History Main / TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold

7th Feb '16 2:01:08 PM nombretomado
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* Due to MedievalStasis, many cultures other than the Vikings during this age aren't shown until TheCrusades and TheHighMiddleAges. Nevermind that technology and history weren't static during this period, especially in the much-ignored Arab and South Asian civilizations of the period.
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* Due to MedievalStasis, many cultures other than the Vikings during this age aren't shown until TheCrusades UsefulNotes/TheCrusades and TheHighMiddleAges. Nevermind that technology and history weren't static during this period, especially in the much-ignored Arab and South Asian civilizations of the period.

* '''Main/TheCrusades''' are the Third Crusade, immediately preceding years of Hattin and the reconquest of Jerusalem. If it doesn't have Richard I, Saladin, Templars and Assassins in it, people are not interested. As for the Fourth Crusade, the one where the Crusaders went and sacked Consantinople instead of the Holy Land, well that's not something people want to remember.
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* '''Main/TheCrusades''' '''UsefulNotes/TheCrusades''' are the Third Crusade, immediately preceding years of Hattin and the reconquest of Jerusalem. If it doesn't have Richard I, Saladin, Templars and Assassins in it, people are not interested. As for the Fourth Crusade, the one where the Crusaders went and sacked Consantinople instead of the Holy Land, well that's not something people want to remember.
27th Jan '16 12:11:38 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Any Korean history that doesn't involve [[Series/{{Mash}} funny Army doctors]] or [[UsefulNotes/TheRulersOfNorthKorea dictators with stupid haircuts]] is sadly underrepresented. The '''Joseon Dynasty''' and the '''Korean Empire''' only rarely show up in period pieces outside of Korea--which is a shame, since the volatile cloak-and-dagger politics surrounding the final years of the Korean Empire are absolutely ''ripe'' with high drama. In the decades following the rise of Imperial Japan, Korea was considered a vital chess piece in the ongoing power struggle between Japan and China, leading to fighting on Korean soil in the UsefulNotes/FirstSinoJapaneseWar (the precursor to the much better-known UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar), the covert assassination of Korea's '''Empress Myeongseong''' by Japanese agents in 1895, and the forceful dethroning of '''Emperor Sunjong''' in 1910--which Korea would ultimately pay back with the assassination of the Japanese Prime Minister '''Ito Hirobumi''' by an angry Korean nationalist. If you can get past the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead, Empress Myeongseong's court at Seoul would actually make a pretty good setting for a [[SpyFiction spy movie]].
27th Jan '16 9:03:27 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* The '''Congress of Vienna''' (1814-1815) and the subsequent reign of the '''Concert of Europe'''. It's understandable that the Congress is hugely overshadowed by the preceding Napoleonic Wars (which it was meant to discuss), but it's still a hugely important historical event in its own right, and arguably the ''perfect'' setting for a political thriller. At the time, it was the single largest gathering of European leaders in history, and one of the first times that a group of world leaders met--on equal footing--to hammer out national alliances and negotiate the political direction of an entire continent for decades afterwards. Understandably, it was a major influence on the later League of Nations, which sought to bring the same peace and stability to Europe after World War I that the Congress attempted to bring after the Napoleonic Wars. Not to mention that it included the exploits of Klemens von Metternich and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (just "Talleyrand" to his admirers), two rival [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]]s of the highest order, who are still popularly regarded as two of the greatest diplomats in history.
27th Jan '16 7:18:00 AM JulianLapostat
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*** ''Buddha'' by Osamu Tezuka.
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*** ** ''Buddha'' by Osamu Tezuka.

