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
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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History
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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People
Tincity
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The Avasi Hill in Miskolc, Hungary is a unique area that previously was a large wine growing area. The result of this are numerous homes in the city built over ancient wine cellars...

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Technology
TimeLine – A Brief Introduction To The History Of Timekeeping Devices
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A short, animated documentary on how time has been measured in the past, and how we measure it now. The film walks you through the timeline of people and inventions that kept track...

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Travel
The Vice Guide To Travel: Liberia
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This is no ordinary travel documentary; this is total “Hell on Earth”. Warlords, cannibalism, child soldiers on heroin, squalor and total madness. General Bin Laden, General Bu...

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The True Story of Black Hawk Down
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This documentary analyzes the historical accuracy of the 2001 movieBlack Hawk Down. The truth about those two fateful days in Mogadishu are more interesting then the fictionalized ...

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The Surprising History of Sex and Love
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‘The Surprising History of Sex and Love’ is an award winning documentary presented by Terry Jones.This film traces the story of changing social and religious attitudes to sex t...

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The Samurai
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‘The Samurai’ is the definitive study of some of world’s most famous fighters from the heyday of the Heian Period (794-1185) to the inevitable decline that followed the openi...

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The Revelation of the Pyramids
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The Revelation Of The Pyramids takes an in depth look into one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Mystery has surrounded these epic structures for cent...

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The Rape of Nanking: Nanjing Massacre I
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The slaughter of Nanking, commonly known as the Rape of Nanking, was an infamous genocidal war crime committed by the Japanese army in Nanjing, then capital of the Republic of Chin...

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The Most Evil Men in History
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When we think of evil men one person usually comes up, Hitler. However throughout history there have been just as “evil” or perhaps even more evil men. Through a series of prog...

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The Lost Pyramids of Caral
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Pyramids are generally defined by the “Great Pyramids of Giza”. However South American pyramids can be just as stunning. These ancient Peruvian pyramids have until recently be...

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The Hunt for Hitler’s Scientists
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‘The Hunt for Hitler’s Scientists’ show how The British, American, and Russian governments sent covert teams of commandos and agents ahead of the front lines and deep into Ge...

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The Invention of the Parking Meter
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This is a pilot mokumentary short satirical series Unauthorized History of inventions by Izzy Avrahami and Erga Netz.You might think that the parking meter was invented in 1935 by ...

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The Incredible Human Journey
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This documentary goes into the very early history of our species. We all came from a relatively close region in Africa yet we soon spread all across the globe. This documentary goe...

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The Human Family Tree
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In a single day in a single street, with the DNA of a couple hundred people at random, National Geographic Channel intends to follow the ancient traces of humanity.Narrated by Kevi...

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Science
The Diva Mummy
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Most people think of Egypt when they talk about mummies, but many are surprised that what is seen as the best preserved mummy in the world came from China!Han aristocrat named Lady...

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The Canary Effect
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The Canary Effect is a 2006 documentary film directed by Robin Davey and Yellow Thunder Woman, who are both members of LA Based alternative pop group The Bastard Fairies.It premier...

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The Atheism Tapes
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As part of the making of the documentary series A brief history of disbelief, Jonathan Miller filmed conversations with some very distinguished minds.In this innovative series, a n...

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The Aswang Phenomenon: Filipino Vampires
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Over the last 400 years, the ‘aswang’ has come to represent everything that is ‘vile, disgusting and evil in Philippine society’. It has become the most controversial, and ...

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Suez: A Very British Crisis
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‘Suez: A Very British Crisis’ is a BBC Two series, depicting how the Suez crisis in the 1950s signaled the end of Britain’s history as a power that could act alone on the wor...

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Seven Ages of Britain
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Seven Ages of Britain is a BBC television documentary series written and presented by David Dimbleby.The series covers the history of the largest art and artifacts Britain over the...

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Secrets of the Koran
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The Koran is one of the most important works ever written. For nearly one billion people around the world, is the Holy Scripture, the Word of God and his prophet.For others it is a...

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Psychopath
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There are many psychopaths in society, in fact, practically know nothing. These are not necessarily psychopaths who commit murder, commit acts of serious violence, or even come to ...

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Religion
Protestant Reformation
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This BBC documentary summarizes and explains one of the most pivotal points in western history; The Reformation. After creating a sect of the Christian church Martin Luther created...

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Magical Egypt
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There is another side of Egypt, which is not known. Egypt is also the land of secrets. Another story, a secret history, speaks of Egypt as the inheritor of the deep wisdom and magi...

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Krakatoa: The Last Days
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Krakatoa: The Last Days is a BBC Television docudrama based upon a selection of four eyewitness accounts of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, an active stratovolcano between the islan...

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I.O.U.S.A.
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This critically acclaimed documentary exposes the danger of the United State federal debt and how it may effect, or has, effected the economy. The mass of debt that the United Stat...

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Human Evolution: Clash of The Cavemen
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In the wilds of ice devastated Europe about 25,000 years before Christ, a war like no other series lasted between two species of primitive men. In a unique moment in world history,...

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Hannibal: The Fall of Carthage
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Hannibal did not care to waste the power of Carthage? Legendary victories were ingenious strategist, paradoxically, the reason for the fall of this very rich business empire? Why H...

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Columbus’ Lost Voyage
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The true story of Christopher Columbus’ discovery was not only a victory, but has also been marked by disaster, accusation, and betrayal.Ten years shortly after his discovery of ...

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