The Real Great Escape with Commander Steve Foster

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 3 September 2020 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Steve Foster relating an extraordinary Second World War escape story. Moving tale of two unlikely friends escaping a Nazi war camp, audaciously travelling across Europe, even visiting a Munich beer hall, before reaching the Swiss border. Subsequently became the book The Soldier Who Came Back.

How Democracy Dies

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 20 July 2020 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum about her book Twilight of Democracy: The Failure of Politics and the Parting of Friends. Discusses the growing authoritarian strain attacking many democracies and how it came to be embraced and celebrated by many elites around the world.

Working Motherhood

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 April 2020 | 0h 20m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Helen McCarthy about her book Double Lives: A History of Working Motherhood. Discusses the complicated past of working motherhood, the forces seeking to include or exclude women from work, and how these developments have informed views on gender, work and equality.

Battle of Britain ‘What Ifs’

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 30 March 2020 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jamie Wood and Niall Mackay about their application of statistics to evaluate historical counterfactuals. Discusses how they use data on airframe losses from the Battle of Britain to test how close Germany came to victory in the battle. Similarly considers the Dogger Bank and Jutland naval battles.

West Africa before the Europeans

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 16 February 2020 | 0h 26m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Toby Green about his book A Fistful of Shells, which surveys the history of West Africa and West-Central Africa before the slave trade, and the effect the arrival of Europeans had on those societies. Explains how integrated the region was into the global economy, the impact of the slave trade on West Africa itself and how it turned the ruling elites against their populations which they now saw as fodder for slave traders.

Hunting the Bismarck

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 20 January 2020 | 0h 45m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Angus Konstam about his book Hunt the Bismarck: The Pursuit of Germany’s Most Famous Battleship. A gripping account of the Royal Navy pursuing Nazi Germany’s largest battleship, the Bismarck, in the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare. Bismarck represented the single most important threat to the Royal Navy and the vital Atlantic convoys they sought to protect; her armoured protection had earned her the reputation of being unsinkable.

Vikings: A History of the Northmen

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 22 December 2019 | 0h 35m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Wayne Bartlett about his book Vikings: A History of the Northmen, which surveys the impact of the Vikings on the World from Newfoundland to Central Asia.

The Crusaders’ Last Battle for the Holy Land

Dan Snow’s History Hit | 1 January 2020 | 0h 31m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Roger Crowley about his book Accursed Tower: The Crusaders’ Last Battle for the Holy Land. Describes the fall of the city of Acre in 1291, bringing two hundred years of Christian crusading in the Holy Land to an end.