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The Rest Is History: 129. Cricket

The Episode “129. Cricket” of “The Rest Is History

How did a game played by peasants in the English countryside as early as the 17th century evolve into one of the most popular sports in the world? Jon Hotten, author of ‘The Meaning of Cricket’, joins Tom and Dominic to discuss the origins of the game, its Victorian transformation and the inextricable link with Empire.

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Historians Tom Holland and Dominic Sandbrook are interrogating the past, and attempting to de-tangle the present.


They question the nature of Greatness, why the West no longer has civil wars and whether Richard Nixon was more like Caligula or Claudius.

They’re distilling the entirety of human history, or, as much as they can fit into about fifty minutes.

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