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*** ''Buddha'' by Osamu Tezuka.* '''The Protestant Reformation''' is surprisingly under-represented. Martin Luther, Thomas Muntzer, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin and their merry men (and women) who changed the history of Europe are woefully lacking in depiction. The work of non-conformists like William Tyndale (whose translation of the Bible precede the King James Bible, which used it as a base) and also died as a martyr is far less known than say, St. Thomas More (who was a Catholic who opposed Henry VIII's protestantism). There aren't even movies showing the work of Gutenberg and other printers, who played a major role in developing literacy among the common man and gave rise to what Max Weber called the Protestant Ethic of UsefulNotes/{{Capitalism}}.
27th Jan '16 2:10:34 AM JulianLapostat
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* The '''Russian Front''' of World War II has the same disadvantage as the Thirty Years War. The main contenders were EvilVersusEvil, everyone else was just trodden on and so on. Whereas in the West it doesn't quite feel that way to contemplate it. Especially so for minor powers on the Eastern front, like the Hungarians, Romanians or the Soviet-backed Polish force, which aren't always remembered even in the respective nations.
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* The '''Russian Front''' of World War II has had the same disadvantage of UsefulNotes/ColdWar politics, with some in the West, and dissenters in the Warsaw Pact seeing it as EvilVersusEvil. It's also the fact that this was unquestionably far more violent, bloody and devastating, with Leningrad being laid siege, whole villages made to starve to death all under the guide of Nazi Germany's Generalplan Ost. This has the disadvantage of leaving such battles as Kursk as well as the Thirty Years War. The main contenders were EvilVersusEvil, everyone else was just trodden on and so on. Whereas number of female combat veterans in the West it doesn't quite feel that way to contemplate it. Especially so for minor powers on Red Army (a Soviet innovation) including snipers and flying aces. About the Eastern front, like only times this gets addressed is in movies about the Hungarians, Romanians or Holocaust, since the Soviet-backed Polish force, which aren't always remembered even in Red Army liberated the respective nations. first camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau.

*** ''A Time to Love and a Time to Die''.
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*** ''A Time to Love and a Time to Die''.Die'' by Creator/DouglasSirk.
27th Jan '16 1:53:52 AM JulianLapostat
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*** Creator/RobertoRossellini made films about philosophers like ''Socrates'' (ultra-obscure), ''Blaise Pascal'' and ''Cartesius'' (about Rene Descartes). The latter two films are available on Creator/TheCriterionCollection. Margarethe von Trotha recently made a film on ''Hannah Arendt'' starring Barbara Sukowa. In addition there are a few films about UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud.
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*** ** Creator/RobertoRossellini made films about philosophers like ''Socrates'' (ultra-obscure), ''Blaise Pascal'' and ''Cartesius'' (about Rene Descartes). The latter two films are available on Creator/TheCriterionCollection. Margarethe von Trotha recently made a film on ''Hannah Arendt'' starring Barbara Sukowa. In addition there are a few films about UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud.
27th Jan '16 1:50:38 AM JulianLapostat
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*** Shusaku Endo's HistoricalFiction, ''Silence'' and ''The Samurai''. The latter novels depicts an actual diplomatic mission of converted JapaneseCatholic Samurai who travel from Japan to Mexico to Spain and Rome, and all the way back.
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*** Shusaku Endo's HistoricalFiction, ''Silence'' and ''The Samurai''. The latter novels depicts an actual diplomatic mission of converted JapaneseCatholic JapaneseChristian Samurai who travel from Japan to Mexico to Spain and Rome, and all the way back.back, this during the time of the late Sengoku Jidai period. ** The '''Atlantic Slave Trade''' covering four continents, multiple nations, navigation/transport/commerce/exports, overlapping with UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy (25-30% of all pirate crews were fugitive slaves) and involving all the great monarchs of Europe. About the only time this period is addressed, it involves noble white men abolishing slavery and freeing slaves, with none of the scope and impact addressed. *** The Haitian Revolution, notable as a) The only slave uprising successful in creation of an independent country, and b) Danny Glover's dream project (hampered by the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead). In Literature, its featured in Heinrich von Kleist's ''The Betrothal of Santo Domingo'' as well as Alejo Carpentier's ''The Kingdom of This World''. *** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' and its DLC ''Freedom Cry'' address the existence of the Atlantic Slave Trade across the Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti): the Royal African Company, Maroon Rebels, fugitive slaves on pirate ships and the collusion of several empires in the slave trade.

*** Creator/JaneCampion made a film on Creator/JohnKeats starring Creator/BenWishaw in ''Bright Star''. *** ''Total Eclipse'' featured Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio as Arthur Rimbaud and Creator/DavidThewlis as Verlaine.
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*** Creator/JaneCampion Jane Campion made a film on Creator/JohnKeats starring Creator/BenWishaw Ben Wishaw in ''Bright Star''. *** ''Total Eclipse'' featured Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio as Arthur Rimbaud and Creator/DavidThewlis David Thewlis as Verlaine.

