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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.


They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius.  


They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes.


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188. Australian Prime Ministers: Harold Holt - Malcolm Fraser
42:06

In the second part of our Australian PMs trilogy, Tom and Dominic explore Chinese Communist conspiracy theories and talk about the most entertaining of all the Aussie leaders.


The final instalment of this mini-series will be in your podcast feed on Thursday.


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Editor: Harry Lineker

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor


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May 24, 2022
187. Australian Prime Ministers: Edmund Barton - Robert Menzies
50:09

In the wake of Anthony Albanese's victory in this weekend's Australian election, Tom and Dominic have recorded a three part Antipodean special on the history of Australian prime ministers.


The first episode begins in 1901 with Edmund Barton, covers both World Wars, and drills down into the premierships of Robert Menzies.


The second part will be in your podcast feeds tomorrow, with the final instalment dropping on Thursday.


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Editor: Harry Lineker

Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor


Twitter:

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Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com



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May 23, 2022
186. The New Elizabethan Age
52:16

The longest reigning monarch in British history, Elizabeth II acceded to the throne 70 years ago.


To mark the occasion, Tom and Dominic are joined by Frances Christie, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby's UK and Ireland, who specialises in 20th century British art and culture. Together they drill down into some of the cultural, artistic and historic happenings that have taken place during the Queen's reign.


Sotheby's, the sponsors of this episode, are putting on a celebratory month-long programme of exhibitions and events to dovetail with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.


Six of the pieces on display are discussed in detail during the pod, ranging from a Warhol portrait to the tiara that Princess Diana wore on her wedding day.


For more information on Sotheby's exhibitions, visit:

sothebys.com/jubilee


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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May 19, 2022
185. Agatha Christie
53:12

Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist in history.


Coinciding neatly with the 'Wagatha Christie' trial taking place between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy in the UK, Tom and Dominic look at Christie as a mirror held up to the 20th century, discuss what we can learn about Christianity and the concept of 'evil' from her work, and debate the value of Tom's Poirot impression.


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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May 16, 2022
184. History's Biggest Questions with Dan Carlin (Part 2)
59:55

Could the West have lost the Cold War? Would we be happier if we didn't study history? Would you prefer to have a samurai, a Viking or a Spartan as your bodyguard?


Tom and Dominic are joined by Hardcore History's Dan Carlin for a second episode to tackle the biggest questions in history.


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May 12, 2022
183. History's Biggest Questions with Dan Carlin (Part 1)
56:41

Who was the most influential leader of the 20th century? What would have happened if the South had won the American Civil War? Would you rather be under siege from the Mongols, the Romans, or the Assyrians?


In a huge moment for transatlantic history podcasting, Tom and Dominic are joined by titan of the genre and friend of the show Dan Carlin, the host of one of the world's largest history podcasts, Hardcore History.


Over the course of two episodes, Dan, Tom and Dominic tackle ten of the biggest questions in history, including counterfactuals and hypothetical matchups.


The second part of this double-header is out on Thursday.


For Hardcore History fans listening to The Rest Is History for the first time - welcome! If you enjoyed this episode, feel free to check out some of our other pods. Below are a few suggestions:

Young Putin, the KGB and the Soviet Union

Watergate

Alexander the Great


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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May 09, 2022
182. Operation Barbarossa
54:57

What military parallels does Putin's invasion of Ukraine have with Hitler's attempt to invade the Soviet Union?


On today's pod Tom and Dominic are joined by historian - and brother of Tom - James Holland to discuss Operation Barbarossa and the Nazi invasion of 1941, whether it was doomed to fail, and the role it played in the escalation of the Holocaust.


If you enjoy this episode, be sure to listen to our sister podcast, We Have Ways Of Making You Talk, and check out their Second World War festival that's taking place in July by going to wehavewaysfest.co.uk


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May 05, 2022
181. The Birth of Babylon
44:52

In January, Tom and Dominic explored the history of Babylon, from Nebuchadnezzar onwards (episode 145 in the Rest Is History feed).


At the end of that episode, there was a promise to revisit Babylon's earlier period to fully do the topic justice - so here it is!


Tune in to hear about the constant theft of the Statue of Marduk, the formidable Assyrians, and what Dominic describes as his 'favourite impersonation ever'...


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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May 02, 2022
180. England & Englishness
53:43

George Orwell, a love of wildlife, and Raheem Sterling - but what does it mean to be English in the modern world?


In today's episode, Tom and Dominic are joined by the New Statesman editor, Jason Cowley, to discuss England and Englishness in the 20th century.


Jason's new book 'Who Are We Now?' is available at all good book retailers.


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Editorial Assistant: Grace Mainwaring

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Apr 28, 2022
179. French Presidents: 1981-2022
40:59

In the second of two episodes covering France's post-war presidents, Tom and Dominic drill down into the remaining historical statesmen, bringing us right up to the current day.


François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Hollande, and Emmanuel Macron - there are some incredible stories...


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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Apr 26, 2022
178. French Presidents: 1958-1981
37:04

It's the day after the French election runoff between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, so naturally here's a Rest Is History French Presidents special.


Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. Join Tom and Dominic for the first of two episodes on the topic, as they dive headfirst into the first three post-war presidents. 


Join us tomorrow for the second part of this special double-bill, where we'll cover the remaining historical residents of the Élysée Palace.


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Apr 25, 2022
177. The Jewish Revolt
50:14

In the second of two episodes on the Jewish Revolt, Tom and Dominic discuss the burning of the Temple, Vespasian & Titus' triumph, and Masada.


Why was it such a landmark revolt for both Christianity and Judaism? What happened in its aftermath? And what has its historical significance been in the modern world?


All this and more on today's episode of The Rest Is History.


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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Apr 21, 2022
176. The Jews Against Rome
28:47

"The destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans: a thrilling, terrible, and blood-soaked story."


Following on from last week's episode on the Crucifixion, Tom and Dominic take us back to Judea to dissect the tumultuous events of the Jewish Revolt.


Tune in to hear the first part of the incredible story that features Pontius Pilate, Nero, and the figure of Jesus - plus how it all tenuously links to Bryan Adams and the Summer of '69.


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Apr 18, 2022
175. Crucifixion
1:01:13

Crucifixions were a form of public execution so heinous that the Romans themselves were reluctant to document their gory details...


In this Easter special, Tom and Dominic trace the origins and evolution of crucifixion - as well as the historical accuracy of Jesus' death.


Warning: this pod is not for the faint of heart.


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Producer: Vasco Andrade

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Apr 14, 2022
174. Merlin, Magic and the British
52:03

Richard II, Prince Charles, and Tony Blair. From Merlin, to the middle ages, to the modern day, the mysterious world of magic, necromancy and the occult has had a notable presence in the lives of British monarchs, politicians and members of high society. 


Tom and Dominic are joined by Francis Young, author of 'Magic in Merlin's Realm: A History of Occult Politics in Britain' to discuss this infinitely interesting and entertaining topic.



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Apr 11, 2022
173. Chairman Mao & the Cultural Revolution
1:00:15
China's Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao was one of the most staggeringly brutal events in recent human history. Tom and Dominic are joined by historian Rana Mitter, who specialises in the history of Republican China.

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Apr 07, 2022
172. The Falklands War: Afterlife
48:58

In the final part of our Falklands series, Tom and Dominic discuss the legacy of the war in both the UK and Argentina, and debate whether the nostalgic sentiment stirred by Britain’s victory laid the foundations for Brexit.


If you enjoyed this series and want a deeper dive into the Falklands War, featuring interviews with some the key players like special forces commandos, politicians and military leaders, download the first episode of BATTLEGROUND: THE FALKLANDS WAR here.


Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Jack Davenport & Tony Pastor


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Apr 04, 2022
171. The Falklands War: Battle for the Islands
48:02

In the third episode of our Falklands War mini-series, the story heats up.


The most controversial episode of the war, the sinking of the Belgrano, takes place, the British Task Force lands and battle plays out.


Tom and Dominic thumb through their copies of the Sun, relive Reagan's final plea to Thatcher, and recount the stories of the men on the ground as Britain closed in on victory.


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Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Jack Davenport & Tony Pastor


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Mar 31, 2022
170. The Falklands War: The Task Force Sails
46:54

In the second episode of our Falklands War mini-series, Britain is faced with an Argentine occupation and prepares to go to war.


