After 9/11, Katrina and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of military frustration and domestic anxieties. This is an America grappling with an un-American sense of its own limits. Eminent historian Simon Schama turns to fascinating moments in American history to understand the present. In the first episode of the series he explores how American optimism about the infinite possibilities of its land and resources is in danger of coming to a grinding halt.
Tony Robinson, Professor Mick Aston and Co. descend upon the Scottish island of Mull at the invitation of two local amateur archaeologists. They are desperate for the team to investigate a mysterious set of earthworks they've stumbled upon in a forest near the fabled town of Tobermory. They believe - or at least hope - that they may have discovered one of the earliest chapels in Scotland.
Soldiers and officers continually came into conflict with their consciences. How much freedom did individuals have? Were they executing Hitler's criminal plans, or was it the Wehrmacht's war? There were crimes against humanity, against civilians, prisoners of war, and there was the Holocaust itself. The Trent Park records discovered and analysed by historian Soenke Neitzel, author of Tapping Hitler's Generals, show that the 84 German generals who were interned at Trent Park were aware of the severity of the war crimes they had been involved in and that some discussed them almost compulsively.
In this episode, see how the British Empire came into being through its early settlements. A story of exploration and daring, but also one of exploitation, conflict and loss.
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano last month sent an ash-cloud across Europe and ground air traffic to a halt. But it could have been much worse. Lost Worlds: Iceland's Killer Volcano is the story of the huge eruption of an Icelandic volcano in 1783 that sent a cloud of poisonous gases across Europe and killed thousands.
Historian Bettany Hughes explores the 'Golden Age' of ancient Athens at the dawn of democracy. Can Athenian democracy live up to its reputation as the place that we in the West cherish as the birthplace of freedom, equality and free speech? By looking behind the myth Bettany Hughes discovers what was really going on in Golden Age Athens.
Pamela Stephenson is on her journey to find out if in 1821 her great, great grandfather Captain Samuel Stephenson (Salty Sam) was murdered by his mutinous crew or killed by pirates. Against advice from some of her crew, the Takapuna goes on to Ambon. As they pass the bullet-pitted buildings, Pamela discovers that most of the archives were burned by the Japanese in the war.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. This episode explores the military's quest to become the fastest on land, sea and in the air. Chuck Yeager, a top air force pilot was the first person in successfully breaking the sound barrier.
This two-part series recounts the story of the rise and fall of the Mongolian Empire. The Mongols were skilful administrators, the first 'global players' who guaranteed the uninterrupted exchange of goods and ideas between the Orient and the West for nearly 200 years. They were also far-sighted, bringing merchants, traders and settlers with extensive agricultural know-how to their lands. Only after the collapse of Mongol influence in the mid-14th century did routes to the Far East become unsafe.
The story of Dusko Popov, the Serbian double agent who inspired Ian Fleming to create James Bond. Dusko was from a wealthy Serbian family and had studied in Germany before the war. He was recruited as a German agent by a close university friend, but not being a supporter of the Nazis, he also offered his services to Britain. For the remainder of the war, he worked as a double-agent feeding the Germans misinformation created by the British.
We look at dramatic world events which define the 20th Century. In this episode, two remarkable days which bridged the Atlantic Ocean. In 1901, the first transatlantic radio message is recieved by inventor, G. Marconi. He lived in a world before powered flight, but by 1977 Concorde was making its first supersonic journey into New York.
On tonight's show, Susan Sarandon locates the Tuscan village her great-grandfather called home.
Increasingly frustrated by his role campaigning for war bonds, Basilone convinces the Marines to allow him to train troops headed for combat. Transferred to Camp Pendleton, he enjoys a whirlwind romance with an initially reluctant female Marine, Lena Riggi. But the couple know they are living on borrowed time, as Basilone is soon to take part in the Marine landing on Iwo Jima.
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