When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record.
Japan: a globally engaged island nation -- Understanding Japan through ancient myths -- The emergence of the Ritsuryō state -- Aspects of the Japanese language -- Early Japanese Buddhism -- Heian court culture -- The rise of the samurai -- Pure land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism -- Samurai culture in the Ashikaga period -- Japan at home and abroad, 1300-1600 -- Japan's isolation in the Tokugawa period -- Japanese theater: Noh and Kabuki -- The important of Japanese gardens -- The meaning of Bushidō in a time of peace -- Japanese poetry: the road to Haiku -- Hokusai and the art of wood-block prints -- The Meiji restoration -- Three visions of prewar Japan -- War without a master plan: Japan, 1931-1945 -- Japanese family life -- Japanese foodways -- Japan's economic miracle -- Kurosawa and Ozu: two giants of film -- The making of contemporary Japan.
Lecturer Mark J. Ravina presents a series of 24 30-minute lectures on the culture of Japan, from prehistoric through contemporary times.
pt. I (discs 1-2): lecture l. A meeting of two worlds -- lecture 2. Wilson & the breakup of the Ottoman Empire -- lecture 3. The interwar period -- lecture 4. United States & the Middle East during World War II -- lecture 5. Origins of the Cold War in the Middle East -- lecture 6. Truman and the creation of Israel -- lecture 7. Eisenhower, the Cold War and the Middle East -- lecture 8. The Suez crisis and Arab nationalism -- lecture 9. Kennedy--engaging Middle eastern nationalism -- lecture 10. Johnson--taking sides -- lecture 11. The Six-day War -- lecture 12. The Nixon doctrine and the Middle East -- pt. II (discs 3-4): lecture 13. The Yom Kippur War and Kissinger's diplomacy -- lecture 14. Carter and Camp David -- lecture 15. The Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis -- lecture 16. Era of limits--energy crises of the 1970's -- lecture 17. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan -- lecture 18. Reagan and the Middle East -- lecture 19. The first Palestinian Intifada -- lecture 20. The Gulf War -- lecture 21. The rise and fall of the Oslo Peace Process -- lecture 22. The United States and the Kurds -- lecture 23. The United States and Osama bin Laden -- lecture 24. September 11 and its aftermath.
Presents lectures concerning foreign relations between the United States and the Middle East, from 1914 to September 11, 2001.
This video presents an accounting of the investigation of the nature and cause of the 1984 Bhopal tragedy. It details the events encountered by the investigating teams, up to the discovery and confirmation that the tragedy was caused by human sabotage.
In 1986 Christine Morton was murdered in her home in Williamson County, Texas. Her husband Michael was charged and convicted of the crime. Twenty-five years later, DNA evidence was brought to light linking the crime to another man.
Production exposes the custody fight over Barry Bonds' record-setting 73rd home run ball. From the embattled litigants who wouldn't settle, to the impassioned eyewitnesses and their contradictory accounts, to the bemused reporters who covered the bizarre case, Wranovics presents a cast of characters who prove that truth is funnier than fiction.
A "farewell cruise" takes a luxury ship up the vast Yangtze River shortly before completion of the massive Three Gorges Dam. The passengers glimpse a rapidly changing countryside, while the local people struggle to adapt as their lives are irrevocably altered.
Examines the fundamental question of our times: why was the 20th century so violent? It looks at the ideologies that promised utopias and total solutions to social problems and relates the terrible human toll of attempts to realize these ideas.