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History's Most is a podcast that delves into interesting, under-reported and controversial topics in history and applies superlatives to them. We deep dive headfirst into a variety of topics, from history's most guilty man, to the most disasterous voyage, to complicated wars and confusing politicians.
 
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Today, we are joined by Scott Ramsay and Stephen Rainbird, PhD students at University of Leeds, who are researching Anglo-Iberian relations, to discuss Britain's role in the Spanish Civil War. We take an in depth look at British foreign policy during the Civil War and its aftermath and ask: Was Perfidious Albion responsible for Franco's victory and…
 
In this special, anniversary episode of History's Most, we are joined by author, historian, and Hispanist, Sir Paul Preston to discuss the political history of Spain, particularly the corruption and political incompetence that plagued Spanish politics during the late 19th century, and throughout the 20th century. From the Turno Pacifico, Primo de R…
 
In this episode, we are joined by Hispanist Séan Scullion to discuss the fascinating story of Spaniards who fought in the British Army during World War II. Following the Spanish Civil War, many Republicans fled Spain and began serving in the French military. Following the fall of France, those same Republicans ended up in the British Army. Join us …
 
In today's episode, we are joined by author of the book Unlikely Warriors, and research fellow at the London School of Economics, Richard Baxell, to discuss the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. From how the Brigades were formed, to why and how people flocked to Spain, the battles they fought, and the people who served in them, we go…
 
In today's episode, we are joined by Dr. Guy Perry to discuss the unique story of John of Brienne. From being a nobleman in France, to becoming the King of Jerusalem, leading a Crusade, to eventually becoming the Emperor of Constantinople, John of Brienne's life was full of surprises, and he can definitely lay claim to having History's Most Varied …
 
In this episode, we are joined by Mark Seven of the Record of Arms Podcast to talk about one of the most important events in the history of both Spain and Morocco: The Rif War. We take a look at Spain's presence in North Africa before the war, the reasons it happened, the sheer brutality of the conflict itself and the impact it had on the people fi…
 
In this episode, we return to Oliver Cromwell to discuss what we weren't able to in Episode 17: Cromwell's politics, and his tenure as Lord Protector. Taking us through his complex life and political career is Martyn Bennett, Professor at Nottingham Trent University, and author of the book Cromwell at War. With him, we take a look at what makes Cro…
 
In today's episode, Alex's brother joins us to discuss History's Worst Stalemate: the Isonzo Front of 1915-1918. We take a look at all 12 battles of the front, discussing the tactics, the equipment used, and the sheer incompetency of the leadership that brought them to 12 battles to begin with. Alex's interview on the WW2 podcast: http://ww2podcast…
 
In this episode, we discuss the military career of one of the most important, controversial, and divisive figures in British history: Oliver Cromwell. From his early days as a landowner and as a member of Parliament, to raising some of the best cavalry troops ever seen and ultimately creating the New Model Army, we take an in-depth look at the man,…
 
In this episode, we take a look at inquisition-era Iberia, particularly Portugal, and the experiences and stories of the Sephardic Jews from during, and after the Portuguese Inquisition. Joining us is Brad Pomerance, host of the show Air, Land & Sea on Jewish Life TV. He guides us through the fascinating history of Jews in Portugal and Spain, from …
 
1985 was a golden year for Black Dyke Mills, winning a clean sweep of contests including the Yorkshire Areas, Europeans, the Open and the Nationals. It is the final victory, on John McCabe’s masterpiece Cloudcatcher Fells, that Sandy Smith joins Martyn to discuss on this week’s Time Capsule. (Note: apologies for Martyn’s sound in the opening 2 minu…
 
In today's episode, we take an in depth look at one of the most important and influential civilizations in all of history: Byzantium. And guiding us through this storied and complex civilization is Robin Pierson, host of The History of Byzantium podcast. From its vast, thousand-year history, to parallels with the modern world, we discuss what makes…
 
In today's episode, we are diving down the rabbit hole of the causes of History's Most Complicated Revolution: The French Revolution. Guiding us down this rabbit hole is Gary Girod, host of The French History Podcast, helping us to understand the intricacies of what exactly caused the world-changing revolution. From France's financial situation at …
 
Dave and Martyn discuss the cancellation of The Open and Brass in Concert which has cast more uncertainty on the shape of banding in the future. They also examine the effect that social distancing and public confidence will have on the economic structure of events, and how they will ultimately affect bands.…
 
In this episode of History's Most, we return to the Crusades, specifically taking a look at the Fourth Crusade; one of the most shocking and bizarre stories we've discussed on the show so far. A story of bad decisions, a lack of funding, and self-interested and deceptive leaders, which culminates in History's Worst Friendly Fire Incident: an attack…
 
Was Hitler a socialist? Were the Nazis, who were allied with people like Franco and Mussolini actually leftists? Do modern liberalism and fascism "share the same intellectual roots"? The answer to these questions is a resounding no. In this episode of History's Most, we discuss where these questions have come from, why they're being asked more ofte…
 
Martyn brings you the first "Time Capsule" where he aims to transport us back to the memorable events of our banding past. Steve Stewart of The Cory Band, recollects his part in another dominant ensemble of its time, Desford Colliery Band. A National win from a No3 draw was their fourth Albert Hall victory in a row, and one of the banding feats sti…
 
In this, the penultimate episode of these podcasts, Frank revisits just about his favourite album ever, celebrates a piece he considers to be a brass band classic and wonders just what Michael Nymann would have written had anyone been brave enough to commission a set test piece from him as he offered, something like his film music Chasing Sheep per…
 
