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People’s Century (Parts 10-12)

Synopsis
A history of 20th century in 26 parts as seen from the point of view of ordinary people who have lived through the events. Includes interviews and extensive archive footage.
10 (producer: John Bridcut): World War 2 from the perspective of civilian experience rather than military strategy. From London, Tokyo and Hamburg survivors recall the experience of watching homes burn and families die. Russian peasants remember entire villages razed by the Germans; Korean slave-laborours detail the brutality of Japanese camps.
11 (producer: Angus Macqueen): How the optimism that greeted the end World War 2 was overcome by suspicion and and fear as the Cold War took hold. Accounts of the Berlin Wall, erected in August 1961.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w/col. 165 min.
Year of production
1996
Availability
out of distribution
Notes
Broadcast on BBC1 from 15/11/95.
Documentation
Accompanying book available separately.
Subjects
History
Keywords
Cold War; economic recovery; history of the 20th century; Marshall Plan; social history; World War II

Credits

Producer
Angus Macqueen; John Bridcut; Sally Doganis
Contributor
Peter Pagnamenta

Sections

Title
1939: total war
Synopsis
10 (producer: John Bridcut): World War 2 from the perspective of civilian experience rather than military strategy. From London, Tokyo and Hamburg survivors recall the experience of watching homes burn and families die. Russian peasants remember entire vi

Title
1945: brave new world
Synopsis
11 (producer: Angus Macqueen): How the optimism that greeted the end World War 2 was overcome by suspicion and and fear as the Cold War took hold. Accounts of the Berlin Wall, erected in August 1961.

Title
1948: boomtime

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Home Video

 

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