Documentaries

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EXTRA CREDIT: Historical Documentary Report

YOU MAY ONLY USE A DOCUMENTARY FROM WITHIN THIS MARKING PERIOD! YOU CAN ONLY PICK FROM THESE! If you have any problems with the links, please email me and I will try to find you a better version. Email the final essay to pcasey@mhs.nyc.

 

 

Unit 1: Rise of the Planet of the Humans

Mankind: Inventors (45 min) Covers the beginning of human civilization (*Mr Casey Favorite*)

Egypt – Engineering an Empire (90 min)

Ancient Mesopotamia (50 min)

The Indus Valley Civilization: The Masters of the River (50 min)

The Hittites: A Civilization That Changed The World (120 min)

 

Unit 2: Major Movements of Mankind

Mycenaeans and Phoenicians (45 min)

Mankind: Iron Men (45 min) Covers the impact of iron technology and weapons in Greece and around the world (*Mr Casey Favorite*)

Unit 3: Great Empires of Asia

Persia – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Mankind: Empires (45 min) Covers the rise and fall of empires including Roman and Qin

Unit 4: Classical Mediterranean World

Greece – Engineering an Empire (45 min) Covers the Peloponnesian War with a focus on engineering and technology

Ultimate Battles – Alexander the Great (50 min) *REALLY COOL!*

Age of Alexander – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Ancients Behaving Badly: Alexander the Great (45 min)

Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed (58 min)

How Christianity Conquered the Roman Empire (45 min) Covers the origins of Christianity within the Roman World  (*Mr Casey Favorite*)

Rome – Engineering an Empire (90 min)

When Rome Ruled – Ancient Superpowers (45 min)

Carthage – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

The Huns – Barbarians (45 min)

The Vandals – Barbarians (45 min)

 

Unit 5: Two Worlds of Faith

Prophet Muhammad and the Rise of Islam – Islam: Empire of Faith (55 min)

Muslim Golden Age Awakening – Islam: Empire of Faith (55 min) Covers the Golden Age during the Abbasid period.

Byzantines – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Mankind: Warriors (45 min) Covers Germanic, Arab, Viking, and Easter Island warriors and inventors

Barbarians: The Franks (45 min)

Barbarians: The Vikings (45 min)

The Dark Ages (45 min) Covers pretty much the entire Middle Ages. Really good test review. (*Mr Casey Favorite*)

BBC: An Islamic History of Europe (90 min) Deals mainly with Al Andalus, Islamic Spain.

Science in a Golden Age – Al-Razi, Ibn Sina and the Canon of Medicine (45 min)

The Crusades: The Crescent and the Cross (really long but worth it!)

The Crusades, An Arab Perspective (each part is 45 min, so you can pick one)

• Part 1 – Shock: The First Crusade and the Conquest of Jerusalem

• Part 2 – Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

• Part 3 – Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

• Part 4 – Liberation: Acre and the End of the Crusades

Unit 6: Southernization Through Trade

China: Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Unit 7: Rise and Rebirth of Regional Power

Mongols: Barbarians

Mankind: Plague (45 min) *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!*
Genghis Khan, the bloodiest warlord in history, sweeps south from Mongolia into China and creates a mighty empire. He leaves 40 million dead bodies in his wake. But a greater killer stalks Mankind – the Plague.

Russia – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

The Ottomans – Islam: Empire of Faith (55 min)

Ottoman Empire: The War Machine (90 min)

Da Vinci’s World: Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Mankind: Survivors (45 min) *HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!*
Gold from Africa kickstarts the rebirth of Europe. Money flows into Venice–creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs willing to take risks. In China, a new weapon–the gun–allows a peasant uprising to unify the country. Chinese innovations inspire Europe–leading to the printing press. Millions of books are printed. One of them will inspire a journey to the New World. America beckons.

 

Unit 8: The Americas and the Age of Exploration

Maya – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Aztecs – Engineering an Empire (45 min)

Mankind: New World (45 min)
The Aztecs have built a mighty empire that dominates Central America. But it will be destroyed because of a domino effect. 7,000 miles away in modern-day Turkey, the great trading center of Constantinople is overrun by an Islamic army. Europeans race to find a new route to the spice-rich East. Instead, Christopher Columbus lands in America–and discovers gold. Within 30 years the Aztecs will be conquered.

