History! The most exciting and important things that have ever happened on the planet! Featuring reports from the weird and wonderful places around the world where history has been made and interviews with some of the best historians writing today. Dan also covers some of the major anniversaries as they pass by and explores the deep history behind today's headlines - giving you the context to understand what is going on today.
How different is battlefield archaeology compared to other disciplines? Do local legends ever help track down evidence in a field? And why are potato fields problematic for archaeologists? Archaeologist Sam Wilson joins Gone Medieval hostMatt Lewis.
Vaccines have become a subject of great controversy in recent months but the requirement to have them is far from new. From George Washington to controversies of the modern-day Dan is guided through the issue by Dr Lindsay Chervinsky.
Over six decades John Simpson has been on the frontline of reporting bringing news from some of the most dangerous places on the planet to the television screens of millions of people. He joins Dan to discuss his life and work.
The SBS was formed out of the Commandos during the Second World War to help counter Nazi domination of Europe. This small unit took on some of the most dangerous missions of the Second World War. Saul David joins Dan to tell their story.
The industrial revolution began in Britain & became one of the most extraordinary economic miracles in human history but the next two centuries have been more to do with improvisation than planning. But, how did we get to where we are today?
On 28 August 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivered his 'I have a dream' speech stood in Washington D.C. to an audience of hundreds of thousands. Dan is joined by Charles Woods to discuss King's life & the enduring power of his words.
In this episode from the archive, Roger Moorhouse discusses the Polish campaign of 1939 comprehensively, separating the myths from reality and outlining the abject horrors that the Poles suffered under the twin occupation of the Nazis and the Soviets....
On 27 August 1896, the British Empire went to war with the Zanzibar Sultanate for approximately 38 minutes! Dr Erik Gilbert joins Dan to explain why this conflict, despite its brevity, marked the beginning of the Scramble for Africa.
Most consider the Second World War to have been fought between 1939-1945 but, as you'll hear in this podcast, Richard Overy believes that the conflict was much broader than this and marked the last gasp of global imperialism.
North of the Hindu Kush & the south of the Oxus river, the history of the region of Bactria envelops some of the most intriguing periods of the ancient world. David Adams has explored many of the sites of Bactria & shares his experiences with T...