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History


The Progressive Era

Snapshots of US History

The early twentieth century was a time of important social change and political reform in the United States, championing the rights of workers, women and immigrants. This video explores the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution and the...Show More

The Great Depression

Snapshots of US History

In 1929, the value of common stocks and shares began to drop, triggering a decade of unprecedented poverty and hardship. This video details the causes and consequences of the Great Depression, the creation of the Dust Bowl and Roosevelt’s New...Show More

The Postwar Era

Snapshots of US History

After the Second World War, the United States entered a period of economic stability, prosperity and consumerism. At the same time, Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union escalated. This video looks at prosperity and consumerism, gender and...Show More

The Jazz Age

Snapshots of US History

In the 1920s, the United States was a nation of widespread prosperity, technological advancements and mass production. For many, it was a golden era of glitz and glamour. This video explores key events and themes of the Jazz Age, including the...Show More
Key Figures of the Spanish-Aztec War

Key Figures of the Spanish-Aztec War

The Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest

Three people were integral to the fate of the Aztec people upon their meeting with the Spaniards: 9th emperor of the Mexica people, Moctezuma II, Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and, lesser recognised but equally important, La Malinche, the...Show More
The Impact of Conquest on the Aztec World

The Impact of Conquest on the Aztec World

The Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest

The quick and brutal demolition of the Aztec people, infrastructure and records was aided by the technological advancements of the conquistadors and the diseases they brought. This video considers the weapons, animals and allegiances used by the...Show More
The Aztec and Spanish Worlds Collide

The Aztec and Spanish Worlds Collide

The Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest

Seeking gold and riches, Hernán Cortés led a fleet of 11 Spanish ships to Mexico in 1518. This video investigates the reasons for Spanish expansion to the Americas and the series of resulting events that culminated in not only the destruction...Show More
Aztec Beliefs and Values

Aztec Beliefs and Values

The Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest

The Aztecs were part of a rich and complex religious tradition that had existed in Mesoamerica for thousands of years. This video describes Aztec beliefs and values, discussing gods, temples and human sacrifice, the importance of the warrior for...Show More
Origins of the Aztec Empire

Origins of the Aztec Empire

The Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest

The Aztecs were a magnificent civilisation who quickly established the largest and most powerful empire in Mesoamerica. This video explores the origins of the Aztec Empire from the 12th century, when the Aztecs departed from their native...Show More
Life in the Aztec World

Life in the Aztec World

The Aztecs and the Spanish Conquest

Everyone in Tenochtitlán played a vital role in maintaining not only Aztec cultural traditions, but also the Aztec Empire overall. This video looks at life in the Aztec capital, covering the history and infrastructure of the city, the pyramid...Show More
Battles of the First War of Independence

Battles of the First War of Independence

Scottish History

After Scotland signed a treaty with France, England’s Edward I launched an invasion of Scotland in retaliation, thus beginning the Anglo-Scottish wars of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. What ensued was a series of battles and...Show More
Treaties and Allegiances

Treaties and Allegiances

Scottish History

It is clear from the events of thirteenth and fourteenth centuries that allegiances and treaties—signed, broken or declared null and void—were central to either the protection or loss of Scottish sovereignty, which teetered on a knife’s...Show More
The First and Second Interregnum

The First and Second Interregnum

Scottish History

The national turmoil started by the death of Alexander III and fueled once more by the death of the Maid of Norway saw Scotland enter an era of fierce competition for the throne. This video examines the major players in this rivalry, including...Show More
The Great Cause and the Guardians of the Realm

The Great Cause and the Guardians of the Realm

Scottish History

The thirteenth century was a time in which the unfortunate demises of two young rulers led to several creative attempts to maintain Scotland’s newly won independence. The arranged marriages of both Alexander III and his granddaughter Margaret,...Show More
Rome: Blood and Thrones

Rome: Blood and Thrones

Women of the Ancient World

Ancient Rome was an openly patriarchal society that adopted and adapted Hellenic culture, including many of the Greeks’ negative attitudes towards women. This video explores life for women at all levels of society in the Roman Empire,...Show More
Greece: Democracy and Gender

Greece: Democracy and Gender

Women of the Ancient World

Despite being advanced in many ways, ancient Greece gave few rights to its women. This video explores life for ancient Greek women, examining life in Athens and Sparta, spotlighting historical figures such as Aspasia and Gorgo, as well as the...Show More
Persia: An Empire of Equality

Persia: An Empire of Equality

Women of the Ancient World

The Persian Empire was renowned for its tolerance and Persian women were considered to be the equal of men. This video explores life for ancient Persian women, including ordinary working women, royal women and women of the Persian military,...Show More
Egypt: Pharaohs and Physicians

Egypt: Pharaohs and Physicians

Women of the Ancient World

Although women in Egypt enjoyed many freedoms under the law compared to women in many other ancient societies, most did not lead independent lives. This video explores life for ancient Egyptian women, both common and royal, spotlighting...Show More
The Seeds of Division

The Seeds of Division

The Divided States of America

Christopher Columbus’ expeditions to North America in 1492 marked the beginning of huge changes to the populations of the continent and the spread of division. This video explains how the establishment of European colonies in North America led...Show More
An Uncivil Century

An Uncivil Century

The Divided States of America

19th-century America was characterised by societal divisions: North and South, men and women, Republic and Democrat, Black and White. This video covers key events in American 19th-century history, including the Louisiana Slave Revolt, the...Show More
The Scopes 'Monkey' Trial

The Scopes 'Monkey' Trial

The Divided States of America

Divisions between science and religion, and conservatism and progressivism, have been present in American society since the 19th century. This video explores the conflict between religious beliefs and scientific theory through the case of the...Show More
Ossian Sweet and the Ku Klux Klan

Ossian Sweet and the Ku Klux Klan

The Divided States of America

The deepest and most historically consistent division between people in America has been along racial lines. This story of how medical doctor Ossian Sweet came to be on trial after shootings at his Detroit home in September 1925, helps to...Show More
The Sacco and Vanzetti Case

The Sacco and Vanzetti Case

The Divided States of America

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw huge numbers of immigrants travelling to the United States. This video explores American attitudes towards immigrants through the case of the 1920 Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial, highlighting the...Show More
Suffragettes and Flappers

Suffragettes and Flappers

The Divided States of America

The passing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, recognising women’s voting rights, in 1920 was the culmination of a decades-long struggle. This video explores the role of women in the US and the movement for women’s rights in the...Show More
International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Miniclips

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 – but why is this day important? What does the day signify? This Miniclip explores the origins of women’s suffrage throughout the United Kingdom’s modern history including the...Show More