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🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit

🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit

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
  • 🎧 1942: Churchill's Real Darkest Hour

    Most people think that Britain's worst moment of the war was in 1940 when the nation stood up against the threat of German invasion. Yet, eighty years ago, Britain stood at the brink of defeat. In 1942, a string of military disasters engulfed Britain in rapid succession, including the collapse in...

  • 🎧 Roe v. Wade: America's Landmark Ruling

    On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law banning abortion, effectively legalising the procedure nationwide. The court held that a woman’s right to an abortion was implicit in the right to privacy protected by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

    Roe v. Wade, involve...

  • 🎧 The Child Soldiers of WWI

    After the outbreak of the First World War, boys as young as twelve were caught up in a national wave of patriotism and, in huge numbers, volunteered to serve. The press, recruiting offices and the Government all contributed to the enlistment of hundreds of thousands of underage soldiers in both B...

  • 🎧 Korean War: The Veterans Of Imjin River

    Fought between the 22nd-25th of April 1951, the battle of Imjin River was part of a Chinese counter-offensive after United Nations forces had recaptured Seoul in March 1951. The assault on ‘Gloster Hill’ was led by General Peng Dehuai who commanded a force of 300,000 troops attacking over a 40-mi...

  • 🎧 Eugenics with Adam Rutherford

    Eugenics has been used in attempts throughout history, and across continents, to gain power and assert control.

    In this episode, we trace Eugenics from its intellectual origins in Victorian Britain to the actual policies put into action to control populations birthrates in Nazi Germany and 20th ...

  • 🎧 The Rule of Laws

    The laws now enforced throughout the world are almost all modelled on systems developed in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. During two hundred years of colonial rule, Europeans exported their laws everywhere they could. But not quite as revolutionary as we may think, they weren'...

  • 🎧 Digging for Britain with Professor Alice Roberts

    2021 was a bumper year for archaeological discoveries across Britain. In this episode, we go on a whistlestop tour of some of the most notable finds — from an immaculately preserved Roman mosaic found on a working farm, to the puzzling ruin of a Norman church discovered by HS2 engineers.

    Dan is ...

  • 🎧 Was the League of Nations Doomed to Fail?

    102 years ago on the 10th of January 1920, the League of Nations was formed out of the Treaty of Versailles. Its aim was to maintain peace after the First World War. With 58 member states by the 1930s, it had successes e against drug traffickers and slave traders, settling border disputes and ret...

  • 🎧 Obama and Merkel: The Extraordinary Partnership

    U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are two of the world’s most influential leaders, together at the centre of some of the biggest controversies and most impressive advancements of our time. Taking office at the height of the 2008 global recession, Obama was keenly awa...

  • 🎧 1921 Census: Revealed

    For the first time, the 1921 Census of England & Wales is now publicly available, only online at the family history website, Findmypast.co.uk. More detailed than any previous British census taken up to that point, it provides us with a remarkable, once-in-a-generation snapshot of a country that h...

  • 🎧 Democratic Decline

    The 6th of January marks one year since the United States Capitol attack of 2021, whereby a mob of supporters of Republican President Donald J. Trump stormed the Capitol Building. On today’s anniversary, what can we learn from prehistory to the present, about democratic decay, corruption and cron...

  • 🎧Treasures of Ancient Egypt

    Ramesses the Great, ego in the ancient world and Tutankhamun's sacred underwear. These are all covered in today's episode with Dr Campbell Price about the treasures that will be housed in the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, set to open later this year.

    Dr Campbell Price is the Chair of Trust...

  • 🎧Climate Catastrophe in the 17th century

    Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides - the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were both unprecedented and widespread. A global crisis extended from England to Japan, and from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. North and South America, too, suffered turbulence. ...

  • 🎧Sex in the Middle Ages with Katherine Harvey

    Please note that this episode contains conversation about sex that you might not want to listen to in the presence of children.

    What did medieval people really think about sex, and were those thoughts all that different from ours today?

    The medieval humoral system of medicine suggested that i...

  • 🎧 Inside The Great Cathedrals of Europe

    A trip to Paris wouldn't be the same without taking a moment to gaze up at the great looming towers of the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral with its watchful gargoyles on every corner. Today, celebrated journalist Simon Jenkins joins Dan to discuss 'humankind's greatest creation'; the cathedral. Simon...

  • 🎧 Storytime with the Snows: Boudica

    In a special episode of the podcast, Dan's children join him for a lively retelling of Boudica and the violent uprising that tore Roman Britain apart - a classic bedtime story in the Snow household. Merry Christmas from Dan and his family!

  • 🎧Christmas Carols: A Musical History

    Traditionally sung at Christmas itself or during the surrounding Christmas holiday season, it is thought that carols existed to keep up people’s spirits, along with dances, plays and feasts since before the fourteenth century. Whether religious or not, the singing of Christmas carols is a traditi...

  • 🎧 Dan Explores Dickensian London!

    Just as Scrooge wandered London's streets on a cold Christmas night, Dan Snow follows the ghosts of Charles Dickens' past to discover the city that inspired his greatest works. With London-born tour guide David Charnick, they slip down hidden alleyways to find the old debtor's prison that the Dic...

  • 🎧 The Parthenon Marbles

    The permanent home of the Parthenon Marbles, also known as the Elgin Marbles, has been the subject of a heated, decades-long debate.

    Currently housed in the British Museum, Greece has been proactively campaigning for their return since the 1980s. But, how did this controversy start and why did ...

  • 🎧 God's Changing Body Through History

    While many traditions regard God to be incorporeal, some three thousand years ago in the Southwest Asian lands, a group of people worshipped a complex pantheon of deities, led by a father god called El. El had seventy children, who were gods in their own right. One of them was a deity, known as Y...

  • 🎧 The Battle of Agincourt Explained

    The Battle of Agincourt looms large in the English historical and cultural imagination, this explainer wades through the mythology to help listeners really understand this infamous battle.

    From almost the moment the battle finished the myth of Agincourt was being spun. Henry V milked the victory...

  • 🎧 The Unlikely Fate of the Wright Brothers

    On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. The Wright Brothers took the world's first engine-powered flight. It didn't take long for countries around the world to realise that the Wright flying machine had the potential to revolu...

  • 🎧 Uncovered: South America's Biggest Slave Uprising

    On February 27 1763, thousands of enslaved people in the Dutch colony of Berbice—in present-day Guyana—launched a huge uprising against their oppressors. Surrounded by jungle and savannah, the revolutionaries—many of them African-born—effectively controlled the colony for a year as they resisted ...

  • 🎧 Inside Downing Street with Gavin Barwell

    British politician Gavin Barwell served as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Theresa May from June 2017 to July 2019, one of the most turbulent periods in recent British political history.

    As the Prime Minister’s senior political adviser, Barwell was at May's side as she navigated tumultuous Brex...