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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

    The Great Depression: everything you wanted to know

    The Great Depression: everything you wanted to know

    Historian David M Kennedy answers listener questions and online search queries about the Great Depression, the economic crash that devastated the United States and other countries across the globe in the 1930s. In discussion with Rhiannon Davies, he covers topics ranging from the fate of minorities to the staggering unemployment statistics of the time.  
     
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    • 50 min
    Searching for WW1’s fallen soldiers

    Searching for WW1’s fallen soldiers

    Robert Sackville-West describes attempts to identify the bodies of the dead after the devastating battles of the First World War


    Historian Robert Sackville-West describes the searches to identify – and in some cases, return – bodies of the dead after the devastating battles of the First World War: a service that provided important closure for many bereaved families. Speaking with Elinor Evans, he also explores how commemoration of the war dead has changed over the last century.

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    • 41 min
    Christmas feasts: Medieval & Tudor revelry

    Christmas feasts: Medieval & Tudor revelry

    From brawn to plum pottage, Annie Gray takes us back to the raucous world of festive feasting in the medieval and Tudor eras. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, for the first episode in our new mini-series on Christmas food through history, she also touches on subversive merrymaking, spectacular dinnertime entertainments and hefty meat pies.

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    • 26 min
    Pearl Harbor episode 1: A gathering storm in Japan

    Pearl Harbor episode 1: A gathering storm in Japan

    In the first episode in our new series on the raid on Pearl Harbor, Chris Harding speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about Japan in the years running up to December 1941. They discuss the long-running historical factors that edged the country ever closer to war with the United States, and ask: what led Japan to embark on such a risky gamble?
     
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    • 42 min
    Colour: a human history

    Colour: a human history

    Colour has been hugely important to humans through history, with different cultures attaching their own meanings to all the hues of the rainbow. From the ancient societies who venerated purple to the modern political radicals who chose red as the colour of revolution, James Fox speaks to Rhiannon Davies about these fascinating associations.


    (Ad) James Fox is the author The World According to Colour: A Cultural History (Allen Lane, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:
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    • 47 min
    Stranger danger? Xenophobia’s unexpected history

    Stranger danger? Xenophobia’s unexpected history

    Psychiatrist and historian George Makari speaks to Jon Bauckham about the origins of the term “xenophobia”, and the ways in which western thinkers have interpreted people’s fear of strangers, from the 19th century to the present day.

    (Ad) George Makari is the author of Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia (Yale University Press, 2021). Buy it now from Amazon:
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    • 38 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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