Dan Snow's History Hit podcast

Dan Snow's History Hit

History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen. If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) , we'd love to hear from you!

History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet. Powerful kings, warrior queens, nomads, empires and expeditions. Historian Dan Snow and his expert guests bring all these stories to life and more in a daily dose of history. Join Dan as he digs into the past to make sense of the headlines and get up close to the biggest discoveries being made around the world today, as they happen. If you want to get in touch with the podcast, you can email us at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) , we'd love to hear from you!

 

#1247

The Rosetta Stone

In 1798, the young French General Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt. After successfully taking Alexandria, he ordered the reconstruction of a fort at the nearby city of Rosetta. As his soldiers did the back-breaking work of digging fortifications in the blazing sun, they uncovered an archaeological treasure that would prove to be the key to Egypt's past - the Rosetta Stone. Dan is joined by Egyptologist and writer Dr Chris Naunton to tell us what exactly was written on this vital relic, and why it mattered. Produced by Mariana Des Forges and James Hickmann, and edited by Max Carrey. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Sign up [HERE] (https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09Dmh10) for 50% off for 3 months using code ‘DANSNOW’. We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

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#1246

John the Baptist

Not long after the turn of the first millennium, a Jewish prophet emerged from a period of desert solitude in the Jordan River valley. He wore simple camel hair garments and ate nothing but locusts and wild honey. His name was John the Baptist, and his pre-messianic preachings about repentance and God's final judgement would form the bedrock of the early Christian faith. Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London and author of 'The Immerser: John the Baptist Within Second Temple Judaism'. She explains why people were so drawn to him, and why he is considered the forerunner of Jesus Christ. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Max Carrey. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Sign up [HERE] (https://eu1.hubs.ly/H09Dmh10) for 50% off for 3 months using code ‘DANSNOW’. We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . ... Read more

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#1245

The Other D-Day: The Eastern Front

Historian, broadcaster and author Jonathan Dimbleby joins Dan to explain how Hitler's plans in the East went disastrously wrong. 2 weeks after the D-Day landings, a gigantic Soviet offensive tore through the German lines on the Eastern Front. Named for the Russian general who fought Napoleon, Operation Bagration swept through Byelorussia and put the Red Army within striking distance of Berlin. On the anniversary of this vital offensive, Jonathan and Dan look at the role it played in the liberation of Europe. Jonathan's new book is called 'Endgame 1944: How Stalin Won the War'. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

18 Jun 2024

42 MINS

42:38

18 Jun 2024


#1244

Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 2

Please note that this episode contains some explicit language. This is the story of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Britain's most extraordinary soldier. The one-handed, one-eyed, walking stick-wielding war hero fought in the Second Boer War, The First World War and the Second World War. He was wounded countless times, awarded prestigious medals for gallantry, and made into a figure of legend. Away from the battlefield the eccentric veteran rubbed shoulders with kings and emperors, and worked with some of the most important world leaders of the 20th century. To tell this astonishing tale, Dan weaves his storytelling with the words of Carton De Wiart himself, read by Dan's father, Peter Snow. In this second episode, Carton de Wiart survives the 1939 invasion of Poland, becomes a POW in Italy and eventually makes his way to China, where he becomes Churchill's personal representative to Chiang Kai-shek. Written and produced by Dan Snow, and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

18 Jun 2024

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:14

18 Jun 2024


#1243

Dan's History Heroes: Britain's Greatest Soldier, Part 1

This is the story of Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart, Britain's most extraordinary soldier. The one-handed, one-eyed, walking stick-wielding war hero fought in the Second Boer War, The First World War and the Second World War. He was wounded countless times, awarded prestigious medals for gallantry, and made into a figure of legend. Away from the battlefield the eccentric veteran rubbed shoulders with kings and emperors, and worked with some of the most important world leaders of the 20th century. To tell this astonishing tale, Dan weaves his storytelling with the words of Carton De Wiart himself, read by Dan's father, Peter Snow. In this first episode, we follow the aspiring young officer from his baptism by fire in South Africa to the trenches of the Western Front. Written and produced by Dan Snow, and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

