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World, The: A Television History (Parts 14-26)

Synopsis
Based on ‘The Times Atlas of World History’, the series of 26 30-minute programmes presents the history of mankind on a global scale. It uses specially designed animated maps, computer-generated graphics and archive footage.
14: The rise of the Ottoman Empire and looks at the determinants of their power in world history, which allowed them to control vast tracts of land in Europe, Asia and Africa until the 20th century.
15: The great civilisations and empires in Africa. The cultural heritage of Egypt is well known, but the societies of sub-Saharan Africa produced many fine works of art, like the bronzes of Ife and Benin. The gradual spread of the Bantu peoples from their homeland in the Cameroon displaced the hunting peoples of the south, and made agriculture and animal herding the main pursuit of the many rural peoples, some of whom follow their original lifestyles even today.
16: The early civilisations in Central and South America, principally the Maya, Aztecs and Incas: their cities, places of worship and intellectual achievements. None of these Indian empires survived the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.
17: The consolidation of state power and the rise of nation-states in which the rule of law prevailed. This depended on ‘nationalisation’ or religion: the Reformation in particular. Explores the western attitude to technology and the social hierarchy.
18: European expansion led first to Africa and the slave trade and exploitation of West and East Africa by Europeans and Arabs. The West Indies became super-rich European colonies. Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands exploited Latin and Central America.
19: The first stages of Europeanisation and the essential question of why sophisticated societies either disintegrate (India) or seal themselves off (China, Japan) before the European advance. European advance in the 16th century included the arrival of the Portugese with Jesuit missions in Asia and later the Dutch and the English. Examines the response of the Asiatic countries.
20: The causes and effects of the French Revolution, linking 1789 with 1848 in Europe and the emergence of socialism. Deals with the development of the idea of emancipation, the rights of man from the liberal in the British sense to socialist in the Marxist sense. This period saw the Enlightenment, with ideas about education, law and reduction of superstition, saw the overthrow of the ancient regime in France and the end of serfdom in Europe.
21: The gradual unification of Russia and heads of state including Peter the Great and Catherine II. Looks at the way expansion into one area would pay for expansion into the next - the contract with Poland, the Empire’s dependence on serfdom and the territorial expansion of the 19th century into Asia.
22: The origins of the United States - at the American idea, unfettered immigration and the development by 1900 of the most powerful industrial country in the world. Discusses the Civil War, slavery and the exploitation of a large part of the labour force, all through which the American idealism held.
23: Industrialisation in the West after 1870, with population and technology exploding together. Old agricultural methods ended, literacy flourished, the European powers began a policy of global colonisation, and the British Empire flourished.
24: The First World War, Bolshevism in Russia, the collapse of the world economy in the Great Depression, and the rise of Fascism.
25: World War 2and the contest between liberalism, Nazism and communism for the future of the world. The period ended with communist control of China.
26: Post-war reconstruction; the Cold War; colonial and post-colonial wars in south-east Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ends with an overview of man’s major achievements in science and social systems.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of production
1983
Notes
Broadcast in weekly parts on C4, beginning 25/5/1983

NB Combined with parts 1 - 13 in one 7-disk DVD set
Subjects
History
Keywords
Africa; British Empire; China; civilisation; colonial history; Fascism; Greece; Indians of North & South America; Islam; religious belief and practice; revolutionary movements; Roman Empire; Russian revolution; socialism; United States of America; World War 1; World War II

Credits

Cast
Robert Powell 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0 NTSC
Price
$39.49 (including parts 1-13)
Availability
Sale
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Ottoman Empire, The: 1280-1683 AD
Synopsis
14: The rise of the Ottoman Empire and looks at the determinants of their power in world history, which allowed them to control vast tracts of land in Europe, Asia and Africa until the 20th century.

Title
Africa before the Europeans 100-1500 AD
Synopsis
15: The great civilisations and empires in Africa. The cultural heritage of Egypt is well known, but the societies of sub-Saharan Africa produced many fine works of art, like the bronzes of Ife and Benin. The gradual spread of the Bantu peoples from their

Title
Americas before the Europeans, The
Synopsis
16: The early civilisations in Central and South America, principally the Maya, Aztecs and Incas: their cities, places of worship and intellectual achievements. None of these Indian empires survived the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors.

Title
Europe: state and power 1500-1700 AD
Synopsis
17: The consolidation of state power and the rise of nation-states in which the rule of law prevailed. This depended on 'nationalisation' or religion: the Reformation in particular. Explores the western attitude to technology and the social hierarchy.

Title
West and the wider world, The: 1500-1800 AD
Synopsis
18: European expansion led first to Africa and the slave trade and exploitation of West and East Africa by Europeans and Arabs. The West Indies became super-rich European colonies. Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands exploited Latin and Central America.

Title
Asia 1600-1800 AD
Synopsis
19: The first stages of Europeanisation and the essential question of why sophisticated societies either disintegrate (India) or seal themselves off (China, Japan) before the European advance. European advance in the 16th century included the arrival of t

Title
Age of revolutions, The: 1776-1890 AD
Synopsis
20: The causes and effects of the French Revolution, linking 1789 with 1848 in Europe and the emergence of socialism. Deals with the development of the idea of emancipation, the rights of man from the liberal in the British sense to socialist in the Marxi

Title
Making of Russia, The: 1480-1860 AD
Synopsis
21: The gradual unification of Russia and heads of state including Peter the Great and Catherine II. Looks at the way expansion into one area would pay for expansion into the next - the contract with Poland, the Empire's dependence on serfdom and the ter

Title
Making of the USA, The: 1776-1848 AD
Synopsis
22: The origins of the United States - at the American idea, unfettered immigration and the development by 1900 of the most powerful industrial country in the world. Discusses the Civil War, slavery and the exploitation of a large part of the labour force

Title
Industry and empire 1870-1914 AD
Synopsis
23: Industrialisation in the West after 1870, with population and technology exploding together. Old agricultural methods ended, literacy flourished, the European powers began a policy of global colonisation, and the British Empire flourished.

Title
End of the old order, The: 1914-1929 AD
Synopsis
24: The First World War, Bolshevism in Russia, the collapse of the world economy in the Great Depression, and the rise of Fascism.

Title
World in conflict, The: 1929-1948 AD
Synopsis
25: World War 2and the contest between liberalism, Nazism and communism for the future of the world. The period ended with communist control of China.

Title
Modern world, The: 1945+
Synopsis
26: Post-war reconstruction; the Cold War; colonial and post-colonial wars in south-east Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ends with an overview of man's major achievements in science and social systems.

Production Company

Name

Network Television

Address
London W1V 3DF

Sponsor

Name

Channel 4

Distributor

Name

MediaOutlet.com

Email
service@prosperohouse.com
Web
http://www.mediaoutlet.com/ External site opens in new window
Address
PO Box 1432
Bayonne
NJ 07002
USA
Notes
Specialises in US archival moving image and sound material, particularly vintage radio and public service films and broadcasts that have been digitally restored. Formerly known as Earthstation.com. Sale on multi-region DVD or CD.

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