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 the new Australian series of Who Do You Think You Are? rock star and activist John Butler goes searching for his heritage hoping to find poets, musicians and revolutionaries. John traces the Butler name back through generations of hardship. A pattern emerges where young men must takeover and be fathers to their siblings. In the end, at the paddle steamer town of Echuca, he finds the matriarch who inspired this quality, who sang for her own survival and fought against the odds to hold her family together.
A look at what life was like in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Romania during the 40 years of communist government.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, SBS presents the two part documentary, Busting the Berlin Wall. For 28 years, the Berlin Wall split a city in two and divided a nation with two million tons of concrete, 700,000 tons of steel, attack dogs, tank traps, death strips and tripwires. While the perils of the East German border kept most GDR citizens at bay, others yearned to overcome it, by digging under it, hiding in car trunks, flying over it in a hot-air balloon, and even surfing around it...
Mesopotamia was the site of the Sumerian civilisation, which flourished at the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. From 5000 to 2000 BC, the Sumerians flourished in a hostile environment by developing agriculture and irrigation and they opened up the trade routes of the ancient world.
Why water was so important
The Bible, country between 2 rivers, cradle of cvilisation
Water / irrigation wheel / fishing / reed huts / Tower of Babel quotation.
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A ground-breaking, six-part character-driven battlefield archaeology series featuring two young knockabout archeologists. In 1314 Edward II led a mighty army north to quell what he saw as yet another Scottish revolt. His force, thought to have numbered 18,000 came up against Robert the Bruce and his 6,500 patriotic fighters at the Battle of Bannockburn. But Scotland's most famous battlefield has gone missing!
We uncover the truth behind Druid sacrifice, revealing a vivid and chilling new picture of the last days of this ancient Celtic cult.
It is the largest free-standing sculpture ever carved from a single block; an icon recognised around the globe. The Sphinx, a lion with the face of a mighty pharaoh, towers 20m high and stretches 70m long. It is a silent witness to thousands of years of history. For over 4500 years it has stood guard in front of the Giza Pyramids, yet it remains one of history's most enigmatic mysteries.
Looks at the peak of Goering's career, around 1938 and the annexation of Austria. Goering was not sure Germany would be able to sustain a war, and did secret deals with France and Britain. But while Goering was Hitler's deputy was more interested in hunting and building up his collection of "bought" Jewish art works from Paris.
Six more prominent Australians trace their family trees in a new series of the hit TV genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? Footy legend and latter day 'Knight in Shining Armour' Ron Barassi has always believed that actions speak louder than words. In WDYTYA? he embarks on a journey into his ancestry tracing the Barassi family line back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Victorian Gold Rush. Along the way he learns of his father's dying moments on the battlefields of WW2 and investigates the origins of a rift which tore the family apart.
By 1690, Japan is a nation completely isolated from the outside world, except for a small community of Dutch traders. Among them is German Doctor Englebert Kaempfer, whose writings provide valuable insights on daily life in Japan. Culture and commerce flourish. But ruling daimyo warlords and their samurai armies continue to grow restless.
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