Footnotes of History

30 EpisodesProduced by Dan Nesbitt / Tim Philpott - the podcast that sails confidently into the uncharted waters of the past, bringing back incredible treasures for its listeners. You'll wish you'd listened harder in school as we reveal the oft-forgotten history of the nineteenth century .

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30 - Killing the Sick Man of Europe: The New Balkans Part I

June 26th, 2019


In this episode, your daring hosts examine the tangled story of the Congress of Berlin. 

In 1877, having spent the entire preceding century at each other’s throats, arch-rivals Russia and the Ottoman Empire went to war …

29 - How “blood and iron” sent one man mad enough to build castles in the sky

June 9th, 2019


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The one with the biggest army gets to make the rules regardless of whether they’re morally legitimate.

This is essentially the …

28 - The dangerous "blind spot" in Britain's nineteenth century success story

May 26th, 2019


Britain had a good nineteenth century.

To know this, you really only have to compare it to other nations of Europe (and actually the world).

The “Concert of Europe” – a loosely coordinated regime of quite punishing …

27 - The First Russian Rockstar

March 24th, 2019


He was a man who personified his country’s culture but also rose above it – fusing Russian influences with Western to create music pieces which …

26 - In Ophelia's Shadow: The Tragedy of Elizabeth Siddall

March 10th, 2019


Back in 1848, a gang of rather pretentious young men with a sentimental disaffection for daily life started their own cultural revolution. 

They were …

25 - The Original Sugar Daddy: How Sir Henry Tate made life sweeter for everyone

February 17th, 2019


Having overcome our slight distraction by showbiz and movies in the last few episodes, Dan and I return to form in this episode, dabbling classic …

24 - Demagogues and demonstrators: Peterloo on screen

November 21st, 2018


Would you believe, this week it’s our SECOND episode about the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

Some people would probably have stopped at one.

To tell you …

23 - Famine & Fury on Film

October 10th, 2018


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This time round Dan and I are discussing a controversial flick with its roots in the struggles between Britain and Ireland.

Or I ought to say England and Ireland (since …

22 - Peterloo: The hot take, 200 years on

September 6th, 2018


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The release of a new film this very year means one particular event is undoubtedly going to be crowding the …

21 - Your business is our business – The dark side of The Age of Peel

July 29th, 2018


It’s a time when everyone alive remembered the French Revolution. To the British elites, it seemed conceivable that similar uprisings could still …

20 - Truth, Freedom & Prosperity: Robert Peel Part 1

July 19th, 2018


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I don’t think there is a period of history that can’t be described as a period of change.

19 - The Greatest Showman: MacGregor's South American Mania

June 30th, 2018


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In the 1820s, the capital markets of Britain surged on the ramping price of South American bonds. As the Spanish Empire was …

18 - How to Launch an Art Movement

June 17th, 2018


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In July of 1870, France - onetime cultural capital of the world …

17 - Sunrise: The Dawn of the Empire of Japan

May 30th, 2018


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In the exciting climax to our mini series looking at imperialism in Eastern Asia, Japan is torn apart by a vicious civil war that …

16 - He's Not The Messiah: The Taipeng Rebellion

May 22nd, 2018


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All Python references aside, the Taipeng Rebellion is probably one of the bloodiest events in the history of the world and is almost …

15 - The Empire Strikes Back: The Second Opium War

May 11th, 2018


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We're back in the East for China's second run-in with the European powers. 

What with the humiliation experienced …

14 - The Siren Call of the West: The Donner Party

May 4th, 2018


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Many factors  drove families to emigrate in nineteenth century America. Be it escaping debts, chasing …

13 - Education is More Popular Than Ever

April 30th, 2018


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What is the state of education in Great Britain?

Such was the question asked in 1859 by the Commission brought together by the …

12 - The War on Drugs #1: Britain & China Clash over Opium

April 30th, 2018


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Staying with the Eastern theme, this episode takes our listeners a few hundred miles west and a few decades earlier of Episode 11, …

11 - Making Sushi of the Shogunate - The Opening of Japan

April 29th, 2018


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Today’s episode takes us eastwards during the turbulent 1850s …

10 - The Great Stink

April 29th, 2018


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Here at Footnotes of History, we like to think we’re all about doing the dirty work of finding the historical details so that you …

3 - The Creation of Frankenstein & The Vampyre_

April 28th, 2018


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It was a dark and stormy night…

​​​​​​​Ok so you all saw that one coming as soon as you read the title, but how did five people …

4 - Nelson's Shadow, Napoleon's Mirror - The Life and Times of Sidney Smith

April 28th, 2018


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Remembered by Napoleon as the man who made him miss his destiny, sneered at by his fellow officers …

2 - The New York City Draft Riots

April 28th, 2018


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You've just crossed the Atlantic on a rickety ship, escaping near-starvation existence in your home country to arrive in a city of …

1 - The British Legions: The Birth of South America

April 28th, 2018


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6 - The Great Trek

April 27th, 2018


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It’s the journey that gave a country its foundational legend and shows just how tough life was in the …

8 - The Road From Serfdom

April 26th, 2018


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If you think of people gaining their freedom in the 1860s your mind will probably go straight to the …

5 - The Mother of All Free Trade Deals

April 26th, 2018


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9 - Russian America

April 13th, 2018


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Do you need a bit of extra cash? Do you need to pay off some of your nobles to compensate them for freeing their serfs? Why not sell a piece of territory to the United …

7 - Smoke On The Water - The Industrial Revolution at Sea

April 8th, 2018


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Sail ruled the waves for well over a thousand years and its triumph in 1805 at Trafalgar has …

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