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  • Modern Spain

    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.

  • Parliament's Greatest Speeches

    The Palace of Westminster is one of the world's most famous buildings: 'the mother of parliaments'. Since the days of Simon de Montfort parliaments having been meeting at this location in the heart of London. Though plagued by controversy and destruction over its long history the site's significa...

  • The History of Westminster Abbey

    Sir David Cannadine shows Dan around the iconic Westminster Abbey, in the heart of London. With an unrivalled arrange of monuments - ranging from grand royal tombs to the grave of The Unknown Warrior - and spectacular architecture spanning nearly 1,000 years, join the two historians as they explo...

  • The Peaky Blinders: A History

    Who were the real Peaky Blinders? Did they really exist? Carl Chinn reveals the true story of the notorious gangs that roamed Birmingham's streets during the city's industrial heyday.

  • The Welsh Man Who Built Hollywood

    A council estate in Wales keeps a secret of a man who gave so much. Chris Lloyd finds out why.

  • 🎧 Britain and China in the Opium Wars with Mark Simner

    British military historian Mark Simner tackles the Opium Wars, rarely taught in English schools, but taught ubiquitously across China. He explains the provenance of both conflicts, and explores some of the reasons why resentment still lingers to this day. The Opium Wars are a critical part of Chi...

  • 🎧 British Women in India with Katie Hickman

    Katie Hickman takes us on a tour of British India before 1900, looking at women and the lives they led. Highlights include a discussion of whether the arrival of women in India prompted a change in racial attitudes, and the arrival of a courtesan on Indian soil. Producer: Peter Curry

  • 🎧 Burma's Lost Royal Family

    In this special podcast, Dan talks to Alex Bescoby, a filmmaker and historian of Burma, about his documentary following Burma’s lost royal family - We Were Kings. Alex is currently crowdfunding his latest documentary about veterans from Burma who fought for Britain in the Second World War - Forgo...

  • 🎧 Cecil Rhodes

    Duncan Clarke joined me on the pod to discuss Cecil Rhodes and the historiography of Zambesia from the San forward to the establishment of the Rhodesian state.

  • 🎧 Celebrity

    Greg Jenner has given my children so many hours of happiness as the historical brains behind the Horrible History tv shows and movie, not to mention the Homeschool History podcast that it would have been grotesquely unfair not to have him on the show and talk about his new book on the history of ...

  • 🎧 HMS Warrior: 1860

    HMS Warrior was a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–61. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads. Warrior and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1...

  • 🎧 Conan Doyle, Kipling and Kingsley in the Boer War

    In early 1900, Rudyard Kipling, Mary Kingsley and Arthur Conan Doyle crossed paths in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War. Motivated in various ways by notions of duty, service, patriotism and jingoism, they were each shaped by the theatre of war. Sarah LeFanu joined me on the podcast to explo...

  • 🎧 Cultural Change in 19th Century Europe with Orlando Figes

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

  • 🎧 Disease and the Victorians

    Dr Emma Liggins is an expert on Victorian Gothic literature. She joined me on the pod to examine how great female writers of the 19th century - such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontes - responded to the impact of fatal diseases on their home lives. How did their literary perspective influence t...

  • 🎧 Distilling, Barrels and the Water of Life

    In this special, sponsored episode, Dan talks to Dr Rachel Barrie, the first female Master Blender, about whisky, taxes, and the Glendronach distillery. Thumbnail image credit: Akela NDE (CC).

  • 🎧 Ireland's Great Famine: Counterpoint

    Christine Kinealy joined me on this podcast to discuss the British government’s adverse policies during the Great Famine, and the effects these had on the Irish people.

  • 🎧 Jack the Ripper's Victims with Hallie Rubenhold

    Why is the impression we have of Jack the Ripper's victims misleading? Hallie Rubenhold explains to Dan that the common conception of his victims as young sex-workers is mostly wrong, and discusses the actual sources we have about the lives of his victims. Discover more history interviews and doc...

  • 🎧 John Franklin and the Northwest Passage with Dr John Roobol

    Dr John Roobol discusses the fate of John Franklin and his crew, from how they suffered in the bitter conditions, to the crew members who resorted to cannibalism. John's work also looks into the Inuits, and how their testimony was largely ignored, as the Victorians were desperate to insist that n...

  • 🎧 Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa with Lawrence James

    Lawrence James is an English historian and writer. He has written several works of popular history about the British Empire. Lawrence's latest book is entitled Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa.

  • 🎧 From Aethelred to Blitz: The History of London with Antony Robbins

    Antony Robbins, Communications director Museum of London.

  • 🎧 Lucy Worsley on Queen Victoria at Kensington Palace

    This Friday sees the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. BAFTA winning historian and Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Lucy Worsley takes Dan on a tour of Kensington Palace, one of the principle royal residences since 1689, and the childhood home of Queen Victoria. The rooms ...

  • 🎧 Michael Palin on The Erebus

    Dan Snow wrangles with a Python! He talks to comedy legend Michael Palin about his new book, Erebus The Story of a Ship. The book tells the devastating true story of the Franklin expeditions to find the Northwest Passage, and how their history only slowly came to light.

  • 🎧 A People's History of Tennis

    David Berry joined me on the pod to discuss a people’s history of tennis. From the birth of modern tennis in Victorian Britain to the present day, we talked about struggles around sexuality, gender, race and class that have transformed the nature of tennis and sport itself.

  • 🎧 A Strange Bit of History

    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...