Margaret Thatcher discovers her inner Winston Churchill - but faces a titanic showdown in Parliament, which sits on a Saturday for the first time since Suez.


The Task Force eventually sails - to huge public support - while the US, France and Chile all lend a hand. 


Come for Tom's Iron Lady impression, stay for his Tony Benn as Dominic talks us through the second instalment in this epic four-parter.


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Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Jack Davenport & Tony Pastor


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Mar 29, 2022
169. The Falklands War: Countdown to Invasion
47:13

Welcome to our mini-series on The Falklands War, where Tom and Dominic will break down the causes, conflict and aftermath of the war on its fortieth anniversary. 


In the first episode we dig into the history of the islands, the causes behind the Argentine invasion, and the domestic situation in both Britain and Argentina in the late 70s and early 80s.


The boys also dissect the almost farcical events that took place in the build up, some of the memorable characters like Rex Hunt, and the significance of a reindeer barbecue in South Georgia.


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Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producers: Jack Davenport & Tony Pastor


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Mar 28, 2022
168. Oil: Conflict, Chaos and Climate Change
41:35

Tom and Dominic are back with Helen Thompson for a second episode on the history of oil, its impact and how it shapes geopolitics.


Tune in to hear about the impact of oil production on US Politics, its importance to the history and current situation in Ukraine, and what we can learn about oil from the exploits of J. R. Ewing in the TV show 'Dallas'.


The pod also looks to the future, examining China's explosive growth and advantageous position with Green Energy, whether Putin's recent actions have shifted the basis of his geopolitical power and if Britain is on track for Net Zero by 2050...


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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Mar 25, 2022
167. Oil: The Making of the Modern World
39:30

Tom and Dominic are joined by Helen Thompson, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Cambridge, to talk about the incredible influence of oil over the last couple of centuries.


Discussion covers the first oil well ever drilled, how it's hard to overestimate Hitler's obsession with oil, and the formation of OPEC in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis.


Helen's new book 'Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century' is out now.


Catch our second episode with Helen tomorrow, or get it right now by going to restishistorypod.com!


Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Jack Davenport


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Mar 24, 2022
166. Genghis Khan: Lord of the Mongols
47:09

The second of two episodes on Genghis Khan, listen to yesterday's pod (165. The Rise of Genghis Khan) before listening to this one!


'An almost sacral figure' in the words of Tom Holland, Genghis Khan has become the paramount leader of the Mongols. 


Can we call his kingdom a 'Mongol Empire'? What was his aim? And why are some now calling him an 'eco-warrior'?!


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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Mar 22, 2022
165. The Rise of Genghis Khan
30:27

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook speak to Ali Ansari about the origins of one of the greatest warlords in human history - Genghis Khan.


They discuss his early life as Temujin and how he became Genghis Khan, leader of the Mongols.


Catch the second episode - Genghis Khan: Lord of the Mongols - tomorrow! Or get it right now as a member of The Rest Is History Club, where you also get ad-free listening to the full archive, weekly bonus episodes, live streamed shows and access to an exclusive chatroom community.


Producer: Dom Johnson

Exec Producer: Tony Pastor


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Mar 21, 2022
164. Saint Patrick
54:58

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 


No, Tom isn't turning Brixton's River Effra green, nor is Dominic distributing shamrocks throughout the Oxfordshire countryside, but they're here anyway with a very special pod on the mysterious Apostle of Ireland. 


When was St. Patrick alive? Where was he really born? Why was he kidnapped by pirates? And did he really banish the snakes from Ireland?


All this and more on today's episode of The Rest Is History.


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Producer: Dom Johnson


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Mar 17, 2022
163. The Last Emperor of Mexico
1:05:15

What links the Mexican Republic, Palmerston, the Hapsburgs, Napoleon III and butterfly catching? Please tweet us if you can think of anything other than the following answer, which is the incredible story of the Last Emperor of Mexico.


Tom and Dominic are joined by Edward Shawcross as they travel back to recount and discuss this amazing moment in Mexican history.


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If you are a new listener to The Rest Is History, you might enjoy these episodes from the archive:


Watergate

Alexander the Great

Afghanistan


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Mar 14, 2022
162. Putin's Russia
31:25

[Episode 4 of 4]


'In the noughties, Russian democracy becomes a form of show business'


In the final instalment of our Russia mini-series, Tom and Dominic reach the climax of Putin’s rise to power, charting how a former KGB agent managed to climb from relative obscurity to become the uncrowned Tsar of Russia.


The episode also touches on his relationship with oligarchs such as Roman Abramovich, the hall of mirrors he's created, and a look at how his character has changed over the course of his presidency.


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Editor: Vasco Andrade

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Mar 10, 2022
161. Yeltsin, Economic Chaos and President Putin
33:59

[Episode 3 of 4]


'You certainly won't understand what ordinary Russians see in Vladimir Putin if you don't understand what happened in the 1990s. A time of utter, utter collapse.' 


In part three of our Soviet Union, Russia and Putin series, Tom and Dominic drill down into the details of the chaos in 90s Russia, the laughing stock Yeltsin became on the global stage, and Putin's brutal rise to power on the back of the Second Chechen War. 


The final episode in the series is out tomorrow - or get it now by heading to restishistorypod.com!


Producer: Dom Johnson

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Mar 09, 2022
160. The Fall of the Soviet Union
28:31

[Episode 2 of 4]


This episode of The Rest Is History marks the second instalment in our four part series on the Soviet Union, Russia and the rise of Vladimir Putin.


From the 70th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 1987 to the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, this episode is jam-packed full of late Soviet drama. 


Tune in now to hear about the abuse Yeltsin received after his attempted suicide, the failed Soviet coup of 1991 and Putin's return from East Germany. 


Next episode out tomorrow - or get them all at once by heading to restishistorypod.com!


Producer: Dom Johnson

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Mar 08, 2022
159. Young Putin, the KGB and the Soviet Union
31:54

[Episode 1 of 4]


Welcome to our new four part series on the latter years of the Soviet Union, its fall, Putin's early life and his subsequent rise to power.


Today's episode focuses on Brezhnev, Putin's formative years, his early KGB career and Gorbachev's descent into chaos.


Was Putin a nationalist or a communist? What changed from Brezhnev to Gorbachev? What was Putin doing in East Germany during the Soviet twilight years?


Next episode out tomorrow - or get them all at once by heading to restishistorypod.com!


Producer: Dom Johnson

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Mar 07, 2022
158. Killer Fashion
53:03

How much do you know about the lethal price people have paid over the centuries to look fashionable?


In today's episode Tom and Dominic are joined by Dr. Alison Matthews David to discuss the dark secrets behind the history of garments.


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Producer: Dom Johnson

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Mar 03, 2022
The Rest Is Politics: Putin in person, Russian influence, and Blair vs Bono
10:51

What's Vladimir Putin like to deal with in person? In our new podcast "The Rest Is Politics", Tony Blair's former spokesperson Alastair Campbell and former Tory MP and cabinet minister Rory Stewart dive into the latest on Ukraine, give their insight into the most effective next steps for NATO, explain how Russian money has affected British politics, and discuss celebrity activism.


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Mar 02, 2022
157. Byzantium and the Ghosts of Rome
44:45

What happened to the Roman Empire after its fall?


In the second of two episodes, Tom and Dominic discuss where Rome endured, how its ghost still haunts 21st century geopolitics, and which member of the British Royal Family Tom thinks is the last true Roman!


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Mar 01, 2022
156. When did the Roman Empire fall?
50:37

Tom and Dominic explore what Edward Gibbon called “the greatest, perhaps, and most awful scene in the history of mankind”: the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.


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Feb 28, 2022
155. Ukraine and Russia
1:12:55
With eastern Europe apparently on the brink of war and Vladimir Putin citing history as pretext, what exactly is Ukraine? Is it distinct from Russia, and how long has it existed? Tom and Dominic run through a brutal and fractured history, from the Viking conquest and Kyivan Rus', to the ever-shifting landscape in the early modern period, to the incredibly complicated Russian Civil War, right up to the modern day.

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Feb 23, 2022
ARCHIVE: The Vikings and the birth of Kyiv
1:27:16

Want to know more about the history of the Vikings in the East and how it relates to modern day Russia and Ukraine? Listen to our bumper episode on the topic from earlier this year, where Tom and Dominic drill down into the birth of Kyiv.


