovery” is traditionally known as a period between the 15th and 16th centuries, when European Christian powers sailed west and encountered lands and peoples previously unknown to them. However, speaking to David Musgrove, Professor Marc David Baer contends that this narrative overlooks the influential role of the Ottoman empire.


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    • 29 min
    Anglo-Scottish border wars: everything you wanted to know

    Anglo-Scottish border wars: everything you wanted to know

    How much blood was spilled in the border regions of England and Scotland from the 14th to the 16th centuries? Who were the Reivers? And why did the French get involved? Michael Brown talks to Spencer Mizen about the cross-border clashes that marred Anglo-Scottish relations for 200 years.
     
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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

keenan.m ,

Much better than other reviews make it out to be

I think many people in the bad reviews have far too big expectations for this podcast. To me, it appears to function as an introduction to a wide variety of topics and stories you might have never heard of and not necessarily a deep dive where many tough subjects are brought up. I found this pod originally looking for more knowledge of my own cultural history as an American whose parents came to the US from the UK 30 years ago and I have not been disappointed!

USC201795 ,

Selectively ‘woke’ criticisms & questions

Loved this show until this complete joke of an episode.
The History of the Ottoman Empire (Aug. 8, 2021) is fall of falsities, double standards, ignores any truth and the “interviewer” is too afraid to ask any real questions. If you’re going to review any European empire from Ancient Greece -colonial BRITAIN under a 2021 lens, do the same for a Islamic empire.....The guests brief and misleading coverage of the conquest of Constantinople & the total lack of questioning by the host is a joke— the guests acts like they willingly handed over the keys & nothing changed, despite accounts of mass rapes, murders, plundering, selling children into slavery by the Islamic Ottomans..., after 3 sieges..Including rapes of all ages & genders of Christians hiding in the Hagia Sophia, which the host shamelessly passes off as Muslim architecture. This happened in the 1400s if Christopher Columbus is fair game, why not the ottomans for their war crimes & atrocities?

A quick google search will show the Ottomans religiously, no pun intended— loved forced conversions like thru their system of devşirme where Christian boys in Europe were kidnapped, forced to convert & trained to kill their countrymen, as well as other mass forced conversions to Islam in the balkans and Eastern Europe. Or the Barbary slave raids where Ukrainian and polish girls where kidnapped as sex slaves (google Hurrem Sutan / Roxelana) Not to mention the numerous Roman and Christian sites, like the Hagia Sophia that the ottomans co-opted and passed off as their own architectural ingenuity....meanwhile any European empire from Ancient Greece & Rome - 1975 gets examined under a 2021 lens.

I_Heart_Puppies ,

My favorite history podcast!

I love this podcast for the wide array of subjects, many of which I would never seek out on my own, or I didn’t know was a thing. From love and marriage in 14th century Western Europe to Women spies in WWII France. It’s also cool to hear about the actual research and leg work the Historians do in order to write their books and papers. I think it’s a good thing to be reminded of what makes an expert an expert, the importance of contemporary primary accounts of events, as well as a skepticism that should accompany those accounts, and the historical context in which they were created. As an American living in The South, it’s sort of comforting in a weird way to hear all of these things in action.

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