Category: History

Video documentaries about history of the world

The Hundred Years War

Chivalry and Betrayal: The Hundred Years War

Dr Janina Ramirez follows the momentous and nation-shaping war between England and France. The Hundred Years War part 1 - Trouble in the Family: 1337-1360   Dr Janina Ramirez explores the fallout of the longest and bloodiest divorce in history, when little England dared to take on the superpower France. Edward III rips up the medieval ...

Niccolò Machiavelli

Who’s Afraid of Machiavelli?

With performances from Peter Capaldi, this documentary marks the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's notorious book The Prince. Famous for lines like 'It is better to be feared than loved', The Prince has been a manual for tyrants from Napoleon to Stalin. But how relevant is The Prince today, and who are the 21st century Machiavellians? ...

Birth of a Movement

Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster

In 1915, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s technically groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly The Birth of a Nation, unleashing a fight that still rages today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.  Birth of a Movement, based ...

Deadly Battles of World War I

Deadly Battles of World War I

Poison gas killed 80,000 soldiers in World War I. Nearly a million more were victims who suffered its lingering effects. Initially the wind distributed chlorine gas across the battlefields of the western front but an arms race quickly developed until one in three shells contained some form of toxic gas. Deadly Battles of World War ...

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Legendary military leader and conqueror of the ancient world, Alexander the Great is brought to life in this stunning documentary. Alexander the Great Part 1: The Path To Power Born in Macedonia in 356 BC, Alexander succeeded his father Philip II to the throne at the age of twenty. But the kingdom Alexander inherited was ...

The Story of India episode 6

The Story of India episode 6 – Freedom

This episode examines the British Raj and India’s struggle for freedom. Wood reveals how in South India a global corporation came to control much of the subcontinent, and explores the magical culture of Lucknow, discovering the enigmatic Briton who helped found the freedom movement. He traces the Amritsar massacre, the rise of Gandhi and Nehru, ...

Mayflower Pilgrims

The Mayflower Pilgrims: Behind the Myth

The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 has come to define the founding moment of America, celebrated each year at Thanksgiving. A lavish new drama documentary by Ric Burns, based on governor William Bradford's extraordinary eye-witness account, the Mayflower Pilgrims reveals the grim truth behind their voyage across the Atlantic.   The Pilgrims story has ...

The Story of India episode 5

The Story of India episode 5 – The Meeting of Two Oceans

The Story of India episode 5 - The Meeting of Two Oceans The documentary series about the history of India charts the coming of Islam to the subcontinent and one of the greatest ages of world civilisation: the Mughals. Michael Wood visits Sufi shrines in Old Delhi, desert fortresses in Rajasthan and the cities of ...

War of 1812

War of 1812

This four-part docudrama series takes a look at this short but intense conflict between the newly formed United States, and Canada and Great Britain. War of 1812 Part 1: When I Meet My Doom Tensions mount between the United States and Great Britain. War is inevitable. The British general Isaac Brock sends troops to take ...

The Story of India episode 4 - Ages of Gold

The Story of India episode 4 – Ages of Gold

The Story of India episode 4 - Ages of Gold Documentary series about the history of India. Presenter Michael Wood seeks out the achievements of the country’s golden age, discovering how India discovered zero, calculated the circumference of the Earth and wrote the world’s first sex guide, the Kama Sutra. In the south, he visits ...