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Feb 23, 2022
ARCHIVE: Ukraine and the United Kingdom
35:36

With Russia seemingly on the brink of invading Ukraine, here's an episode from our archives on the historical relationship between the UK and Ukraine, recorded during last year's European football championships.


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Feb 23, 2022
154. The Most Disastrous Party in History
59:56

We've all been to some terrible ones, but what is the most disastrous party in human history? 


Not at all inspired by recent political events, Tom and Dominic have whittled our listener suggestions down to the ten parties that they think are the most calamitous - tune in to hear which party comes out on top!


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Feb 21, 2022
153. God and the American Empire
26:09

On today's episode Tom and Dominic are joined by Friend of the Show, Professor Andrew Preston, to talk about the relationship between the US and religion, both at home and abroad in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Why have there been such low levels of anti-clericalism in the US compared to the rest of the world? What's behind the sustained and growing numbers of religious believers in the United States? Was the Cold War really a religious crusade against godless communism?


Tune in to hear the boys drill down into American Exceptionalism, the Marketplace of Faith and whether 'US isolationism' is an ahistorical term.


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Feb 18, 2022
152. American Crusades
42:15

On today's episode Tom and Dominic are joined by Andrew Preston, a Cambridge University professor whose new book focuses on religion in American war and diplomacy.


What is the role of religion in the American outlook? How has it shaped foreign policy? What is the relationship between pacifistic religious ideals and a crusading mentality?


Join us tomorrow for another episode, which focuses on more recent American history and its relationship with religion.


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Feb 17, 2022
151. Valentine's Day
50:59

Happy Valentine's Day! Have you ever wondered why we send each other cards and go out to Carluccio's for dinner on a weeknight?


In today's episode, Tom and Dominic drill down into the details - what are its origins? Why were 'Vinegar' Valentines so brutal? And what was an optician's role in Al Capone's St Valentine's Day Massacre?


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Feb 14, 2022
Real Dictators: Adolf Hitler's Day In Court
47:36

Today we're dropping an episode from our friends at Noiser. Their podcast brings us to Munich, Germany. November 1923. The Nazis have just attempted to launch a revolution. But instead, Adolf Hitler now finds himself on the run from the law. Unless he makes it to the border, the firing squad beckons. But in fact, as unlikely as it seems, Hitler is about to take Germany by storm.




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Feb 11, 2022
150. Smuggling
1:06:22

Did you think smuggling in Britain was confined to the Jamaica Inn and the beaches of the Cornish coast? If so, you might want to listen to today's podcast, where Tom and Dominic are joined by author and smuggling oracle, Alex Preston.


The discussion is wide-ranging, including wrecking, the Hawkhurst Gang and coastal militias.


Alex's new book, Winchelsea, is available at all good book retailers. 


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Feb 10, 2022
149. The Birth of Russia
46:56

In the second of two episodes on the Vikings in the East, Tom and Dominic investigate their role in the birth of Russia.


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Feb 08, 2022
148. The Vikings Go East
43:56

In this week's episode, Tom and Dominic take a look at the actions, influence and brutalisation of the Vikings in Eastern Europe, including their role in the formation of Russia and Ukraine.


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Feb 07, 2022
147. Disease, the New World and modern pandemics
36:13

How devastating were European arrivals to the Americas in terms of deaths and the introduction of new infectious diseases?


Tom and Dominic are joined by Professor Kyle Harper from the University of Oklahoma to discuss the relationship between disease and colonial expansion, the origins of the Spanish flu and the spread of modern forms of infectious disease.


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Feb 04, 2022
146. Disease vs. the rise of civilisation
36:07

The way we die has been utterly transformed.


There have been around 10,000 generations of human beings, but only in the last 3 or 4 have infectious diseases not been an expected and accepted cause of death.


What drove the most deadly infectious diseases? Was technological progress and globalisation one of the key causes for its spread over the course of history?


Tom and Dominic are joined by Professor Kyle Harper from the University of Oklahoma to discuss the fascinating history of disease and how shifts in the way we die have changed our world completely.


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Feb 03, 2022
145. Babylon
55:50

Greatest city on earth. Den of iniquity. Imperial oppressor. Wealth and power.


The ancient city of Babylon has been mythologised for millenia, but how much do we actually know and why does it still resonate today?


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Jan 31, 2022
144. The Trial of Charles I Part 2
41:30

Tune in to hear the second part of The Rest Is History's take on the execution of Charles I and its aftermath.


Charles I was executed 373 years ago to the day on 30th January. But was his killing a sinful act of treason or merely one of retributive justice?


Tom and Dominic welcome back Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton to explore one of the most extraordinary events in British history.


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Jan 28, 2022
143. The Trial of Charles I Part 1
52:01

Charles I was executed 373 years ago to the day on 30th January. But was his killing a sinful act of treason or merely one of retributive justice?


Tom and Dominic welcome back Professor Ted Vallance from the University of Roehampton to explore the build-up, event and aftermath of the trial of Charles I.


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Jan 27, 2022
142. General Gordon and the Siege of Khartoum
54:27

What happened to Gordon at Khartoum?


Described by Dominic as the 'greatest media event of the Victorian era', this second parter is not to be missed.


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Jan 25, 2022
141. General Gordon: The Ultimate Victorian Hero
37:53

Who was General Gordon? 


Tune in to hear about the life and times of the 'emblematic martyr of the Victorian age'.


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Jan 24, 2022
140. The Birth of the Railways
52:48

Today Tom and Dominic are joined by historian Dan Jackson to talk about one of the greatest inventions known to man - the railways.


Where were they first created? When did they arrive in England? And how did they relate to the standardisation of GMT in Britain?


From Eric Hobsbawm to cucumber straighteners, this pod has it all! 


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Jan 20, 2022
139. The Princes in the Tower Part 2
54:36

Who killed the Princes in the Tower? The inspiration behind Shakespeare's Richard III, their murder remains one of the greatest mysteries in English history. 


In the second of two episodes, all eyes turn to Richard III, prime suspect in the disappearance of Edward IV's sons. 


Tom and Dominic discuss whether Richard likely did kill his nephews, potential other suspects, and whether it was a matter of survival for him to do so.


Plus, the greatest question of our time: was Richard III more Raul Castro, Robert Kennedy, or James Callaghan?


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Jan 18, 2022
138. The Princes in the Tower Part 1
45:51

Who killed the Princes in the Tower? The inspiration behind Shakespeare's Richard III, their murder is one of the greatest mysteries in English history. 


In the first of two episodes, we start with the princes' father, Edward IV. Tom and Dominic discuss the remarkable parallels between Edward IV and his grandson, Henry VIII, and why Edward's brother, Duke of Clarence, is certainly not a friend of the show.


All this, plus Tom's case for why he does a better prince impression than Brian Blessed.


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Jan 17, 2022
137. 1922: The Birth of the Modern World Part 2
1:00:09

In part 2 of this centennial episode, Tom and Dominic cover the triggering of the Irish Civil War, the birth of the BBC, and Howard Carter's 'Tutmania'. 


Plus, have you ever wondered how many stars Dominic's 1995 Edinburgh Fringe performance of Becket REALLY received from The Scotsman? Featuring appearances from Winston Churchill, Michael Collins and Just William, this podcast is not to be missed! 


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Jan 14, 2022
136. 1922: The Birth of the Modern World Part 1
51:33

2022 marks 100 years since one of the most important years in modern history. In part 1 Tom and Dominic discuss all things 1922: Bolshevism, fascism, and the significance of The Waste Land and Ulysses


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Jan 13, 2022
135. Crossing the Rubicon: The die is cast
33:46

Now ready to take on Pompey and the Senate, Julius Caesar must take the final step and cross over into Italy with his legion.


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Jan 11, 2022
134. Crossing the Rubicon: The rise of Julius Caesar
35:58

Julius Caesar crossed the banks of the Rubicon river with his legion on this day (maybe) over 2000 years ago. In the first of a two-parter, Tom explains how Caesar rose to become powerful enough to take the decision that would eventually lead to him becoming the sole 'dictator' of Rome.


