BBC History Magazine - - Miscellany -

His­to­ries of the Un­ex­pected

What links ze­bras to the Sec­ond World War? What con­nects par­ty­ing to men­tal ill­ness in Vic­to­rian Bri­tain? And what ties the bed to the ex­pan­sion of the Bri­tish em­pire? This rev­o­lu­tion­ary and fun new book, the brain­child of Dr Sam Wil­lis and Pro­fes­sor James Day­bell, re­veals how ev­ery­thing, from beds and bub­bles to sleep and sig­na­tures, has a his­tory. The book is based on the His­to­ries of the Un­ex­pected pod­cast. Read our in­ter­view with the au­thors on page 81.

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