The return of the Brass Band Podcast sees Martyn Ramsay join Dave Kinross to discuss the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. The rapid onset of the Covid 19 Pandemic in the UK, brought about disruption to the Area Contest series. Dave and Martyn examine the outcome of this and discuss the contesting outlook for the rest of the year.…
 
In this very special episode, we are going further back than History's Most has ever gone before: back to 9 CE to discuss one of the most important people in German and Roman history, Arminius. Taking us through his life is Jacob Collier, a fellow podcaster, from Podcast on Germany. From early days in Rome, to his decisive victory at Teutoburg Fore…
 
In this episode, we offer a final addendum to our series on 20th century Spain. After 40 years of fascism under the rule of Francisco Franco, Spain looks to a young new leader, Adolfo Suárez, to take up the mantle and to lead Spain forward. Propped up by years of being a well-liked figure within the Francoist ranks, Suárez would seem to be the man …
 
In this episode, we conclude our series on 20th century Spain by discussing the most important event in modern Spanish history: The Spanish Civil War. We discuss the politics of both Franco's nationalists and the Republicans, the foreign support for both sides, the role of the International Brigades, and more about what makes this truly History's M…
 
An episode full of original music for brass band some of it bringing together the best contemporary talents such as Lucy Pankhurst’s Concerto written for Owen Farr alongside music by the brass band’s most popular living composer Philip Sparke written for and played by Brett Baker. Frank reflects upon a piece from 1922 by film composer Hubert Bath, …
 
In this episode, as part of our series on 20th Century Spain, we discuss the Second Spanish Republic. Finally free from the shackles of the corrupt turno parties, the monarchy, and Primo de Rivera's dictatorship, the formation of a true republic could signal a new era for Spain... But with clashing ambitions from the left and right, and the great d…
 
With the recent passing of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas at the amazing age of 103 we’ve come to the end of that bit of movie history. Frank thought we’d have our own trip down memory lane now with some of the great songs from the golden age of the Hollywood Musical played in some very special arrangements. We hear the truly great playing of Rod Fr…
 
Frank has 2 tracks from our new double cd made up of music recorded at our first band of the year competition last year and including great performances by Cory, Black Dyke, Fodens, Brighouse to name but three, O and of course, music from the winning programme by Cory. Frank also considers how the brass band has travelled the world and gives us a t…
 
In this episode, we explore the fascinating character of Miguel Primo de Rivera, the Spanish dictator who ruled from 1923 to 1930. Often regarded as a populist and a paternalist, and calling himself an "Iron Surgeon", Primo de Rivera is one of the most fascinating dictators of 20th century Europe, and one of the most fascinating people of 20th cent…
 
In this first episode of a new decade, and just for you, Frank is going through the flames, he drops in on a certain lady called Ruby, on the bright side we can all enjoy one of the loveliest trombone sounds you’ll ever hear. There’s a bit of tradition of course, like starting the new year off in Scotland plus Frank features 4 of the current crop o…
 
This episode is the first in a trilogy on 20th century Spain and tells the story of the unbelievably corrupt Turno system installed in the late 1800s which survived up to 1923. Bribery and coercion determined the results of elections as two official parties peacefully alternated in office to give the illusion of democracy. Amidst staggering levels …
 
We’re off to the races, to the Deep South and heading north of the border down the Highland way. Frank recalls the long lamented Royal Doulton Band and Paul Muff plays a little gem of a solo with Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern. Our next Episode is an hour of brilliant brass music to boil the sprouts to, take with you wherever you’re heading or simpl…
 
Whether you’re doing some last-minute wrapping, preparing the sprouts or jetting off on a festive holiday this hour of brilliant brass music is just the thing to have with you. Frank recalls conducting Sleigh Bells and Brass, a Brass Band of Battle Creek CD which has the band at the top of its game. We have two classic arrangements from The Interna…
 
This episode of History's Most is our Christmas special! Join us as we discuss three small "stocking filler" stories from history, followed by a few recommendations for historical books, movies, and shows, that we've enjoyed, and that we think our listeners will enjoy as well! Happy holidays and a very merry Christmas from History's Most! Pre-order…
 
Today we go back nearly 1000 years to the First Crusade for History's Most Unlikely Victory. How did a ragtag, multinational army of Western knights, nobles and peasants reconquer much of Asia Minor and the Holy Land against a numerically superior enemy, without clear leadership or planning, in the face of crippling supply and desertion issues and …
 
Top C’s and Tiara’s There is a great tradition of the brass band playing arrangements of music from the opera house, and many a music lover, including people like Frank himself, got their first experience of the music from playing it in a band. Of course, not all opera works in arrangements for band especially some of the more contemporary works bu…
 
History's Most Disastrous Voyage comes to a terrible end at the Battle of Tsushima, May 1905. Somehow, Rozhestvensky's fleet makes it to the Pacific, only for more mistakes and mishaps to lead to a deadly clash with the Japanese Imperial Navy. If you thought last episode was bad, things are about to get a whole lot worse... Music: Sergei Rachmanino…
 
Brass in Concert is one of the blue ribband events in the UK brass calendar. Some of the best bands in the country are regularly joined by some brilliant visitors from both Europe and the USA. It takes place in the opulent surrounding of the Sage Gateshead now having moved from its sports hall original home. Frank has been intimately involved throu…
 
This episode of History's Most brings us to 1904, where we follow the Russian Navy's 18,000 mile long journey from the port of Saint Petersburg in the Baltic Sea to the Tsushima Strait off the coast of Japan. We dive in-depth to each mishap and incident along the way, discussing what truly made this journey History's Most Disastrous Voyage. Music: …
 
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