History Hack

History Hack

We are a slightly mad, always fun podcast bringing you all the History you love and a lot that you didn‘t know you‘d love until you heard it here! Recommended by BBC Radio, and presented by acclaimed historian Alexandra Churchill, with Matt Bone and Dr Zack White.

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August 17, 2022 41 min

This week Poland celebrates its Armed Forces Day. To mark the occasion, we discuss the origins of the father of modern Poland, Józef Piłsudski, with Josh Zimmerman. 

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On the 75th anniversary of the passing of the Indian Independence Act, Ravindran Rathee joins us to talk all about his new book, which documents hundreds of years of soldiers from the subcontinent fighting for the British Empire from their point of view. 

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As part of a special week of programming, in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, female historians talk about the history of the struggle for equality. In our final episode, the peerless A.E. Rooks joins us to blow your minds with a history of abortion and legislating sex in the United States. 

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As part of a special week of programming, in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, female historians talk about the history of the struggle for equality. In this episode, Eleanor Janega joins us to discuss the concepts of abortion and contraception stretching back to antiquity. 

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As part of a special week of programming, in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, female historians talk about the history of the struggle for equality. In this episode, Nina Harkrader joins us to talk about the decades of struggle encountered by women who took agency over where they wanted to live, without male supervision. 

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As part of a special week of programming, in response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court, female historians talk about the history of the struggle for equality. In this episode, Elaine Weiss talks about the long road to the vote for American women.

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August 5, 2022 32 min

James Bartle joins us to discuss the surprisingly big role that the WRNS played in the Second World War at sea.

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Kit and Charly are joined by Jessie Childs to discuss the English Civil War's most dramatic siege.

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August 1, 2022 57 min

Ever wondered how realistic the epic film Gladiator is? Tony Sullivan drops by to tell us all about his new book looking at exactly that

 

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2022's Wolfson prize winner Clare Jackson joins us to talk about Devil Land, a history of England during a tumultuous century: 1588-1688.

 

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Malcolm Gaskell joins us to talk about his book based on a microscopic look at the New World and an accusation of witchcraft, and how it fitted in with the history of the period. 

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To celebrate the Wolfson Prize's special year, we dedicate a week of episodes to the books shortlisted for the 2022 award. Today, we are joined by Alex von Tunzelmann to discuss Fallen Idols: 12 Statues that Changed History.

 

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July 22, 2022 39 min

Nino Strachey tells us about a group of visionaries, artists and literary greats who, in the early 20th century, had a more enlightened way of loving life, and each other.

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We're not trolling. Roman Britain once had a Pirate King. Simon Elliot joins us to explain all - you won't want to miss it

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Sjoerd De Boer joins us to talk about the sensible history of Hitler's bunker and what happened to those hiding with him when the Nazi's capitulated. 

 

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Caroline Boggis-Rolfe joins us to talk about 2,000 years of colourful history that tell the story of the Adriatic Sea. 

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July 13, 2022 34 min

Michele Schindler joins us to talk all about the life of Viscount Lovell, Richard III's ride-or-die BFF.

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July 11, 2022 41 min

Did the death of one First World War general potentially change the course of Irish history? Ronan McGreevy joins us to talk about the assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson.

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July 8, 2022 62 min

Don't know the difference between your Badajoz and your Burgos? Fresh from his debut at Chalke Valley, our very own Zack provides an overview to what came before Waterloo...

 

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The story of the American South that Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind tells has codified a version of history in popular minds that did not exist. Ahead of the release of her new book, The Wrath to Come: Gone With the Wind and the Lies America Tells, Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, joins Boney and Charly to discuss the realities that Mitchell attemp...

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