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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Fear


James and Sam come to grips with the terrifying history of FEAR! And it's fascinating; it's all to do with childhood, death and disasters, war and warfare (via shrapnel, civilian bombardment and the nuclear threat), the Great Wall of China, b...


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 2020-09-10  47m
 
 

Not Doing What You're Told! Homeschooling the Russian Revolution


We REFUSE to tell you what this episode is about. Shan't. Won't.Ok Ok. We will.It's about putting your foot down, saying NO, saying NEVER AGAIN. It's the history of mutiny, sedition, forcing change, adult disobedience, childho...


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 2020-06-24  32m
 
 

Statues


Recorded in the aftermath of George Floyd's tragic death, with the Black Lives Matter movement in full flight, James and Sam turn their attention to the fascinating history of...STATUES! Currently the site of social conflict, who knew that statues...


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 2020-06-19  41m
 
 

Temper Tantrums: Homeschooling Henry II and the murder of Thomas Beckett


An episode we can all identify with! It's about the history of being able to control your temper - it's about feet kicking, shouting, waving, stamping, WILD anger. James and Sam explore the various ways you can think about the history of ange...


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 2020-06-18  31m
 
 

Clouds!


In this glorious summer of endless blue skies Sam and James turn their attention to the sky, and the fascinating history of...CLOUDS! Who knew they were so interesting? The history of clouds is all about Captain Cook and cannibalism, the devil, urine, ...


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 2020-06-16  41m
 
 

Big Heads! Homeschooling Henry VIII


James and Sam get to grips with the history of BIG HEADS...it's all about a touch of arrogance, wanting to be seen to be in charge, securing your place in history...it allows us to think about all sorts of fascinating characters...Caesar, Napoleon...


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 2020-05-31  32m
 
 

Shadows!


James and Sam come to grips with the elusive history of SHADOWS! And it's fascinating; It's all to do with the very structure of history itself, telling the time, Chinese Emperors, entertainment, advertising in 1950s America, messages from Go...


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 2020-05-28  34m
 
 

Unfairness! Homeschooling Chartism and Electoral Reform


James and Sam tackle the history of things being SO NOT FAIR! From the French Revolution to the massacres of Aborigines and the theft of land from Native Americans to the Suffragettes Sam and James rampage around historical unfairness before settling o...


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 2020-05-27  26m
 
 

Beards Part 2!


Sam and James continue their fascinating history of BEARDS! They're all about the reformation, horror stories, health, surrealism, preachers and their stentorian tones....Who Knew?


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 2020-05-25  42m
 
 

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 and 'Turning Turk, Peter the Great, gas masks...


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 2020-05-21  29m