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Red Cry

Red Cry

2013, History

In 1492 the indigenous Arawak people of the Caribbean Islands encountered Christopher Columbus of Spain. Columbus wrote in his log: "They would make fine servants... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."...

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The Precursors of the Inca

The Precursors of the Inca

2004, History

From the ruins of the former settlements of the Inca and Tiahuanaco cultures on Lake Titicaca, the priests worship the Sun God. At dawn, to bring good luck, they burn amulets and llama fetuses, and the smoke rises, carrying the invocation to...

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Death on the Railroad

Death on the Railroad

2013, History

In 1832, in Pennsylvania's backwoods, Irish immigrants were building one of the America's first railroads. The workers were building Mile 59 of Philadelphia to Pittsburgh mainline, at a place known as Duffy's Cut. They left Ireland, a land almost...

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Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

Bugging Hitler's Soldiers

2013, History

In the mess and annihilation of total war, first-class intelligence is as crucial as firepower. MI19 set out to make use of the German prisoners of war in the most enthusiastic surveillance mission ever attempted. Three courtly homes in the British...

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The Silver Pharaoh

The Silver Pharaoh

2010, History

An incredible find in the desert of Egypt, but overshadowed by World War II. Seventy years later archaeologists are taking a closer look at the legacy of this mysterious pharaoh. For more than 5,000 years, tomb raiders plundered the graves of Egypt's...

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Syria: The Reckoning

Syria: The Reckoning

2013, History

Since its independence from France in 1946, Syria has been rocked by periods of political instability. This documentary tells the story of the past and brings it right up to the present to provide deeper historical context to the events of today as...

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Children of the Decree

Children of the Decree

2005, History

Procreation is the social duty of all fertile women, was the political thinking during the 1960s and 1970s in Romania. In 1966, Ceaucescu issued Decree 770, in which he forbade abortion for all women unless they were over forty or were already taking...

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Crash Course: US History

Crash Course: US History

2013, History

John talks about the Native Americans who lived in what is now the US prior to European contact. The Spanish have a long history with the natives of the Americas, and not all of it was positive. What were the English doing in America, anyway? Lots of...

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Poor Us: An Animated History

Poor Us: An Animated History

2012, History

If we want to make poverty history, we need to understand the history of poverty. A funny and sinister animated odyssey through time. The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben...

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Royal Babylon

Royal Babylon

2012, History

This is an investigative poem about the criminal record of the British Monarchy. Heathcote Williams has devised a form of polemical poetry that is unique, no-holds-barred personal and political. It is a great collection of facts that most people are...

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The Weight of Chains

The Weight of Chains

What was Yugoslavia to the people who used to live there? Some say it was the symbol of independence. Others say it was developing and changing country that could offer everything to everyone. A society of self-management for all...

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The Invisible Nation

The Invisible Nation

The Algonquin once lived in harmony with the vast territory they occupied. This balance was upset when the Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Gradually, their Aboriginal traditions were undermined and their natural resources plundered. Today, barely 9,000 Algonquin...

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