* The '''Atlantic Slave Trade''' was a huge period, covering four continents, multiple nations, several rebellions and involved every infrastructure and institution of Western Civilization, overlapping with UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy (25-30% of all pirate crews were fugitive slaves) and involving all the great monarchs of Europe. About the only movies touching this period involves noble white men abolishing slavery and freeing slaves, coincidentally around the same time the IndustrialRevolution and colonialism kicked off, [[PragmaticVillainy providing alternative legal means]] to exploit people. The Haitian Revolution, notable as a) The only slave uprising successful in creation of an independent country, and b) Danny Glover's dream project (hampered by the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead). ** [[AC:Literature]] *** Heinrich von Kleist's ''The Betrothal of Santo Domingo'' is set during the Haitian Revolution. *** Alejo Carpentier's ''The Kingdom of This World'' takes place in pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary Haiti. *** Creator/HermanMelville's ''Benito Cereno'' ** [[AC:Video Games]] *** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' and its DLC ''Freedom Cry'' address the existence of the Atlantic Slave Trade across the Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti): the Royal African Company, Maroon Rebels, fugitive slaves on pirate ships and the collusion of several empires in the slave trade.
27th Jan '16 1:40:12 AM JulianLapostat
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*** Shusaku Endo's HistoricalFiction, ''Silence'' and ''The Samurai''. The latter novels depicts an actual diplomatic mission of converted JapanaseCatholic Samurai who travel from Japan to Mexico to Spain and Rome, and all the way back.
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*** Shusaku Endo's HistoricalFiction, ''Silence'' and ''The Samurai''. The latter novels depicts an actual diplomatic mission of converted JapanaseCatholic JapaneseCatholic Samurai who travel from Japan to Mexico to Spain and Rome, and all the way back.

* The first half of the Eighteenth Century and the Age of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment. Okay, there were some guys named [[UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat Peter the Great]] and [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]. Allegedly, they were monarchs and fought a war. The aforementioned Peter had a daughter? Troops under her almost conquered Prussia? You must be kidding me. Biopics of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat and UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat exist, but what about the philosophers: Baruch Spinoza, Creator/{{Voltaire}}, Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau, Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia which mounted the first wiki for general information and ran into censorship. Nobody wants to know where do Revolutions come from?
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* The first half of the Eighteenth Century and the Age of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment. Okay, there were some guys named [[UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat Peter the Great]] and [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]. Allegedly, they were monarchs and fought a war. The aforementioned Peter had a daughter? Troops under her almost conquered Prussia? You must be kidding me. Biopics of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat and UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat exist, but what about the philosophers: Baruch Spinoza, Creator/{{Voltaire}}, Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau, Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia which mounted the first wiki for general information and ran into censorship. Nobody wants to know where do Revolutions come from?

*** Creator/RobertoRossellini made films about philosophers like ''Blaise Pascal'' and ''Cartesius'' (about Rene Descartes). Both films are available on Creator/TheCriterionCollection.

