Did the first outbreaks occur in China or in the Caspian Sea? Experts still argue. But how did the plague actually spread? After many controversies, it seems that the rat flea was the major carrier of this disease.
At the end of the 1980s, the Soviet army is being universally modernised, observed closely by western military intelligence in East Germany. Weapons-scouts in the field are constantly on duty, as are agents in high command or in intelligence service stations, for instance in the autumn of 1983, as NATO is practising new procedures of nuclear release. Moscow is concerned the exercise could be the beginning of a nuclear first strike. It takes a double agent to clear up this dangerous misunderstanding.
Dan Jones, Suzannah Lipscomb, and Rob Bell examine the Great Fire of London, which swept through the city in September 1666, and the rebuilding process that took place in the years afterwards, accelerated by the Industrial Revolution. Suzannah also investigates how London's West End became the playground of the wealthy elite, and established itself as the best-known shopping district in the world.
During the Cold War, tensions between East and West mount alarmingly. In consequence, western intelligence services shift their focus on East Germany as the Warsaw Pact's major deployment zone. Nowhere else did western services get as close to Soviet military equipment. Their prime targets are missiles, nuclear depots and airbases. At the same time, the KGB, as well as Soviet military intelligence, were sending their spies to reconnoitre NATO forces in the West. The game of spies was in full swing.
The tunnel linking Britain with France is one of the seven wonders of the modern world, but what did it take to build the longest undersea tunnel?
Mahomet's first year in Medina, in the year 622 of the Christian era, marks the beginning of the Muslim era and the birth of a new religion, civilisation, empire and calendar.
Focussing on the Yolngu Nations Assembly we interview their chairperson Matthew Dhulumburrk about the Assembly's latest work and also speak with Rev Dr Djiniyini Gondarra.
Sam Lovell is one of the Stolen Generation. He was taken away by authorities from his family when he was only three years old. His white heritage dates back to Lovell Minster in Oxford, England.
Suzannah discovers what evidence Westminster Abbey holds about the contest between the Crown and the City, while Dan fills in the holes left by the nursery rhyme as he reveals the little-known true story of the businessman-cum-mayor Dick Whittington, who went on to control the fortunes of kings.
The team uncovers shocking evidence of a web of underground tunnels connecting the homes of key players in Kevin's theory, offering possible proof that members of the 4th Michigan Cavalry returned home with millions in Confederate gold.
The eruption of the Vesuvius froze the town of Pompei forever. Volcanology reveals the force of the eruption, and archaeology uncovers their daily life.
Historians Dan Jones and Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and engineer Rob Bell explore how London faced daring invasions, catastrophic fires, and deadly plagues. Also, how it grew from a small Roman trading post to the capital of the British Empire, and ultimately to the thriving megacity we know today. They begin by investigating London's first 1000 years.
Explore the colourful history of this popular, influential and distinctly American form of entertainment, from the first one-ring show at the end of the 18th century to 1956, when the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey big top was pulled down for the last time. A transformative place for reinvention, where young women could become lion tamers and young men travelled the world as roustabouts, the circus allowed people to be liberated from the roles assigned by society and find an accepting community that had eluded them elsewhere. Drawing upon a vast and richly visual archive, and featuring a host of performers, historians and aficionados, The Circus brings to life an era when Circus Day would shut down a town, its stars were among the most famous people in the country, and multitudes gathered to see the improbable and the impossible, the exotic and the spectacular. Through the intertwined stories of several of the most innovative and influential impresarios of the late 19th century, including PT Barnum, James Bailey and the five Ringling Brothers, the series reveals the circus as a phenomenon created by a rapidly expanding and increasingly industrialised nation. It explores how its 'dangerous' and 'exotic' attractions revealed the country's notions about race and Western dominance, and shows how the circus subverted prevailing standards of 'respectability' with its unconventional, titillating and 'freakish' entertainments.
A daring diving operation produces potential evidence of some $140 million in gold at the bottom of Lake Michigan, while an informant shares a 50-year-old secret that shocks and energises the team.
Christians believe Jesus is a man who preached and performed miracles and died on the cross but was resurrected. But for historians, the crucifixion is the least unreliable indicator of the Jesus' existence.
Jane Seymour grew up in London but knows that her father's side of the family originally came from Poland. She suspects that they suffered in the Holocaust - but has never known what happened. In particular, she wants to find out the fate of her two paternal great-aunts, Jadwiga and Michaela, and their families. Jane's search for the truth takes her to Warsaw, where she discovers that, although Jadwiga managed to escape the ghetto, she was tragically separated from her family; and to France, where she follows Michaela and her family on a terrifying flight to Switzerland as they flee the Nazis.
Alex Lagina joins Kevin Dykstra and his team in their quest to find $140 million in Confederate gold they believe is on the bottom of Lake Michigan and on their first day back on the lake, new evidence suggests they may have found it.
Marc, Jason and Travis follow the trail back to New York, where they discover traces of a shadow government bent on keeping Nikola Tesla's files secret.
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