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Jan 10, 2022
12 Days: Alfred the Great and Pepys' 'Fanatiques'
27:06
A key battle in the history of England and a forgotten uprising in 17th century London round off our 12 (13) Days of Christmas. Back with to our regular schedule next Monday 10th January.

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Jan 06, 2022
12 Days: Death of Edward the Confessor and the Dreyfus Affair
27:34
The catalyst for the upheaval of 1066 and one of the most controversial episodes in French history happened on this day in history.

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Jan 05, 2022
12 Days: Solomon Northup and Albert Camus
23:42
Tom analyses the historical importance of Solomon Northup's story, made famous by Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'. Then, Dominic delves into the death of French philosopher and author Albert Camus. Tune in to also hear about the travails of Monsieur Sandbrook, the 21-year-old Provence-based English language assistant.

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Jan 04, 2022
12 Days: Martin Luther and J.R.R. Tolkien
21:41
Luther's excommunication from the Catholic church and the birth of the author of Lord of the Rings happened on this day.

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Jan 03, 2022
12 Days: Reconquest of Spain and the Old Queen of Hawaii
27:36
The conquest of the kingdom of Grenada by Christian forces reclaimed southern Spain from the Moors, and the forgotten monarchs of Hawaii.

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Jan 02, 2022
12 Days: Nero's succession and the fall of the Byzantine Empire
28:30
In a distinctly Roman start to 2022, Tom sets the scene for Rome's "Year of the four Emperors", while Dominic recounts a battle which was the beginning of the end for the Byzantine Empire.

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Jan 01, 2022
12 Days: Jean-Bédel Bokassa and the memory of pandemics
23:55
It's New Year's Eve - switch off the Hootenanny and tune in to hear Dominic recount extraordinary tales of coups, cousins and the rise of an emperor in the Central African Republic. Later on in the podcast, Tom questions whether the current pandemic will have a more prominent role in the history books than the often disregarded Spanish flu.

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Dec 31, 2021
12 Days: The Battle of Wakefield and Emperor Karl I
27:04
Tom dissects the Battle of Wakefield and the subsequent fall of Richard, Duke of York, while Dominic talks us through the last ‘great’ Habsburg emperor, Karl I of Austria.

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Dec 30, 2021
12 Days: The Murder of Thomas Becket and the Wounded Knee Massacre
35:00
Tom takes us through the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, while Dominic looks at one of the United States' most tragic massacres: the 1890 Battle of Wounded Knee.

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Dec 29, 2021
12 Days: Massacre of the Innocents and the Tay Bridge disaster
21:25
In a suitably festive edition, Tom recounts the biblical story of King Herod's massacre of babies in Jerusalem, and Dominic remembers a rail disaster from 1879 and the hilariously bad poetry it inspired.

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Dec 28, 2021
12 Days: Port wine and Darwin sets sail
26:13
How the English's fondness for Portuguese fortified wine began, and the unlikely story of the voyage which inspired Charles Darwin's natural philosophy.

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Dec 27, 2021
12 Days: Good King Wenceslas and the first Gilbert & Sullivan
18:52
Was Wenceslas good? Was he a king? And Dominic remembers the popular Victorian light opera maestros first production "Thespis".

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Dec 26, 2021
12 Days: Coronation of Charlemagne and the collapse of the Soviet Union
33:08
To kick off our 12 Days of Christmas mini-series, Tom and Dominic remember the birth of the Holy Roman Empire and Mikhail Gorbachev's resignation

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Dec 25, 2021
133. Christmas churches
1:04:17

Fan favourite Rachel Morley from Friends of Friendless Churches is back to count down her top ten churches with a festive connection


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Dec 23, 2021
132. A Christmas Carol
45:01

Join Tom and Dominic in this festive special as they retrace the steps of Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim in an episode dedicated to Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. The boys traverse the City of London, visit Scrooge's old haunts and dissect the history and politics of one of the most adapted texts in the English language.


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Dec 20, 2021
The 1960s (preview)
10:42

In Tom and Dominic's inaugural livestream for the Rest is History Club, we dive into one of the most seminal decades in modern history: the 1960s. Should the period be remembered as a byword for cultural revolution or as the birthplace of individualism? Where else could you find a jam-packed show that veers between the uprisings of Eastern Europe to Tom singing Bob Dylan?


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Dec 18, 2021
131. Burgundy: Europe's forgotten superpower
58:18

Now mostly overlooked by history, Burgundy was a major political and cultural power in western Europe during the Middle Ages, rivalling France and England. How did the kingdom gain such prominence, and why did it disappear? Bart van Loo, author of "The Burgundians", joins Dominic and Tom to explain.


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Dec 16, 2021
130. Superheroes
58:18

From their origins in the 1930's running parallel to the rise of fascism in Europe, to the Adam West camp of the 1960's, to the gritty modern reboots - what has made Superheroes a cultural phenomenon, and what mirror does it hold up to society?


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Dec 13, 2021
129. Cricket
1:05:24

How did a game played by peasants in the English countryside as early as the 17th century evolve into one of the most popular sports in the world? Jon Hotten, author of 'The Meaning of Cricket', joins Tom and Dominic to discuss the origins of the game, its Victorian transformation and the inextricable link with Empire.


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Dec 09, 2021
History's greatest clubs (preview)
10:05

A chance to peek behind the curtain into the new weekly bonus episode for subscribers to the Rest Is History Club. As well as the extra episode, subscribers get a monthly live-streamed show (the first is on Wednesday 15th December, talking about the 1960's), access to an exclusive chatroom community and ad-free listening. To subscribe, go to restishistorypod.com


To celebrate the formation of the Rest Is History Club, Tom and Dominic discuss the great organisations that have set the template for places where like-minded individuals could meet, share ideas and enjoy each other's company.



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Dec 07, 2021
128. Rasputin
57:09

The peasant who became one of the most influential figures in the final days of the Russian Empire is an unbelievable story. But how much of the gossip, rumour and scandal that surrounded Grigori Rasputin is true? Dominic and Tom discuss, and somehow manage not to get too sidetracked by Boney M.


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Dec 06, 2021
127. Neanderthals
55:21

Where did Neanderthals come from? How are they related to homo sapiens? And why are they no longer with us? Tom and Dominic are joined by Professor Chris Stringer from the Natural History Museum.



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Dec 02, 2021
126. Napoleon in Egypt
58:15
“God is too late, you have begun, now I will finish it.” Swash-buckling hero or sacrilegious tyrant? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt, his dream of becoming the next Alexander the Great, and the complicated history between France and Islam.

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Nov 29, 2021
125. The CIA
51:30
The USA's Central Intelligence Agency is a mysterious organisation which has used covert methods to assassinate enemies, influence governments and tip whole countries into revolution - or so countless films, TV series and books would have us believe. How much of it is true? Hugh Wilford, professor of history at California State University, Long Beach, and author of four books, including 'The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America', joins Tom and Dominic to discuss.

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Nov 25, 2021
124. World Cup of Kings and Queens part 2
58:07
Elizabeth II. Henry V. William the Conqueror. All pretenders, according to our twitter poll to find England’s greatest monarch, which has been running over the last week. Dominic and Tom discuss those who fell at the final hurdle, as well as finding room for a rather queasy anecdote about Henry VIII’s personal hygiene.

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Nov 23, 2021
123. World Cup of Kings and Queens part 1
52:47
Oliver Cromwell. Queen Victoria. George V. All contenders for the title of England's greatest monarch, a poll for which took place on a twitter over the last week. We know that Athelstan went on to win, but in this episode Tom and Dominic run through the sovereigns who fell at the first hurdle.

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Nov 22, 2021
122. Æthelstan: OFFICIALLY England's greatest monarch
54:01
After an intense tournament featuring sixteen of the finest Kings and Queens this island has to offer, the people have decided the greatest king of England also happens to be the first. The 10th century grandson of Alfred the Great united the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and saw off the Vikings, so Tom explains why we should all be Æthel-STANS.

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Nov 19, 2021
121. Australia Before Cook
48:52
"Discovered this territory, 1770". So reads the inscription on a statue of Captain Cook in Hyde Park, Sydney. But did he really discover it? Tom and Dominic are joined by David Hunt to explore the long story of human settlement in Australia, and of the European explorers who reached it before Captain Cook ever sighted Botany Bay. (Also features giant wombats)

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Nov 18, 2021
120. The Oil Weapon
55:22
1973: Major oil-producing nations led by Saudi Arabia quadruple the price of oil overnight, sending the West (particularly the United Kingdom) into crisis. The face of 20th century geopolitics is permanently altered. Slade are Christmas number 1.

