The English language pushed hundreds of local languages aside. In Australia, English was coloured by a few of the local Aboriginal words - kangaroo, koala, boomerang, barramundi, woomera and cooee. Australian-English quickly developed its own character and was shaped not so much by the local native languages but by the regional and criminal backgrounds of the early settlers.
Captain James Cook sets sail on the history-making adventure in search of one of the great prizes of 18th century exploration, the fabled Great Southern Continent. If Britain can find and map it, they can claim it for the Empire. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
This episode begins In the Augustan Age - the first half of the 18th century - where admiration for Latin literary models was at its height in England. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, led a movement to fix and regulate the language on the model of Latin.
Tonight's episode focuses on Germany during the Thirty Years War, where chaos, famine and misery abounded. Crop failures and catastrophic weather had cast the country into an almost apocalyptic mood. People were only too ready to blame the horrific events of their time on witchcraft, resulting in history's worst witch hunts between 1560 und 1640.
A three-part documentary series that investigates the perceived widespread cult of witches and their persecution during and after the Inquisition. Based on recent historical research and coupled with dramatic re-enactments, this documentary traverses the image of the witch in folklore, through to the heightened public belief in witches that sparked the public denunciation of supposed witches during the era of 'witch trials' until 1782, when the last witch was burned in Europe.
Constructing Australia is the first three-part docu-drama series to be produced under the Film Australia Making History Initiative. The first episode is the definitive story of how a giant steel arch resembling a coat hanger, became one of world's most recognised structures, and an engineering triumph.
After its founding at the end of the seventh century B.C., Carthage soon grew into one of greatest civilizations of the Ancient World - a remarkable city-state that dominated the Mediterranean for nearly 600 years.
After the fall of Rome, Italy slowly fell into a dark sleep. It wasn't until the 11th century when the Holy Roman Empire loosened its grip on Italy, that it reawakened. Autonomous city-states emerged, and though ravaged by waves of the plague, these tiny republics began to revitalize their cities and build on a massive level not witnessed since the rise of the Rome.
The Persian Empire is one of the most mysterious major civilizations in the ancient world. Persia became an empire under the Achaemenid king, Cyrus the Great, who created a policy of religious and cultural tolerance that became the hallmark of Persian rule. Among the engineering feats of the Persian Empire were an innovative system of water management accomplished with simple tools; a cross-continent paved roadway stretching 1500 miles that made travel safe and communication possible; a canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea, a forerunner of the modern Suez Canal; and the creation of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Maussollos.
Through the centuries, the British empire used extraordinary engineering feats to become an industrial and military titan, loaded with riches.
Australia in the mid 1800s was a land isolated by distance and divided by two very different cultures. John McDouall Stuart's incredible crossing of this inhospitable land enabled Charles Todd to construct a telegraph line through the heart of the continent, bringing Australia to the world, and the world to Australia.
Throughout this history, France built brilliantly innovative, widely influential masterpieces that have given the world some of its greatest feats of engineering.
For the Allies, 1918 proved to be the costliest year of the war. On the Western Front 2 million British and 3 million French were either captured, wounded or killed - over a few miles of French and Belgian mud.
Raul Castells was born in Che Guevara's village and admires Che's convictions. In 2006, Castells opened a community kitchen to feed the city's poor, in the centre of Puerto Madero, the most affluent area in Buenos Aires. Local restaurant owners and patrons were non-plussed. Raul is a walking, talking, pushing, barging force of nature. Raul The Terrible is a warts-and-all portrait of a man driven to change his world. The program is also an insight into the politics of poverty in twenty-first century Argentina.
In this episode we delve into what defines Australian workers attitudes and those that pervade the various levels of management. It also challenges the concept of "cultural/business cringe", particularly in relation to America, highlighting the example of the Holden Motor Company.
In the last episode of the series Francis focuses his attention on the Anglo-Saxon invasion. He argues that the huge political changes that took place in Britain at the time were caused by a shifting of allegiances within the country rather than a violent invasion from elsewhere.
In the second episode of this series, Francis Pryor sheds light on the so-called 'Dark Ages'. He shows that far from a 'Dark Age', archaeologists have discovered evidence of a resurgence of native culture. The classic image of the Romans departing and 'turning out the lights' is shown to be completely false.
One of history's most powerful women; she was fearless in war and passionately in love. Catherine The Great tells her compelling story.
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