Cambodian dictator Pol Pot is compared to Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro.
Mike Thomson reveals the truth behind an alleged British plot to kill Lenin.
Catherine the Great is chosen by Dame Barbara Stocking. Matthew Parris presents.
Allan Little analyses some of the factors that have given Cuba such a prominent image.
Vanora Bennett looks at one of the longest-lasting rulers of the European Enlightenment.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Empress who transformed and modernized Russia.
Christina Lamb talks to Lady Khadija, daughter of Idi Amin, about family legacy.
The empress dowager who tried - and failed - to reform.
Edward Stourton profiles the man hotly tipped to become the next president of Zimbabwe.
Was Napoleon really the short, uncouth, Corsican upstart portrayed by caricaturists?
Jung Chang's biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity.
Did Napoleon turn France into a military dictatorship? Historian Andrew Roberts considers.
Cixi forms an important political alliance and launches a palace coup.
Andrew Roberts considers Napoleon's reputation as the principal warmonger of the age.
Andrew Roberts explains why Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo.
Napoleon ended his life on a distant island. Andrew Roberts asks what history made of him.
Edward Stourton profiles the head of Egypt's Armed Forces, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
Misha Glenny explores the life of Getulio Vargas, the man who changed Brazil.
Melvyn Bragg investigates what drove the Soviet leader Lenin, and enabled his successes.
Why did the steely Russian revolutionary reputedly visit the first English garden city?
Benjamin Ramm explores one of the strangest chapters in China's history - mango mania.
The Communist leader who changed his country forever.
The former Chilean president talks about Pinochet, leading the military and human rights.
Benito Mussolini, founder of fascism and ruler of Italy 1922-1943
Clinical psychologist Daniel Freeman explores cases of delusion.
The comparative histories of two titans of 19th century history.
Television and radio presenter Stuart Hall discusses his lifelong hero, Napoleon Bonaparte
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss why Napoleon's apparent victory turned to defeat in 1812.
Anne is in Brussels and Paris to explore the empire of Napoleon Bonaparte.