Dates That Made History

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 12 - The Battle Of Borodino - 7 September 1812

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Apart from Tolstoy's readers, few people actually know about the battle of Borodino, fought some 100 km from Moscow. Even today it remains a landmark and symbol of the Russian resistance to the invader Napoleon Bonaparte.

Season 2, Episode 11 - Babur Takes Over India At Panipat 21 April 1526

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On April 21, 1526, the little king of Kabul Babur boldly took northern India from the Sultan of Delhi, Ibrahim Lodi. With his victory, the time of the second Islamisation begins, which will spread to the shores of Indonesia.

Season 2, Episode 10 - The Year 1000

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What happened in the year 1000? Nothing: this date does not correspond to any major event. The passage from the first to the second millennium was not really an event for those who lived through it.

Season 2, Episode 9 - Akhenaten's Religious Revolution - 1348?

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What if Blake and Mortimer had been right in the Mystery of the Great Pyramid? The history of the seventeen-year reign of Akhenaten, the tenth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, sometimes still seems to be a historical mystery.

Season 2, Episode 8 - Alesia - 52

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The defeat of Alesia, in 52 BC, marked the end of the well-known "Gallic War", immortalised by its winner, Julius Caesar. Year zero of our French national history, Alesia became the founding act of an improbable Gallic unit.

Season 2, Episode 7 - The Lascaux Cave - 18000

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Despite its worldwide fame, Lascaux is no longer considered to be the "Palace of Versailles" or the "Sistine Chapel" of prehistory, and is no longer considered to be the place of invention or creation of art.

Season 2, Episode 6 - The Revkolutions Of 1848

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The expression "Spring of Nations" inspired the more recent "Arab Spring" of 2011. Also known as the Springtime of the Peoples, the period was characterised by a cascade of national claims.

Season 2, Episode 5 - The Fall Of Constantinople - 29 May 1453

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The fall of Constantinople marked the end of the Byzantine Empire - a power descending from none other than ancient Rome. Its symbolism has long since transcended its actual significance.

Season 2, Episode 4 - The American Independence - 4 July 1776

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The American revolution is sometimes watered down to the point where it can become an almost silent revolution.

Season 2, Episode 3 - Sacking Of The Summer Palace In Beijing - October 1860

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The capture and looting of Emperor Qing Xianfeng's two summer palaces was the culmination of the Second Opium War; pitting the colonial powers of France and the United Kingdom against China.