Discover and learn about different families around the world who have made their mark in history which include the Romanovs, Tudors and Ramesses.
August 6, 1945: See how the catastrophic event that destroyed a city changed the world, amid fears of mutual assured destruction.
In 1965, the United States officially became involved in the conflict in South-East Asia, where decades of turmoil had been building since the beginning of World War II. The fall of French Indochina and the spread of communism catapulted the country into one of its longest and deadliest wars. Featuring personal stories from veterans and detailing the battles, strategy, and politics of a war that consumed multiple US presidents. Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered is a chronicle of the tragedy that tested the strength of America and forever changed the social and political landscape of the world. As it became clear the South Vietnamese security forces would not provide adequate security for the US Air Force bases in South East Asia, President Lyndon Johnson authorised the beginning of the ground war.
For years it has been believed that the Black Death, which swept through Europe in the Middle Ages, was bubonic plague. Timewatch examines powerful new research which suggests otherwise.
Count down from 88 to 74 events that have shaped and influenced thought, marked wars, changed fashion, and rebuilt economies. In this episode we see the release of a book called Silent Spring that put a voice to an important plight, the doom of the Jonestown cult, and the opening of the happiest place on earth, Disneyland.
Ramadan is the most important event on the Islamic calendar. Follow two local families to see how this month of fasting and feasting is practised in Australia. Students will learn about the motivation, meaning and challenges.
In 1965, the United States officially became involved in the conflict in South-East Asia, where decades of turmoil had been building since the beginning of World War II. The fall of French Indochina and the spread of communism catapulted the country into one of its longest and deadliest wars. Featuring personal stories from veterans and detailing the battles, strategy, and politics of a war that consumed multiple US presidents. Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered is a chronicle of the tragedy that tested the strength of America and forever changed the social and political landscape of the world. French colonies in Indochina fell to the Imperial Japanese after Nazi Germany occupied France during World War II. After the Japanese were defeated, the power vacuum left in the Indochina region set the stage for a major conflict.
Tony Robinson goes on a journey across Egypt, where a series of incredible new tomb discoveries are being made. He travels the length of the Nile, from Cairo to Aswan, to investigate tombs of all shapes and sizes, and also meets the archaeologists who are unearthing these extraordinary wonders. He enters tombs that have been sealed shut for thousands of years, and discovers hieroglyphs that have only ever been seen by the ancient Egyptians who created them.
From the coronation of the enduring British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, to the rise of Iranian dictator Khomeini, to the impeachment trials of US president Bill Clinton, Episode One counts down from 101 to 89 events that have marked the last century. From the discovery of King Tut in The Valley of Kings to the evacuation of Dunkirk, from the Bandung Conference to the death of Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru, our first episode spans the globe and touches on wars, crimes, politics, entertainment; and starts with the Y2K scare - an event of mass paranoia.
Julia joins maverick senator Jacqui Lambie as she explores locations in and around Devonport, on the way revealing the series of setbacks and obstacles she overcame to take her place holding the balance of power in Canberra.
History is sometimes determined by individual leaders as much as by nations. We look to heroes for inspiration and guidance, but too often they disappoint with their all-too-human flaws.
The resulting German and Italian occupation of Crete was marred by massacres on both sides of both German soldiers and Greek partisans and civilians. More than 8000 Cretans lost their lives in the resistance. When 20,000 Italians surrendered in 1943 they were made POWs too but almost a third drowned at sea after German merchant ships carrying them to the mainland were torpedoed by British submarines. These forgotten tragedies constituted one of the world's biggest maritime disasters. In all more than 20,000 people from all sides lost their lives in the Cretan conflict. The British intelligence service, known as the SOE, assisted what became one of the most successful resistance movements of the war. It helped rescue Allied soldiers who had been abandoned on the island and involved agents such as archaeologist John Pendulbury, known as 'the Cretan Lawrence' and writer and adventurer Patrick Leigh Fermor who staged the famous kidnap of the German commander of Crete with William Moss. Crete was one of the last places surrendered by the Nazis right at the end of the war. German soldiers had to be escorted off the island by the British for fear of reprisals. Two German commanders on the island were executed by firing squad for war crimes. It took more than 30 years before the 4000 German dead were properly buried on the island. They were stored in a monastery as claims for reparations dragged on. They have still not been settled today.
Long intrigued by the origins of his surname, actor Cameron Daddo travels across the globe to the Channel Islands and discovers a thousand years of noble ancestors. Meanwhile, his mother's lineage, though devoid of noble origins, reveals a surprising parallel to his father's. Cameron will discover both sides of his family feature love stories of staggering proportions.
Explore how the Silk Road influenced conflict, from cavalry warfare to gunpowder. Two-thousand years ago, when the Roman Empire seemed unstoppable, the Battle of Carrhae saw one of Rome's worst military defeats when the Parthians used cavalry tactics to their advantage. The style of cavalry warfare developed by Central Asian horse archers would later dominate warfare, made possible by several innovations; the recurved composite bow, socketed bronze arrowheads and a psychological shift towards cohesive groups of soldiers under military command. It was also around this time that the Roman Empire began to covet Chinese silk. Long distance trade between the peoples of Eurasia was nothing new; for thousands of years, similar relations had been impacting societies.
British historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in US history are actually fibs and stories concocted by pop culture, politics and nationalistic pride.
Michael discovers how the Victorians not only worked hard but played hard too. Michael is in Blackpool to discover how the seaside mini-break was transformed from perk of the wealthy to a British institution.
Tony Robinson is going all Indiana Jones, scrabbling around archaeological excavations by the Nile and getting very muddy. We see him wandering around the great ancient Egyptian monuments in Giza and Luxor, but it's far more interesting to follow him as he becomes one of the first laymen to catch sight of new discoveries being made in previously unexplored tombs. Like the dozens of pots containing the detritus of a mummification process - including an accidentally discarded major organ that Tony's pleased as punch to get to hold - or the exquisitely carved but unfinished entrance way to the home for eternity of an ancient local dignitary.
Comedian and social media sensation Celeste Barber takes Julia on a fascinating tour of the Gold Coast and shares surprising stories from her life and the fallout of raising $52 million for bushfire relief.
Every century in human history has been marked by conflicts. Yet we began this age with something different: a joyous celebration of freedom in Berlin in 1989 that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Allied forces were evacuated off Crete's south coast in a dangerous operation that cost the lives of almost 1000 British seamen and Allied soldiers. Protected by a series of bloody and heroic rear-guard actions to slow down the German advance, thousands of soldiers embarked on a forced march over the mountains of central Crete to meet Royal Navy ships which would take them hundred of kilometres across the Mediterranean to Alexandria in Egypt. This was a mini Dunkirk but many didn't make it. Thousands were left on the beaches as the last ship left. Hundreds made their own way to Africa by whatever means including small boats or else headed for the hills where they hid out for months even years living in caves or protected by Cretan families. More than 10,000 Allied soldiers were taken prisoners of war.
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