* For all that '''Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli''' and Literature/ThePrince is popularly cited, it is surprising that there is no {{Biopic}} of the man, since his life was pretty eventful. It involved Machiavelli serving as the Gump and meeting famous Kings and Statesmen, discussing plans with Creator/LeonardoDaVinci serving as a politician in the Florentine Republic and organizing the citizen army he kept talking about. It ended with the 1512 sack of Florence, the return of the Medici which led to Machiavelli's torture and exile, which is ''when'' he wrote his most famous work. ** VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII and VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood show Machiavelli's career as a diplomat but not his later career. He also appears in TV shows about the Borgia. ** Creator/SalmanRushdie's postmodern HistoricalFiction ''Literature/TheEnchantressOfFlorence'' is about the only recent depiction you can find on Machiavelli's later career.
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* Philosophers in general. Creator/{{Socrates}}, Creator/{{Plato}}, Creator/{{Aristotle}} lived through tumultous eras and involved with politics and society, but most people have little idea why their ideas matter and how it influenced warriors and statesmen.Biopics of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat and UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat exist, but what about the philosophers who inspired and palled around with them :Creator/{{Voltaire}} and Diderot. What of Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau and the Encyclopedia? The fact that there's no Hollywood movie about Creator/KarlMarx is not surprising, but the Soviets and other satellite nations never made a movie about their Prophet either. *** Creator/RobertoRossellini made films about philosophers like ''Socrates'' (ultra-obscure), ''Blaise Pascal'' and ''Cartesius'' (about Rene Descartes). The latter two films are available on Creator/TheCriterionCollection. Margarethe von Trotha recently made a film on ''Hannah Arendt'' starring Barbara Sukowa. In addition there are a few films about UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud. ** For all that '''Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli''' and Literature/ThePrince is popularly cited, it is surprising that there is no {{Biopic}} of the man, since his life was pretty eventful. It involved Machiavelli serving as the Gump and meeting famous Kings and Statesmen, discussing plans with Creator/LeonardoDaVinci serving as a politician in the Florentine Republic and organizing the citizen army he kept talking about. It ended with the 1512 sack of Florence, the return of the Medici which led to Machiavelli's torture and exile, which is ''when'' he wrote his most famous work. \n** *** VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII and VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood show Machiavelli's career as a diplomat but not his later career. He also appears in TV shows about the Borgia. ** Borgia. Creator/SalmanRushdie's postmodern HistoricalFiction ''Literature/TheEnchantressOfFlorence'' is about the only recent depiction you can find on Machiavelli's later career.

[[/folder]] [[folder:The Americas before World War One]] * The '''Spanish Empire'''. You can even have entire book or movie sagas about pirates of the ''Spanish'' Main with no Spanish showing up ever.
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[[/folder]] [[folder:The Americas before World War One]] * The '''Spanish Empire'''. You can even Authors and poets are usually a dull lot and most of them WriteWhatYouKnow and put their life on the page. Nonetheless some writers did have entire book or movie sagas about pirates colourful and interesting lives, nearly as interesting as what they depict on the page. Creator/WilliamShakespeare is mysterious enough to [[ShakespeareInFiction have his own trope]], as is Creator/OscarWilde and in modern times we've had fictional depictions of Kafka and Hemingway, but that still leaves a lot of colouful characters: ** Miguel de Cervantes was a soldier, galley slave, ShellShockedVeteran, StarvingArtist, failed playwright who wrote Literature/DonQuixote out of desperation and went from RagsToRiches. ** With the exception of the ''Spanish'' Main with prologue to Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' there's no Spanish showing up ever.notalbe film about Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Both of them were rebellious, [[SexAndDrugsAndRockAndRoll angsty poets who smoked drugs and had lots of sex in the Romantic era]]. They travelled across Europe and in the case of Byron, fought in the Greek War of Independence and eventually died. ** [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Russian authors]] tended to be DarkerAndEdgier than their Continental and European counterparts. Creator/AlexanderPushkin died in a duel, Creator/NikolaiGogol [[MadArtist went mad]], Creator/LeoTolstoy died as an anarchist proto-hippie; Creator/FyodorDostoevsky[[note]](whose life inspired attempts to make a {{Biopic}} from the likes of Michael Cimino and Raymond Carver)[[/note]] underwent a mock execution, spent time in Siberia's proto-Gulag, worked as a StarvingArtist and was TheGamblingAddict, who juggled UsefulNotes/{{Epilepsy}} and a conversion to Orthodox Christianity. Yeah, [[SarcasmMode totally dull lot]]

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*** Ken Russell made a film about Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites called ''Dante's Inferno''. It tackled Rossetti's obsessive and destructive passion for Elizabeth Siddal. *** Creator/RalphFiennes directed and starred as Creator/CharlesDickens in ''The Invisible Woman''. *** Creator/JaneCampion made a film on Creator/JohnKeats starring Creator/BenWishaw in ''Bright Star''. *** ''Total Eclipse'' featured Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio as Arthur Rimbaud and Creator/DavidThewlis as Verlaine. ** [[AC:Literature]] *** Dostoevsky appears as a HistoricalDomainCharacter in J. M. Coetzee's ''The Master of Petersburg'' and Leonid Tsypkin's ''Summer at Baden-Baden''. [[/folder]] [[folder:The Americas before World War One]] * The '''Spanish Empire'''. You can even have entire book or movie sagas about pirates of the ''Spanish'' Main with no Spanish showing up ever.ever. ** [[AC: Film]]
27th Jan '16 12:51:27 AM JulianLapostat
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* The Crimean War (1853-1856). With the Ottoman Empire in decline, the growing Russian Empire began expanding ever further south. France and Britain joined forces to stop them. Despite forming the setting for Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and the life's work of Florence Nightingale, very little attention is paid to this war.
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* The Crimean War '''Crimean War''' (1853-1856). With the Ottoman Empire in decline, the growing Russian Empire began expanding ever further south. France and Britain joined forces to stop them. Despite forming the setting for Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and the life's work of Florence Nightingale, very little attention is paid to this war.