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Nov 15, 2021
119. World Cup of Kings & Queens preview
38:43
Who's England's greatest monarch? Voting starts on Saturday 13th November, go to @TheRestHistory on Twitter to get involved.

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Nov 12, 2021
118. End of the First World War & Remembrance
53:09
On the anniversary of the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front, we look at the last moments of the First World War – and how we remember them. How did Remembrance Day start? What are the stories behind the Cenotaph and the Unknown Warrior? Why do we wear poppies? And will we always remember the fallen - or is it time to forget?

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Nov 11, 2021
117. Alexander the Great part 2
54:23
In the second part of our Alexander the Great special, we head to the limits of the known world, burning down palaces, storming mountain-top fortresses and battling elephants as we go. Might Alexander have kept his empire together had he lived? What killed him? Why is he in the Qur’an?

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Nov 09, 2021
116. Alexander the Great part 1
53:44
Alexander the Great is the most charismatic conqueror in history. Tom and Dominic, in the first of a two part special, trace the course of his dazzling career from Macedonia to his mysterious journey to the oracle at Siwa. Man or god? Visionary or blood-stained tyrant? The debate rages on!

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Nov 08, 2021
115. The Gunpowder Plot
55:27
‘Remember, remember / the Fifth of November / Gunpowder, treason & plot.” But what is it exactly we are remembering on Bonfire Night? Tom & Dominic explore what - if it had succeeded - would have been the most spectacular terrorist attack in British history: its background, its legacy, & the controversies that still bedevil our understanding of it.

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Nov 04, 2021
114. Stonehenge, ancient ritual and the origins of paganism
48:20
Like Merlin, who lived his life in reverse, we go backwards in time as we continue our two-part series on paganism. Renaissance philosophers; green men; a pagan city in the early caliphate; hooded gods on Hadrian’s Wall; Stonehenge; cannibals (or were they?) in Cheddar Gorge; and the oldest evidence ever found of pagan practice in Britain.

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Nov 02, 2021
113. Hallowe'en and modern paganism
50:24
In the first of a two part Hallowe’en special, Tom and Dominic are joined by Professor Ronald Hutton to explore the history of modern paganism: from Wicca to Druids, and from Himmler to the Glastonbury Festival. Do its roots reach back to a genuine pre-Christian past?

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Nov 01, 2021
112. Medieval Science
46:38

The word ‘medieval’ is often used to mean backward, benighted, unscientific. But is this fair? Historian of science Seb Falk joins Tom and Dominic to explore how the Middle Ages shaped and influenced the development of science.


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Oct 28, 2021
111. Golden Ages
52:23
Oh, to be Dutch in the seventeenth century. Or Roman in 150 AD. Or British in the 1990's. Tom and Dominic debate the merits of various "Golden Ages" in history, and ask whether we might have seen the last.

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Oct 25, 2021
110. History of India in 10 Buildings
54:50

Curator and art historian Aparna Andhare gives Tom and Dominic her selection of the ten buildings that best illustrate India’s past 4,500 years. Ranging from Mohenjo-daro to Narendra Modi, all the Subcontinent’s history is here.


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Oct 21, 2021
109. Dinosaurs
49:04

How did the existence of dinosaurs come to be discovered, & what role have they played in the popular imagination over the past 200 years? And what can humanity learn from the extinction of dinosaurs - if indeed they ARE extinct? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore the constantly evolving after-life of dinosaurs.


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Oct 18, 2021
108. The Industrial Revolution
56:32
Did the industrial revolution really improve people’s lives? And why was Britain first to industrialise? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by Emma Griffin, professor of modern history and author of Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution.

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Oct 14, 2021
107. Watergate: part 2
48:11

Despite his overwhelming lead in the polls, President Richard Nixon’s paranoia leads to the criminal actions of the Watergate scandal. In this second part of our mini-series, Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore the unravelling of the conspiracy and its consequences for US politics.


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Oct 12, 2021
106. Watergate: part 1
44:17

What led Richard Nixon into the greatest political scandal in American history? Dominic Sandbrook, acclaimed historian of the period, leads Tom Holland on an extraordinary journey from Nixon’s humble beginnings through his political rise and to the precipice of his downfall. The first in a two part mini-series.


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Oct 11, 2021
105. Classics
57:11
The world’s most famous classicist, Professor Mary Beard, joins Tom and Dominic to discuss how the legacy of classical Greece and Rome has been interpreted and re-interpreted over the past millennium and a half. They range from Dante’s Satan snacking on Julius Caesar’s assassins in Hell to recent demands in the United States that Classics itself should be cancelled.

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Oct 07, 2021
Bonus Episode: No Time to Die
32:14

WARNING: THIS PODCAST INCLUDES SPOILERS ABOUT THE NEW JAMES BOND MOVIE. DO NOT LISTEN UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN THE FILM.

What does the new Bond movie tell us about modern masculinity? And where does the franchise go from here? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland share notes on No Time to Die.


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Oct 06, 2021
104. Macbeth
50:47

Something wicked this way comes. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take a deep dive into the real history of Scotland’s most notorious king. Was he really the murderous man of Shakespeare’s writing? Plus the boys examine the play for its insight into the politics of the time in which it was written. And we discover Dominic’s missed vocation.


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Oct 04, 2021
103. The Norse Sagas
54:27

In today’s episode, Tom and Dominic are joined by Dr Eleanor Barraclough as they sail across the Atlantic in a dragon-ship, bound for the epic world of the Norse sagas. What society did the Vikings set up in Iceland? How did they get to America? Why were they always so violent?


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Sep 30, 2021
102. Germany from Adenauer to Angela
56:47
As Angela Merkel bows out of German politics, Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore the surprisingly colourful world of Germany’s Chancellors since the Second World War. It’s a story of rebels, exiles, Nazis, chain-smokers, the colossal bulk of Helmut Kohl and the East German youth of the future Frau Merkel. And to Tom’s relief, there’s lots of Christianity.

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Sep 28, 2021
101. James Bond
52:21

The fictional British agent James Bond returns to our cinema screens this week, but what do the history and evolution of Ian Fleming’s iconic character tell us about our changing society? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore 007 in both book and cinematic form. 


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Sep 27, 2021
Decolonising Africa
49:30
Writer and critic Tomiwa Owolade joins Dominic and Tom to discuss the pan-African movement and the varying ways in which African states became independent from their European colonisers during the 20th century.

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Sep 23, 2021
99. Thermopylae & Salamis Episode 2
55:13
Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook continue their celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian invasion of Greece. Today, they look at two battles which have echoed down the millennia: Thermopylae, the very archetype of a heroic defeat, and Salamis, the great naval clash which saved Greece from Persian conquest.

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Sep 21, 2021
98. Thermopylae & Salamis Episode 1
52:00
In 480 BC, 300 Spartans made a famous stand at Thermopylae, as hordes of Persian soldiers, led by Xerxes, seemed set to succeed in their aim of conquering Greece. However, although Leonidas and his men were defeated, only a short while later the Greek navy, against superior Persian forces, routed them in the Straits of Salamis, a turning point in the war as the Persians were steadily swept out of Greece. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss the epic battle and its outcome.

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Sep 20, 2021
97. Top Ten Mistresses
1:14:09

Tom Holland is joined by Ali Ansari to discuss the most influential mistresses in history. The definition of success is to impact history, despite often humble beginnings.

Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival.


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Sep 16, 2021
96. The UK’s Best Churches
1:05:13
There are estimated to be around 16 thousand churches in England alone. But which are the finest in the UK? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by the director of Friends of Friendless Churches, Rachel Morley, to decide a top ten. They also discuss some of the listeners’ favourites. Just remember: cathedrals not allowed!

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Sep 13, 2021
95. 9/11
52:22

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked above the US by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda. What followed was the deadliest terrorist attack in history. Twenty years on, Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland look back at the events and discuss their impact.


