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    • The Ghosts of the British Isles: A Collection of Ghost Stories and Other Supernatural Tales from Britain and Ireland

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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    The United Kingdom is an ancient land steeped in history and tradition, filled with prehistoric ruins, majestic castles, and a countryside sculpted from millennia of human habitation. Its rolling countryside is dotted with prehistoric burial mounds and stone circles. Medieval churches have elaborate stained glass windows and gruesome carvings, reflecting a mixture of hope and darkness. Every hamlet and village has tales that go back centuries, and folk festivals with roots in pagan times. Thus, it is not surprising that many believe the area is filled with ghosts.

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    • The Great Fire of London

    • The History of the 1666 Fire that Destroyed England's Greatest City
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Pam Tierney
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    In the 17th century, the people of London could boast that they had developed some of the most advanced firefighting technology and methods in the world, including the use of primitive fire engines. There were even vendors of such machines who advertised in papers of their machines' abilities to quench great fires.

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    • By Rajesh Bhalla on 20-09-17

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    • Legends of the Middle Ages

    • The Life and Legacy of Vlad the Impaler
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Peter L. Delloro
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    In addition to lending the name Dracula to Bram Stoker's famous vampire, Vlad is known around the world by the cognomen Vlad the Impaler, due to his reputation for impaling thousands of his enemies. Vlad was reputed to be such a tyrant that his reputation and stories of his deeds spread across Germany and the rest of Europe during his lifetime.

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    • The Tanks of World War II

    • The History and Legacy of Tank Warfare Between the Allies and Axis
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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    The Polish invasion proved invaluable in providing the German high command with a low-risk, high-value live-fire exercise for their newly minted war machine, while the actual combat experience highlighted the remaining flaws in the system. During the campaign, the Germans honed tactics and weapon systems for the massive struggle with the Soviets, British, and US that loomed on the horizon.   

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    • By Dr. M. P. Houghton on 09-08-18

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    • Jerusalem and Islam

    • The History and Legacy of the Holy City's Importance to Muslims
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    In the campaign leading up to the election of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate frequently discussed the importance of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For many conservative Christian Americans and Israelis, this was tantamount to the United States agreeing to Jewish control over Jerusalem. As it stands now, the US has a consulate in Jerusalem, yet no country houses their embassy in Jerusalem due to the conflicting claims of the Israelis and Palestinians.

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    • The Formation of Saudi Arabia

    • The History of the Arabian Peninsula's Unification and the Discovery of Oil
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Ken Teutsch
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
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    At the conclusion of World War I, a once promised unified Arab state, which was to include the modern Hejaz, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel, Jordan and Iraq, did not materialize. Instead, the territories were divided between the French and British, but the British did reward the Hashemites by putting local leaders on the thrones of Iraq and Jordan....

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    • The Spanish Civil War

    • The History and Legacy of the Controversial Conflict That Established Francisco Franco’s Dictatorship in Spain
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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    The Spanish Civil War: The History and Legacy of the Controversial Conflict That Established Francisco Franco’s Dictatorship in Spain examines one of the 20th century’s most important wars and how it affected the world. You will learn about the Spanish Civil War like never before.  

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    • Lawrence of Arabia

    • The Life and Legacy of T.E. Lawrence
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Ken Teutsch
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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    T.E. Lawrence, more popularly known as Lawrence of Arabia, was a seminal figure in the shaping and reshaping of the politics of Arabia in the early 20th century, serving as an expert in Arab affairs in the British military and playing a key role in the Great Arab Revolt of 1916-1918.

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    • The Warsaw Uprising of 1944

    • The History of the Polish Resistance's Failed Attempt to Liberate Poland's Capital from Nazi Germany
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: David Hubbard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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    After a brief revival following World War I, during which it successfully defeated a Soviet attempt to invade in an effort to carry "international revolution" into Germany and Central Europe, Poland once again fell victim to its neighbors in 1939. Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and Josef Stalin's USSR collaborated in the conquest and then split Poland between them. The Germans instituted oppressive rule in their portion of Poland, executing some 7,000 people on political grounds and imprisoning thousands of others.

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    • The Sassanid Empire

    • The History and Legacy of the Neo-Persian Empire Before the Arab Conquest and Rise of Islam
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    During the first half of the first millennium CE, an empire arose in Persia that extended its power and influence to Mesopotamia in the east, Arabia in the south, the Caucasus Mountains in the north, and as far east as India. This empire, known alternatively as the Sasanian Empire or Sassanid Empire, was the last of three great dynasties in Persia before the rise of Islam. In fact, many scholars consider the Sasanian Empire to be the last great empire of the ancient Near East.

