History


New! R.E. Olds and the First Auto City 29 min.

This documentary tells the story of Ranson Eli Olds, known as R.E. Olds, and the city where automobiles were first mass-produced. A pioneer of the American automotive industry, both Oldsmobile and REO were named after R.E. Although folklore claims it was Henry Ford who created the auto manufacturing industry in Detroit, this documentary shows that R.E. Olds, in fact, did it first in Lansing. Using...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Champollion and the Rosetta Stone 26 min.

In July 1799, in the middle of the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria, the French soldiers of Lieutenant Bouchard discover by chance at Rosetta a large black stone. This stone, also known as the “Rosetta Stone”, is in fact the fragment of a stele engraved in honor of King Ptolemy V, including three writing systems: Greek, Demotic and hieroglyphic. Soon, the scientists of the expedition record the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Deepwater Horizon, An Ecological Disaster 26 min.

Rented by the BP oil company to drill an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes on April 20, 2010, before sinking into the ocean and causing a gigantic oil spill. At issue: negligence in the maintenance and in the tests carried out. On September 19, after months of unsuccessful attempts, the spill is finally declared sealed. But the harm has been done: this inc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Gandhi and Decolonization 26 min.

In May 1893, a man is thrown out of a train, on the platforms of the train station of Pietermaritzburg, a little city of South Africa, for daring to sit in a first-class compartment. This young Indian lawyer by the name of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has disembarked on the continent just a few days before and is having there his first experiences of racism and violence. Of this South-African life,...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! James Cook and the Discovery of Australia 26 min.

In 1415, the Portuguese launch a great era of explorations that will lead to the European discovery of the world. In the Age of Enlightenment, the competition is intense between France and the United Kingdom for the possession of North America and the West Indies, for the Indian colonies, but also for Science. The two powers want to further knowledge in all fields, and discover all the still unkno...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Kursk, the Tank Battle 26 min.

In the spring of 1943, after the successive failures of Moscow and Stalingrad, the armies of the Reich go on the offensive again. Launched on July 5th, Operation Citadel plans on circling and eliminating, around Kursk, the forces of the Red Army, which have moved forward too much. But, after only eight days of fighting, Hitler, confronted to a heroic resistance, must resolve to stop the offensive....

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! Lawrence of Arabia and the Redefining of the Middle East 26 min.

1916, the Great War is raging in Europe. Far away from the trenches, in the sand of the Middle East, war has a very different face. All the grounds of the “land of Damascus”, but also the holy places of Islam, are then in the hands of the Ottoman Empire. The archaeologist Thomas Edward Lawrence, a resourceful adventurer, is an English agent present on site. With a handful of intrepid men, he leads...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

New! The Vikings, from Paris to Normandy 26 min.

While the Viking raids have come one after another in the Occident for almost a century, in November 885, hundreds of Scandinavian boats sailing towards Burgundy present themselves before the walls of Paris and besiege the city. The stubborn resistance of Count Eudes makes it possible for the besieged to resist until the arrival of Emperor Charles the Fat, who, in exchange for a large amount of mo...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2019

Benito Mussolini 54 min.

This episode of The Dictator's Playbookfocuses on Italy's Benito Mussolini. Meet the man who created fascism, an ideology that would plunge all of Europe into darkness.

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Francisco Franco 54 min.

This episode of The Dictator's Playbook examines the life and crimes of Spain's Francisco Franco. Learn how he won the Spanish Civil War and became the dictator of Spain.

Formats: Streaming Copyright Date: 2019