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Sep 09, 2021
94. Silicon Valley Part 2
42:54

The rise of social media is the central subject of our second instalment with tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook ask whether social media is the principal force behind an increase in populist politics. The ‘Americanisation’ of culture plus Marc’s theory on why software is the closest thing to real life magic also feature.


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Sep 07, 2021
93. Silicon Valley Part 1
44:40
Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland are joined by tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Has the internet been the most important force in modern history? In part one of this two part series they look at how the internet developed out of military technology, whether early developers knew they were changing the world, and why business initially built a ‘wall of scepticism’ around the possibilities of the World Wide Web.

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Sep 06, 2021
92. Nuclear Weapons
56:00

The year is 1983, and on November the 8th the world is the closest it’s ever been to nuclear destruction, yet nobody at the time realises. Dominic and Tom are joined by author and historian Taylor Downing to discuss how Armageddon was just avoided and why Tom, living near Salisbury, was in more danger than most.


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Sep 01, 2021
91. The Beatles
55:30

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are live at the Chalke Valley History Festival to discuss the cultural impact of the Fab Four. What were the social conditions that led to their phenomenal success, and will their legacy endure in another hundred years? Plus, why Tom was turned away from John Lennon’s house.  


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Aug 30, 2021
90. The Western Front
58:42

The slaughter and bloodshed on the Western Front in World War One helped shape the narrative of the 20th century. But was it a case of lions led by donkeys?

Gary Sheffield, historian and author of Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to explore events on the Western Front.


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Aug 26, 2021
89. Climate & Weather
57:08

From the Ice Age to the Winter of Discontent, climate and weather have hugely impacted historical events. Wars halted by freezing conditions, Prime Ministers thrown out of office by an electorate made angrier by the weather. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland review their top ten weather affected moments in time.


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Aug 23, 2021
88. The First Anglo-Afghan War
55:11

“A war begun for no wise purpose.” This description of the First Anglo-Afghan War, fought in the early-mid 19th Century, could stand as an epitaph for most conflicts in the region since. William Dalrymple has written extensively about the history of Afghanistan and he joins Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland to take a deep dive into this ‘graveyard of empires’.


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Aug 19, 2021
87. Afghanistan - Part 1
1:03:08

In the first of a two-part series exploring the history of Afghanistan, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook examine the nation’s complicated relationships with empires and discuss its role in the ‘Great Game’.


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Aug 18, 2021
86. The Enlightenment
53:03

Once there was darkness and then there was light. What was the Enlightenment and why did it matter? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore the Enlightenment and its path towards reason, science, revolution and the guillotine.


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Aug 16, 2021
85. Sherlock Holmes
52:08

The games afoot! Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss the world’s favourite consulting detective. Why has the popularity of Sherlock Holmes survived more than a century and what do the stories tell us about Victorian and Edwardian London?


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Aug 12, 2021
84. Exams
54:42
Even the memory of them is enough to make most people shudder. As thousands of British students wait nervously for their A-level and GCSE results, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by educationalist Daisy Christodoulou to discuss the fascinating history of the examination. Your time starts now.

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Aug 09, 2021
83. The Berlin Wall
1:01:31

60 years ago this month, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began building a barrier that divided the city of Berlin. It stood until 1989 and came to symbolise the front line of the Cold War.


Iain MacGregor, author of "Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth", joins Tom and Dominic to discuss the history of the Wall, the ideological divide it represented and why it eventually fell.


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Aug 05, 2021
82. Sparta
1:00:50

What does it mean to be a Spartan? How much of this Spartan image is real and how much is based on projections and prejudices of others?


Tom and Dominic delve into the Ancient Greek world and take us inside the minds and reality of this civilisation. They also analyse the film “300” and look at what it got right and wrong. 


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Aug 02, 2021
81. Modern Olympics - Part 2
43:18

Tom and Dominic continue their journey through the history of the Olympics, turning their attention from post-war to the present day. 


They discuss Cold War rivalries, financial extravagance, the influence of TV and the darkest moments in Olympic history.


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Jul 30, 2021
80. Modern Olympics - Part 1
46:56

In 1896 the Olympic Games were reborn in Athens. Here we look at the forgotten tales and little known facts from the start of the modern Olympics through to the outbreak of the Second World War.


Tom tells us about the greatest race of all time, whilst Dominic reveals he is somewhat of an Olympics sceptic.


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Jul 29, 2021
79. Ancient Olympics
53:08

With the Games underway in Tokyo, Tom and Dominic look back to the Ancient Olympics. They discuss the heroic but incredibly violent stories of the Greek superstars of 2500 years ago, and why the Games were bad news for women, animals and cheats. Plus, Tom reveals how his cricketing woes were compounded by an Ancient Greek poet.


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Jul 26, 2021
78. Statues: Parliament Square
42:34

Statues: Parliament Square


In the final part of their epic trilogy, Tom and Dominic arrive at Parliament Square to explore the statues of world leaders including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. 


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Jul 22, 2021
77. Statues: Whitehall
30:36

Tom and Dominic continue their tour of London’s statues, arriving in Whitehall. War leaders, useless royals and courtesans all feature.


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Jul 20, 2021
76. Statues: Trafalgar Square
35:28

In the first of a three part series Tom and Dominic take a walking tour of central London to examine the statues of Trafalgar Square and explore the stories behind them. 


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Jul 19, 2021
75. The East India Company
59:09

Tom and Dominic are joined by historian William Dalrymple to tell the fascinating and shocking story of the East India Company in the 18th century. How could a gang of “spectacularly corrupt” merchants conquer vast parts of Asia from a small office in London with just 35 employees? And how did the company’s actions pave the way for British government rule in India.


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Jul 15, 2021
74. The Six Wives of Henry VIII
51:08

Henry VIII had the most notorious marital relations of any king in history. Tom and Dominic discuss the six women who became his queen. How did they influence the course of the Reformation? And which one would have done best on Love Island?


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Jul 12, 2021
72. England v Italy
58:27

No country has enjoyed a greater influence on the English than Italy. Ahead of the European Championship final, Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore the history of Rome, Italy and England.


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Jul 09, 2021
72. The Vietnam War
55:22

No war has divided public opinion more than the conflict in Vietnam. Andrew Preston, Cambridge University Professor of American History, joins Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland to discuss the international politics surrounding the conflict.


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Jul 08, 2021
71. England v Denmark
56:22

Ahead of the two countries’ encounter at Wembley, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss Anglo-Danish history through the ages. Vikings, the destruction of Copenhagen and royal dogs all feature prominently.


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Jul 06, 2021
69. Children’s History
42:20

Tom and Dominic discuss how to write history books for kids. What topics are they interested in? What will they find boring? How much detail is acceptable when writing about mass killings and violence? And why it's best to get an 8 year old to do the proof reading


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Jul 05, 2021
69. England v Ukraine
39:16

On the eve of a huge sporting encounter in Rome between the English and Ukrainian football teams, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore the history binding the two nations. Crimea, The Light Brigade and Florence Nightingale all make the starting line-up.


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Jul 02, 2021
68. The British Empire
51:29

The British Empire: good, bad or neither? And how does its legacy shape us today? Journalist Sathnam Sanghera, author of “Empireland”, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to explore this timely, fascinating and hugely controversial subject.


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Jul 01, 2021
67. Anglo-German Relations
52:02

With England and Germany set to do sporting battle once again, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore the historical events which have shaped the relationship between two or Europe’s super powers.


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Jun 28, 2021
66. Ghosts
49:49

Settle down by the fire and prepare to be haunted. Roger Clarke, author of A Natural History of Ghosts, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to wonder whether ghost stories evolve to reflect the age in which the apparition appears.


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Jun 24, 2021
65. A Very British Scandal
53:19

Jeremy Thorpe was the most flamboyant politician of his day. Leader of the Liberal Party for nine years he was tried at the Old Bailey for conspiracy to murder his former lover Norman Scott. Although acquitted, the case destroyed Thorpe’s career. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss this extraordinary story, which includes the murder of Scott’s dog Rinka.


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Jun 21, 2021
64. Hitler, with Ian Kershaw - part 2
43:55

In the second part of our examination of Adolf Hitler, Sir Ian Kershaw joins Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the Nazi leader’s years leading up to and during the Second World War.


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Jun 17, 2021
63. Hitler, with Ian Kershaw - part 1
47:10

He was “the embodiment of modern political evil” according to historian Sir Ian Kershaw. In this first episode of a two-part investigation of the Nazi dictator, Sir Ian joins Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland to discuss Adolf Hitler.