Mankind: Treasure (45 min)
In the Andes, the Spanish open up the largest silver mine in the world and mint millions of pesos de ocho (pieces of eight). These coins transform the global economy. They fill the treasure chests of pirates. They fuel a stock market boom and help pay for the Taj Mahal. As trade booms, millions of people come to the New World as slaves. But a handful of Pilgrims come as pioneers looking for freedom.

The Middle Passage (45 min)
Directed by Stephen Spielberg.

 

Unit 9: Reformation and Absolutism

Martin Luther: Reluctant Revolutionary (55 min)

The Real Versailles (55 min)

The Mughals: Warrior Empire (90 min)

The Ottomans – Islam: Empire of Faith (55 min)

Ottoman Empire: The War Machine (90 min)

 

 

 

 

Sophomores: Global History II

****MARKING PERIOD 1 BEGINS****

Unit 1: Understanding the Past

Mankind: Treasure (45 min) Covers Spanish colonization of the New World, the Taj Mahal, and Trans-Atlantic Slavery

 

Unit 2: Era of Revolutions

Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution (55 min) Eye-opening documentary from PBS on the Haitian Revolution and how the Europeans tried to stop it (*Recommended*)

 

Unit 3: Industrialization and Nationalism

Why The Industrial Revolution Happened Here (55 min) BBC Documentary that goes in depth to explore the Industrial Revolution and it’s impact on the word (*Mr Casey Favorite*)

Mankind: Revolutions (45 min) Covers the American, French (a little), and Industrial Revolutions

Ottoman Empire: The War Machine (90 min)

 

****MARKING PERIOD 2 BEGINS****

Unit 4: Age of Imperialism

Mankind: Speed (45 min) Covers the American Civil War, the Industrialization of Japan, the Titanic, the Colonial Exploitation of Africa, and the Birth of Mass Media

Unit 5: The Great War and the Interwar Years

The Necessary War (55 min) Well-done recently-made BBC Documentary on WWI

The Betrayed (50 min) Covers the Armenian Genocide (not the best quality but if you are interested in this topic then go for it!)

 

****MARKING PERIOD 3 BEGINS****

Unit 6: The Second World War

WWII in Color: Lighting War (50 min) Focuses specifically on the German Blitzkrieg starting from the invasion of Poland

NOTE: You my use any of the WWII in Color episodes. I just thought the one above was a great example. Feel free to look through the playlist to pick one.

Unit 7: Cold War and Decolonization

CIA vs KGB: Battleground Berlin (50 min)

Iran 1979: Legacy of a Revolution (45 min)

Cold War: Cuba (45)

The Birth of Israel (60 min) Examines the events leading up to the Israeli war of Independence in 1949, its continuing impact on Arab-Israeli relations and the implications for the Middle East peace process.

The Day India Burned (90 min) Tells the heartbreaking story of the partition of India featuring eyewitness interviews

Ghosts of Rwanda (120 min) Extremely moving documentary on the Genocide in Rwanda and the failure of the world to stop it.

****MARKING PERIOD 4 BEGINS****

Unit 8: The World Today

An Unholy Alliance: Monks and the Military in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Killing Fields: Mass Exodus of Rohingya

Bashar Al Assad and the Syria Conflict

Islamophobia Inc

Antisemistism in Europe

Britain’s Modern Slave Trade

Somalia: The Forgotten Story

Jamal Khashoggi: The Silencing of a Journalist

The 9/11 Decade: Intelligence War

Death of Aleppo: Syrian Civil War

Iraq and Syria After ISIS

Palestine Divided

Saudi Aramco: The Company and the State

Fleeing climate change – the real environmental disaster

Inside Putin’s Russia

How the Rich Get Richer: Money in the World Economy

Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and Collecting Data

Visiting North Korea

Slavery in Nepal: Fighting for Freedom

 

Unit 9: Global Regents Review 

The History of the World in 1:27:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Documentaries

  1. Aaron James says:

    So, we should make a 2 page essay each about all of these?

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