This documentary series chronicles the shifts in the idea of race and the history of racism in Europe, The Americas, Australasia and Asia. These films show how ideas of racial difference have evolved in response to historical events, and identify the profound impact that the idea of race, and the fact of racism, has had on science, culture, society and global history.
Tonight Stop. Rewind takes a specific look at high tech homes. The 21st century home promised every labour-saving device you could think of: instant buildings, instant meals, instant clean! We had sensors tracking our every move, opening doors, turning on lights, and dimming the sound.
In the 17th century, the people of Britain learnt to question everything. The result was the Civil War, in which everyone, including artists, had to take sides. But out of it came a re-invented monarchy, a scientific revolution and, ultimately, the great Cathedral of St Paul's.
Internationally, Kamikaze pilots remain a potent metaphor for fanaticism. In Japan, they are largely revered for their selfless sacrifice. Yet few outside Japan know that hundreds of kamikaze pilots survived the war.
Pat Hesse arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka in 1947 at the height of the rule of the White Australia Policy.
This episode focuses on the Norman conquest of Sicily, a conquest that cannot be underestimated in terms of the affect it had on Italy and Europe at large. Italy at this time was made up of a few differing rulers - the foot and heel were in the grip of the Byzantine Empire, the papacy held sway in the centre of the country and Muslim rule dominated Sicily.
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain made Winston Churchill First Lord of the Admiralty on the very first day of World War Two. But was this appointment all it appeared to be? In this programme we examine Churchill and his performance during World War II and ask the question: how did a man responsible for some of history's greatest military disasters become the hero of the British people and the only man who could lead them through war?
The story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns.
Merlin the Legend takes a fascinating look at the mythical roots in art and literature of Merlin - magician, hero and historical mystery. Merlin is the archetypal wizard: Welsh and Celtic in origin, but with connections in Cornwall and middle Europe and of course, the Arthurian legends. Merlin is clearly the ancestor of Dumbledore and all those weird and wonderful wizards which people our literature.
Sifting through the wreckage of cities overtaken by the desert and swallowed up by the sea, scientists piece together a remarkable story of collapse - the story of what on Earth happened to us.
A look at two famous female pharaohs, Queen Hatshepsut and Nerfertiti.
Focussing on the years 1485-1558, Simon Schama takes us through how Catholic England was slowly changed into Protestant England - an historic inevitability he claims. Henry VIII a devout pilgrim like the rest of his Tudor family brought about the change through his association with Secretary of State Thomas Cromwell and his quest for a male heir.
Africa. It's been called the birthplace of humanity, the land where our ancestors took their first steps. Yet only recently revealed as the home of a vast tropical civilisation. Cities and kingdoms once spread across the continent, then vanished, leaving barely a trace. What happened to this great achievement? Professor Jared Diamond has set out to explore the great patterns of human history.
The true horror of the Nazi regime is exposed as the Allies fight the Germans in their homeland and liberate survivors of the concentration camps.
In America, things are getting worse: wheat prices plummet and the mass migration of evicted farmers begins; the steel industry is working at 10% capacity, and there are picket lines and demonstrations - some brutally put down by the army. New York's mayor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, stands against President Hoover and wins in a landslide.
Planes, trains, fast cars, high-tech homes, space exploration - Stop. Rewind is a television journey that plots the most innovative 25 years in human history. From the giant leap forward in technology from the mid-1980s to the beginning of the 21st century, Stop. Rewind explores those ideas, discoveries, breakthroughs, dead-ends and eureka moments that shaped the latter part of the 20th century and laid the groundwork for the 21st.
A three-part series that investigates the epic history of the Normans, reckless sailors from Scandinavia who invaded and conquered England and then expanded into Scotland, Wales, Italy and Northern Africa.
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