A Grab-Bag of History Documentaries

As part of their first-anniversary celebration*, DocumentaryStorm.com, a curated resource for watching documentaries on-line, hand-picked a selection of history documentaries for me to share with you.  They’re very much in keeping with the non-Western, eclectic nature of History in the Margins. I think you’ll find them fascinating.

Make yourself a bowl of popcorn, kickback, enjoy the show–and wish the folks at Documentary Storm a happy anniversary.

The Emperor’s Tram Girls:Hiroshima, 1945. The Emperor’s Tram Girls were trained to drive tens of thousands of Japanese troops through the town. The drivers were young, pretty, bubbly girls who were picked for their winning personalities. They had their whole lives ahead of them. Then the bomb dropped.

The Pyramid Code, Part One: The Band of Peace. The Band of Peace is the area in which six different sites sit, among them the Great Pyramid at Giza. One scholar insists the pyramids were not built by slaves. So who actually built these structures?

Last Christians of Bethlehem. Barely any Christians still live in the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Christians have lived in Bethlehem for centuries, but in today’s political climate, they have fewer reasons to stay. See why.

Secrets of the Maya Underworld. Unlike other great empires, much of the Mayan world is in fact devoid of even the smallest river or lake. Then why did they populate Yucatan? The Maya believed that the freshwater pools, ëcenotesí, dotted across the area were sacred portals to the underworld.


*History in the Margins recently passed the one year mark, too.  I just had my head too far down to notice.  Why don’t we consider this a double celebration.

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