17 Jun 2024

46 MINS

46:39

17 Jun 2024


#1242

The Rise and Fall of the Ku Klux Klan

With a sinister hierarchy of "grand wizards" and "dragons," hooded Klansmen concealed their identities as they unleashed a reign of terror on Black Americans and other minorities across America for almost a century. Dan is joined by Professor Kristofer Allerfeldt from the University of Exeter to map out the rise and fall of the KKK founded in 1866 by Confederate veterans in Tennessee, as a vehicle for white Southerners to resist Reconstruction and the enfranchisement of Black Americans right through to the 21st century. Produced by Mariana Des Forges, James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

15 Jun 2024

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37:59

15 Jun 2024


#1241

Civil War Rivals: Robert E. Lee vs Ulysses Grant

100 years ago, in the spring of 1864, the Overland Campaign ignited a ferocious clash between two titans of US military history: Ulysses S. Grant, the rugged and relentless Union general, versus the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, a suave southern officer and master of strategy. Theirs was a hotly-contested rivalry, and the debate still rages on to this day - who was the better general? To help you decide, we're joined by Jonathan D. Bratten, an engineer officer and command historian in the Maine Army National Guard. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

12 Jun 2024

48 MINS

48:03

12 Jun 2024


#1240

The Early Years of the British Empire

The British weren't always imperial global players with an empire of viceroys, redcoats and industrialised trade systems. The early years of the British Empire were actually pretty chaotic; for the English in the 17th century, it was a period of exploration, rugged individuals, private companies, pirates, misadventure and failure. Dan is joined by David Veevers, historian of Early Modern History at the University of Bangor, to explore those tumultuous early years, how the English moved into new lands, the challenges they faced, how they interacted, cooperated with, attempted to subjugate and were resisted by the indigenous peoples they found. David's book is called The Great Defiance: How the World Took on the British Empire Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Teän Stewart-Murray. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

11 Jun 2024

42 MINS

42:15

11 Jun 2024


#1239

The Challenger Disaster

On January 28, 1986, the nation watched in horror as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew members aboard, including Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian selected to fly into space. The devastating tragedy unfolded live on television, shattering the dreams of millions of schoolchildren who had tuned in to witness this historic mission. Dan is joined by British journalist and former U.S. correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph Magazine Adam Higginbotham to explore what caused the explosion and how the disaster exposed a deeply flawed decision-making process within NASA, as well as the bravery of the whistleblowers who challenged authority and paid a heavy price. Adam's book is called Challenger: A True Story of Heroism & Disaster at the Edge of Space. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

10 Jun 2024

29 MINS

29:49

10 Jun 2024


#1238

Lost on Mount Everest: The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine

Dan unravels the mystery surrounding George Mallory and Andrew Irvine's daring attempt to conquer Mount Everest in 1924 - a feat that could have made them the first to stand atop the world's highest peak. He tells the tale of Irvine and Mallory's ascent into the 'Death Zone' where they embarked on their final summit push amidst biting winds and punishing altitudes. Dan also hears from world-renowned climber Jake Norton who was part of an expedition in 1999 to find out what happened to the climbers and describes the group's truly astonishing discovery. Written and produced by Dan Snow, and James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

09 Jun 2024

50 MINS

50:58

09 Jun 2024


#1237

Inside North Korea

Withclosed borders, a totalitarian regime, electricity blackouts and widespread poverty, North Korea is a brutal place to survive; even looking at a foreign media outlet can get a North Korean citizen sent to a concentration camp. So why, in 2011 did leader Kim Jong Il allow Jean Lee, a celebrated American journalist to set up a news bureau in Pyongyang? In today's episode, Jean is Dan's guide to North Korea. She tells him about her extraordinary experiences living and working in North Korea as the AP bureau chief. She delves into the history of the Korean peninsula, the Korean War and what made North Korea the country it is today- including the mythology of the Kim dynasty and the famine of the 1990s. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

