Helen Castor presents Radio 4's popular history programme in which listener's questions and research help offer new insights into the past.

Today: the origins of May Day and why a pagan festival was adopted by nineteenth century socialists; how the people of Plymouth survived a royalist siege; Quaker relief in revolutionary Russia; and the desperate war of attrition between Italy and Austria in the Dolomites.

Producer: Nick Patrick
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4.

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Tue 1 May 2012 15:00