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A History of Britain (2000) — EnglandA History of Britain (2000) — England

This BBC documentary was written and narrated by the British-born Columbia University historian Simon Schama (cf. his The Story of the Jews).  It consists of 15 one-hour episodes that cover 5,000 years of history.  The first, "Beginnings," considers the Neolithic community of a dozen homes called Skara Brae, among the Orkney Islands, that flourished for six hundred years beginning around 3100 BC.  The final episode, "The Two Winstons," contemplates the complicated legacy of Britain's imperial past and its decline as a world power, and covers the period to the year 1965.  My wife and I borrowed the six-disc DVD set from our local library.

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