* The Crimean War (1853-1856). With the Ottoman Empire in decline, the growing Russian Empire began expanding ever further south. France and Britain joined forces to stop them. Despite forming the setting for Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} between UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and the life's work rise of Florence Nightingale, very little attention Mussolini is paid a blur. The UsefulNotes/WarsOfItalianIndependence or '''The Risorgimento''' had such things as the Unification of UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, the career of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the birth of TheMafia and massive emigration from UsefulNotes/{{Sicily}} to the United States (including the ancestors of several notable Italian American artists) and the end of the Papal States is often uncommented on, never mind that this war.was the golden age of the Italian Opera, the time of philosophers and poets like Giambattista Vico, Giacomo Leopardi and many others. ** [[AC:Film]] *** Creator/LuchinoVisconti's ''Senso'' and his more famous adaptation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's ''Film/TheLeopard'' tackles the Risorgimento and its compromises. *** Creator/RobertoRossellini's ''Viva L'Italia'' depicts with Giuseppe Garibaldi. ** [[AC:Literature]] *** Creator/ItaloCalvino's ''The Baron in the Trees'' covers Italy during the Age of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment. *** Creator/{{Stendhal}} was romantically fascinated with Italian culture, and lived there for several years. He wrote books on Rossini, underwent Stendhal Syndrome in Florence, and ended his career with ''Literature/TheCharterhouseOfParma'' a romantic adventure story about Italy, that isn't exactly historical but is impressionistic.

* The Crimean War (1853-1856). With the Ottoman Empire in decline, the growing Russian Empire began expanding ever further south. France [[folder:Historical and Britain joined forces to stop them. Despite forming the setting for Tennyson's poem "The Charge Cultural Figures]] * For all that '''Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli''' and Literature/ThePrince is popularly cited, it is surprising that there is no {{Biopic}} of the Light Brigade" man, since his life was pretty eventful. It involved Machiavelli serving as the Gump and meeting famous Kings and Statesmen, discussing plans with Creator/LeonardoDaVinci serving as a politician in the life's Florentine Republic and organizing the citizen army he kept talking about. It ended with the 1512 sack of Florence, the return of the Medici which led to Machiavelli's torture and exile, which is ''when'' he wrote his most famous work. ** VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII and VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood show Machiavelli's career as a diplomat but not his later career. He also appears in TV shows about the Borgia. ** Creator/SalmanRushdie's postmodern HistoricalFiction ''Literature/TheEnchantressOfFlorence'' is about the only recent depiction you can find on Machiavelli's later career. * '''The Golden Age of Science''' goes undepicted, perhaps due to the general perception of science as boring. Even someone with a life as interesting as UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton has yet to have a biopic or two. The same applies to many other luminaries in the Golden Age, whether its Carolus Linnaeus, Leibniz and Gauss, leave alone obscure figures such as Alexander von Humboldt and Ada Lovelace. The real-life Royal Society was as close as one got to an AcademyOfAdventure in history, filled with guys who dreamed of going to the moon but it goes unseen. ** Galileo and his trial is featured in Creator/BertoltBrecht's play which does highlight Galileo's LargeHam personality, his "borrowings" of the telescope from earlier work (which he ''did'' improve) and his writing work, but it's probably the only serious work of Florence Nightingale, very little attention is paid artistic biography of a scientist. ** Copernicus appears in a PS3 exclusive DLC for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' * Of course Mathematicians will complain that they get a tougher deal. Science at least has experiments to this war.depict and show, but maths are entirely theoretical, so that means the likes of Laplace, Lagrange, Evariste Gallois, Fermat and many others stay in the lurch. * There have been plenty of works showing Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, Michelangelo Bunoarotti and more movies on Creator/VincentVanGogh than all the paintings he didn't sell when he was alive, but absolutely none on such colourful painters as El Greco, Velazquez and especially Caravaggio. Caravaggio was a bad boy StarvingArtist who used prostitutes [[RefugeInAudacity to model as the Virgin Mary]], was a thief and also killed a man in a fight. You would assume that there isn't a lot to doll up to make him interesting. [[/folder]]

