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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Battlefield Britain: A great series..


From an American perspective this series is really good for the ave. lay person to understanding the battles that forged the modern British Identity..

Hastings

Boyne

Buddica's Revolt

One of my favs. so far
The Welsh Rebellion

Nasby

My Fav. The Spanish Armarda
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:33 AM   #2

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Indeed! I saw some of these episodes a few years ago and really enjoyed them.
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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I think as Americans we don't hear or know about many of these Battles, aside from the Battle of Hastings and the Spanish Armada we don't learn about these battles. The Funny part is that France is almost always behind or in support of the Rebellions and the Battles against the English Crown..lol

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I esp like that one, the Scottish are badasses..
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I have the exact opposite view, when I saw them on TV years ago I watch the first couple and thought the absolute depths tabloid TV has sunk to, BBC history was now wallowing in the same cesspit as history channel and BBC archaeology. As for having any value as historical accounts, you may as well watch youtube to get a better perspective.
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my friends mom is a historian researching in england he skips the rest of the school year he is so lucky
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I watched the first bit of Hastings, and it looked like it talked mostly about the battlefield and weapons, not so much the situation and how history led up to that point. Maybe I should try watching it again.
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Well IMO the History Channel has sold out completly to Reality T.V. I do enjoy American Pickers and Pawn Stars from time to time tho. This series IMO is good in that it goes over the battle formations and weapons used etc. I can see why the focus on action, reenactments and appeal to drama might turn some hard core historians off.

You know your reference to Youtube brings up a good point, notice before the Rise of the Internet T.V, stations like History had a more serious, documentary focus on history. Now with the rise of Youtube, where individuals and channels become Youtube Famous simply by appealing to young people with short attention spans, can you blame BBC and History.

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I have the exact opposite view, when I saw them on TV years ago I watch the first couple and thought the absolute depths tabloid TV has sunk to, BBC history was now wallowing in the same cesspit as history channel and BBC archaeology. As for having any value as historical accounts, you may as well watch youtube to get a better perspective.

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The series focuses on the Battles moreso than the Politics. I also think its geared towoard an English Audience many of whom are familiar with the History and Politics leading up to the Battles. Similar to how many American Millitary Historians focus on the Battles rather than politics.

I like the episodes on the Welsh and Scottish, I think the Generals who led the Armies for the Scottish and esp. Welsh were masters in how they pretty much both came close to defeating the English Crown despite the disadvantage of going against what was a modern Army.

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I watched the first bit of Hastings, and it looked like it talked mostly about the battlefield and weapons, not so much the situation and how history led up to that point. Maybe I should try watching it again.
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Well IMO the History Channel has sold out completly to Reality T.V. I do enjoy American Pickers and Pawn Stars from time to time tho. This series IMO is good in that it goes over the battle formations and weapons used etc. I can see why the focus on action, reenactments and appeal to drama might turn some hard core historians off.

You know your reference to Youtube brings up a good point, notice before the Rise of the Internet T.V, stations like History had a more serious, documentary focus on history. Now with the rise of Youtube many of whom appeal to young people with short attention spans, can you blame BBC and History.
I watched every episode of crash course history on youtube. PC revisionist history and riddled with errors, however I never complain about free and it was superior to history channel and battlefield Britain. Small high production values channels are popping up most likely are going push channels like history channel into liquidation.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 07:58 AM   #10
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Ill def. have to check out some of the "crash course" history on YT. Exactly my point on the rise of small value channels, This IMO is why History has sunk so low to the point that all it airs now is reality T.V.


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I watched every episode of crash course history on youtube. PC revisionist history and riddled with errors, however I never complain about free and it was superior to history channel and battlefield Britain. Small high production values channels are popping up most likely are going push channels like history channel into liquidation.
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