History

Movies

Black Thursday


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In this stark docudrama, a shipyard worker in the Polish city of Gdynia joins a strike that is violently suppressed by the Communist government. Available on Netflix.

Movies

The Current War


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The Current War is a 2017 American historical drama film inspired by the 19th-century competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse — the greatest inventors of the industrial age — that engage in a battle of technology and ideas that will determine whose electrical system will power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, sees fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design. Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current.

Series

Manhunt: Unabomber


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This miniseries tells the story of the FBI’s hunt for the Unabomber in the 1990s. Agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerld, a fresh-faced criminal profiler with the agency, faces an uphill battle in tracking the infamous criminal but also has to fight against the bureaucracy of the Unabom Task Force (UTF), of which he is a part. Although Fitz pioneers the use of forensic linguistics, others in the UTF dismiss his maverick ideas and new approaches. Ultimately, though, his new techniques help him identify and capture the Unabomber. Available on Netflix.

Series

The Cuba Libre Story


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Documentary from 2015 in 8 episodes. The tumultuous history of Cuba over the last 500 years, a nation of foreign conquest and political schemes. This documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations. Available on Netflix.

Movies

Alexander


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Movie from 2004. After defeating the Persian Empire, King Alexander of Macedonia leads his army across the continent, venturing further than any person from his country has ever gone. Available for rent or buy on Youtube.

Series

Bobby Kennedy for President


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Robert “Bobby” Kennedy led a political career that included serving as attorney general during the presidential administration of his brother, John, but he had greater ambitions. Those ambitions included running for president with a campaign that lasted only 83 days before he was assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968. This four-part docuseries examines the “Bobby Phenomenon” of the 1960s and the politician’s continuing influence decades after his untimely death. Documentary available on Netflix.

Documentaries

LA 92


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Documentary from 1992. Examining the tumultuous period following the verdict in the Rodney King trial in 1992. The acquittal of four police officers for beating a black motorist saw several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles. Available on Netflix, among other places.

Documentaries

The Boer War


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Documentary from 2018. Journey back in time to a different age, when the sun never set on the British Empire and her armies were great in number. The Boer War: 1899-1902 was a turningpoint in the British military history and would revolutionize tactics, battlefield strategy, equipment, and training. Well known participants in the Boar Wars include Harry “Breaker” Morant, Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi. Can be rented on Amazon.

Documentaries

The Death of Yugoslavia


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The Death of Yugoslavia is a BBC documentary series first broadcast in 1995, and it is also the title of a BBC book by Allan Little and Laura Silber that accompanies the series. It covers the collapse of Yugoslavia, the subsequent wars and the signing of the final peace accords. One season, six episodes.