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Promises and Betrayals: Britain and the Struggle for the Holy Land

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This lucid film recounts the complicated history that led to the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In the words of the former British Ambassador to Egypt, it is a story of intrigue among rival empires and of misguided strategies. It is often claimed that the crisis originated with Jewish emigration to Palestine and the foundation of the State of Israel. Yet the roots of the conflict are to be found earlier. In 1915, when the Allies were besieged on the Western front, the British wanted to create a second front against Germany, Italy and the Ottoman Empire. Turkish nationalism had spread to the rest of the Ottoman Empire and the British exploited this feeling. They promised Arab groups their own independent states, including Palestine. Secretly, the Allies planned [...]
Online
2002
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Atomic Blonde

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The crown jewel of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.
DVD
2017
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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A Field in England

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England 1648 AD.. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil, an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure.
DVD
 
Clemons (Stacks)
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Outlander: Season Two

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Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. In Season 2, Claire and Jamie arrive in France, hell-bent on infiltrating the Jacobite rebellion led by Prince Charles Stuart and stopping the battle of Culloden. With the help of Jamie's cousin, they are thrown into the lavish world of French society, where intrigue and parties are abundant but political gain proves far less fruitful. Altering the course of history prese [...]
DVD
2016
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

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Henry VI, Parts I and II and Richard III tell the story of an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. These exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare's most eloquent and powerful language.
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Book of Negroes

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A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, this recounts the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who survives in a world in which everything seems to be against her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa then sold into slavery in South Carolina, Aminata navigates her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before finally securing her freedom in England.
DVD
2015
Clemons (Vault--Ask at circulation desk)
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Suffragette

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Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.'s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life.
DVD
2016; 2015
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Downton Abbey: Season 5

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As Season Five begins in 1924, the radio is the latest miracle, a new Labour government heralds changes through the land, and Downton's traditional ways are besieged on all fronts. Robert, Mary, and Branson must navigate these shifting sands together to ensure the future of the estate for generations to come. As Branson finds himself playing a more crucial role at Downton than ever before, he can't help but question his place in the world. Mary is finally coming to accept that she would like to marry again, but will she ever be able to find the same happiness that she had with Matthew? And with no news of her beloved Gregson, Edith suffers under the burden of her terrible secret. Downstairs, all of the servants must consider what effect social changes may have on their working lives. [...]
DVD
2015; 2014
Law (Klaus Reading Room) Map
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The Life and Times of Sara Baartman: "The Hottentot Venus"

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A documentary of the life a Khoikhoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality.
DVD
2008; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Crimson Petal and the White

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In 1870s London, a prostitute known as Sugar sees a potential way out of the brothel she works for when she is taken in by William Rackham, the son of a wealthy businessman.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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William Beveridge

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"Participants: William Henry, Lord Beveridge, British economist and author of the "Beveridge Plan," interviewed by Larry Lesueur and John B. Oakes. Topics: The "Beveridge Plan" for social insurance from cradle to grave, and comparison of social programs in Britain and America."--Longines Chronoscope Interviews, May 28, 1954 (200LW479).
Online
1954
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Art of Darkness

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The slaves of the Caribbean contributed not only to the wealth of their masters, but also to the cultural heritage of the British Empire. For, as this film shows, such landmark institutions as the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, and the British Museum were all funded by money made from the slave trade. Documented in fascinating detail through letters, paintings and poetry, the eighteenth century is shown to be both an age of high culture and an age of cruelty. The word "patron" had the dual meaning of owner of slaves and supporter of the arts. The film shows how the art of the period romanticized the servitude of the plantation blacks. As Hogarth s prints show, black domestics would be exquisitely attired to reflect the riches of their masters. Again and again we see in works of [...]
Online
1992
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: British Pound Devalues, 1967

British Pound devalued. London stock exchange and banks close for one day.
Online
1967
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: British Troops in Northern Ireland, ca. 1971

British soldiers patrol in Catholic Section in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Online
1971
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The WPA Film Library [electronic resource]: British Soldiers in Northern Ireland, 1972

British soldiers on street in Londonderry (Northern Ireland) with kids
Online
1972
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A Taste for Power [electronic resource]

How did an island on the fringe of Europe come to rule over one quarter of the planet? How did so small a country get such a big head? This program shows how spectacular displays of imperial power were employed to dazzle Britain's subjugated peoples and helped develop the image of British royalty into an object of awe and admiration. The film travels to India, where local soldiers and maharajahs aided a handful of British traders in taking over vast areas of land, and to Egypt, where Britain's temporary "peace-keeping" mission turned into a 70-year occupation. In the Arabian desert, viewers learn how T. E. Lawrence brought a touch of romance to the grim struggle of the First World War, while the "triumphant" conquest of Palestine by imperial troops is now recognized as an event that [...]
Online
2012; 2013
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Interview With Herbert Bluechel, 1981 [electronic resource]

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Herbert Bluechel served in Vietnam in the mid-1940s. He recalls British General Gracey's entry into Saigon and describes a meeting between French General Philippe Leclerc and O.S.S. officer Peter Dewey; Dewey would be the first American casualty in Vietnam, prior to the official start of the war. He recounts the events surrounding Dewey's death in detail. Finally, he discusses the mood of the country and Vietnamese attitudes towards the French, the British, and the Americans.
Online
1983
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Interview With Philip Geoffrey Malins, 1982 [electronic resource]

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British General Philip Geoffrey Malins recounts his arrival in Saigon in 1945, describing the situation as "peaceful." Malins recalls being able to drive around the outskirts of Saigon without much trouble, and how that situation soon began to deteriorate. Malins also talks about his superior General Gracey as a humane, loyal person who served as a father figure to Malins. Malins continues talking about his job and the responsibility he had to ensure there was enough food for his people and the French civil population during the postwar famine in Vietam. Malins arranged for an open market that would allow anyone to buy food. He describes the policy surrounding the market and how it affected the troops as well as the civilians.
Online
1983
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The Marshall Plan at Work in Great Britain

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On Marshall Plan aid to Great Britain. Shows London street scenes and a panorama of the English countryside. Flashbacks show German night incendiary raids on London during World War II. Scenes of workers constructing houses, housewives waiting in line at a grocery for rationed food, activities in shipyards and textile mills, barrels of whiskey being readied for export, U.S. tourists in British clothing stores, the manufacture of tires in a factory, grain flowing down a chute from ship to shore, and Britishers at work and at play indicate the progress of British reconstruction and economic development with U.S. aid.
Online
1951
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TerrorStorm

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"Throughout history, criminal elements inside governments have carried out terror attacks against their own populations as a pretext to enslave them. TerrorStorm reveals how, in the last hundred years, Western leaders have repeatedly murdered their own citizens while posing as their saviors"--Container.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)