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
hannibal rome
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Hannibal was a Carthaginian general and statesman who commanded Carthage’s main forces against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War.Many consider him one of the greatest military commander...

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samurai ninja warrior
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The word samurai comes from the Japanese verb saburau, which translates to serve someone and look up to them. Samurai were the hereditary military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-mode...

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zeus lovers
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If you read Ancient Greece mythology, you will quickly think that Zeus was the Casanova of Ancient Greece. And that is not a far-fetched assumption.The Fathers of Gods and Men had a number of consorts...

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prostitution in the middle ages
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All you need to know about how sexuality was oppressed and demonized by the church, for both men and women. This is why feminism is much needed till today.How much do you know about prostitution durin...

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ancient underground tunnel
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Back in the day people built a lot of underground tunnels. They used it them mostly for escaping from a city. Rulers needed a quick exit in case of danger.Do you know how many of these tunnels exist t...

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timeline of glass
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You might think glass has been here since forever. But that is not true. Yes, glass making dates back to at least 3,600 BC in Mesopotamia. Some historians claim they found copies of glass from E...

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hitory of england's crown jewels
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The Crown Jewels in any country symbolize the passing of authority from one monarch to another during the coronation ceremony. In England, the earliest detailed account of a ...

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tutankhamun treasure
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Tutankhamun was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the last of his royal family to rule during the end of the 18th Dynasty during the New Kingdom of Egyptian History.King Tut was f...

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medieval europe
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In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages or Medieval Period lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and merged into the ...

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ancient egypt secrets
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Ancient Egypt is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. For almost 30 centuries, from its unification around 3100 BC, to the conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 BC,...

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the sumer empire
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Sumer is the earliest known civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia. It emerged during the Chalcolithic and early Bronze ages.The history of Sumer, incl...

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memorable speeches
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Most of us have heard about the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King. But that is not the only speech that completely changed humanity.Words and their delivery c...

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netherlands kingdom
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Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte played a huge role in making the Netherlands a kingdom? Napoleon sent his brother Louis Napoleon Bonaparte to rule over the Netherlands a...

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wild west documentary
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The American frontier, or better known as the Wild West or Old West, includes the geography, history, folklore, and cultural expression of life in the forward wave of America...

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legend of the minotaur
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In Greek mythology, the Minotaur is a mythical creature portrayed in classical times with the head and tail of a bull and body of a man. As the Roman poet Ovid describes him,...

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life in sparta
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Sparta and Athens were two of the most powerful state-cities in Ancient Greece. And they were different in every sense. While Athens was built on democracy, Sparta was built ...

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nordlingen germany
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Nordlingen is a historic German town built inside a meteorite crater. It is one of only 3 towns that has its city walls intact.The city, located in Bavaria, sits on a pile of ...

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holocaust documentary
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The Holocaust, or as some call it the Shoah, was the World War II genocide of the European Jews. Between 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its collaborators murdered more than ...

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kim dynasty
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North Korea hasn’t always been under the totalitarian rule of the Kim regime. The dynasty began some 100 years ago. It was Kim Il Sung that gained fame in the 1937 Chinese-...

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history of bells
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The earliest archeological evidence of bells dates from the 3d millennium BC. You can trace it back to the Yangshao culture of Neolithic China. Bells first started as clapper...

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Chiune Sugihara
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Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat serving in Lithuania during World War II. He risked his life and the life of his family. Sugihara went against the decree of the Japan...

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romanov missing bodies
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The Romanovs were a high-ranking family in Russia during the 16th and 17th century. In 1613, Mikhail Romanov became the first Romanov czar of Russia, following a fifteen-year...

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hieroglyphs secrets
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Hieroglyphs are characters used in a system of pictorial writing. They were used on ancient Egyptian monuments. They can represent objects that they depict, but usually they ...

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marco polo documentary
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Marco Polo was an Italian merchant, explorer, and writer. He traveled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. He traveled with his family, but also a crew. Du...

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cleopatra tomb
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Cleopatra is one of the most famous rules in history. She ruled Egypt, and she was brave enough to challenge Rome, at a time Rome was the strongest empire in the world.When R...

