Harvard historian Niall Ferguson presents an explosive challenge to common assumptions about the 20th century. In this extraordinarily written and stunningly filmed series, Ferguson challenges nearly all our enduring assumptions about World War II which was, without question, the most destructive conflict the planet has ever seen.
Episode one, The Clash of Empires, posits that economic volatility, ethnic conflict and empires in crisis combined to spawn the 20th century’s bloodiest conflicts, leading to the rise of the brutal regimes of Germany, Japan and Russia, the "age of genocide" and a preoccupation with racial purity.
Episode two, A Tainted Victory, cites the horrors of World War II to show how, in order to win, the Allies acted with the same savagery as their enemies, thus attaining a "tainted victory."
Episode three, The Icebox, describes the Cold War as a continuation of the "war of the world" in which millions died in proxy wars conducted by the two superpowers. The end of the Cold War led to great new dangers and challenges, and presaged the rise of East.
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