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Jun 14, 2021
62. Magna Carta
45:12

Does the Magna Carta enshrine the liberties of every free-born Englishman? Or is it now irrelevant? Ted Vallance, Professor of History at Roehampton University, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss King John and the bill of rights he was forced to sign.


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Jun 10, 2021
61. California
47:08

No state in America captures the imagination quite like California. With its glitz and glamour and also its enormous economic disparities the state is a symbol of both the American dream and nightmare. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore California’s origins as well as its modern day politics.


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Jun 07, 2021
60. Muhammad
1:00:17

Who was Muhammad, where did he come from and what was the historical context for his life? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss one of the most influential religious, social, and political leaders in history.


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Jun 03, 2021
59. The World Cup of Gods - Part 2
56:20

Competition for top deity hots up as we look back on the knock out stages of the Rest is History World Cup of Gods. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss the last eight contestants and analyse the final outcome.


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Jun 01, 2021
58. The World Cup of Gods - Part 1
52:40

In one of the most anticipated contests of the year, sixteen gods battled for the crown of ultimate deity. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook offer analysis and insight on the group stages of the competition.


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May 31, 2021
57. Paris
51:10

It may just be the most popular city on earth. Throughout history Paris has maintained a grip on the public imagination, thanks to its culture, architecture and its people.

French journalist and historian Agnès Poirier joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss La Ville Lumièr.


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May 27, 2021
56. Nero
56:55

He remains one of the great characters in all history. But was he depraved, corrupt and evil? Or an artist much maligned by elitist historians? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss Nero.


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May 24, 2021
55. The World Cup of Gods - Preview
18:20

It promises to be the biggest event of the summer - The Rest is History World Cup of Gods.


Sixteen competitors, but there can be only one winner. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook preview all the runners and riders.



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May 22, 2021
54. Cromwell and the Protectorate
52:22

Did Oliver Cromwell save Britain from tyranny or was he a killjoy and military dictator? Paul Lay, author of Providence Lost: the Rise and Fall of Cromwell's Protectorate joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the short-lived British Republic.


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May 20, 2021
53. Game of Thrones
55:39

What, if anything, can we learn about medieval history from Game of Thrones? Or is George R R Martin’s hugely popular series of books, and the blockbuster TV series based on them, in danger of supplanting true history in the popular imagination? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook, both huge fans of the series, discuss books, films and history.


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May 17, 2021
51. Aztecs
50:02

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook talk to award-winning writer Camilla Townsend, author of the revelatory Fifth Sun.

Professor Townsend used Nahuatl language sources to write an engaging history offering a new interpretation of events in Mexico centuries ago.


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May 13, 2021
50. Teenagers
44:24

“They’re wasting their money and having sex with each other.” Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore the modern phenomenon of the teenager. Why do teenagers scare older generations and will Tom cope with his daughter’s veganism?


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May 10, 2021
49. Food Glorious Food
42:30

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook tuck into the history of British food with author Pen Vogler. They debate the origins of curry and debate our obsession with beef. Plus, they discuss a curious historical obsession with cooking pigs and chickens, stitched together.


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May 06, 2021
48. The French Revolution
57:04

With France facing economic struggles and rising unemployment revolution was in the air. But who was in charge of the uprising and what did it achieve? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland storm their own podcasting Bastille.


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May 03, 2021
47. The Seven Years' War
47:26

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow to discuss the biggest event of the 18th century - The Seven Years' War.


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Apr 29, 2021
46. Culture Wars
55:20

The battle lines are drawn as Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook get involved in this most timely of subjects.

They discuss the historical significance of culture wars from Ancient Rome to the US Civil Rights movement.


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Apr 26, 2021
45. Top Ten Eunuchs
50:42

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook cross their legs and rank the best Eunuchs in history.

From religious fanatics to operatic singers, they discuss the grisly glory these young men ‘enjoyed’.


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Apr 22, 2021
44. 1066
51:35

It is perhaps the best known year in English history. But why has it endured in the national consciousness? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook talk the Battle of Hastings, the end of the Anglo-Saxons and wonder if King Harold really was killed by an arrow in the eye.


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Apr 19, 2021
43. 1940
54:41

It is arguably the most important year in modern history. With the British Expeditionary Force trapped at Dunkirk, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain replaced by the maverick Winston Churchill and France collapsing under the force of invasion, the world watched and waited to see which way the axis of power would tilt. James Holland, leading historian of the period, joins his brother Tom and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the events of 1940.


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Apr 15, 2021
42. The Wild West
47:17

Podcasting’s answer to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - that’s Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook of course - explore the Wild West in both fact and fiction. Does the romantic representation in both fiction and film bear any resemblance to the historical truth? And why are we still so intrigued by the myth of the American western frontier?


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Apr 12, 2021
41. Persia
42:41

It is one of the truly great civilisations in world history and yet the story of Persia has faded from view in the west. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by Professor Ali Ansari to discuss Persia's extraordinary influence on the modern world.


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Apr 08, 2021
40. History as Entertainment
40:07

From re-enactment to reinforcing capitalism through the board game Monopoly. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland examine the history of games and the portrayal of history in games.


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Apr 05, 2021
39. Elizabeth I
41:26

She famously claimed to have the heart and stomach of a king and remains one of Britain’s most talked about monarchs, despite having reigned more than 400 years ago. Tracy Borman, author of the acclaimed Elizabeth’s Women, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss Elizabeth I.


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Apr 01, 2021
38. Communism
47:59

It was one of the great political ideologies of the 20th century, vying with capitalism for supremacy.

Now communism has retreated from the political mainstream having failed to create the utopia of a classless society.

Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss the origins of communism as a theory and the frequently repressive attempts to govern by its principles.


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Mar 29, 2021
37. Spies, with Ben MacIntyre
41:08

History is littered with stories of espionage and its capacity to change the course of events. But does spying truly matter and has the human operative finally been replaced by the computer?

Ben MacIntyre, author of books including Agent Zigzag and The Spy and the Traitor, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the history of spying.


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Mar 25, 2021
36. Our Greatest Prime Minister
43:14

In our last episode we debated the merits of British Prime Ministers through the centuries. But who was voted the best of all by the public and why? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss the men who made it through to the final stages of our Prime Ministers’ World Cup and analyse the public voting patterns which led to the final outcome.


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Mar 23, 2021
35. The Prime Ministers’ World Cup
38:52

Who is the greatest British Prime Minister of them all? The bookmakers have Winston Churchill favourite to lift the crown, but William Gladstone and Maggie Thatcher won’t give up the fight without a struggle. And who’s this coming up quietly on the left-hand rail? Why, it’s Clement Attlee, who looks a real threat to the horses on his right. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland debate the runners and riders in our inaugural Rest is History World Cup.


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Mar 22, 2021
34. St Cuthbert’s Day
27:57

March 20th marks the annual Feast day of the Northumbrian Saint Cuthbert. But why should we care about this largely forgotten figure from the 7th century? Tom Holland persuades Dominic Sandbrook that the story of Cuthbert, whose body lay perfectly preserved long after his death, is well worth re-examining.


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Mar 20, 2021
33. The Beautiful Game
47:28

It has been described as the most universal cultural mode there has ever been, but is football a worthwhile object of study for historians?

Sports journalist and author Jonathan Wilson joins Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland to look at the history of the game and how it became Britain’s most successful export.


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Mar 18, 2021
32. What if?
42:26

Counterfactuals are the great what ifs of history.

Imagine the Nazis winning World War 2, or the Roman Empire never falling.

Is this a valid form of historical enquiry? Or is it simply game-playing?

Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss what might have been.


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Mar 15, 2021
31. The Second Reich
49:07

It emerged from the Prussian victory over France in 1870 and was destroyed by the First World War less than fifty years later. German historian Katja Hoyer joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the short but explosive life of the German Second Reich.

 

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Mar 11, 2021
30. A Royal Row
26:34

With the British monarchy under intense scrutiny following an interview with Harry and Meghan conducted by Oprah Winfrey, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook use the lens of history to analyse the significance of this event.


