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Category: History: Modern History

History Buffs: Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan. The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO. The series …

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Neil Halloran: The Fallen of World War II

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.  

University of California: World Order: Brexit, Populism and Kissinger with Niall Ferguson – Conversations with History

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution who is the 2016 Underhill Lecturer at Berkeley. After discussing the importance of Anglo-American Studies and the wave of populism sweeping the West, including Brexit and the Trump phenomena, the conversation turns to an in depth look at Ferguson’s recent book, “Kissinger, 1923-1969, …

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The Economist: Carving up the Middle East

This week in 1915, British diplomat Mark Sykes described for The Economist the battle underway in the Middle East. A few months later he carved up control of the region with his French counterpart Francois George Picot. The impact of the secret agreeement they reached is still being felt today.  

Vox: How America became a superpower

With over 800 military bases around the globe, the US is easily the most powerful nation on earth. But it wasn’t always this way. The US once played an insignificant role in global affairs. In this 8-minute video, Vox explores its transformation.  

TED Ed: What caused the French Revolution? – Tom Mullaney

What rights do people have, and where do they come from? Who gets to make decisions for others, and on what authority? And how can we organize society to meet people’s needs? Tom Mullaney shows how these questions challenged an entire nation during the upheaval of the French Revolution.  

Military History Visualized: Why the Japanese Air Forces failed in World War 2

Short overview on the major shortcomings of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Air Arm and the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) in World War 2. Taking a look at the initial situation and the various errors committed by its leadership.  

TED Ed: The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Imagine going about your life knowing that, at any given moment, you and everyone you know could be wiped out without warning at the push of a button. This was the reality for millions of people during the forty-five year period after World War II now known as the Cold War. Matthew A. Jordan explains …

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Military History Visualized: Why did the German Aces have so many Air Kills?

When it comes to World War 2 many people often cite the high kill numbers of German and Japanese Pilots. The problem is they usually try to use these numbers to make various points on how effective the Axis forces were, well, there are many problems with this. Luckily the third most successful German ace …

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WoodrowWilsonCenter: World War One: What Were They Thinking? Lessons From the Catastrophe

Why did a small number of European statesmen take the world into the seminal catastrophe of the Great War? The German Chancellor Otto Bismarck had warned in 1880 that “some damned foolish thing in the Balkans” might lead to a terrible war. The shots at Sarajevo did just that a hundred years ago. What have …

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Museum of London: Great Fire 1666 in Minecraft

To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Museum of London has created Great Fire 1666, an exciting virtual experience using Minecraft. Great Fire 1666 will be made up of three Minecraft maps which will offer a unique and immersive perspective on the Great Fire of London. The first …

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Sabrina Huyett: How a Gutenberg printing press works

Demonstration on the only working model of a Gutenberg printing press–Crandall Historical Printing Museum. The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, based on existing screw presses. Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, developed a complete printing system, which perfected the printing process through all of its …

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CIRSD: Launch of Niall Ferguson’s book on Kissinger

The Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) hosted the launch of the Serbian edition of “Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist”, featuring as a keynote guest the book’s author and renowned British historian Niall Ferguson. Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development is a public policy think-tank based in Belgrade and New York.

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: Blueprint for Armageddon I-V

The planet hadn’t seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora’s Box of violence engulfs the planet. The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has …

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BBC: Drone reveals Somme battlefields 100 years on

The Battle of the Somme was one of the deadliest of the First World War. 100 years on – see some of the key landmarks, battlefields and memorials from the air.

VICE: Holiday in Chernobyl: Tourism in the Exclusion Zone

Thirty years after the worst nuclear accident in history, Chernobyl has become a tourist attraction. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have died prematurely from the catastrophe which spread a radioactive cloud over Europe in 1986, but last year 17,000 people visited the so-called exclusion zone anyway.  

Ireland 1912-1916: An Animated History from Home Rule to Easter Rising

The Easter Rising, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. This animated film is produced By Scriberia Films for Century Ireland Narration …

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BBC Storyville – Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party

In 1971, the Shah of Iran, the self-proclaimed ‘king of kings’, celebrated 2,500 years of the Persian monarchy by throwing the greatest party in history. Money was no object – a lavish tent city, using 37km of silk, was erected in a specially created oasis. The world’s top restaurant at the time, Maxim’s, closed its …

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Museum of London: World War One Zeppelin raids on London

The First World War was not confined to formal battlefields. Bombing raids meant that Londoners faced death and destruction on their own doorsteps. The first zeppelin raid on London during World War I took place on 31 May 1915. Raids would continue on the capital until 1917. Interviewees recall taking cover as a zeppelin appears …

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TED-Ed: History through the eyes of the potato – Leo Bear-McGuinness

Baked or fried, boiled or roasted, as chips or fries; at some point in your life you’ve probably eaten a potato. But potatoes have played a much more significant role in our history than just that of the dietary staple we have come to know and love today. Leo Bear-McGuinness shares how without the potato, …

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