The Great Migration Mystery
Season 2, Ep. 8
In the 17th century, fanciful solutions to the mystery of the swallow’s whereabouts were the result of an intense battle over the nature of scientific reasoning, which had been raging for centuries – and which is still raging today. This article is from the May issue of History Today. Buy a copy of this issue from our website, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store. Written by Alexander Lee. Read by History Today Editor, Paul Lay.
The State of Myanmar
Season 2, Ep. 7
Myanmar’s colonial legacy includes racial hierarchies and authoritarian government. In the new nation state, not everyone is welcome. To understand why Rakhine State is in such turmoil we need to follow the threads of ethnic nationalism back to before Myanmar existed. This article is from the May issue of History Today. Buy a copy of this issue from our website, or read it via the History Today app, available on Google Play and the App Store. Introduced by History Today editor, Paul Lay. Read by Greig Johnson. Written by Ewan Cameron.Music: Kai Engel. Illustration: Ben Jones.
What can History tell us about Epidemics?
Season 2, Ep. 6
Four historians discuss what we learn from history about how diseases spread, and how we respond to them.Buy a copy of the April issue of History Today from our website: www.historytoday.comJohn Henderson: ‘Strategies to cope with plague have formed the basis for later policies’. Read by Paul Lay.Patricia Fara: ‘Fear and suspicion multiply more rapidly than any virus’. Read by Katie Holyoak.Samuel Cohn: ‘Epidemics strike from the outside and are carried in’. Read by Paul Lay.Sandra Hempel: ‘Smallpox remains the only human disease to be eradicated’. Read by Katie Holyoak.Introductions read by James Gribben. Music by Kai Engel.
The Rights of France
Season 2, Ep. 5
France’s attraction to right-wing populism has been a constant, if shape-shifting, presence in its politics since the end of the 19th century.This article appeared in the April 2020 edition of History Today. Read the articleonlineor buy a copy of this issue from ourwebsite.Written by Martin EvansRead by Greig JohnsonProduced by History TodayMusic by Kai Engel
Soviet Super Sniper
Season 2, Ep. 4
In 1942, Lieutenant Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet frontline sniper, was sent on a mission to convince US and British allies to open up a Second Front against Hitler’s forces.Her arrival in Washington DC coincided with a historic moment of American-Soviet friendship, even while the press found the female sniper, with her claimed tally of 309 German kills, rather shocking.Historian Dr Julie Wheelwright in conversation with History Today Editor, Paul Lay.Julie's Article 'A Woman's Place', on Lyudmila Pavlichenko will be the April cover story of History Today, on sale from Thursday 19 March. Pre-order your copy now on the History Today website.Julie's book 'Sisters in Arms: Female Warriors from Antiquity to the New Millennium' is published by Osprey.Music: Kai Engel.
Season 2, Ep. 3
In March 1876, the young Sigmund Freud arrived in Trieste, looking for the testicles of an eel. For centuries past, these troublesome organs had proved elusive. Despite the most intensive – not to say intimate – research, no one had managed to track them down.This article appeared in the March 2020 edition of History Today. Read the articleonlineor buy a copy of this issue from ourwebsite.Written by Alexander LeeRead by Greig JohnsonProduced by History TodayMusic by Kai Engel
Before the Mayflower
Season 2, Ep. 2
This year, the US looks back four centuries to an intrepid band of refugees making a perilous home in New England. TheMayflowerpilgrims had been outlaws in England, members of an underground church known as the Brownists or Separatists. They believed church should be a voluntary community rather than a compulsory state religion. For their refusal to submit to the Church of England they had faced raids, prison, exile and death for the previous 60 years.This podcast explores a previous expedition to North America. The Separatists had attempted to become the pilgrim fathers in Newfoundland as early as 1597.Join Paul Lay, editor of History Today, in conversation with Stephen Tomkins, author of The Journey to the Mayflower: God’s Outlaws & the Invention of Freedom(Hodder & Stoughton, 2020).You can read Stephen's article in the February issue of the magazine on our website, or buy a copy here.