* The '''Atlantic Slave Trade''' was a huge period, covering three continents, multiple nations, several rebellions against various colonial masters and involved every infrastructure and institution of Western Civilization, overlapping with the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfPiracy (25-30% of all pirate crews were fugitive slaves). About the only movies touching this period involves noble white men abolishing slavery and freeing slaves, coincidentally around the same time the IndustrialRevolution and colonialism kicked off, [[PragmaticVillainy providing alternative legal means]] to exploit people. The Haitian Revolution, notable as a) The only slave uprising successful in creation of an independent country, and b) Danny Glover's dream project (hampered by the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead).
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* The '''Atlantic Slave Trade''' was a huge period, covering three four continents, multiple nations, several rebellions against various colonial masters and involved every infrastructure and institution of Western Civilization, overlapping with the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfPiracy UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance and UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfPiracy (25-30% of all pirate crews were fugitive slaves).slaves) and involving all the great monarchs of Europe. About the only movies touching this period involves noble white men abolishing slavery and freeing slaves, coincidentally around the same time the IndustrialRevolution and colonialism kicked off, [[PragmaticVillainy providing alternative legal means]] to exploit people. The Haitian Revolution, notable as a) The only slave uprising successful in creation of an independent country, and b) Danny Glover's dream project (hampered by the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead).

* '''Modern Chinese History'''. There is disappointingly little on the Boxer Rebellion, given every great power in the world put aside their differences and united to save Europeans and Chinese Christians from persecution. Or to extract concessions out of a vastly weakened empire while looting its cultural treasures and burning the rest, depending on who you ask. ** ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'' ** Alluded to in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Spike killed his first Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion. * '''The Taiping Rebellion''' and '''The Opium Wars''' with which it overlapped. One of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in history, led by a guy claiming to be the younger Chinese brother of Jesus Christ. Caused more deaths than the First World War. Number of movies about it? Zero. ** The Chinese film [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlords "The Warlords"]]. So make that one. ** One of the {{Literature/Flashman}} novels takes place during this conflict and has the hero serving alongside the soldiers [[MonumentalDamage who destroy the Old Summer Palace]] ** A lot of kung fu movies take place during the Opium Wars period in China, though outside of that it's virtually unknown.
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* '''Modern Chinese History'''. There is disappointingly little on the Boxer Rebellion, given every great power in the world put aside their differences and united to save Europeans and Chinese Christians from persecution. Or to extract concessions out of a vastly weakened empire while looting its cultural treasures and burning the rest, depending on who you ask. ** ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'' ** Alluded to in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Spike killed his first Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion. * '''The Taiping Rebellion''' and '''The Opium Wars''' with which it overlapped. One Wars'''. The Taiping Rebellion was one of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in history, led by a guy claiming to be the younger Chinese brother of Jesus Christ. Caused more deaths than the First World War. Number of movies about it? Zero. ** Zero. The Boxer Rebellion had every great power in the world put aside their differences and united to save Europeans and Chinese Christians from persecution. Or to extract concessions out of a vastly weakened empire while looting its cultural treasures and burning the rest, depending on who you ask. The Opium Wars has the East India Company serving as a Legal Drug Cartel to open up China's market. **[[AC:Film and TV]] *** ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'' deals with the Boxer Rebellion from a Western perspective. *** Alluded to in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Spike killed his first Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion. *** The Chinese film [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlords "The Warlords"]]. So make that one. ** One of the {{Literature/Flashman}} novels takes place during this conflict and has the hero serving alongside the soldiers [[MonumentalDamage who destroy the Old Summer Palace]] ** *** A lot of kung fu movies take place during the Opium Wars period in China, though outside of that it's virtually unknown.

