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Subject: Civilizations

The major political, ideological, and artistic developments in the long-term history of any given geographic area or cultural group, usually broad in scope and big in history.

A History of Britain

  • Director: Clare Beavan, Martina Hall, Ian Bremner, Liz Hartford, Jamie Muir
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

Historian Simon Schama narrates his history of Great Britain, emphasizing that no single "history" can tell the entire story–but makes a valiant effort to cover everything he can.

A History of Scotland

  • Director: Andrew Downes, Tim Neil
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

Scotland may be a tiny nation occupying the northern third of a tiny island in the North Atlantic, but it has a large and unique history of its very own.

America: A Personal History of the United States (Alistair Cooke’s America)

  • Director: Michael Gill, David Heycock, Tim Slessor, Ann Turner
  • Release Date: 1972
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States

Veteran correspondent Alistair Cooke takes an in-depth comparative look at the history and the national mythology of the United States.

An Islamic History of Europe

  • Director: Paul Sapin
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

The landscape of medieval Europe was the dynamic space in which Muslim kingdoms and the Ottoman Empire provided the seeds of science and learning that led to the European Renaissance.


  • Director: Mel Gibson
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

Taken captive by Mayans intent on a human sacrifice to appease their gods, the warrior Jaguar Paw must find a way to survive and return home to save his small family, now trapped in the cave where he had hidden them for safety.

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