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Andrew Marr's History of the World [DVD]
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Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through the explosive events, changes, conflicts and triumphs that shaped 70,000 years of human history. From our earliest beginnings in Africa, Marr traces the story of our nomadic ancestors as they spread out around the world and settled down to become the first farmers and townspeople. With spectacular images, compelling characters and incisive narration, this is an epic journey through human history and the story of the world we live in today, featuring dramatic reconstruction, documentary filming around the world and cutting-edge computer graphics.
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However, this is no mere retelling of history as a series of milestones with which we are all familiar, but a fresh, original and very eye-opening perspective on some of the major events and personalities, including those lesser known, that have shaped our world. The series also reaches quite a climax in the last episode, where, looking back on a history filled with greed and lack of foresight, Marr rightly questions the presumed wisdom of our species, while also looking to the future with some hope.
Marr's inimitable presenting style - personable and relaxed yet authoritative - is almost perfect for these programmes, and, as one would perhaps expect, there does seem to be a bias towards the political (definitely with a small 'p') in the telling of this epic story. In this, he is ably assisted by a plethora of very realistic and well-produced historical re-enactments, which make for a fascinating, dramatic and at times quite gripping portrayal.
For me, the only downside is that this series does not always make for comfortable viewing. Although Marr does focus on saints as well as sinners - The Buddha as well as Genghis Khan, Gandhi as well as Hitler - there is no getting away from the fact that the history of humanity is full to overflowing with egotism, arrogance, intolerance, greed, plunder, exploitation, brutality, murder, war and genocide, and in this respect it made me feel quite ashamed to be a member of the human race, especially a white European. (And this is quite apart from the deplorable atrocities that we humans have perpetrated, and continue to perpetrate, against the natural world.)
In short, this is a wonderful and very well-produced series, which I would highly recommend.
Comprising 8 episodes, this series covers man's history over the past 70,000 years.
1. Survival: How the earliest humans spread around the world, adapting and surviving against the odds.
2. Age of Empire: The story of the first empires which laid the foundations for the modern world.
3. The Word and the Sword: Charting the spiritual revolutions that shook the world between 300 BC and 700 AD.Episodes.
4. Into the Light: This episode covers the Middle Ages, when Vikings explored and pillaged
5. Age of Plunder: Illustrating Europe's rise from piracy to private enterprise
6. Revolution: Exploration of a time when people worldwide rose up in the name of freedom and equality.
7. Age of Industry. Andrew Marr tells how Britain's Industrial Revolution created the modern world.
8. Age of Extremes: Bringing the story right up to date with the twentieth century.
Comprising up to 10 stories per episode from around the world, Andrew weaves & builds the central thesis of each episode. The rich, lush & realistic re-enactments immerse one in the action. Central to the presentation is Marr's narration occurring at the location of the related action being discussed. For instance the story of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima highlights this with Andrew wandering around modern day Hiroshima. All of this attention to detail & realism is what makes this presentation stand head & shoulders above the dross so often seen with their poor presentations & skimpy re-enactments that remain implausible for the Viewer.Read more ›
No expense has been spared on locations which adds greatly to the world history experience - a thoroughly recommended DVD- all school children should watch this!
Marr's engaging narrative is supplemented by vivid re-enactments of Battles and other Historical events which put any History Channel production to shame.
I really liked the series because of its focus on World History rather than History from a mainly European perspective.
For anyone who enjoys History this is a great purchase and will prove useful to anyone in Primary or Secondary education studying History.
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Very good. Description of the world wonderfully portrayed-good for me to re-educate myself-I am a pensionerPublished 2 days ago by cyprus 84
Haven't watched all yet but got because found it very interesting and informative when partially watched on TVPublished 16 days ago by Bernie63
Superb documentary told with dramatic flair and extremely entertaining.His narrative was just right and informative. Read morePublished 2 months ago by neil mclennan