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* '''Modern Chinese History'''. There is disappointingly little on the Boxer Rebellion, given every great power in the world put aside their differences and united to save Europeans and Chinese Christians from persecution. Or to extract concessions out of a vastly weakened empire while looting its cultural treasures and burning the rest, depending on who you ask. ** ''Film/FiftyFiveDaysAtPeking'' ** Alluded to in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Spike killed his first Slayer during the Boxer Rebellion. * '''The Taiping Rebellion''' and '''The Opium Wars''' with which it overlapped. One of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in history, led by a guy claiming to be the younger Chinese brother of Jesus Christ. Caused more deaths than the First World War. Number of movies about it? Zero. ** The Chinese film [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Warlords "The Warlords"]]. So make that one. ** *** One of the {{Literature/Flashman}} novels takes place during this conflict and has the hero serving alongside the soldiers [[MonumentalDamage who destroy the Old Summer Palace]] ** A lot of kung fu movies take place during the Opium Wars period in China, though outside of that it's virtually unknown.Palace]]
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*** Shusaku Endo's HistoricalFiction, ''Silence'' and ''The Samurai''. The latter novels depicts an actual diplomatic mission of converted JapanaseCatholic Samurai who travel from Japan to Mexico to Spain and Rome, and all the way back.

* The first half of the Eighteenth Century ** Okay, there were some guys named [[UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat Peter the Great]] and [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]. Allegedly, they were monarchs and fought a war. ** The aforementioned Peter had a daughter? Troops under her almost conquered Prussia? You must be kidding me.
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* The first half of the Eighteenth Century ** Century and the Age of UsefulNotes/TheEnlightenment. Okay, there were some guys named [[UsefulNotes/PeterTheGreat Peter the Great]] and [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]]. Allegedly, they were monarchs and fought a war. ** war. The aforementioned Peter had a daughter? Troops under her almost conquered Prussia? You must be kidding me.me. Biopics of UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat and UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat exist, but what about the philosophers: Baruch Spinoza, Creator/{{Voltaire}}, Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau, Denis Diderot and the Encyclopedia which mounted the first wiki for general information and ran into censorship. Nobody wants to know where do Revolutions come from? ** [[AC:Film]] *** Bertrand Tavernier's ''Que de Fete Commence'' tackles the reign of UsefulNotes/LouisXV. *** Creator/RobertoRossellini made films about philosophers like ''Blaise Pascal'' and ''Cartesius'' (about Rene Descartes). Both films are available on Creator/TheCriterionCollection. *** Jacques Rivette's ''La religieuse'' (adaptation of a novel by Diderot) shows the hypocritical world of convents before the Revolution. Nunneries are dumping grounds for un-marriagable noble daughters. Some of the nunneries are essentially high-class brothels. ** [[AC:Literature]] *** Jose Saramago's ''Baltasar and Blimunda'' tackles Portugal before the Lisbon Earthquake, showing the construction of the Marfa Cathedral, and feature historical figures like composer Domenico Scarlatti as well as Bartolomeu de Gusmão, a Priest who wrote down blueprints for a flying machine. Since this is MagicalRealism, this blueprints has a prototype that flies for real.

*** Alejo Carpentier's ''The Kingdom of This World'' takes place in pre-revolutionary Haiti.

* The chaotic period between the American War of Independence and the War of 1812--when the newly-formed United States first began expanding West, bringing conflict with the local Indians to new heights--rarely comes up in fiction. In particular, there were the Cherokee Wars (1776-1795), the Northwest Indian War (1785-1795), and Tecumseh's War (1811-1813), which saw the Eastern tribes first [[SummonBiggerFish recognizing the newly unified American States as a serious threat to their sovereignty]], and responding in kind by [[EnemyMine putting aside their grudges to form some of the largest Indian military confederations in American history]]. The unity didn't last, but it led to some ''very'' important battles, like the Battle of Tippecanoe, the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and the many exploits of Dragging Canoe. * The United States post-revolution and pre-Civil War is rarely covered in the media.
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* '''America's Old Northwest''' ** [[AC:{{Literature}}]] *** The Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper, which include a little story called ''Last of the Mohicans'', cover this setting (which was a main contributor to the French and Indian War as well). * The chaotic period between the American War of Independence and the War of 1812--when the newly-formed United States first began expanding West, bringing conflict with the local Indians to new heights--rarely comes up in fiction. In particular, there were the Cherokee Wars (1776-1795), the Northwest Indian War (1785-1795), and Tecumseh's War (1811-1813), which saw the Eastern tribes first [[SummonBiggerFish recognizing the newly unified American States as a serious threat to their sovereignty]], and responding in kind by [[EnemyMine putting aside their grudges to form some of the largest Indian military confederations in American history]]. The unity didn't last, but it led to some ''very'' important battles, like the Battle of Tippecanoe, the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and the many exploits of Dragging Canoe. * Canoe. The United States post-revolution and pre-Civil War is rarely covered in the media.media. ** Creator/GoreVidal's ''Burr'' tackles the generation of the Founders, showing the events from the perspective of the long-lived and disgraced Colonel Aaron Burr. It includes, in addition to the American Revolution: the writing of the Constitution, Shay's Rebellion and Whiskey Rebellion, the Arrival of Citizen Genet, the first election campaign in American history, the first sex scandal in American history, the Burr-Hamilton duel and New York City in the era of Tammany Hall.