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tate murders explained
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Once upon a time in Hollywood is one of the hottest movies at the moment. When you have Tarantino as a director, you expect nothing less than a shocking twist and story.Some ...

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House of Plantagenet
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One of the many theories about Game of Thrones is that the series is based on British history. George R.R. Martin has never publicly acknowledged that, but many of his readers fi...

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Political
hawaii stolen paradise
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Hawaii was a recognized independent nation prior to January 17, 1893. On that day, the nation and government was illegally overthrown by the United States.Since then, the USA...

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Nature
when sahara was green
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Nowadays, we know the Sahara Desert as a place defined by undulating sand dunes, unforgiving sun, and oppressive heat.But imagine this for a second. Some 10,000 years ago, the...

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cypris crisis 1974
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In July 1974 Turkish forces invaded and captured 3% of the territory of Cyprus. After that, a ceasefire was declared. Turkey invaded the island as a response to a military co...

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ancient greece empire
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Ancient Greece is widely considered one of the first civilizations. It was the place where democracy was born. Lasting from the Archaic period of the 8th to the 6th century B...

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dinosaur cannibalism
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Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth and unleashed terror onto the planet until they died out. Most of the documentaries we see about dinosaurs is that they were...

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yukon origin of the world
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Yukon is the smallest and westernmost of Canada’s three federal territories. The territory is as large as Spain, but it is not populated. It has the smallest population of ...

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petra jordan
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Petra in Jordan is among the New Seven Wonders of the World. Smithsonian magazine chose it as one of the 28 places to see before you die.Fun fact, Petra was unknown to the We...

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the last neanderthals
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What if the Neanderthal survived and the Human went extinct. Would then the planet be in better shape? Would the Neanderthal do so much damage to the Earth as we are doing?Th...

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Lifestyle
kings and queens of England
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England is famously known for its royal history. There have been countless of kings and queens in England dating from the 9th century till now. If you count only the monarchs...

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ancient giants
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Giants are beings of human appearance, but of prodigious size and strength. Ancient historians are always trying to determine whether giants actually lived on our Earth.Arche...

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Sports
sounds of formula
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Formula 1 has drastically changed over the last 40 years. The most obvious difference is evolution of aerodynamics. But there have been changes under the bodywork as well.Eng...

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ancient sumer
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When you think of important ancient civilization, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome are on top of the list. Egypt is right up there too, but rarely someone mentions the Sumeria...

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ancient greece history
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Liam Neeson is one of the best actors in Hollywood, having won an Oscar, BAFTA, and three Golden Globe awards. So if you want dramatic storytelling, you can get it from Liam ...

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london bridges
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London has many bridges spanning the River Thames between the city of London and Southwark, in central London. Fun Fact: the original London Bridge is actually in Arizona. Th...

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Studio 54 documentary
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Studio 54 can often be described as Sodom and Gomorra. The club became famous the best place to be for having fun and partying in the late 1970s.Everything started in 1976, w...

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ancient egypt secrets
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Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient North Africa. The civilization was concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River in the place that is now the country Egy...

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lucifer the devil
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Lucifer is the name we use for the devil. The name is rendering of a Hebrew word in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:12) given in the King James Version of the Bible.In classical mythology,...

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history of catholic church
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In order to understand the present, we have to know the past. History plays a huge role in our lives. It helps us reflect on the past, and see how it influences the present.The C...

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Political
Nicolae Ceausescu
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Many modern dictators are compared to Nicolae Ceausescu, who the general secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989. He was the last Communist leader of Roma...

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Music
bohemian rhapsody
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Bohemian Rhapsody was released more than 40 years ago. And it is still to this day, one of the most-well known songs, if not the best song ever written and played by a rock b...

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ancient artifacts
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We are often concentrated on finding history that date millions of years back. And there is always an artifact here and there that show up. Are these artifacts a proof of pas...

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napoleon bonaparte emperor
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When it comes to great conquerors, one has to mention the name of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born in Paris, France in 1769, he is one of the few people who have managed to conquer a...

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vespasian emperor
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When people talk about successful Roman emperors, the name of Vespasian rarely comes to mind. But he definitely deserves a spot among the greatest. He founded the Flavian dyn...

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