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In the early sixteenth century, Japan is a warlike society ruled by samurai and their daimyo warlords. When Portuguese merchants arrive in 1543, they are the first Europeans to set foot in Japan. Missionaries quickly set out to convert the nation to Christianity.
In 2008, a unique, never-to-be repeated archaeological excavation of the infamous site of Ned Kelly's last stand in Glenrowan took place. Cameras captured this event and the new revelations it provides into what actually happened in the siege and what it shows about the psychology of Kelly and the international impact of his outbreak. Joining the team of archaeologists and historians is Tony Robinson, who will investigate the true nature of one of the most iconic historical events.
Professor Niall Ferguson re-examines the history of the 20th century. At its core were the two world wars, yet these were only the two most explosive conflicts of the century.
In 1642, England was so peaceful that it was said only four people in the country knew how to fire cannon. But seven years later, the English would turn on one another in a civil war of astonishing cruelty and brutality. Why? The English Civil War is one of the darkest moments of English history.
In two replica 12m-long Viking Longships, the Oxford and Cambridge rowing teams re-enact the Viking sea journey from Denmark to England.
In two replica 12m-long Viking longships, the Oxford and Cambridge rowing teams re-enact the Viking sea journey from Denmark to England.
Two thousand years ago, the Roman Empire was the strongest and most powerful assembly of people on Earth. In the year 73 BC, they boasted the greatest army in the ancient world, but their army was to be taken down many times over by Spartacus - an unlikely hero who achieved an extraordinary feat that would be remembered in history for decades to come.
Lavishly produced in China with a top-notch cast of Chinese actors China's First Emperor recreates the ancient Chin empire and its unique leader. Qin Shi Huangdi's amazing career as a military leader and ruthless ruler is chronicled in an action-packed, fast-paced and epic narrative. It is the story of a man who created a military superpower, built the Great Wall of China and left the world an entire army of terracotta soldiers, who guard his empire still. It is the story of Qin Shi Huangdi.
Magnificent, awe-inspiring and mysterious, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Naked Science looks at how and why it was built and examines the myths and legends surrounding one of the world's oldest man-made structures.
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.
This is an introduction to a television series which summarises the nature of the war. 2 minutes long.
Interviewed by Robin Hughes, art historian Bernard Smith talks about his life and career. Born in Sydney in 1916, to a working-class Irish mother, Rose Anne, who came to Cairns in 1915 and fell pregnant to a gardener, Charles Smith, he grew up as a state ward with a foster family in Burwood. He got a scholarship to teacher's college and his first posting was to Murraguldrie, a "state pine forest, half way between Wagga and Tumbarumba". His next posting brought him back to Sydney, where he met his wife Kate. He gave up painting and has since taught at every level with the aim of developing an audience for art - "the essential part of his life's agenda". (From Australia, in English)
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