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The Century of Warfare (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: A&E Home Video, The History Channel/Universal/New Video
Genre: Documentary, Military, WWII, Biographies, Vietnam War
Languages: English
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Synopses
The Century of Warfare (Disc 1 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. This episode provides an overview of America's war activities in the 20th century, which opened as the Spanish American War was winding up. It marked the beginning of the end for the American policy of isolationism. Although many led the fight to ignore the world outside its borders, the die was already cast for American involvement in foreign affairs, from the World Wars to the Cold War, in a century of violent encounters. Archival film clips and photographs, as well as scholarly commentary accompany this survey. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

The Century of Warfare (Disc 2 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. This episode relates the story of American involvement in the Great War in Europe. World War I saw the advent of new weaponry in the air and on the high seas. The importance of sea power is highlighted in this chapter on battle ships and U-Boats, with archival film footage, photographs, journals, personal accounts, and scholarly commentary. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

The Century of Warfare (Disc 3 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. World War I ended with the defeat of Germany, but the total humiliation of that country in the ensuing peace agreement only served to sow the seeds of further discord. This episode examines the factors that led to the start of World War II, from economics to geography, and how America was once again drawn into world war. Archival film footage, photographs, journalistic accounts, and scholarly commentary tell the story of the gathering storm clouds. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

The Century of Warfare (Disc 4 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. This program evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. No price for the sake of freedom was ever more dear than that paid in World War II. This episode follows the course of Hitler's aggression against the nations of Eastern Europe. The Balkans were to be the prize for the Soviet Union's pact with Germany, but Hitler turned on his ally to keep the spoils for himself. American involvement was especially important for the smaller nations of Europe on the Eastern front. The program features the personal stories of soldiers who fought there, along with archival film footage and photographs of the ravaging of Eastern Europe. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

The Century of Warfare (Disc 5 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. This program evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. No price for the sake of freedom was ever more dear than that paid in World War II. This episode documents the German strategy of blitzkrieg, how the barrage of air strikes terrified the European nations, and generated sympathy in America for the nations attacked by Hitler. The United States sent supplies, fliers, medical assistance, and ultimately full support when Hitler declared war on America after the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor. Archival film clips and photographs document the force, speed, and terror of the Blitzkrieg. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

The Century of Warfare (Disc 6 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. This program evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. The end of World War II saw the rise of the two superpowers, the United States and the U.S.S.R., and the beginning of the Cold War. The ideologies of democracy and communism faced off in a duel for influence and territory. Stalin's repressive tactics in the Eastern European countries prompted Winston Churchill's famous remark, that an "iron curtain" was descending over Europe. Lines were drawn in the sand, from Korea to Berlin, as countries and cities became subject to political division. The Cold War turned hot in some places, such as Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam. Soviet President Gorbachev's policy of glasnost and the ensuing disintegration of the Soviet Union brought an abrupt end to the Cold War era of fear and tension. The times are documented with archival film clips, photographs, news accounts, interviews, and scholarly commentary. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

The Century of Warfare (Disc 7 of 7) (2003)
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. The Time Life series evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. After the horrors of World War II, America settled into a time of relative calm and prosperity, while still fighting against the specter of communism in the Cold War's first conflict in Korea. But it was Vietnam that was a watershed for America, causing great changes in American foreign policy as well as a social revolution at home. The program traces the development of the war, from first advisors sent to Vietnam during the Eisenhower administration to the withdrawal of troops under President Johnson. Archival film clips, photographs, news accounts, interviews, and scholarly commentary tell the story of the war that changed a generation -- and a generation that changed a war. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

Contains "The Violent Century," "The World Goes to War," "Blood and Mud," and "War of the Eagles."


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dry by THirashima November 9, 2006 - 10:35 PM PST
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not fantastic. i found it kind of dry and not very engaging. there is lots of vintage footage, but the narration only offers high-level overviews of what happened. I found "Why We Fight: The Battle of Russia (1943)" to be much more engaging and detailed. It actually has a good storytelling style to the narration and I found myself engrossed, unlike with this disc, which I actually stopped watching about 2/3rds of the way through.

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