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The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

The 1905 Russian Revolution was a wave of mass political and social unrest that spread through vast areas of the Russian Empire. Some of it was directed against the government, while some was undirected. It included terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military...

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The Samurai

The Samurai

They were the knights of medieval Japan, an elite warrior class that held the reins of power and the fascination of the people for more than 700 years. Masters of sword and bow, driven by an unforgiving code of ethics, they proved ferocious...

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Pompeii: The Last Day

Pompeii: The Last Day

Pompeii: The Last Day is a dramatized documentary that tells of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD. This eruption covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and pumice, killing all those trapped between the volcano and...

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What The Ancients Did For Us

What The Ancients Did For Us

Step back in time to discover how the world was shaped by the ancient Chinese, the Mesopotamians, the Arabs and even the Ancient Britons. Adam Hart-Davis presents an epic history of ancient inventions and is joined by his team of roving reporters on...

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The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization

The lavish and lengthy production of PBS's The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization is a fitting tribute to the glory of ancient Greece, telling the story of Greek democracy from its first stirrings in 500 B.C. through to the cataclysmic wars that virtually destroyed...

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How the States Got Their Shapes

How the States Got Their Shapes

Every line on the U.S. map tells a story. Every border reflects their history - their struggles for independence, their internal conflicts over states rights and slavery, their westward expansion, and the mastery of their natural resources. They are so familiar with the...

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Haitian Revolution: Toussaint Louverture

Haitian Revolution: Toussaint Louverture

The Haitian Revolution represents the only successful slave revolution in history; it created the world's first Black republic - traumatizing Southern planters, inspiring U.S. Blacks, and invigorating anti-slavery activist world-wide. At the forefront of the rebellion was General Toussaint...

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The Surprising History of Sex and Love

The Surprising History of Sex and Love

This award-winning documentary is a look throughout history at the different and surprising attitudes to sex and love, presented by Terry Jones. The programme traces the story of changing social and religious attitudes to sex through a broad swathe of history. Starting with the place of sacred...

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Suez: A Very British Crisis

Suez: A Very British Crisis

The Suez crisis in the 1950s signaled the end of Britain's history as a power that could act alone on the world stage. This BBC Two series tells the story of Suez using dramatic reconstructions and interviews with participants and witnesses to the crisis. Betrayal - The Suez Canal in Egypt was...

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