39 MINS

39:57

06 Jun 2024


#1236

Pegasus Bridge: The First Assault of D-Day

Just after midnight on the 6th of June, 1944, 181 British glider-borne infantry crashed to earth in the Normandy countryside. They clambered out of their gliders and rushed towards their objectives; two German-held bridges near the D-Day landing zones. This was the opening salvo of D-Day, and their mission was vital - if they failed, their comrades would be trapped on the beaches, unable to move off the sand and vulnerable to counterattack. To mark the 80th anniversary of this assault, Dan is joined by Neil Barber. Neil has been interviewing veterans of the British 6th Airborne Division in Normandy for almost 30 years. He is the author of ‘Pegasus Bridge - The Capture, Defence and Relief of the Caen Canal and River Orne Bridges on D-Day’. Remembered in the words of the people who were there, Dan and Neil retrace this vital chapter of the D-Day story. This episode uses AI-generated voices for the excerpts of veteran testimony. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

32 MINS

32:14

06 Jun 2024


#1235

D-Day: The Deception that Made it Possible

Please note that this episode contains explicit language. On the 29th of May, 1944, less than a week before D-Day, General George S. Patton gave a rip-roaring speech to the First US Army Group. He spoke of the indomitable American spirit and the fear that his men would inspire in their enemies. He'd given this expletive-riddled address dozens of times, and American GIs loved him for it. But this time, there was a catch; the army he was addressing did not actually exist. Dan is joined by Taylor Downing, a historian, writer and author of 'The Army That Never Was: D-Day and the Great Deception'. Taylor takes us through this remarkable deception operation, without which D-Day may have gone very differently. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

29 MINS

29:17

06 Jun 2024


#1234

D-Day: The Land Invasion

Dan and military historian Stephen Fischer record a moment by moment play of the dramatic and bloody first crucial hour and a half of D-day, as it happened. They breakdown the assaults across the Normandy Beaches including Sword, Omaha and Gold, where over one hundred thousand British, American and Canadian troops landed under a barrage of German fire in an attempt to turn the tide of the war against the Nazis. Stephen's latest book is called 'Sword Beach'. Produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

1 HR 45 MINS

1:45:53

06 Jun 2024


#1233

D-Day: The Air Invasion

In the second episode of our D-Day series, we look to the skies. In the build-up to Operation Overlord, thousands of Allied pilots in heavy bombers and fighter planes ground down the Luftwaffe and destroyed vital infrastructure. On D-Day itself, they supported their comrades on the ground and at sea in roles ranging from reconnaissance to close air support and dropped elite airborne units behind enemy lines. To talk us through all of that aerial action, Dan is joined by James Daly, a historian, museum curator and author of 'Proposed Airborne Assaults During Operation Overlord'. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

26 MINS

26:41

06 Jun 2024


#1232

D-Day: The Sea Invasion

This is the often forgotten chapter of the D-Day story. To begin our series for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, we turn to the massive naval operations that made it all happen. On D-Day itself, 7,000 ships and 195,000 sailors undertook the gargantuan challenge of ferrying men, weapons and supplies ashore to begin the liberation of Europe. But that was just on the 6th of June - it was preceded by years of bitter warfare at sea, without which Operation Overlord could never have happened. Dan is joined by naval historian Nick Hewitt, author of 'Normandy: The Sailors' Story', who explains why Allied sailors were the bedrock for Operation Overlord. Whether it be through intelligence gathering, naval bombardment or sinking German U-boats, actions at sea were absolutely vital in paving the way for D-Day. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

51 MINS

51:27

06 Jun 2024


#1231

Las Vegas & Atomic Tourism

In the 1950s, the US government conducted a series of nuclear bomb tests in the Mojave desert, right next door to Las Vegas. Tourists flocked to the luxurious hotels of America's gambling capital to watch mushroom clouds billow over the horizon. These tests sparked an obsession with a chemical element that still inspires fear and fascination to this day - uranium. Dan is joined by Lucy Jane Santos, author of 'The Atomic City: Las Vegas, Nuclear Energy, and the Uranium Era'. Lucy takes us through the highlights of the history of uranium and explains why Las Vegas exemplifies our fascination with this element. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Max Carrey. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

