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History is about debate – and conversations.

The Aspects of History Podcast sees our editor, Oliver Webb-Carter, regularly interview bestselling historians and historical novelists about their latest books.

We aim to entertain and engage, to give writers a platform to speak about their work and how the past is never too far away from the present, or future.

Our podcasts are available on Apple, Spotify, Google and other podcast platforms.

The Aspects of History Podcast features writers who we host Author Platforms with. 

If you are a writer or publisher interested in us producing and promoting a podcast for you please do get in touch. Our aim is to help authors raise their sales and profile. You will be able to use the podcast for your own sites and other outlets. Our fee for producing any podcast is £99.

Aspects of History can also arrange to review book and host blog post on site to further promote titles.

If you are keen to promote yourself more as an author you may also want to check out our Author Platform Membership.

 

           

Episode Eleven

Saul David on the SBS in the Second World War

Saul David has written a new book on the SBS. It’s an authorised history, and he was granted unique access to the secretive unit. We discuss their inception, rivalry with the SAS, operations in Europe and the Far East, and other units inspired by them.

Next week Saul discusses his new venture the Military History Club and other events in history he’s written about, including the Charge of the Light Brigade, the Zulu War and World War One.

You can get hold of Saul’s book here: https://amzn.to/3oITHTZ

Episode Ten

Jeremy Paxman on the History of Coal Mining, the Miner’s Strike & Napoleon

“Scargill was right!”

The legendary presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge talks with me about how the Coal Mining Industry built Britain, the 1984/85 Miners Strike and Arthur Scargill, as well as discussing Napoleon and the two Central American countries of Belize and El Salvador.

You can get hold of Jeremy’s book here: https://amzn.to/3oITHTZ

Episode Nine – Parts One & Two

Andrew Lownie on the Traitor King

Joining me on the podcast is Andrew Lownie, the author of Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor. We talk Nazis, murder, treachery and Andrew’s campaign against the government for access to archives.

You can get hold of Andrew’s book here: https://amzn.to/3oITHTZ

Episode Eight

Peter Hughes on the Statue Wars

Peter Hughes is a philospher and psychologist, and has just written his first history book, A History of Love and Hate in 21 Statues. We discuss Colston, Mandela, Douglass and why we all need to find common ground, if we are to continue living happily together.

You can buy Peter’s book here: https://amzn.to/3y09scj

Episode Seven

Anne O’Brien discusses the Wars of the Roses and the genre of Historical Fiction.

Anne O’Brien is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Royal Game and The Queen’s Rivalnovels set during the Wars of the Roses. Anne always places strong women firmly at the centre of her stories, whether good or bad. She also has a few words to say to those historians that dismiss historical fiction as just ‘making things up’.

You can buy Anne’s book here: https://amzn.to/3FWjopU

Episode Six – Part One & Two

Robert Lyman, author of A War of Empires, discusses the Far East campaign and the Indian Army in WW2.

Robert Lyman, the acclaimed historian joined us to discuss his new book, War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma & Britain 1941-45Robert is the author of one of our authorities on the war in the Far East, and has written an acclaimed biography of Bill Slim. We discuss the Indian Army, and how by the end of the war it consisted over over 2 million volunteers, making it a key part of a new independent country. We also discussed the Chinese army and how important it was to the war effort in the region.

In Part Two Robert explains how the Indian Army learnt to fight the Japanese, the sheer waste of life by the Japanese leadership and finally he discusses Bill Slim – was he the greatest British general ever?

You can buy Robert’s book here: https://amzn.to/3nec7eP 

Episode Five – Parts One & Two

Tessa Dunlop, author of Army Girls, discuss female veterans of WW2, sexism, the ATS and deaths in combat.

Dr Tessa Dunlop, the bestselling historian joined us to discuss her new book, Army GirlsTessa is renowned for her impressive oral histories, and she spent one national crisis talking to veterans of WW2 as they recounted their experience of another national crisis. Part Two is now out, and she discusses the challenges faced by women among male troops.

You can buy Tessa’s Book, Army Girls here: https://amzn.to/3mkekox

Episode Four – Parts One & Two

Norman Davies, author of George II: Not Just a British Monarch, discusses slavery

We had the opportunity to discuss with legendary historian Norman Davies, his new book George II: Not Just a British MonarchIn the wake of the previous episode with Andrew Roberts on George III, what about the family that made him? Well, they’re pretty dysfunctional. Norman was also helpful in ensuring I was using the correct language and not looking at the king through a British lens.

In Part Two, Professor Davies continues to tolerate our editor, when discussing George II in his place as a European monarch. We also discuss the King of Slavery, as Norman has recently named him. You can buy Norman’s Book, George II here: https://amzn.to/3aZ60E7

Episode Three

Andrew Roberts, author of George III: The Life & Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch, discusses the American War of Independence and mental illness in the 18th century.

 

In this week’s Aspects of History podcast, we have Andrew Roberts, acclaimed historian and author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny, Napoleon the Great, Napoleon & Wellington and Masters and Commanders. He discusses his new book, George III, who reigned during tumultuous episodes in world history, including the Seven Years War, the American War of Independence, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, and all the while dealing with a severe mental illness. I hope you enjoy our chat, and please do subscribe and give us a great rating if you do.

Episode Two – Part Two

Sarah Gristwood, author of Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty, discusses the Tudors and their seduction practices in a two part episode.

 

In part 2, Sarah goes on to talk about Anne of Cleves, Edward VI, how the code failed Lady Jane Grey and those favourites of Queen Elizabeth I. The courtly code reached its zenith during Elizabeth’s reign, but as we know, unlike her father she never married.

If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe and give us a great rating. Up next time, Andrew Roberts talks about George III, king during the American Revolution, and famous for his depiction in The Madness of King George.

Episode Two – Part One

Sarah Gristwood, author of Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty, discusses the Tudors and their seduction practices in a two part episode.

 

Sarah’s book is hugely entertaining, describing the romantic techniques, epitomised by the courtly code, employed by the Tudors. This podcast is part 1 in which Sarah explains what courtly love was, and then we move on to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

In part 2, out next week, Sarah goes on to talk about Henry’s other wives, the tragic figure of Lady Jane Grey and perhaps England’s greatest monarch, Elizabeth I. I do hope you enjoy our discussion, and please give us a great rating if you do.

Episode One – Part Two

Roger Moorhouse, author of First to Fight: The Polish War 1939, discusses the invasion of Poland in 1939, in this concluding episode.

In Part Two of the podcast, Roger goes on to talk about the myth of cavalry against tanks, what the Poles went through, with numerous atrocities committed by the Nazis and Soviets, and why we in the United Kingdom are not as familiar with the Polish experience as we should be.

I do hope you enjoy our discussion, and please give us a great rating if you do. Next up, Sarah Gristwood on Tudors in Lovewhen we talk about the lives of Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn through their passion.

Episode One – Part One

Roger Moorhouse, author of First to Fight: The Polish War 1939, discusses the invasion of Poland in 1939, in a two part episode.

 

Roger’s book is very important – he explodes myths and uncovers staggering brutality by the 2 totalitarian powers. This podcast is part 1 in which Roger sets the scene, describing the first few days and the Nazi advance.

In part 2, out next week, Roger goes on to talk about what the Poles went through, with numerous atrocities committed by the Nazis and Soviets. I do hope you enjoy our discussion, and please give us a great rating if you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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