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Mar 09, 2021
29. Americanisation
43:32

Has America taken over the world? Did the dollar and Hollywood enable the US to replace the British empire as the dominant international influencer? And is that power now waning?

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss Americanisation on the Rest is History.

 

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Mar 08, 2021
28. The Kings of Comedy
53:21

Comedian Al Murray joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the history of comedy as well as the funny side of history.

Has comedy changed through time? When and why are we not allowed to laugh at events?

Al Murray has made a living out of making people laugh, while also frequently placing history at the heart of his humour.


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Mar 04, 2021
27. Tutankhamun
45:23

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook ask why Tutankhamun remains the best known of the Egyptian pharaohs. They examine the discovery of the tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 and discuss Tutankhamun’s relatives, in particular his father Akhenaten.


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Mar 01, 2021
26. Witches
46:05

Suzannah Lipscomb joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the history of witches and witchcraft.

Why did society see witches as a threat and what is the modern equivalent of a witch hunt?


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Feb 25, 2021
25. Empires
50:12

Is the age of empires over? And are they always a bad thing?

Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland explore empires through history, examining the modern assumption that nation statehood is always the better way.


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Feb 22, 2021
24. Sex in the City
44:25

Everything you wanted to know about sex in the 18th and 19th Century but were afraid to ask. Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Covent Garden Ladies and the multi-award winning The Five joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss this fascinating subject.


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Feb 18, 2021
23. The 90s
43:50

Ecstasy, emails and economic stability. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss the 1990s, a decade which brought us Oasis, Tony Blair, Monica Lewinsky and Mr Blobby.


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Feb 15, 2021
22. Weird Wars
42:44

The Rest is History brings you the top ten strangest conflicts of all time. Obscure, little-known, downright strange. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland choose five each. 


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Feb 11, 2021
21. The History of the Future
39:06

What is history’s take on the future? Oracles, prophecies, apocalypse, scientific projection. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss them all.


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Feb 08, 2021
20. China
55:18

Broadcaster and historian Michael Wood joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to discuss the world’s oldest civilisation. What were the great moments in Chinese history and why do the Opium Wars still feature so prominently in the modern Chinese school syllabus? The birth of the Chinese Communist Party and the complicated legacy of Chairman Mao all feature.


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Feb 04, 2021
19. King Arthur
47:58

It remains the most romantic historical story of all time, but is the legend of King Arthur a myth? Was he even English? And will he rise again when the country needs him most?

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take their places at the round table.


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Feb 01, 2021
18. The North South Divide
51:33

England has long been divided by an invisible line somewhere north of Watford and south of the Mersey.


But do northerners really have more in common with Scots and Welsh people than their fellow Englishmen in London?


Dan Jackson, author of The Northumbrians and a former advisor to Cheryl Cole, joins southerner Tom Holland and midlander Dominic Sandbrook to try and decide if we should eat lunch then dinner, or dinner then tea.


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Jan 28, 2021
17. Fascism
45:55

What is fascism and where did it come from? No one admits to being a fascist yet it continues to be a term of abuse hurled on a regular basis. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss the history of this most unacceptable of political models.


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Jan 25, 2021
16. Pompeii
47:55

Pompeii


Why does Pompeii continue to hold such a fascination for so many people? And which secrets are still to be uncovered from beneath the ashes? Dr Sophie Hay, a leading expert on the ruined Italian city, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to answer lots of listener questions.



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Jan 21, 2021
15. Walls and Borders
42:27

From the Great Wall of China to the Berlin Wall, history is littered with the building of barriers aimed at keeping people out, and sometimes in. Do they work? Are they ever a good thing? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook climb walls and explore borders as they investigate the history of separation. 


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Jan 18, 2021
14. Historical Fiction
55:55

Is the author’s responsibility to the quality of the novel or the truth of history? What makes a great historical novel and which authors have contributed to our understanding of history. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook range across literature in search of the best of historical fiction.


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Jan 11, 2021
13. Stephen Fry and Troy
59:42

Stephen Fry is our guest on The Rest is History as he tells Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook about his enduring fascination with the Greek myths.


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Jan 07, 2021
12. Conspiracy Theories
44:15

History is littered with conspiracy theories, from Popish plots to JFK’s assassination. But what makes people believe in them and how do they gain currency? As strange stories continue to swirl around the coronavirus vaccine, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook examine conspiracy theories through the ages. Oh and Dominic finally solves the question of who did kill JFK.


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Jan 04, 2021
11. Brexit
41:24

As Britain leaves the EU, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook look at the best & worst comparisons from history that have been made to Brexit. 


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Dec 28, 2020
10. Christmas
35:58

Is Christmas an ancient ritual or was it invented by Dickens? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss the transformation of Christmas from public to private event and decide when it became a commercial rather than spiritual celebration.


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Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Dec 21, 2020
9. Causes of the First World War
42:33

Whose fault was it? Does the question even make sense? Are wars always somebody's "fault"? Was it really the first global war? And should Britain have fought, or stayed out?


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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@holland_tom

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Dec 14, 2020
8. The Echo of a Coffee House
40:50

Social media has colonised the world but is it really a new phenomenon? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook debate the effects of technical innovations from the printing press to Twitter. Do they really make a difference?

Or was Swift right when he said: “It is the folly of too many, to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.”


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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@holland_tom

@dcsandbrook

Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com



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Dec 07, 2020
7. The Lessons of History
44:40

Can we truly learn from history? And if we can - do we?

It’s one of the big questions this week as Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook roam through the centuries in search of certainty.

Never get involved in a land war in Asia. That’s our starter for ten.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter:

@TheRestHistory

@holland_tom

@dcsandbrook

Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com



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Nov 30, 2020
6. Troy
35:09

It’s been described as the most legendary story ever told. But did the Trojan War actually happen? And was it really fought over a beautiful woman? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss an enduring tale that still resonates to this day.

 

A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

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Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com



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Nov 23, 2020
5. 1981
37:47

As a new series of The Crown arrives on Netflix, returning viewers to the 1980s, we look back at the year many Britons consider the worst in living memory.

Rocketing unemployment, riots in major cities and a country governed by the most divisive prime minister in post-war British history made 1981 a year to forget.

Amidst the gloom was the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana and the greatest Ashes fightback England cricket fans had ever seen.

So what can we learn from a closer analysis of 1981?


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: #TheRestIsHistory

@holland_tom

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Email: theresthistory@gmail.com



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Nov 16, 2020
4. We’re all so 17th Century
33:24

Plague, pestilence and statue smashing are back in business. Has 2020 turned out to be the 17th Century in disguise? And if so, has Boris Johnson become the new Oliver Cromwell, determined to crack down on the excesses of Christmas? Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland suggest things now are not as bad as we thought.


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Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: @TheRestHistory #TheRestisHistory

Email: theresthistory@gmail.com

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Nov 09, 2020
3. Is Trump Caesar or Nixon?
35:15

Recorded hours after Joe Biden was named President of the United States, we ask if Donald Trump is a modern day Caesar, willing to do anything to stay in power? Or is Trump the natural successor to the disgraced Richard Nixon? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook draw parallels between the modern White House, the 1970s and ancient Rome.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: @TheRestHistory #TheRestIsHistory

Email: theresthistory@gmail.com

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Nov 09, 2020
2. Civil War
35:47

What are the conditions needed for a civil war to start? Could we see a modern industrial nation turn upon itself again? Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore examples from ancient history though to Spain in the 1930s and Yugoslavia in the 1990s to work out what it takes for neighbour to murder neighbour.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: @TheRestHistory #TheRestIsHistory

Email: theresthistory@gmail.com

@holland_tom

@dcsandbrook



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Nov 02, 2020
1. Greatness
29:22

How did certain people come to be called ‘the Great’? Is the notion of great men and women outmoded? Can anyone today be reckoned ‘great’? Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook take a wide ranging stroll through the annals of time, from Nero to Nixon, with a bit of Trump thrown in for good measure.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

Produced by Jack Davenport

Exec Producer Tony Pastor

Twitter: @TheRestHistory #RestIsHistory

Email: theresthistory@gmail.com

@holland_tom

@dcsandbrook



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Nov 02, 2020
Trailer
1:46

Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present for their new podcast "The Rest Is History"


They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius.  


They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about thirty minutes.



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Oct 28, 2020