04 Jun 2024

25 MINS

25:35

04 Jun 2024


#1230

Julius Caesar's Sex Life

"I came. I saw. I conquered". Perhaps the most famous Julius Caesar quote of all time. But after hearing all about his bedroom antics, it takes on a slightly...different meaning. From Cleopatra to his three wives, to male lovers, to mistresses -Julius Caesar definitely slept his way around Rome. Today Kate is Betwixt the Ancient Roman Sheets with Emma Southon, to find out all about his rampant sex life. This podcast was edited by Tom Delargy and produced by Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

03 Jun 2024

38 MINS

38:12

03 Jun 2024


#1229

Mutiny on the Rising Sun: Smuggling in Colonial America

This is the story of a bloody mutiny aboard the Boston-based schooner, the Rising Sun. The ship had been on a routine smuggling voyage before it was violently seized by three opportunistic crew members. They had their sights set on the lucrative cargo she carried, but below decks, the Rising Sun hid an even more sinister secret; 15 terrified enslaved people, held in the ship's hold as the mutiny raged overhead. Dan is joined by Jared Ross Hardesty, a professor of history at Western Washington University and the author of‘Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate’. Jared takes us through this rebellion at sea from beginning to end and sheds light on the shady worlds of smuggling and slavery in 18th century colonial America. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

25 May 2024

34 MINS

34:06

25 May 2024


#1228

Coming Soon! D-day to Berlin

June 6th marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day and Dan Snow's History Hit is it by bringing you its biggest series yet.From now until May next year, we'll be marking the pivotal moments from D-Day to VE Day.This was the titanic struggle that saw the Allies advance from East and West to crush the Third Reichand hasten the end of the most terrible war in history. Join us as we take you through the Battle of Normandy and the liberation of France, the disaster of Operation Market Garden, the terrible fighting in the Ardennes as well as the gargantuan clashes on the Eastern Front.We'll also be marking the big anniversaries in the Pacific and Southeast Asian theatres as well.You can expect some epic storytelling from the best experts in the field. We're going to be hearing from Nick Hewitt, James Holland and Jonathan Dimbleby amongst many others. And, we'll also hear testimony from those who were there during those climactic final months of The Second World War. This is your definitive guide to World War II from D-Day to Berlin so make sure to follow Dan Snow's History Hit wherever you get your podcasts. ... Read more

23 May 2024

01 MINS

01:00

23 May 2024


#1227

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Third Queen

Jane Seymour is a paradox. Of Henry VIII’s six wives, she is the one about whom we know perhaps the least. She was the most lowly of the queens, but she had royal blood. She's often described as plain and mousy and lacking opinions, but when we do see her in the sources, she tends to be doing something that shows agency, while wearing some very flashy clothes indeed. So what can we make of Jane Seymour? In this episode of Not Just the Tudors, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb talks to Dr. Elizabeth Norton, author of a 2009 book about Jane Seymour and a forthcoming scholarly biography. This episode was produced by Rob Weinberg. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

21 May 2024

35 MINS

35:23

21 May 2024


#1226

The Opium Wars

2/2. The British Empire aggressively pursued the opium trade well into the 19th century, fueling an addiction epidemic within China. The Qing government was determined to stamp out this destructive trade, leading to the First and Second Opium Wars. But the British Royal Navy was at its apogee, and re-exerted British control over the Chinese state. In the infamous final chapter of this story, British and French forces looted and destroyed the Imperial Summer Palace in Beijing stealing everything from priceless art to the Emperor's Pekinese dogs. In the second episode of a two-part mini-series Dan and Dr Jeremiah Jenne, a professor of Late Imperial and Modern China, delve into the history of the Opium trade in the British Empire, how it brought crisis to China and started a war that still impacts China's relationship with the west today. Produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

20 May 2024

37 MINS

37:58

20 May 2024


#1225

The British Empire, China and Opium

1/2. Victorian readers were captivated by descriptions of smoke-filled opium dens among backstreet brothels and pubs in London's East End in Oscar Wilde novels. Opium use in Britain in the 19th century was widespread and while opium dens were scarce, Victorians could buy opium over the counter in chemists as treatments for headaches, coughs and even as a sleep aid for babies. Opium was important to the British Empire's health but more so to its imperial aims to control Asia from the Indian subcontinent to the eastern markets in China. In the first episode of a two-part mini-series Dan and Dr Jeremiah Jenne, a professor of Late Imperial and Modern China, delve into the history of the Opium trade in the British Empire, how it brought crisis to China and started a war that still impacts China's relationship with the west today. Produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

