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OPIUM: BBC Documentary Series, A Complete History

11 Nov

“The great Opium War of 1840 and the resulting transfer of Hong Kong Island to Britain. How Jardine and Matheson profited from the illegal trade of opium and convinced England to launch an assault on China. Tea and opium are intrinsically linked and one sixth of Britain’s economy was due to trade in opium, an illegal substance.”


From the BBC: Skeleton at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey, sheds light on Viking Age

4 Nov

From the BBC: Skeleton at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey, sheds light on Viking Age

Skeleton found at Llanbedrgoch, AngleseyThe skeleton was found in a shallow grave
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  • “The discovery of a skeleton in a shallow grave has raised new questions about Wales in the age of the Vikings.

The skeleton, found at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey, has forced experts to revise the theory that five earlier skeletons were the victims of a Viking raid.

Evidence now suggests the men may have spent the first part of their lives in Scandinavia.

Experts say artefacts discovered confirm Llanbedrgoch as a 10th Century manufacture and trade centre.

The site was discovered in 1994, and in the late 1990s, five bodies – two adolescents, two adult males and one woman – were found.

The bodies were thought to be victims of Viking raiding, which occurred throughout the Viking period (850 to 1,000).

However, the new skeleton discovered this summer was buried in a shallow grave, which National Museum Wales archaeologists say was unusual for the period.

They say the “non-Christian orientation of the body” and its treatment “point to distinctions being made in the burial practices for Christians and other communities during the 10th Century”.

Analysis indicates the males were not local to Anglesey, but may have spent their early years – at least up to the age of seven – in north west Scotland or Scandinavia.

Excavations this year also produced 7th Century silver and bronze sword and scabbard fittings.

Archaeologists believe it suggests the presence of a “warrior elite and the recycling of military equipment” during a period of rivalry and campaigning between kingdoms Northumbria and Mercia.

Excavation director, Dr Mark Redknap, said: “Other finds from the excavation, which include semi-worked silver, silver-casting waste and a fragment of an Islamic silver coin – exchanged via trade routes out of central Asia to Scandinavia and beyond – confirm Llanbedrgoch’s importance during the 10th Century as a place for the manufacture and trade of commodities.”



BBC: The Story of Ireland

28 Sep


Around The World in 80 Faiths

10 Aug

Anglican vicar Peter Owen-Jones has been given a year’s sabbatical to travel the world with a BBC crew to explore different faiths around the world at the beginning of the 21st century.
Pete Owen Jones presents the definitive guide to faith on earth, with eighty rituals across six continents in the space of a year.
The big six world religions are only part of the story. Faith is belief in the sacred, and it is expressed in a rich diversity of rituals, in denominations, sects, cults, tribal faiths and new religious movements.
Pete’s mission is to witness and take part in rites rarely filmed before, to take the religious pulse of the planet and to understand the depth of humanity’s fascination with the divine.
As an Anglican priest, Pete will be confronting cultures that will challenge his values and prejudices – he will be surprised, even offended, but also enlightened.


The story of India – amazing BBC documentary series part (1 of 7)

9 Jul
The Story of India DVD cover

The Story of India DVD cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The story of India – amazing BBC documentary series part (1 of 7)

The Story of India is a BBC TV documentary series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, about the 10,000-year history of the Indian subcontinent in six episodes. It was originally aired on the BBC in six episodes in August and September 2007 as part of the BBC season “India and Pakistan 07″, which marked the 60 years independence of India and Pakistan. In the United States, PBS broadcast the series on three Mondays, January 5, 12 and 19, 2009 from 9 to 11 PM. An accompanying text was published by BBC Books.

Click link to see rest of story > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APn07PS-5qc


Racism: A History [2007] – BBB (Part 1 of 3) “The Colour of Money”

8 Jul
A map of the world in 1886: areas under Britis...

A map of the world in 1886: areas under British control are highlighted in red. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Racism: A History [2007] – BBB (Part 1 of 3) “The Colour of Money”

“Racism: A History is a three-part British documentary series originally broadcast on BBC Four in March 2007.

It was part of the season of programmes broadcast on the BBC marking the 200th anniversary of the Slave Trade Act 1807, a landmark piece of legislation which abolished the slave trade in the British Empire. The series explores the impact of racism on a global scale and chronicles the shifts in the perception of race and the history of racism in Europe, the Americas, Australia and Asia. The series was narrated by Sophie Okonedo.

First Episode: The Colour of Money” Wiki

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