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History Hits

History Hits

51 Episodes

A series of filmed podcasts that have appeared on Dan Snow's History Hit 🎧.

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History Hits
  • Eleanor of Aquitaine: England's Royal Matriarch

    Episode 1

    Eleanor of Aquitaine is at least as responsible for the vast empire of the Plantagenets as her more celebrated husband, Henry II. Sara Cockerill has written a wonderful biography of Eleanor, placing her back at the centre of English medieval history where she belongs. Sara and Dan discuss her lon...

  • History and The Environment

    Episode 2

    Andrew Simms is an author, analyst and co-director of the New Weather Institute. He comes on the show to explain how history is full of examples where humans have proven their capacity to make radical transformation. He explains why we must be capable of similarly-extraordinary things today to co...

  • Confronting a Nazi Past

    Episode 3

    Derek Niemman and Noemie Lopian work together. Two people from very different backgrounds, they tour the world telling people about their family stories. Author and writer Derek Niemann discovered only a few years ago that the grandfather he never knew had been an SS officer, in charge of slave l...

  • A History of the Oceans

    Episode 4

    We are a land animal. But millions of us have taken to the sea to live, fight, travel, eat, escape and seek fame and fortune. I am obsessed with the sea. On how humans have built ever more efficient and capable ships to exploit its riches and opportunities. This is an conversation I’ve been longi...

  • A Strange Bit of History

    Episode 5

    We were delighted to have comedy royalty on the podcast. Omid Djalili talked to me about one of his earliest stage creations, first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1993. Over the next four years it was performed 109 times in 10 different countries. The backdrop of this epic storytel...

  • Bombing Campaigns of the Second World War

    Episode 6

    75 years ago, in the spring of 1945, the aerial assault on Germany was reaching a crescendo as city after city was devastated by British and American bomber fleets. James Holland, leading World War Two historian and bestselling author, joins Dan Snow on the podcast to talk about why and how the b...

  • Britain in the 1980s

    Episode 7

    Who Dares Wins'. Dominic Sandbrook's fifth book in his series on Britain since the Second World War is out now. The historian and columnist comes on the podcast to talk through the early 1980s in all their gaudy glory and why this period marks a decisive turning point in Britain's recent history.

  • European Prosperity in the 19th Century with Orlando Figes

    Episode 8

    Orlando Figes talks to Dan about social and technological developments and their links with cultural changes back in the 19th century.

  • Horrible Histories with Terry Deary

    Episode 9

    Terry Deary, one of the most effective communicators of history ever, spoke to Dan about how Horrible Histories came about, his remarkable publishing career and what sparked his interest in the past.

  • Crucible of The Modern World

    Episode 10

    Charles Emmerson thinks the crucible of the modern world was not the 1960s but the tumultuous years at the end of the First World War and those that followed. This was when Communism and Fascism became mainstream movements. This was when the borders of the Middle East, and Eastern Europe were dra...

  • How Christianity Shapes Our Morality

    Episode 11

    Tom Holland sits down with Dan to talk about the history of Christianity, and how the religion has shaped morality in Western civilisation to this day.

  • How to Be a Dictator with Frank Dikötter

    Episode 12

    "Dictators study power: how do you take it, how do you keep it, how do you expand it". Dutch historian Frank Dikötter sits down with Dan to explain the history behind dictatorship and the various methods these individuals used to gain and maintain power.

  • Ink: A History of Tattooing

    Episode 13

    Matt Lodder is the world's leading expert on the history of tattoos. He has found evidence of people using ink or charcoal on their bodies stretching back thousands of years. He explodes myths at every turn. Tattoos were common long before Captain Cook allegedly imported them back from the Pacifi...

  • Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudors

    Episode 14

    Nicola Tallis comes on the show to talk about the extraordinary Margaret Beaufort: 'Mother of the Tudors' and the ancestor of all subsequent royals.

  • Modern Spain

    Episode 15

    Sir Paul Preston CBE comes on the show to discuss Spain's modern history and explain how the stripping away of its empire in the early 19th century had such a catastrophic impact on the country.

  • Pandemics: Science and History

    Episode 16

    I was thrilled to be joined by the legendary Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford University and bestselling author of 'The Silk Roads: A New History of the World'. In this podcast we discussed the current crisis in a wider historical context, and Peter gave some fascinating ins...

  • How the Cold War Shaped Western Democracy with Simon Reid-Henry

    Episode 17

    Dan sat down with Simon Reid-Henry to discuss the evolution of Western democracy across the world from the early 1970s to present day. They talk about the broad decline of the centrist post-war politics over the past decades and the rise of people turning to the more radical ends of the political...

  • How the Earth Shaped Human History

    Episode 18

    Great leaders? Industrial change? Revolutions? If you thought these were the things that shaped history, think again. Back by popular demand, Lewis Dartnell returns to the show. He explains how modern political and economic patterns correlate with events which happened not decades or centuries ag...

  • Nuclear Armageddon with Julie McDowall

    Episode 19

    Dan sat down with Julie McDowall to talk about Britain's plans in case of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War. They also discuss the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and its infamous legacy.

  • Race Science with Angela Saini

    Episode 20

    Dan sat down with Angela Saini to talk about the history behind race and the history of interactions between civilisations.

  • The Anglo-Zulu War

    Episode 21

    Saul David - historian, broadcaster and author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction - comes on the show to discuss the most brutal and controversial British imperial conflict of the 19th century: the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

  • The Battle of Agincourt with Mike Loades

    Episode 22

    Legend of popular history Mike Loades provides Dan a detailed run down of Henry V's famous victory at Agincourt on 25 October 1415 and how his men were more a band of brigands than a 'band of brothers'. They discuss the arms, the armour, the tactics and the popular myths today associated with the...

  • The Battle of Okinawa

    Episode 23

    On 1 April 1945, as the Second World War in Europe was reaching its end, one of the bloodiest battles in the whole conflict commenced on a small island south of mainland Japan. It was the Battle of Okinawa. Saul David comes on the show to provide a fascinating run down of this truly horrific battle.

  • The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz

    Episode 24

    This is the most remarkable father and son story I have ever come across. I am talking to historian Jeremy Dronfield about an astonishing true story of horror, love and impossible survival. In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his sixtee...