56 posts about History on this blog
Monday 23 June 2014, 18:20
Historically, the N-word – one of the most hated and hateful in the English language – has been associated with the USA. Archive Hour producer Colin Grant explores the legacy of this controversial and hateful word.
Friday 30 May 2014, 08:39
The Talmud, of which I had the merest knowledge, proved to be a revelation in many ways.
Friday 23 May 2014, 08:59
In Thursday's programme Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Friday 9 May 2014, 17:03
Melvyn Bragg's discusses the Sino-Japanese War on Radio 4's In Our Time.
Thursday 1 May 2014, 08:59
A preview of Radio 4’s landmark new drama series Home Front.
Tuesday 29 April 2014, 09:55
Gwyneth Williams outlines Radio 4’s plans for World War One programmes this summer. We'll have Home Front, an ambitious drama with more than 500 episodes, and factual programmes that will help listeners feel something new and insightful about the period leading up to war.
Friday 24 January 2014, 16:10
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss sources of Early Chinese History.
Thursday 26 December 2013, 09:00
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Medici
Monday 16 December 2013, 13:42
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Pliny the Younger, famous for his letters.
Monday 18 November 2013, 13:10
A History of Britain in Numbers reveals some surprizing stats about modern life. From rotten teeth to toilet arrangements to women's roles to austerity, here's a taster of some of the numerical insights that the team have unearthed.
Thursday 7 November 2013, 17:08
Melvyn Bragg discusses this week's In Our Time on Ordinary Language Philosophy, as well as events from his week.
Friday 1 November 2013, 14:18
Melvyn Bragg discusses this week's In Our Time on the Berlin Conference and the Scramble for Africa.
Friday 25 October 2013, 12:37
Melvyn Bragg discusses this week's programme on The Corn Laws, as well as events from his week.
Monday 5 August 2013, 15:55
Jim Naughtie talks to novelist Deborah Moggach, whose book Tulip Fever takes us back to a brief time in 17th century Dutch society when a single tulip could be worth as much as a house.
Monday 15 July 2013, 14:43
The inspiration for Red Joan came from the story of Melita Norwood, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving Cold War spy, at the age of 87.
Wednesday 6 March 2013, 12:22
What would the first line of your memoir be? Ian McMillan encourages people to submit the first line of their memoir in the comments section of this blog.
Wednesday 6 February 2013, 17:05
Radio 4 producer Phil Tinline discusses mining the BBC Archives in search of material on George Orwell for Archive on 4: The Road to Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Wednesday 14 September 2011, 13:50
I was surprised but obviously delighted when, seven years ago, I was told that In Our Time was to become the first BBC programme to be podcast - but, to be honest, I didn't quite know what it meant at the time. It turned out to mean a very great deal. Thus strikes the law of unexpected consequences once...
Monday 25 July 2011, 17:02
Most people, when they go to the Old Bailey Online look for a name, a place, or perhaps a crime.
As the largest collection of transcribed trial accounts on the web, the site is used by thousands of family and local historians searching for lost black sheep, and local villains.
It has also been...
Tuesday 31 May 2011, 14:07
Plantagenet, alone in the great roll call of the Classic Serial, is based on a book that is almost impossible to try to get through. Holinshed Chronicles, the Elizabethan equivalent of the Ladybird Book of Kings and Queens, is a very tough and uncompromising read. Buried beneath...
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