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BOYS IN THE BOAT – A epic tale from the 1936 Olympics

In 1936 the US rowing team were victorious at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics. In THE BOYS IN THE BOAT Daniel James Brown charts their epic quest for gold in a dramatic new book that has already been optioned by the The Weinstein Company.  A conversation with the author… How did you discover the story that became THE BOYS IN THE BOAT? One day …

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Five Minutes With… Dr Adam Smith

Dr Adam I. P. Smith is an historian, author and senior lecturer at University College London specialising in 19th century American history. His publications include  The American Civil War (American History in Depth) and  No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North. His biography of Abraham Lincoln is set to be published by The History Press later this year. Adam’s most recent …

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Bunker Hill: A City, A Seige, A Revolution

What was it that, in 1775, provoked a group of merchants, farmers, artisans and mariners in the American colonies to unite and take up arms against the British government in pursuit of liberty? Nathaniel Philbrick, author of  BUNKER HILL: A City, A Siege, A Revolution (already snapped up by Warner Bros.), discusses his bestselling book. You are the author of …

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Five Minutes With… Dr Angela McShane

Dr Angela McShane is Head of Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the V&A/RCA. She specialises in Early Modern broadside ballads and is a project leader on Intoxicants and Early Modernity and the AHRC funded 100 Hit Songs of the 17th century .  She is also the editor of the V&A’s online journal.   What is an historian? Someone who is …

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Five Minutes With… Melanie Backe-Hansen

Melanie Backe-Hansen is an historian, author and speaker. She specialises in social history of houses and streets and is the author of the acclaimed books ‘House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door’ and ‘Historic Streets and Squares: The Secrets on Your Doorstep’  What is an historian? This is rather a difficult question to answer, and I’m suddenly transported back into time (of …

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Five Minutes With… Greg Jenner

Greg Jenner is a writer, historian and TV freelancer. He is best known as the Historical Consultant to the BBC’s comedy sketch show Horrible Histories, and has just written his first book – One Million Years In A Day – which will be published in 2015. He is obsessed with Twitter. What is an historian? This is one of those …

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Five Minutes With… Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart is a fashion historian on a quest to reveal the secrets of our sartorial past and place the semiotics of style in a wider cultural, political and social sphere. She has contributed to productions for BBC 1 & 2, BBC Learning, Radio 4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts, from the Breakfast News to Making History and Woman’s Hour, and she …

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Five Minutes With… Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris is a medical historian with a PhD from Oxford University. She is the author and creator of the popular website, The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, which is all about the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery. Lindsey has written for The Guardian, The Lancet, New Scientist, The Huffington Post & Medium; and has appeared on television for  Channel 4, BBC4 and National Geographic.  What …

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Five Minutes With… Dr Joanne Paul

Dr. Joanne Paul is a Lecturer in History at the New College of the Humanities. She has published previously on political theory in the Tudor period (in her edited volume Governing Diversities: Democracy, Diversity and Human Nature, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and her work on the Renaissance revival of kairos will be published in Renaissance Quarterly spring 2014. She is …

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Five Minutes With… Adrian Teal

Adrian Teal is an acclaimed caricaturist whose work has featured throughout the national press. He is also the writer and illustrator of The Gin Lane Gazette – a scandal-laden eighteenth century ‘Heat magazine’, an extract of which can be viewed here. What is an historian? You were hoping for a short answer, I take it? I can only tell you what I try to …

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