Histories of the Unexpected

Histories of the Unexpected explores the past in ways that you never dreamt possible. Surely there’s nothing unexpected about the past? About History? Aha, well Histories of the Unexpected adopts a new approach to exploring our past. Gone is the traditional linear plotting of battles, monarchs and political movements. Histories of the Unexpected argues that everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects. Like SLIME. Or COURAGE. or APPLAUSE.... Presented by Dr Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 31m. Bisher sind 182 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts
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Beards Part 1!


Inspired by the beard-growing that was taken up by so many of us all in Coronavirus lockdown, Sam and James tackle the unexpected history of BEARDS...which is all about the Crimean War, Ottoman pirates, Peter the Great and modernity in the seventeenth ...


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 2020-05-21  29m
 
 

Lunchboxes! Homeschooling WW1 and Life in the Trenches Part 1


It's a packed lunch of fun! James and Sam explore the extraordinary history of lunchboxes, which are all about the industrial revolution and nomads and Elizabeth I, before moving on to looking at lunchboxes in relation to WW1 and life in the trenc...


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 2020-05-19  31m
 
 

Playing Chicken! Homeschooling the Cuban Missile Crisis!


This special HOMESCHOOLING episode is about PLAYING CHICKEN! James and Sam explore the Unexpected history of PLAYING CHICKEN, which is all Henry VIII's Great Matter, Appeasement prior to WWII, and the Crusades! Most of all though it's about ...


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 2020-05-10  33m
 
 

Sharing! Homeschooling Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto


This special HOMESCHOOLING episode is about SHARING! James and Sam explore the Unexpected history of SHARING, which is all the Great Depression, the EU, the League of Nations, early modern marriage and working-class communities in Victorian London. Mos...


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 2020-05-09  32m
 
 

VE Day Special!


In this episode of Histories of the Unexpected, James and Sam explore the unexpected history of VE Day, which is all about children, parties, memory, pens, disagreement, balconies and much, much more!


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 2020-05-08  39m
 
 

Rainbows!


In this episode of Histories of the Unexpected, James and Sam explore the unexpected history of RAINBOWS (inspired by this symbol of hope during lockdown) which is all about Elizabeth I, the German Peasants' War, the Bible, Norse mythology, polit...


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 2020-05-07  41m
 
 

Dressing Up! Homeschooling the Rebecca Riots and Turnpike Roads


This episode is about DRESSING UP! James and Sam explore the Unexpected history of DRESSING UP, which is all Count Leo Tolstoy, Carnival in Venice, the Maldon Grain Riots of 1629, and the Lord of Misrule. Most of all though it's about THE REBECCA ...


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 2020-05-06  25m
 
 

Insults!


In this episode of Histories of the Unexpected, James and Sam explore the unexpected history of INSULTS, which is all about duelling, 3500 BCE Babylonia, poison pen letters, and of course gloves! It's also all about Shakespeare, slander a...


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 2020-05-05  38m
 
 

Hiding! Homeschooling Elizabeth I and Catholics


This episode is about HIDING, but with some serious consequences! James and Sam explore the Unexpected history of HIDING, which is all about Oak Trees (and the future King of England, Charles II), it's about keeping secrets, MARY QUEEN of SCOTS, b...


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 2020-05-04  27m
 
 

Presents! Homeschooling Feudalism!


The Unexpected History of PRESENTS is all about power and politics at the TUDOR COURT, diplomacy and showing off, and getting people to do exactly what you want. It's especially about FEUDALISM in Norman England, and the transfer of land to Barons...


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 2020-05-03  22m