The Peasants’ Revolt: Who Were the Rebels of 1381?

History Extra | 28 April 2021 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Adrian Bell and Helen Lacey about their research on the Peasant’s Revolt, which has used big data methods to uncover that far from being an ill-disciplined explosion of rage, it was organised with military precision, with key players being non-peasant returnees from the warring in France.

Stalin: the Real Victor of WW2

History Extra | 9 April 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean McMeekin about his book Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II. Discusses his revisionist history of the Second World War, which places Josef Stalin at the centre of the conflict, showing how the Soviet dictator outmanoeuvred both enemies and allies to secure his own ends.

The Western Front: A Cauldron of Innovation

History Extra | 10 March 2021 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Nick Lloyd about his book The Western Front: A History of the Great War, 1914-1918. Argues that the Western Front in World War I was a cauldron of innovation and an epic struggle against the odds, shaped by transformative military and technological advancements.

Shipwrecked in the Arctic: a 16th-Century Survival Story

History Extra | 1 March 2021 | 0h 53m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Andrea Pitzer about her book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World. Recounts the Arctic ordeal of Dutch explorer William Barents and his crew. In 1597, they set sail in a bid to find a North-East passage to China, but spent nine months fighting off ravenous polar bears, extreme cold and a seemingly endless winter after becoming stranded in the ice.

Vikings in North America

History Extra | 2 March 2021 | 0h 37m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Gordon Campbell about his book Norse America: The Story of a Founding Myth. Discusses the debate about whether Norse explorers settled in North America a millennium ago, sets out what we know about the Vikings’ voyages across the Atlantic, and describes the claims and counterclaims of Protestants and Catholics, which were often grounded in racist ideology.

Chaos & Communism: China’s 1949 Revolution

History Extra | 18 February2021 | 0h 38m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Graham Hutchings about his book China 1949: Year of Revolution. Explores the events of a tumultuous year that saw communist victory in the Chinese civil war and the birth of the People’s Republic of China.

Cundill Prize-Winner Camilla Townsend on Global History

History Extra | 11 December 2020 | 0h 22m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Camilla Townsend about her book Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs, which recently won the Cundill History Prize. Discusses the process of writing Aztec history drawing on texts written by the indigenous people themselves. Also discusses the wider challenges of writing global history for a popular audience.

Searching for Freedom After the Holocaust

History Extra | 19 January 2021 | 0h 43m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rosie Whitehouse about her book The People on the Beach: Journeys to Freedom After the Holocaust. Describes the story of a group of Holocaust survivors who sailed from Italy to Palestine in 1946, taking on the might of the Royal Navy in the process. Explains why, after being liberated, they did not feel safe in Europe.