History

The present day term is derived from the Greek word “historia”, meaning inquiry or knowledge acquired by investigation. As a science it is concerned with the events that happened in the past. History preserves memory of these events, deals with the discovery of the past ones, collects and organizes them in a chronological fashion. The 5th century Greek historian Herodotus is today commonly recognized as the “father of history” along with his contemporary Thucydides.

As the result of the evolution of the science of history, different branches emerged with the purpose of thoroughly examining specific aspects of history such as religion, gender, military, environment, etc.

Since the 20th century there has been an ongoing debate concerned with the views on history. Some of the French historians associated with the Annales School argued that is a form of art, while others such as Fernand Braudel regarded it more as a social science. Contrary to these interpretations were the ones of the Marxist historians, who worked on the validation of Carl Marx`s theories. A somewhat different perspective on the matter was offered by the feminist historians such as Joan Wallach Scott or Claudia Koons considering the importance of studying the experience of women in the past.

The documentaries and video materials complied in this category are concerned with the matters of history and the factors that had influence on its very course.

Today we are celebrating Halloween by carving pumpkins and encouraging our children to dress up in scary costumes and go from door to door on a hunt for candy. See the ghoulish past of this holiday and learn about the origins of it.

See the new archeological evidence in support of the theory that a devastating Tsunami swept the eastern coast of Britain some 8000 years ago. Tony Robinson and his team examine the newfound evidence and also make a few discoveries of their own.

Learn about the French revolution and take a look at the course of events that lead to the execution of the last Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. It was a highly turbulent time for the entire France and a very violent one as well.

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History
The Story of Maths
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"Four-part series on the history of mathematics, presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy.In the first episode, the language of the universe, after showing how mathematics is...

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The First Australians
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First Australians is a historical documentary series Australian produced over six years and was released in October 2008. The documentary is part of a larger project that consists ...

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Ecstasy Rising
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In this Peter Jennings special, we see a expose of the most popular illicit drug, next to Cannabis, MDMA, or Ecstasy. Peter interviews the proponents as well as the opponents of t...

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Civilization: Is the West History?
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In ‘Civilization: Is the West History?’, filmmaker Niall Ferguson asks how the Western civilization, from exhibiting an unpromising outlook in the 15th century, came to dominat...

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The Russian Revolution
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"The year 1905 saw Russia submerged in a wave of mass political and social unrest, including terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies. This led to the estab...

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Cold War
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Both the United States and the Soviet Union drifted apart after the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Russian Civil War and the Paris Peace Conference. Diplomatic and extensive tradi...

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Britain’s Stone Age Tsunami
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Tony Robinson explores new evidence of a massive Tsunami that swept over the east coast of Britain about 8000 years ago. Archaeologists have uncovered the story of the people livin...

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Evidence of Revision
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Evidence of Revision enables the viewers to differentiate between the real history and the official history of America.The JFK Assassination As Never Seen Before, This film gives a...

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Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy
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Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy is a documentary on how Adolph Hitler and the Nazi regime made use of ancient mysticism and occultism to win the war. The Nazi’s also used occult min...

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Mysteries of Asia: Lost Temples of India
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The mysteries of Asia series of three-part video was originally produced for The Learning Channel. During this segment, historians and others examine temples built in India over 1,...

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Ancient Apocalypse: The Minoans
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‘Ancient Apocalypse: The Minoans’ is a documentary film that attempts to explore the lost world of the Minoans that has intrigued people for thousands of years.Their palaces at...

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The Soviet Story
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The Soviet Story is a 2008 documentary film about Soviet Communism and Soviet-German collaboration before 1941 written and directed by Edvīns Šnore and sponsored by the UEN Group...

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The Lost Gods of Easter Island
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Lost Gods of Easter Island is a BBC documentary written and presented by David Attenborough. It explores the history of civilization in the remote islands of Passover. Attenborough...

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Pure History : Prisoners of War Betrayed
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The fate of prisoners of war and missing in action is one of the darkest chapters of the Cold War. Tens of thousands of American soldiers and European survivors were sent to unknow...

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Satan: Prince Of Darkness
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Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Devil … known by many names, that he was once favorite angel who fell from grace. Cast out of heaven, became a scourge of humanity, promising to de...

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Total Denial: Film by Milena Kaneva
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Burma, the country of the Golden Pagodas, strangled by a military junta.A pipeline built by two oil companies, TOTAL and UNOCAL. Slave labor, rape and murder are the results of the...

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The Story of English
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An English Speaking World is said to explore the development of modern English, and it illustrates English as the language of choice for technology, diplomacy, business and popular...

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The Monkey-Eating Eagle of the Orinoco
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The harpy eagle is the most powerful bird of prey in the world, tearing the monkeys from the branches of the forest canopy.Rare and elusive, rarely seen, but with the discovery of ...

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Doomsday 2012: The End of Days – Discovery Channel
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A series of strange prophecies lead society to believe that the world will come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012. Documentary by the History Channel/Discovery Channel.

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The Great Inca Rebellion
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Nova presents a unique view of the downfall of the Inca people. Using CSI-type forensics, archaeologists dig into the Inca’s past, revealing new information about their battles (...

