Following the fortunes of one extended family in a south-western French town in the 18th and 19th centuries, Emma Rothschild’s Cundill History Prize-shortlisted book An Infinite History builds up a picture of what life was like for ordinary people in provincial France. She tells Rhiannon Davies how generations of theContinue Reading

The most important members of Inca society continued to be treated as living beings after death—and provided a powerful link to the gods. The Inca civilization, like other ancient Andean groups, practiced artificial mummification as a way of honoring their ancestors and preserving the connection between present and past. TheContinue Reading

The Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how he has helped Detroit schools rebound from financial strains to its current renaissance. Follow The Education Exchange on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or here on Education Next. — Education NextContinue Reading

17 October 1091 In London, a powerful tornado tears through the streets, badly damaging the church of St Mary-le-Bow and destroying London Bridge. 17 October 1777 British forces surrender to the Americans at Saratoga. 17 October 1849 Polish-born composer and pianist Frederic Chopin died of pulmonary tuberculosis in his ParisianContinue Reading

Wayne Dooling answers listener questions on South Africa’s Apartheid regime. Speaking to Ellie Cawthorne, he covers subjects including the policy’s origins, the everyday experience of racial segregation, internal and international resistance, and the regime’s legacy on the country today.  How to download the HistoryExtra podcast Download as MP3   JournalContinue Reading

16 October 1793: Marie Antoinette is executed The French Revolution claims one of its most famous victims On her last morning, Marie Antoinette dressed simply in white, and fastened black mourning ribbons to her wrists. Since the execution of her husband, Louis XVI, some nine months earlier, her fate had probablyContinue Reading

“Great Princes, descriptions of Asia widened Europeans’ Emperors, and Kings, Dukes and Marquises, Counts, Knights, and Burgesses, and People of all degrees who desire to get knowledge of the various races of mankind and of the diversities of the sundry regions of the World, take this book and cause itContinue Reading

Historian Marjoleine Kars tells Elinor Evans about a little-known 1763 rebellion by enslaved people in Berbice, in present-day Guyana. Chronicled in her Cundill History Prize-shortlisted book Blood on the River, it was an event that revises our understanding of the actions of enslaved people at the dawn of the AgeContinue Reading