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The global First World War

David Olusoga explains how the First World War impacted on millions of people across the globe To find out more,...

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The history of humanity

Yuval Harari explains why Homo sapiens came to dominate the world and offers surprising insights into our shared...

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Battle of Waterloo special

Bernard Cornwell and Paul OKeeffe explore the 1815 defeat of Napoleon and its aftermath To find out more, visit...

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The battle of Agincourt and the Spanish communists

Ranulph Fiennes talks about his ancestors involvement in the battle of Agincourt, and Paul Preston explores the life...

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Richard III and dirty Tudors

Chris Skidmore delves inside the mind of King Richard III, while Pamela Hartshorne reveals how people in Tudor times...

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The legacy of the First World War

Adam Tooze explains how the outcome of the First World War shaped global history and led to the rise of the United...

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The German view on the First World War

Alexander Watson discusses the conflict from the Central Powers' perspective, while British First World War veterans...

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Viking treasures and Hitler's 'perfect woman'

Gareth Williams guides us through the British Museum's major new Vikings exhibition, while Julie Gottlieb explains...

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Thomas Cromwell’s fall from grace

Tudor historian Tracy Borman discusses the career of Thomas Cromwell, the henchman of Henry VIII who brought down...

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Delphi and the Spanish empire

Michael Scott describes the history of Delphi, home to the famous Ancient Greek oracle, while Hugh Thomas discusses...

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James Bond and Vichy France

Matthew Parker describes how Ian Fleming's novels offer a window into Jamaican history, while Caroline Moorehead...

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Revolutions in Europe and forensics in history

Adam Zamoyski explains why Europe’s rulers were gripped by paranoia after the French Revolution, while Val McDermid...

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Roman slavery and the man who started the First World War

Cambridge classicist Jerry Toner examines the lives of slaves in Ancient Rome and considers their status in Roman...

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The Berlin Wall and the return of Charles II

Hester Vaizey explores how the fall of the Berlin Wall affected East Germans, while Ronald Hutton visits an important...

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Fresh views on the Wars of the Roses

Dan Jones is interviewed by Tudor expert Suzannah Lipscomb about his new book on the Wars of the Roses. The two...

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African history special

Miranda Kaufmann reveals the role played by Africans in Tudor exploration, while Gus Casely-Hayford explores the...

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Cold War spies and friendship through the ages

Ben Macintyre delves into the life of double agent Kim Philby, while Thomas Dixon explains how the meaning of...

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The North Sea and Bronze Age remains

Michael Pye explains the North Sea’s importance to European development, while Francis Pryor describes life in...

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The trials of Joan of Arc

Dan Jones speaks to Helen Castor about her new book on the tragic French heroine Joan of Arc. To find out more,...

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D-Day and the Wars of the Roses

James Holland challenges some popular assumptions about the 1944 Normandy campaign, while Sarah Gristwood visits a...

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