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Byzantium: The Lost Empire
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For over 1,000 years, the Byzantine Empire was the eye of the world – the origin of great literature, fine art and modern government. Heir to Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Empir...

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Decoding The Past The Templar Code
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For almost 200 years, the Knights Templar was the most powerful group in the medieval world. Today, the group’s legacy showcased in an array of Hollywood blockbusters and a numb...

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Vampire Secrets
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Vampire Secrets is a docudrama of 2006 on the mythology and lifestyle of vampires, produced by Indigo Films for History Channel and narrated by Corey Burton.The documentary present...

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U-Boat War
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Throughout World War 2, U-boats were the supreme stealth attack vessel of the armies, wreaking havoc as they sailed all around the world. This historical documentary gives an in-de...

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The Kings: From Babylon To Baghdad
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The region now known as Iraq has always been, in many ways, the history of the world is zero land. From this rich territory sprang the earliest cities and empires, the first host, ...

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The FBI’s War on Black America
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This documentary establishes historical perspective on the measures which were taken by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI. These measures aimed to discredit black political figures and f...

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The Adventure of English
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The Adventure of English is a British television series (ITV) in the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg, and a companion book, also written by Bragg.The seri...

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Seven Wonders of Ancient Greece
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Learn about the basis of Western Civilization. The Ancient Greeks were centuries ahead of their time, we can see this in their logic, ideas, and of course art. This documentary tru...

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Secrets of the Ancient Olmecs
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The ancient Olmecs in Mexico sculpted massive stone heads 3000 years ago, before even the Roman Empire was established. Thought to be carved in the likeness of their leaders, these...

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Secrets of the Aegean Apocalypse
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1,200 BC, an ancient Armageddon almost decimated every known civilization. What caused it is unknown? The theories of what happened all include one common factor, a group of people...

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Rise To Power of Napoleon Bonaparte
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Rise To Power of Napoleon Bonaparte' was created to show the life of one of the most important historical figures in the world Napoleon Bonaparte. The influence he has made to hist...

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Queen of Sheba: Behind the Myth
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Queen Of Sheba: Behind The Myth recreates the dramatic life of one of the most powerful woman of the Biblical era – consort of King Solomon and founder of the great Ethiopian dyn...

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Pompeii: The Last Day
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Pompeii: The Last brings to life one of the greatest natural disasters in the history of mankind.It is a dramatized documentary that tells of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 A...

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Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France
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‘Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France’ is a documentary filmed in in France and Austria, with rare access to Versailles, telling an unprecedented intensely human story of...

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Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
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This liberal 2006 documentary explores the corruption of major contractors in the Iraq war, such as Blackwater and K.B.R. both of which have had significant controversy following t...

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Hitler’s Children
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Never has a generation been completely taken over by a totalitarian state as was the case in Hitler’s Third Reich: at the age of 10 children joined the “Jungvolk” movement, a...

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Haunted History of Halloween
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What are we celebrating when we carve out Jack-o-Lanterns and encourage our youth to go out in costumes and ask for candy from strangers? This documentary shows us the ghoulish pas...

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Nature
Giants: The Mystery and the Myth
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Giants have been in multiple cultures mythology. But did they really exist? New scientific evidence shows proof that giants could have lived on earth.This is the full length versio...

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Ghosts of Rwanda
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The Rwandan Genocide was the most bloody event of the 90s. Over the course of 100 days over 800,000 men women and children where slaughtered do to their ethnicity. Soon the U.N. in...

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Death In Gaza
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Death In Gaza is an Emmy-award winning 2004 documentary film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, opening in the West Bank but then moving to Gaza and eventually settling in Raf...

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Political
Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer
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‘Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer’ is an investigative documentary film by Neil Oliver, revealing one of the most electrifying finds about Queen Cleopatra, known as a great quee...

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Black Box UFO Secrets
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From the earliest years of human flight, pilots and astronauts from around the world have encountered UFOs high in our skies and beyond.The History Channel UFO Black Box Secrets re...

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Ancients Behaving Badly
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Acting out is an old eight-part series for television history that will apply modern analysis to some of the most infamous rulers of the classic story.The trials of life of these p...

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An Alfred Hitchcock documentary on the Nazi Holocaust
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A film the British Government deemed too grisly for release after World War II – has received its public debut on British television. Fifteen minutes of the black-and- white film...

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Zeitgeist The Movie – Documentary And Review
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This is the movie that everyone needs to see. While many will refute a lot of the 9/11 evidence brought to the attention of the viewer the ultimate message is one that is important...

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Who Killed Rasputin?
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Rasputin is perhaps the most mysterious figure in the last five hundred years. What he was is hard to define, in short he was a “mystic” who had an eerie power over the Russian...

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Welcome to North Korea
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This award winning 2001 documentary takes us inside the rogue nation of North Korea and shows images many of us have never seen. This is one of the few times the west was able to g...

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Warrior Empire: The Mughals
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‘Warrior Empire: The Mughals’ pays a tribute to the dynasty of nomadic warriors who created architectural marvels, inventive warfare, material excess and cultural augmentation ...

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Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
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This documentary fascinating but academically presented uses recently declassified military documents and scenes never seen by the public to provide a detailed chronicle of the his...

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