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A history of the Wars of the 20st century
13 June 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This differs from most War documentary as it try's to look at All the major conflicts as one long conflict of the 20th century.

Does it Work? Not defiantly. but it does well.

It is a 6 part series, the first 3 to 4 episodes i was a bit disappointed in the show to be honest, as nial seemed to just cover the "the same old ground" nothing profound (sill very watchable though)

And nothing more than i had learned or deducted from many WW1 and WW2 Documentary's. (in fact in comparison to Documentary like "The World at War" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071075/ (don't confuse the two)

It was lacking in detail of the WW2 period.

but the real twist in this series comes in the last 2 to 3 episodes.

(the assumption is most people will watch this thinking it is about WW1 and WW2 only...Keep watching)

He links up all the wars of the 20th century to the true main ingredients of what makes any vicious war...RACE and Economy.

And you will find he will reference parts of the early episodes to back up his arguments very well.

I don't fully agree with his causes of WW1 or even WW2 for that matter.

but his overall linking of the wars of the 20th century is excellent. Unfortunately i feel there was not enough time to go through all the details from 1960 to 1985. where i kinda feel the show should have started from the 1950's....and only used WW1 and WW2 as reference rather than dedicate 3 episodes to it...but this would be based on the assumption that anyone watching would already have a good understanding of WW2 and WW1.

As it is such a large encompassing 100years of history it is hard to be perfect, and at the same time accommodate any audience.

Finally it may leave you in a bit of shock towards the end of the series. I wont elaborate as to what it may or may not portend the future to be for Europe or the world for that matter....but it will make you sit up.

Great show, well worthy of any arm chair historians collection.


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