The History of the Whole Wide World

We went to a fund-raising event at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields last night organised by Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook, based on their podcast ‘The Rest is History’ which I didn’t know about, but the rest of the audience obviously did, not least from the cheers which greeted Holland and all the other speakers. They managed to tell us an incredible amount about global history in a spectacularly short time through extreme compression and concentrating on a rapid narrative, employing other experts to fill in the narrative in rapid-fire, two-minute slots, a way of talking about the past which seemed to work unexpectedly well. So now I must pay more attention to their podcasts (


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