* '''America's Old Northwest''' ** [[AC:{{Literature}}]] *** The Leatherstocking Tales of James Fenimore Cooper, which include a little story called ''Last of the Mohicans'', cover this setting (which was a main contributor to the French and Indian War as well).

* The Haitian Revolution. Notable as a) the only slave uprising successful in creation of an independent country, and b) Danny Glover's dream project (hampered by the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead).
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* The '''Atlantic Slave Trade''' was a huge period, covering three continents, multiple nations, several rebellions against various colonial masters and involved every infrastructure and institution of Western Civilization, overlapping with the UsefulNotes/GoldenAgeOfPiracy (25-30% of all pirate crews were fugitive slaves). About the only movies touching this period involves noble white men abolishing slavery and freeing slaves, coincidentally around the same time the IndustrialRevolution and colonialism kicked off, [[PragmaticVillainy providing alternative legal means]] to exploit people. The Haitian Revolution. Notable Revolution, notable as a) the The only slave uprising successful in creation of an independent country, and b) Danny Glover's dream project (hampered by the obvious lack of a WhiteMaleLead). WhiteMaleLead). **[[AC:Literature]] *** Heinrich von Kleist's ''The Betrothal of Santo Domingo'' is set during the Haitian Revolution. *** Alejo Carpentier's ''The Kingdom of This World'' takes place in pre-revolutionary and post-revolutionary Haiti. *** Creator/HermanMelville's ''Benito Cereno'' **[[AC:Video Games]] *** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' and its DLC ''Freedom Cry'' address the existence of the Atlantic Slave Trade across the Caribbean (Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti): the Royal African Company, Maroon Rebels, fugitive slaves on pirate ships and the collusion of several empires in the slave trade.

* There is disappointingly little on the Boxer Rebellion, given every great power in the world put aside their differences and united to save Europeans and Chinese Christians from persecution. Or to extract concessions out of a vastly weakened empire while looting its cultural treasures and burning the rest, depending on who you ask.
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* '''Modern Chinese History'''. There is disappointingly little on the Boxer Rebellion, given every great power in the world put aside their differences and united to save Europeans and Chinese Christians from persecution. Or to extract concessions out of a vastly weakened empire while looting its cultural treasures and burning the rest, depending on who you ask.

* The Taiping Rebellion! One of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in history, led by a guy claiming to be the younger Chinese brother of Jesus Christ. Caused more deaths than the First World War. Number of movies about it? Zero.
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* The '''The Taiping Rebellion! Rebellion''' and '''The Opium Wars''' with which it overlapped. One of the largest and bloodiest conflicts in history, led by a guy claiming to be the younger Chinese brother of Jesus Christ. Caused more deaths than the First World War. Number of movies about it? Zero.

** One of the {{Literature/Flashman}} novels takes place during this conflict. * '''The Opium Wars''' ** [[AC:{{Film}}]] *** A lot of kung fu movies take place during this period in China, though outside of that it's virtually unknown.
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** One of the {{Literature/Flashman}} novels takes place during this conflict. * '''The Opium Wars''' conflict and has the hero serving alongside the soldiers [[MonumentalDamage who destroy the Old Summer Palace]] ** [[AC:{{Film}}]] *** A lot of kung fu movies take place during this the Opium Wars period in China, though outside of that it's virtually unknown.
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