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Queen Victoria's Empire

The Moral Crusade/The Scramble for Africa (3 & 4 of 4) (#103)

By 1861 Britain is the world's most powerful nation but the death of Prince Albert weakens Victoria and many of his political ideas fade from importance. Then, the Suez Canal is threatened by a holy war in the Sudan, and General Charles Gordon becomes an "imperial martyr," after he's killed by the rebels. [115 minutes] TV-PG Closed Captioning

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Series Description: At the time of Queen Victoria's birth in 1819, England was an agrarian society. Within a few short decades, this small island nation would be transformed into an industrial superpower, with an empire spanning the globe. QUEEN VICTORIA'S EMPIRE is both the story of this remarkable time, and an engaging portrait of a queen who ruled over a fifth of the world's population. It is the story of influential figures that would shape a distinctively British imperialism; Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes and Prince Albert, Victoria's husband. Whether driven by profit, passion or noble deeds, these figures would fuel expansion unequaled in history, forever changing Britain and the lands it controlled. Personal accounts, lush reenactments and evocative cinematography from former outposts of the Enpire, inlcuding Africa and India, recount the dramatic clash of personalities and cultures that would drive Victoria's remarkable 64-year reign.

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  • Engines of Change/Passage to India (#101)

    During the first hour, explore the changes brought to Britain by the industrial revolution. The second hour examines the clash of Victorian values and Indian culture, culminating in the Great Mutiny and Cawnpore massacre. [116 minutes]

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