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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, attempting to de-tangle the present for their new podcast "The Rest Is History"


They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius.  


They're distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about thirty minutes.

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Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook continue their celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian invasion of Greece. Today, they look at two battles which have echoed down the millennia: Thermopylae, the very archetype of a heroic defeat, and Salamis, the great naval clash which saved Greece from Persian conquest.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In 480 BC, 300 Spartans made a famous stand at Thermopylae, as hordes of Persian soldiers, led by Xerxes, seemed set to succeed in their aim of conquering Greece. However, although Leonidas and his men were defeated, only a short while later the Greek navy, against superior Persian forces, routed them in the Straits of Salamis, a turning point in the war as the Persians were steadily swept out of Greece. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss the epic battle and its outcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
97. Top Ten Mistresses

97. Top Ten Mistresses

2021-09-1601:17:243

Tom Holland is joined by Ali Ansari to discuss the most influential mistresses in history. The definition of success is to impact history, despite often humble beginnings. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Vasco Andrade Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
96. The UK’s Best Churches

96. The UK’s Best Churches

2021-09-1301:08:001

There are estimated to be around 16 thousand churches in England alone. But which are the finest in the UK? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by the director of Friends of Friendless Churches, Rachel Morley, to decide a top ten. They also discuss some of the listeners’ favourites. Just remember: cathedrals not allowed!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
95. 9/11

95. 9/11

2021-09-0957:066

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked above the US by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda. What followed was the deadliest terrorist attack in history. Twenty years on, Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland look back at the events and discuss their impact. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The rise of social media is the central subject of our second instalment with tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook ask whether social media is the principal force behind an increase in populist politics. The ‘Americanisation’ of culture plus Marc’s theory on why software is the closest thing to real life magic also feature. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland are joined by tech pioneer Marc Andreessen. Has the internet been the most important force in modern history? In part one of this two part series they look at how the internet developed out of military technology, whether early developers knew they were changing the world, and why business initially built a ‘wall of scepticism’ around the possibilities of the World Wide Web.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
92. Nuclear Weapons

92. Nuclear Weapons

2021-09-0157:395

The year is 1983, and on November the 8th the world is the closest it’s ever been to nuclear destruction, yet nobody at the time realises. Dominic and Tom are joined by author and historian Taylor Downing to discuss how Armageddon was just avoided and why Tom, living near Salisbury, was in more danger than most. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport & Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
91. The Beatles

91. The Beatles

2021-08-3057:272

Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are live at the Chalke Valley History Festival to discuss the cultural impact of the Fab Four. What were the social conditions that led to their phenomenal success, and will their legacy endure in another hundred years? Plus, why Tom was turned away from John Lennon’s house.   A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
90. The Western Front

90. The Western Front

2021-08-2601:01:201

The slaughter and bloodshed on the Western Front in World War One helped shape the narrative of the 20th century. But was it a case of lions led by donkeys? Gary Sheffield, historian and author of Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities, joins Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook to explore events on the Western Front. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
89. Climate & Weather

89. Climate & Weather

2021-08-2359:463

From the Ice Age to the Winter of Discontent, climate and weather have hugely impacted historical events. Wars halted by freezing conditions, Prime Ministers thrown out of office by an electorate made angrier by the weather. Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland review their top ten weather affected moments in time. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
“A war begun for no wise purpose.” This description of the First Anglo-Afghan War, fought in the early-mid 19th Century, could stand as an epitaph for most conflicts in the region since. William Dalrymple has written extensively about the history of Afghanistan and he joins Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland to take a deep dive into this ‘graveyard of empires’. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
87. Afghanistan - Part 1

87. Afghanistan - Part 1

2021-08-1801:04:508

In the first of a two-part series exploring the history of Afghanistan, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook examine the nation’s complicated relationships with empires and discuss its role in the ‘Great Game’. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
86. The Enlightenment

86. The Enlightenment

2021-08-1654:461

Once there was darkness and then there was light. What was the Enlightenment and why did it matter? Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook explore the Enlightenment and its path towards reason, science, revolution and the guillotine. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
85. Sherlock Holmes

85. Sherlock Holmes

2021-08-1254:512

The games afoot! Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook discuss the world’s favourite consulting detective. Why has the popularity of Sherlock Holmes survived more than a century and what do the stories tell us about Victorian and Edwardian London? A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
84. Exams

84. Exams

2021-08-0957:353

Even the memory of them is enough to make most people shudder. As thousands of British students wait nervously for their A-level and GCSE results, Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are joined by educationalist Daisy Christodoulou to discuss the fascinating history of the examination. Your time starts now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
83. The Berlin Wall

83. The Berlin Wall

2021-08-0501:03:373

60 years ago this month, the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) began building a barrier that divided the city of Berlin. It stood until 1989 and came to symbolise the front line of the Cold War. Iain MacGregor, author of "Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth", joins Tom and Dominic to discuss the history of the Wall, the ideological divide it represented and why it eventually fell. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport & Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
82. Sparta

82. Sparta

2021-08-0201:02:527

What does it mean to be a Spartan? How much of this Spartan image is real and how much is based on projections and prejudices of others? Tom and Dominic delve into the Ancient Greek world and take us inside the minds and reality of this civilisation. They also analyse the film “300” and look at what it got right and wrong.  A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jack Davenport & Harry Lineker Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Tom and Dominic continue their journey through the history of the Olympics, turning their attention from post-war to the present day.  They discuss Cold War rivalries, financial extravagance, the influence of TV and the darkest moments in Olympic history. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jon Gill Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In 1896 the Olympic Games were reborn in Athens. Here we look at the forgotten tales and little known facts from the start of the modern Olympics through to the outbreak of the Second World War. Tom tells us about the greatest race of all time, whilst Dominic reveals he is somewhat of an Olympics sceptic. A Goalhanger Films & Left Peg Media production Produced by Jon Gill Exec Producer Tony Pastor Twitter: @TheRestHistory @holland_tom @dcsandbrook Email: restishistorypod@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Comments (8)

Aislinn Wenham

Y'know

Sep 8th
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Peter peter

you boys are full of cr*p

Jul 8th
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Martin J Bragg

Loved this podcast. The interplay of the three monotheistic religions is a fascinating topic that I'd love to hear more of from you both. Your pods attack really challenging subjects in a way that makes them easy to listen to. Thank you for your work

Jun 6th
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David Morgan

My favourite episode of a much loved podcast.

May 17th
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David Morgan

"Don't listen to this while eating your dinner." Well that came about sixteen minutes too late. 😬😁

Apr 24th
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Akim Smart

You gentlemen must read the works of P.C. Doherty. From the Amerockte Egyptian novel's to the Hugh Corbett novels, they are grounded in the time and are so realistic to the time.

Jan 14th
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Mark Daniel

Really disappointing podcast. It failed to distinguish effectively between conspiracies and conspiracy theories, and so turned into a chat along the lines of: Here's one of mine, and hey, here's one of yours. Also gave no evidence beyond one opinion poll as to how widely held conspiracy theories are. The result was that a potentially interesting topic was neither interesting nor informative.

Jan 4th
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Jeremy Mabbutt

Two renowned historians from either end of history give fantastic insights. The added joy is that they are both so comfortable in their field, they are happy for the other to make their point. Insightful, intelligent and incredibly enjoyable.

Nov 6th
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