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Selected Streaming Videos from Stafford Library
Archival Films and Newsreels
This includes archival films and newsreels from 1888 to the 21st century.
Last Days of World War II
This A&E Special chronicles the dual climax of World War II: the sweeping Allied advance in Europe that crushed the Third Reich and the final thrust in the Pacific that destroyed Imperial Japan. The Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War are also discussed.
History of Commerce
This program sums up the evolution of commerce, from barter, to coinage, to today's stock market. Economist Professor Grantham, of McGill University, discusses how writing and accounting facilitated trade and gave rise to a merchant class in the ancient world, and hence the spread of classical civilization in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor, culminating in the Roman Empire.
The Industrial Revolution, which took place from the 18th to 19th centuries, was a period during which predominantly agrarian, rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain in the late 1700s, manufacturing was often done in people’s homes, using hand tools or basic machines. Industrialization marked a shift to powered, special-purpose machinery, factories and mass production.
The Great Depression (1929-39) was the deepest and longest-lasting economic downturn in the history of the Western industrialized world. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon after the stock market crash of October 1929, which sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors.
Mankind in two minutes from History.com.