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    • Mecca and Medina

    • The History of Islam's Holiest Cities
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Doron Alon
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    Even centuries before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the leaders of Mecca established that their city was the preeminent holy site in Western Arabia and established a truce for pilgrims to the city. In the process one effect of this was that Mecca became a center for what might today be described as tourism, as even ancient visitors needed places for food, water, and sleep. Of course Mecca is now best known for being Islam's holiest city, revered as the birthplace of Muhammad and the site where Allah first revealed the Qu'ran to him.

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    • The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs

    • By: M Clement Hall, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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    How did Iran get to where it is today, at the forefront of global affairs? The history of Iran and the theme of Persian conflict with the West stretches back thousands of years, and it is a unique history of empire, culture, art, pride, and religious nationalism. The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs comprehensively and descriptively covers this history, progressing through a timeline dating back to antiquity and examining all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that affect Iran and are affected by Iran today.

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    • A brief history

    • By Anonymous User on 16-10-18

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    • Fighting for Glory

    • The History and Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
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    Like most black soldiers, the 54th Massachusetts received discriminatory treatment from the army, despite the fact that the 54th acquitted itself well in a nearly suicidal attack at Fort Wagner. As a result the 54th fought in several battles of lesser note, and they might have faded into obscurity if not for the critically acclaimed movie Glory, which looked at the lives of its commander, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, and its soldiers. Today, the 54th Massachusetts is perhaps the most famous regiment of the entire war.

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    • The Life and Legacy of Salvador Dali

    • History's Greatest Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kenneth Ray
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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    In his review of Salvador Dali's first autobiography, George Orwell declared that "One ought to be able to hold in one's head simultaneously the two facts that Dali is a good draughtsman and a disgusting human being." Whether or not one agrees with the famous author's assessment, Orwell captures the polarizing nature of Salvador Dali, and the extent to which his undeniable technical virtuosity often brushed against his penchant for provoking his audiences (not to mention provoking long-entrenched standards of "proper" taste).

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    • Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Julius Caesar

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 57 mins
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    Possibly the most important man of antiquity, and even all of history, was Julius Caesar. Alexander Hamilton, the famous American patriot, once remarked that "the greatest man who ever lived was Julius Caesar." Such a tribute, coming from one of the Founding Fathers of the quintessential modern democracy in reference to a man who destroyed the Roman Republic, is testament to the enduring mark that Caesar left upon the world.

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    • Versailles

    • The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Royal Palace
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    In every nation, in every era of history, there are inevitably one or two places that become the symbol of the times. Mention Valley Forge to an American and it will immediately conjure up visions of a hard won fight for freedom. Likewise, the word Dunkirk said to a Briton will elicit a sense of both pride and horror at the lives lost and saved at that desperate point in World War II. For the French, and those who study their history, Versailles is a symbol of, as Charles Dickens once put it, "the best of times...the worst of times."

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    • By Mrs U on 10-02-18

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    • The Franco-Prussian War: The History of the War that Established the German Empire

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    After Prussia was victorious in the Austro-Prussian War, Bismarck played a waiting game where the unification of Germany was concerned, as the joining of the southern states - initially resistant to Prussian rule, friendly with Austria, and bent on independence - would have to be overcome. What was needed was “a clear case of French aggression” toward either Prussia or the southern states. Not only would such a move by Emperor Napoleon III trigger the terms of the treaty between the German states, but it would keep the remaining world powers out of the conflict. 

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    • Joseph Kony & The Lord's Resistance Army

    • The History of Africa's Most Notorious Guerrillas
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dennis Logan
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
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    The Lord's Resistance Army appeared on the conflict landscape of Central Africa at the dawn of perhaps one of the bleakest period of post-independence African history: the 1980s and 1990s. This was the era of Afro-pessimism, during which the proliferation of war and crisis in Africa appeared simply overwhelming.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Billie Holiday

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Edith Moulson
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    If Billie Holiday wanted to become a jazz singer, she chose the best of all eras in which to attempt it. A wave of great jazz and jazz/pop crossover artists swept over the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s, generating a golden age for the genre. Emerging from such a powerful group of talented vocalists was not easy. The woman who has come to represent a model of great, instinctive jazz singing came from nowhere, had nothing, and virtually had no one. She was raw and untrained, but went forward with limited and quirky vocal gifts.

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    • Your Guide to the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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    So starts one of Western literature's most epic journeys, The Hobbit, a fantasy novel that has delighted adults and children alike since it was published in 1937 by professor J.R.R. Tolkien. Ostensibly, The Hobbit is an adventurous tale about hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who leaves the cozy comforts of his home to try to win a share of a treasure, guarded by a dragon named Smaug. The novel follows Bilbo and an assorted cast of magical characters and creatures.

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