History

Vesuvius

August 24th, 79 A.D. was a day like any other day in the ancient roman town of Herculaneum, citizens met in the town square, discussed a little Italian politics, talked business over lavish lunches. Herculaneum was a booming sea side town at the height of the Roman Empire, trade was good and the future looked bright little did this towns residences know that the clock was ticking, their beautiful

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Joe Louis: America’s Hero… Betrayed

Joseph Louis Barrow, born May 12, 1914 in Alabama, was the first athlete America had accepted as a whole with regards to race, a true crossover star who was respected and admired by both black and white fans. His boxing talent was undeniable but this was not the soul reason for his received respect, he was the first man that showed the world that a person color was also able to climb the social ra

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Great Military Blunders

Great Military Blunders is a six part documentary series which was originally aired in 2000, the series itself provides a fascinating examination of the key factors which lead to some of the greatest military disasters in history. In war we typically find that defeat stems from mistakes which include making bad plans or not seeing good ones through, a lack of understanding with regards to your

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The Most Evil Men in History

When we attempt to think of the most evil man to have ever lived most people tend to jump to one person, that being Adolf Hitler. However, throughout the ages there have been many men who could be considered to have been just as evil as Hitler, some perhaps were even worse. This documentary series does a fantastic job at rounding up and profiling some of these evil men, men who have committed m

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The Forgotten Irish

The Forgotten Irish is touching film which sets out to tell the story of those who immigrated to Birmingham, England from Ireland back in the 50's and 60's in search of work. Back then an estimated 60,000 Irish made the journey annually, all of whom were drawn in by the building boom and for the opportunity of work many of these people sacrificed their sense of belonging. Through a series of in

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The Untold History of the United States

The Untold History of the United States is a 12 part documentary series which was directed, produced and narrated by Academy Award winning writer/director Oliver Stone. The series is an uncompromising examination of the history of the United States, it provides us with a crucial counter-point to the tendency towards self-congratulation with regards to ones own historical past. Stone shines a li

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Frederick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia

In the spring of 1945, Adolf Hitler retreated to the Fuhrerbunker located 16 meters below the streets of Berlin, the Russian army was closing in on the German capital and World War II was all but over but even in his last days Hitler refused to accept defeat, he continued to draw inspiration from the deeds of his hero, a legendary German leader who's portrait was the only image to hang on the wall

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Engineering Evil: Inside The Holocaust

Engineering Evil is a History Channel special which examines in great detail the process in which the Nazis carries out the Holocaust. However, this film is unique in its approach as it does not focus solely on the engineering / industrial side but rather the human engineering which took place. It was this engineering which allowed such an atrocity to occur in the first place. The Nazi's requir

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The Battle of Chosin

The Battle of Chosin

In the last days of November 1950, twelve thousand men of the 1st Marine Division along with a few thousand army soldiers found themselves trapped high in the mountains of North Korea near a reservoir called Chosin. Their leaders had been caught off guard by the sudden entrance of the People's Republic of China into the five month old Korean War. The Americans were surrounded, outnumbered and a

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