19 May 2024

50 MINS

50:01

19 May 2024


#1224

Civil War in Feudal Japan: The Sengoku Period

Dating from 1467-1603, the Sengoku or ‘Warring States’ period is known as the bloodiest in Japan’s history; an era of continuous social upheaval and civil war which transformed the country. Shogun-led authority was shattered and 150 years of murder and betrayal followed asfearsome warlords ruled local territories with unflinching ruthlessness. In the first episode of this series delving into the history behind the latest Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed Shadows, Matt Lewis and Dr Christopher Harding discuss the origins of the Sengoku Period. Together, they explore how political power was organised in Japan during this time, introduce some of the key players, and discuss how the seeds were sown for Japanese unification. Echoes of History is a Ubisoft podcast, brought to you by History Hit. Hosted by: Matt Lewis Edited by: Ella Blaxill Produced by: Joseph Knight, Peta Stamper, Matt Lewis Production Coordinator: Beth Donaldson Executive Producers: Etienne Bouvier, Julien Fabre, Steve Lanham, Jen Bennett Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

18 May 2024

35 MINS

35:16

18 May 2024


#1223

The Royal Navy's Darkest Night & The Origins of Longitude

A mix of treacherous seas, navigation errors, and historical intrigue led to one of the Royal Navy's darkest nights. Dan travels to the Scilly Isles to tell the tragic tale of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell and the 1707 naval disaster off the Isles of Scilly that caused a staggering loss of over 2000 men. Dan ventures out to the place where the ship went down to see this dangerous stretch of sea for himself. He discovers how this catastrophe spurred advancements in navigation and the quest to solve the problem of longitude. Written by Dan Snow, produced by Mariana Des Forges and edited by Dougal Patmore Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . ... Read more

14 May 2024

33 MINS

33:13

14 May 2024


#1222

Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt: The Impossible Alliance that Won WWII

In the summer of 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. As the Germans drove towards Moscow, a catastrophic Soviet defeat seemed imminent - a defeat that would have made the Allied liberation of Europe virtually impossible. To keep the Allied victory in sight, Roosevelt and Churchill assembled a crack team of diplomats to secretly travel to wartime Moscow and negotiate with the intractable Stalin. Dan is joined by Giles Milton, bestselling historian and author of 'The Stalin Affair: The Impossible Alliance That Won the War'. Giles tells us how the leaders who had wanted to destroy Stalin's Russia ended up desperately trying to keep it afloat. Produced by James Hickmann and edited by Dougal Patmore. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW - sign up at [https://historyhit.com/subscription/] (https://historyhit.com/subscription/) . We'd love to hear from you - what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

13 May 2024

31 MINS

31:28

13 May 2024


#1221

Twelve Caesars with Mary Beard

The title of Caesar has echoed down the ages as the pinnacle of absolute power and perhaps even tyranny. A single man at the head of a nation or empire with untouchable power. But how powerful were they really and why are they seen as an example to follow when many of the men who became Caesar met a bloody end? Dan is joined by the legendary classicist Mary Beard to explore the history of the first twelve Caesars. They discuss how these autocratic rulers have been portrayed throughout history, how the Roman Empire was really ruled and how their legacy still lives with us today. Enjoy unlimited access to award-winning original documentaries that are released weekly and AD-FREE podcasts. Get a subscription for £1 per month for 3 months with code DANSNOW sign up at [https://historyhit/subscription/] (https://historyhit/subscription/) We'd love to hear from you- what do you want to hear an episode on? You can email the podcast at [ds.hh@historyhit.com] (mailto:ds.hh@historyhit.com) . You can take part in our listener survey [ here] (https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6FFT7MK) . ... Read more

12 May 2024

50 MINS

50:42

12 May 2024