Category “History”

The French Revolution: Tearing Up History

A journey through the dramatic and destructive years of the French Revolution, telling its history in a way not seen before - through the extraordinary story of its art. Our guide through this turbulent decade is the constantly surprising Dr Richard Clay, an art historian who has spent his life decoding the symbols of power and...

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Bandit Country

An old documentary by BBC's series Panorama from 1976 on the troubles in Northern Ireland. At the time the IRA were still continuing their "Long War" strategy so Panorama decided to head to South Armagh, a predominantly Catholic area along the border to report on how the British army were getting...

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Inside the Holocaust

This is a gripping hour and a half special by the History Channel on the horrors of the Holocaust, starting off with the early days of persecution found in Nazi Germany right up until the final acts of extermination itself. The History Channel visits many of the archives found in Eastern Europe and the US in an attempt to accurately tell the story of those that were faced with theft and death through a collection of artifacts and rarely seen...

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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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