The Rest Is History

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Ian Proops
 Mar 30, 2021
Informative and extremely funny. Like eavesdropping on two (frighteningly erudite) blokes bantering in a pub.

craig
 Jan 20, 2021
A Stormer of a Podcast. Informative and always entertaining. Thought recommend this to everyone

G Sande
 Dec 28, 2020
Very worthwhile

Chris Smyth
 Dec 27, 2020
Very interesting and certainly very enlightening debate! Thanks!

James Perry
 Dec 8, 2020
Thought provoking, relevant, entertaining

Description

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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78. Statues: Parliament Square
00:42:34

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
00:30:36

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
00:35:28

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
00:59:06

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
00:51:05

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
00:58:27

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
00:55:22

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
00:56:22

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
00:42:20

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
00:39:16

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
00:51:29

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
00:52:02

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
00:49:49

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
00:53:19

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
00:43:55

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
00:47:10

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
00:45:12

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
00:47:08

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
01:00:17

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
00:56:12

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
00:52:40

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
00:51:10

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
00:56:55

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
00:18:20

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
00:52:22

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.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

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May 20, 2021
53. Game of Thrones
00:55:39

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
00:50:02

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
00:44:24

“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
00:42:30

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
00:57:04

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
00:47:26

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
00:55:17

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
00:50:39

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
00:51:32

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.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

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Apr 19, 2021
43. 1940
00:54:41

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
00:47:17

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
00:42:41

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
00:40:07

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
00:41:26

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
00:47:59

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
00:41:08

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.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

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Mar 25, 2021
36. Our Greatest Prime Minister
00:43:14

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
00:38:52

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
00:27:57

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
00:47:28

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?
00:42:26

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.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

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Mar 15, 2021
31. The Second Reich
00:49:07

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.

 

A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

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Mar 11, 2021
30. A Royal Row
00:26:34

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.


A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production

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Mar 09, 2021
29. Americanisation
00:43:32

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
00:53:18

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
00:45:21

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
00:46:02

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
00:50:09

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
00:44:22

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
00:43:50

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
00:42:42

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
00:39:06

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
00:55:18

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
00:47:58

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
00:51:33

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
00:45:55

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
00:47:55

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
00:42:27

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
00:55:55

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
00:59:42

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
00:44:15

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
00:41:24

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
00:35:58

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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Dec 21, 2020
9. Causes of the First World War
00:42:33

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?


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Dec 14, 2020
8. The Echo of a Coffee House
00:40:50

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.”


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Dec 07, 2020
7. The Lessons of History
00:44:40

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.


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Nov 30, 2020
6. Troy
00:35:09

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.

 

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Nov 23, 2020
5. 1981
00:37:47

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?


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Nov 16, 2020
4. We’re all so 17th Century
00:33:24

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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Nov 09, 2020
3. Is Trump Caesar or Nixon?
00:35:15

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.


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Nov 09, 2020
2. Civil War
00:35:47

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.


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Nov 02, 2020
1. Greatness
00:29:22

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.


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Nov 02, 2020
Trailer
00:01:46

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