Category “History”

A Short History of Ireland

Ireland, a fertile land upon which no Roman centurions ever trod, the most westerly outpost of Europe is a land of waring clans and ancient culture for centuries under English rule, a nation of divided loyalties where some still struggle for independence while their neighbors stay loyal to the British crown. This is a land of resilient people, a land of poets and artists, politicians and entrepreneurs, farmers and...

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Churchill’s First World War

On becoming Prime Minister in 1940, Winston Churchill said that all his past life had been preparation for a moment of destiny, but no chapter had prepared him more than the First World War. In 1914 he had felt the same call of destiny and glory but would experience humiliation and disgrace. In early 1916 he was an infantry officer serving in the trenches, where his battle to clear his name and regain war command began. The story of his fall and rise can be told largely in his own words, for Churchill confided all to his young wife in an intimate...

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PQ17 An Arctic Convoy Disaster

Man has fought wars in many terrible places over the centuries, but never has he fought in a place as terrible as this, this is the place where the men who ran the second world war arctic convoys went to work, among not only the German, submarines and planes but nature at her most brutal. One hundred mile an hour winds, mountainous waves, Icebergs and temperatures down to minus 60 degrees celsius. It was a terrible place to live and a terrible place to die. Throughout the second world war their where many arctic convoys but in the documentary presented by Jeremy Clarkson the focus is on just...

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Filthy Cities: Medieval London

The city of London is over 2000 years old with layers of rich history. Hidden away in the past, however, is a secret; The London you know today is in fact built upon the huge amount of disease and filth of the 14th century. Historian Dan Snow walks us through a very realistic reimagination of London as it was 700 years ago. 14th century London was seething with animals and grime. The population had gone up nearly 500% in the past two centuries, creating a city full of people and animals to the point of bursting. There was only one lane for traffic, shop fronts opened onto the road and as many...

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Golden Age of Pirates: Terror at Sea

Whenever there have been sea traders, there have been sea thieves. Pirates have been sailing the seas throughout history stealing from weak and solitary ships, easily taken in the vast and un-defendable sea. Piracy reached it’s peak in the 16th century, and remained big well into the 17th and 18th centuries. One well known pirate was Blackbeard. He was feared by many and enjoyed lighting matches beneath his hat to encourage the fearful image of terror he produced. Born in Bristol, England in 1680, he was originally known as Edward Teach. His temper and extreme violence set him apart and by...

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Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth

For centuries, Jews have lamented the destruction of their holy city Jerusalem and their temple by the Romans, which they believed was the beginning of their long 2000 years of exile. Exile is not only a religious Jewish belief but for millions of Jewish and non Jewish alike it is a historical fact. But what has been considered as fact for centuries is now being challenged by archeological evidence unearth across Israel. Here in the ancient town of Sepphoris just 70 miles from Jerusalem evidence points not to a people driven into exile but on the contrary to a population that not only...

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Sixteenth Maine at Gettysburg

"Sixteenth Maine at Gettysburg" is a film produced by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network highlighting the regiment's engagement with the Confederates on July 1, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg 150 years ago. In honor of the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Gettysburg, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network will present Sixteenth Maine at Gettysburg, a new documentary revealing the story of Maine's 16th Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the fifteen Maine units engaged in the battle. Their exploits and sacrifice will be told using their own words, pictures of the soldiers themselves,...

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Henry VII: Winter King

Author Thomas Penn takes an extraordinary journey into the dark and chilling world of the first Tudor, Henry VII. From his victory over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, to his secret death and the succession of his son Henry VIII, this programme reveals the ruthless tactics Henry VII used to win - and cling on to - the ultimate prize, the throne of England. Exploring magnificent buildings and long lost documents, Penn reveals the true story of this suspicious, enigmatic and terrifying...

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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 urbanised one. Why the Industrial Revolution Happened Here explores two...

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