Story Of Europe

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 6 - State Of Play

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Until 1914, Europe dominated the world through its industries and colonies. After 1945, everything lied in ruins. The USA in the West and the USSR in the East were the new global superpowers vying for pre-eminence. Between them, the Iron Curtain slowly descended across Europe. Under American protection from the Communist ‘...

Season 1, Episode 5 - Commonalities And Divisions

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Europe has been a battle concept for centuries: it often takes foreign enemies to weld the Europeans together. But for centuries, they were primarily fighting against themselves. It was not until the Enlightenment and the French Revolution of 1789 that a new idea of Europe emerged based on common values: freedom, equality,...

Season 1, Episode 4 - Achievements And Rewards

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Europe's history has many dark sides, but its culture is more than a small gleam of hope, it radiates in many areas far out into the world. The old continent sets standards in art, literature and science. Starting with the ancient Greeks, Europe produces a number of smart and creative minds - from Aristotle to Michelangelo...

Season 1, Episode 3 - Ambitions And Conquests

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From the 15th to well into the 20th century, Europeans conquered and dominated the world. On behalf of the Spaniards, Christopher Columbus seeks a new sea route to India and finds a ‘New World’ - America. His discovery is the starting signal for the ‘Europeanisation of the Earth’. The Europeans are given a ‘golden age’, an...

Season 1, Episode 2 - Beliefs And Ideas

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For many Europeans, Europe today is synonymous with the 'Christian Occident'. But like so much of what has shaped our civilisation, Christianity also comes from the Orient. And it is not the only 'one-faith belief' that shapes the continent: even before Christianity, Judaism spread throughout the Roman Empire. And on the I...

Season 1, Episode 1 - Origins And Identity

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Where and when does the history of Europe begin? The traces lead to ancient Greece, more precisely to Crete. Here we not only found the first high culture of the continent, but also the founding myth, to which it owes its name: The story of the kidnapping of the Phoenician princess Europa by the Greek god father Zeus. Then...