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History's Turning Points, Part 1 [5 Discs] [DVD]

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History's Turning Points: The Battle of Tsushima
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Battle of Tsushima describes the day in 1902 when Japanese forces ravaged the Russian town of Port Arthur. Armed with brightly painted ships and highly trained officers, Admiral Togo made his proud stand, a gesture for his homeland. Togo conquered the Russian navy, thanks in part to the intellectual assistance of his mentor, Admiral Nelson. After this day, Asia would exist as a more powerful continent. The program uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Battle of Salamis
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Battle of Salamis focuses on the beginning of the Greek Golden Age. Viewers travel back in time to Salamis Bay, where the Greek army sank 200 Persian vessels. The excessively arrogant Themistocles helped win the battle for the Greeks but received no reward: His people would not honor a too-proud man. The program, designed for both students and history enthusiasts, uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Russian Revolution
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Russian Revolution profiles Lenin and Kerensky, two angry men determined to take down the czar. Relentless revolutionaries, the bold rebels had experienced similar backgrounds. Lenin would not stop until the rich Russians were the poorest people in the land. In the end, he proved himself the one capable of shifting an entire country upside down. The program uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Conquest of the Incas
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Conquest of the Incas focuses on the Spanish plunder of the Inca people. In the early 16th century, Pizarro arrived on Inca land with 170 bloodthirsty soldiers in tow. Soon, 90 percent of the Incas would die of debilitating diseases, all transported by the Spanish invaders. The program, recommended for both students and history enthusiasts, uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Atomic Bomb
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Atomic Bomb focuses on the World War II bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman gave the go-ahead for soldiers to drop the first atomic bombs ever used on these Japanese targets. Both cities were destroyed. This first dramatic use of atomic power would change the politics of warfare forever and force nations farther apart. The program uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Siege of Constantinople
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Siege of Constantinople looks behind the thick walls of Constantinople. For centuries, Byzantine kings lived safe and leisurely lives behind these walls, but in 1493, everything changed. The Turkish Ottoman rose up, encircling the city, and a piece of new technology, known as the cannon, took down the longstanding barricade. The program, designed for both students and history enthusiasts, uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: Zulus at War
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: Zulus at War focuses on the British colonization of Kimberley, home of the bounteous diamond mines, and the subsequent invasion of Zululand. In an effort to halt rebellious Zulu attacks, 5,000 British soldiers aimed to conquer the Zulu-specific territory, but only eight Brits made it out alive. The program, recommended for both students and history enthusiasts, uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Battle for Canada
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Battle for Canada describes the fierce competition between British and French interests in North America. During the first half of the 18th century, British and French men of trade coexisted, but war eventually raged between them. Making the first battle move, British war minister William Pitt led his troops up the St. Lawrence. As winter approached, British soldiers suffered defeat. The program uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Great Wall of China
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Great Wall of China describes the construction of Emperor Chin's wall of protection. The Great Wall, Chin's shield against marauders, required the labor of 300,000 people. Sadly, many of the laborers died and were buried inside the immense wall. The project is considered Chin's best contribution and his worst tragedy. The program, recommended for both students and history enthusiasts, uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Conquest of Spain
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Conquest of Spain focuses on the 8th century and the spread of Arab rule. Thanks to the rise of the Muslim Empire at the start of the 8th century, Arab government made its powerful way to the Middle East, Egypt, and North Africa. Eventually, the Arabs invaded Spain and captured the Visigoth Kingdom. The program uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Battle of Actium
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Battle of Actium transports viewers to ancient Rome for a showdown of great importance. Via on-location dramatizations, the program re-creates the day Octavia defeated Antony, becoming Rome's first emperor. Commentary grounds the event in world historical context. This program is recommended for students and history enthusiasts. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Marriage of Pocahontas
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Marriage of Pocahontas transports viewers to the land of the Algonquins, where Captain John Smith wed Chief Pohantan's 13-year-old daughter, Pocahontas. The program uses on-location dramatizations to re-create James Town, a makeshift trading post set up by English settlers on Indian territory. When the Indians realized that the trading post wasn't going to be a temporary imposition, they made plans to murder John Smith. Young Pocahontas stepped forward and saved his life. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

History's Turning Points: The Black Death
Part of the History's Turning Points series, which explores pivotal moments in world history, History's Turning Points: The Black Death re-creates the events surrounding the calamitous 14th century plague. In 1347, a ship full of plague-stricken passengers reached Venice and was sent into quarantine. Rats made the problem unstoppable. Three years later, a full third of the European population was lost to the devastating epidemic. One of the worst medical emergencies in history, the Black Death earned its name. The program uses on-location dramatizations to tell the story. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

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