🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit

🎧 Dan Snow's History Hit

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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
  • 🎧 The Expulsion of Native Americans

    Claudio Saunt joined me on the podcast to discuss the United States' expulsion of Native Americans from the East to territories west of the Mississippi River. Justified as a humanitarian enterprise, the undertaking was to be systematic and rational, overseen by Washington’s small but growing bure...

  • 🎧 The Extremes of Humanity with Duncan McNab

    Dan talks to Military Historian and True Crime author Duncan McNab about the extremes of humanity.

  • 🎧 The Falklands Airdrop Ursula: Part One with Kevin O'Brien and David Chaundler

    Dan talks to Squadron Leader Kevin O'Brien and Brigadier David Chaundler about Airdrop Ursula, which took David from a desk in Whitehall to the Falkland Islands in a matter of hours. In the first half of this very-special podcast, we hear the background to the operation. Image credit: Griffiths91...

  • 🎧 The Falklands Airdrop Ursula: Part Two with David Chaundler

    Dan talks to David Chaundler about the events of the Falklands War, from the Battle of Goose Green to the end of the conflict.

  • 🎧 The Fall of France

    80 years ago this week, one of the most extraordinary evacuations in military history was under way: 'The Miracle of Dunkirk'. But how, and why, did the Allies find themselves in such a dire position? On this podcast, I was joined by one of the great historians of the Second World War, Peter Cadd...

  • 🎧 The Fall of Jerusalem in 1917 with Juliette Desplat

    On December 9th 1917, General Allenby took Jerusalem. Dan discusses the anniversary with Juliette Desplat from the the National Archives at Kew.

  • 🎧 The Fall of the Aztecs

    November 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the meeting of Hernan Cortes and Aztec ruler Montezuma at the gates of the magnificent Aztec capital at Tenochitlan, now Mexico City. Caroline Dodds Pennock is a specialist in the Aztecs. She takes Dan on a whirlwind tour through the events of that ext...

  • 🎧 The Fall of the Berlin Wall with Rory MacLean

    9 November 1989 was one of the most significant dates in 20th century history. The Berlin Wall fell, changing the entire geopolitical situation and marking the start of the decline of Russia's world standing. Author Rory MacLean was present when the Wall fell, and he talks about the jubilation of...

  • 🎧 The Fall of the Iron Lady with Ben Monro-Davies

    Ben Monro-Davies is a journalist who has interviewed all the surviving participants of the cabinet meeting in which Margaret Thatcher announced her decision to resign. He and Dan listen to the recordings, and chat about their significance, and the way Mrs Thatcher and others responded to her fall...

  • 🎧 The Fens

    James Boyce joins me on the pod to discuss the indigenous population of the Fens of eastern England. Between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period, the Fens fought to preserve their homeland against an expanding empire. After centuries of resistance, their culture and community were...

  • 🎧 The Field of the Cloth of Gold

    500 years ago this week marked the start of one of the most extraordinary diplomatic gatherings in history: The Field of the Cloth of Gold. In 1520, England and France - traditionally bitter rivals - sought to bring conflict to an end in a magnificent show of opulence and pageantry. Henry VIII of...

  • 🎧 The First Blitz with Ian Castle

    Dan talks to aviation historian Ian Castle about the First Blitz, an effort to kick Britain out of a world war.

  • 🎧 The First Indian Cricket Team with Dr Prashant Kidambi

    Dan and Dr Prashant Kidambi talk about the dominance of Indian cricket team over recent years, as well as its humble origins. They discuss the relationship between cricket and the empire, as well as sport's role as a potent nationalistic force. Dr Prashant Kidambi is an Associate Professor in Col...

  • 🎧 The First President

    George. Where did it all go wrong? George Washington could have had a comfortable career as a loyal member of HIs Majesty's Virginia militia and colonial grandee. But no, he had to go and roll the dice. I am thrilled in this episode to be talking to historian Alexis Coe about her new biography of...

  • 🎧 The First Thanksgiving

    Sarah Churchwell and Kathryn Gray joined me on the podcast to discuss the first Thanksgiving of 1621. They critique mythologies of Thanksgiving that have arisen from 19th century ideologues, to Reagan, to the present day, and reframe settler colonial narratives.

  • 🎧 The Forgotten Ally: Canada

    Tim Cook joined me on the pod to discuss how Canadian contributions are frequently overlooked or diminished in discussions of the War. Most major war histories are written by British or American authors, who give little credit to the Canadians as a separate fighting force.

  • 🎧 The French Revolution with David Andress

    David Andress delves into the French Revolution, explaining its causes, its outcomes, and how we should look at its historical legacy.

  • 🎧 The Future of Archaeology and Egyptology with Professor Sarah Parcak

    Sarah Parcak talks to Dan about how advances in technology have enabled us to discover far more historical sites than we believed ever existed. She talks about drones and satellites and how they can read topography and vegetation to give us all new pictures of the world beneath our feet, and disc...

  • 🎧 The Gay Men Who Took on Hitler

    Chris Bryant joined me on the podcast to tell the story of the gay British politicians who were among the very first to warn Britain about the danger of Hitler’s rise to power and the most vocal in demanding an end to the government’s policy of appeasement.

  • 🎧 The Government and the Military in Times of Crisis

    The Covid crisis has seen a huge deployment of UK armed forces personnel to assist the civilian government. Named Operation RESCRIPT it has seen soldiers, sailors and aviators fulfil a wide range of tasks. I wanted to get a sense of the different challenges that the forces face when operating on ...

  • 🎧 The Great Escape with Guy Walters

    Was The Great Escape as great as its name suggests? Guy Walters thinks otherwise, and argues that the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III actually helped the German war effort. Dan chats to him to find out more.

  • 🎧 The Great Famine

    Charles Read joined me on the podcast to discuss the economic and political causes of the Great Famine. We discuss the British government’s economic policies that transferred responsibility onto Irish taxpayers. Within four years, 25% of Irish people died or emigrated.

  • 🎧 The Great Fire of London

    Rebecca Rideal is an author, editor of History Vault, and a PhD candidate. Here she discusses the Great Fire of London, the subject of her book '1666: Plague, War and Hellfire'.

  • 🎧 The Great Viking Army at Repton with Cat Jarman

    Dan talks to Cat Jarman, a scientist who has worked to establish whether the bones in the charnel house at Repton are those of Ivar the Boneless' Great Heathen Army.