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World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel
Marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, historian Professor David Reynolds re-assesses Stalin’s role in the life and death struggle between Germany and Russia in World War Two, which, he argues, was ultimately more critical for British survival than ‘Our Finest Hour’ in the Battle of Britain itself. The name Stalin means ‘man of steel’, but Reynolds’s penetrating new account reveals how the reality of Stalin’s war in 1941 did not live up to that name....
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World War One From Above
This BBC documentary brings a fresh perspective and summary of the battles of World War 1 who fought by many countries caused over 15 million casualties. Hosted by Fergal Keane, “The First World War from Above” provide unique new aerial viewpoint, showcasing 2 extraordinary historical finds, which includes an old archive footage recorded from a flying airship in 1919, filming the trenches as well as the battlefields in such a way rarely been witnessed before. Additionally includes aerial pictures taken by...
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World War II: Behind Closed Doors
This a documentary film on the role of Joseph Stalin during World War II. The film combines narrative-led documentary segments, interwoven by dramatic re-enactments, with actors representing main political figures of the period. The documentary carries information newly available to the public, from the Soviet archives, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. British historian Laurence Rees did the research compilation and lead writing for the series. Joseph Stalin – the supreme leader of the...
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World War I in Color
World War I in Color is a documentary made with the cooperation of the Imperial War Museum, designed to make the Great War come alive for a 21st-century audience. The events of 1914-18 are authoritatively narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who presents the military and political overview, while interviews with historians add different perspectives. The human cost is conveyed by moving interviews with the now very elderly survivors, and by extracts from letters and memoirs. All aspects of the war, on land, sea and air...
Posted in: History, Music
Woodstock
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel (Sullivan County) is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, which is in adjoining Ulster County. To many, the festival exemplified the counterculture of the 1960s and the "hippie era." Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend. Although attempts...
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Why The Industrial Revolution Happened Here
Professor Jeremy Black examines one of the most extraordinary periods in British history: the Industrial Revolution. He explains the unique economic, social and political conditions that by the 19th century, led to Britain becoming the richest, most powerful nation on Earth. It was a time that transformed the way people think, work and play forever. He traces the unprecedented explosion of new ideas and technological inventions that transformed Britain's agricultural society into an increasingly industrial and...
Posted in: Environment, History
Who Were the Greeks?
A two part documentary published by the BBC, exploring the ancient Greeks and their way of life. Episode 1: Classicist Dr Michael Scott uncovers the strange, alien world of the ancient Greeks, exploring the lives of the people who gave us democracy, architecture, philosophy, language, literature and sport. Travelling across Greece today, Michael visits ancient cities and battlefields, great ruins and wild countryside, all in his search to uncover how the ancient Greeks thought and lived. What he finds is...
Who Really Killed Aung San?
In August 1988, the people of Burma defied decades of military oppression with one of the most remarkable popular uprisings of recent times. The demonstrators carried pictures of…General Aung San, the country’s greatest hero, led Burma to independence from Britain and founded the army that rules today. The demonstrators believed that if they carried pictures of Aung San that no soldier would harm them, but they were wrong. It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 people were killed and the bloody slaughter...
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Who Killed Rasputin?
The programme-makers re-opened the investigation into his death and found conclusive evidence to suggest that Rasputin was murdered in St Petersburg in 1916 in a plot hatched by rogue members of the British Secret Service – with a fatal shot fired at close range by Secret Agent Oswald Rayner. The documentary is based on extraordinary new evidence uncovered by intelligence historian, and programme consultant, Andrew Cook. In addition, BBC Timewatch brought in Richard Cullen, former Metropolitan Police...