History

Harem

Harem

Harem is a fascinating attempt to separate fact from seedy legend. The viewer is placed inside Istanbul's Topkapi Palace during the 16th century reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, and given an authoritative glimpse into the lives of the concubines...

7.54

The Lost Army of King Cambyses

The Lost Army of King Cambyses

Six centuries before Christ, King Cambyses II, the emperor of the First Persian Empire, rallied his army of over 50,000 troops with the intent of overtaking the Egyptian temple of Amon. They never arrived, and are suspected of having...

7.10

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Historical storytelling on a grand scale, the four-part documentary series Elizabeth recounts the triumphs and tribulations of Queen Elizabeth I with great flair and insight. Elizabeth seized the throne in 1559 at the age of 25. Her ascension was...

6.42

Canada's Dark Secret

Canada's Dark Secret

It's an ominous history that dates back well over a century ago. It's a legacy that shames present-day residents of Canada, and its wounds have lingered over several generations. The country's Indigenous populations, much of which were of Indian...

7.43

The Crusades: An Arab Perspective

The Crusades: An Arab Perspective

An ambitious four-part documentary produced by Al Jazeera, The Crusades: An Arab Perspective features handsome production values, convincing historical reenactments and a wealth of revealing information on this much dissected period of world history. The first episode sets the...

6.07

Gallipoli

Gallipoli

A beautifully produced feature-length documentary that is both epic and intimate, Gallipoli dramatizes the motivations, tactics and sacrifices which defined one of the most consequential battles of World War I. In 1915, along the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman...

7.76

The Hittites

The Hittites

Narrated with the characteristically soothing lilt of Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, The Hittites is a sprawling and ambitious portrait of a hugely influential empire unknown by many. Exhaustive in scope and excitingly cinematic in its execution, the film breathes...

8.34

The Caliph

The Caliph

Al Jazeera's ambitious new three-part documentary series The Caliph pieces together a rich history that officially endured over the course of thirteen centuries. At times, this history has been perverted for savage purposes, as seen in recent years with...

7.24

The Romanovs

The Romanovs

An elegantly produced documentary divided into eight parts and running nearly seven hours in length, The Romanovs beautifully encapsulates the epic story of the Russian Dynasty over the course of over three hundred years. The first episode opens in...

8.96

Holy War

Holy War

Holy War is a searing and clear-eyed five-part series on the ideologies and tactics which drive the global Jihad movement. This primer proves particularly insightful and crucial today as the world faces the continued threat of terror acts inspired...

6.80