History Podcasts

Our History Extra podcast comes out every week, featuring interviews with notable historians talking about topics ranging from crusading knights to Tudor monarchs and the D-Day landings. It's free to listen to, and all the past editions of the podcast, going back to June 2007, are still available online for you to download.

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Killing Mussolini

Thursday 27th August 2015

Roderick Bailey describes British attempts to assassinate the Italian leader during World War Two.

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Finance and war

Thursday 26th June 2014

Kwasi Kwarteng explores the relationship between gold and conflict, while Richard Van Emden explores life at the front in the First World War

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English gardens and Latin American football

Thursday 19th June 2014
Timothy Mowl guides us around a historic English garden, while Andreas Campomar explains Latin America's fixation with football
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The legacy of the First World War

Thursday 12th June 2014

Adam Tooze explains how the outcome of the First World War shaped global history and led to the rise of the United States as a superpower

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Wolfson History Prize special

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The winners of the latest Wolfson History Prizes discuss their books and the secrets of writing popular history

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D-Day and the Wars of the Roses

Thursday 29th May 2014

James Holland challenges some popular assumptions about the 1944 Normandy campaign, while Sarah Gristwood visits a key site from the 15th-century civil war.

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Roman slavery and the man who started the First World War

Thursday 22nd May 2014

Cambridge classicist Jerry Toner examines the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome and considers their status in Roman society. Meanwhile, Tim Butcher tells us about his search for the true story of Gavrilo Princip, the misunderstood assassin whose actions sparked the First World War

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Monte Cassino and revolutionary Russia

Thursday 15th May 2014

Matthew Parker revisits a brutal Second World War battle, while Orlando Figes discusses Russia and the Soviet Union

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Thomas Malthus and Wilkie Collins

Thursday 8th May 2014

Robert Mayhew discusses the controversial Georgian economist Thomas Malthus, while Andrew Lycett explores the life and work of the Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins

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Victorian burials and the history of psychology

Thursday 1st May 2014

Ruth Levitt explains how Britain struggled to bury its dead during the 19th century, while Martin Sixsmith gives us the lowdown on his new Radio 4 series

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The value of war and the rail revolution

Thursday 24th April 2014

Ian Morris argues that war has been a positive force for change through history, while Di Drummond explores an important part of Britain's rail heritage

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