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** ''[[Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth]]'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.

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** ''[[Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth]]'' ''Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.


** ''[[ThePillarsOfTheEarth]]'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.

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** ''[[ThePillarsOfTheEarth]]'' ''[[Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth]]'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.


** ''[[The Pillars of the Earth]]'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.

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** ''[[The Pillars of the Earth]]'' ''[[ThePillarsOfTheEarth]]'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.

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**''[[The Pillars of the Earth]]'' by Ken Follett take place during the Anarchy, starting with the death of Henry I's son in the sinking of the White Ship and spans to Henry II coming to the throne.


*** A few episodes of ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' have Franchise/IndianaJones serving in the Middle East as a spy for France. He's also shown to be a close friend of [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia T.E. Lawrence]].

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*** A few episodes of ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'' have Franchise/IndianaJones serving in the Middle East as a spy for France. He's also shown to be a close friend of [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia T.E. Lawrence]].



*** Perhaps the only real exception to this is ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'', which covered Franchise/IndianaJones' adventures in WWI; including a few episodes in which he experiences some combat in Africa between colonial armies of European empires. He even interacts on a personal level with some native soldiers from the Belgian Congo.

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*** Perhaps the only real exception to this is ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'', ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'', which covered Franchise/IndianaJones' adventures in WWI; including a few episodes in which he experiences some combat in Africa between colonial armies of European empires. He even interacts on a personal level with some native soldiers from the Belgian Congo.


** ''[[Film/NineteenSeventeen]]'' is also another big-budget, high-profile WWI movie released in 2019, although it does fall into the typical Anglophone trope of being a strictly Brits vs. Germans affair in France (with the only French people in the film being a woman and a baby she is protecting). On the other hand, it was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off of stories the movie's director heard as a child from his WWI veteran grandfather.]]

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** ''[[Film/NineteenSeventeen]]'' ''Film/NineteenSeventeen'' is also another big-budget, high-profile WWI movie released in 2019, although it does fall into the typical Anglophone trope of being a strictly Brits vs. Germans affair in France (with the only French people in the film being a woman and a baby she is protecting). On the other hand, it was [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off of stories the movie's director heard as a child from his WWI veteran grandfather.]]



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** ''[[Film/NineteenSeventeen]]'' is also another big-budget, high-profile WWI movie released in 2019, although it does fall into the typical Anglophone trope of being a strictly Brits vs. Germans affair in France (with the only French people in the film being a woman and a baby she is protecting). On the other hand, it was [[VeryLooselyBasedOffATrueStory based off of stories the movie's director heard as a child from his WWI veteran grandfather.]]

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** ''[[Film/NineteenSeventeen]]'' is also another big-budget, high-profile WWI movie released in 2019, although it does fall into the typical Anglophone trope of being a strictly Brits vs. Germans affair in France (with the only French people in the film being a woman and a baby she is protecting). On the other hand, it was [[VeryLooselyBasedOffATrueStory [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based off of stories the movie's director heard as a child from his WWI veteran grandfather.]]



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** ''[[Film/NineteenSeventeen]]'' is also another big-budget, high-profile WWI movie released in 2019, although it does fall into the typical Anglophone trope of being a strictly Brits vs. Germans affair in France (with the only French people in the film being a woman and a baby she is protecting). On the other hand, it was [[VeryLooselyBasedOffATrueStory based off of stories the movie's director heard as a child from his WWI veteran grandfather.]]


The problem with World War I is that World War II has Nazis, which makes it a straight Good vs Evil fight and therefore more popular with writers. And even within World War I, most media concentrate on the British Sector of the Western Front and, occasionally, Gallipoli, and ignore everything else entirely. You'd almost be forgiven for wondering why they called it a "world war" at all, since it was apparently just Brits fighting Germans in France...

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The problem with World War I is that World War II has Nazis, which makes it a straight Good vs Evil fight and therefore more popular with writers. And even within World War I, most anglophone media concentrate on the British Sector of the Western Front and, occasionally, Gallipoli, and ignore everything else entirely. You'd almost be forgiven for wondering why they called it a "world war" at all, since it was apparently just Brits fighting Germans in France...


*** There are [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/sumerians_look_on_in_confusion_as two]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/37481 articles]] in ''Website/TheOnion'' about Sumeria. ("Sumeria" is a common misnomer. The language and people are "Sumerian" but the civilization is Sumer, pronounced "soo-mair" if you have a General American accent).

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*** There are [[http://www.[[https://www.theonion.com/content/news/sumerians_look_on_in_confusion_as com/sumerians-look-on-in-confusion-as-god-creates-world-1819571221 two]] [[http://www.[[https://www.theonion.com/content/node/37481 com/scientists-discover-6-000-year-old-stain-1819567955 articles]] in ''Website/TheOnion'' about Sumeria. ("Sumeria" is a common misnomer. The language and people are "Sumerian" but the civilization is Sumer, pronounced "soo-mair" if you have a General American accent).


*** Spain Rodriquez's ''Che'' the Graphic Novel.

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*** Spain Rodriquez's ''Che'' the ''Che: The Graphic Novel.''



* The ''other'' Vietnam War: the '''[[http://www.sinovietnamesewar.com/ Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979]]''' that kicked off in February when the People's Liberation Army launched an invasion of Vietnam to punish the country for toppling a Chinese ally, the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. The war lasted for 3 weeks, caused around 100,000 casualties for each side (rough estimate; numbers are all over the place due to both Chinese & Vietnamese propaganda claiming otherwise), and ended with a Chinese withdrawal and both sides claiming victory [[note]]The Vietnamese could claim that they had successfully repelled a ''fourth'' invasion of their country in less than 40 years by a great power (the previous 3 being Imperial Japan in the 40s, the French attempting to reclaim their colony in the 50s, and the United States in the 60s-early 70s), while the Chinese claim the goal of their invasion was never to conquer the country, but to inflict sufficient damage to Vietnam to make them understand any further acts of aggression that would upset China would not be tolerated. Some historians have noted that with a victory condition that was so vague, China could have claimed victory [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose no matter what]][[/note]]. This was the last truly significant military action China took part in for the 20th century, and [[ShortLivedBigImpact despite lasting less than a month, it had massive repercussions throughout Chinese society]], leading the PLA to completely revamp its command structure and training programs from top to bottom, flooding China with a new wave of veterans not seen since the Korean War, and displacing tens of thousands of civilians who lived along the border. Sporadic skirmishes would continue throughout [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_conflicts,_1979-1991 the next decade]]. Despite the significance of this conflict, it is almost entirely unknown outside of these two countries.

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* The ''other'' Vietnam War: the '''[[http://www.sinovietnamesewar.com/ Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979]]''' that kicked off in February when the People's Liberation Army launched an invasion of Vietnam to punish the country for toppling a Chinese ally, the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. The war lasted for 3 weeks, 27 days, caused around 100,000 casualties for each side (rough estimate; numbers are all over the place due to both Chinese & Vietnamese propaganda claiming otherwise), and ended with a Chinese withdrawal and both sides claiming victory [[note]]The Vietnamese could claim that they had successfully repelled a ''fourth'' invasion of their country in less than 40 years by a great power (the previous 3 being Imperial Japan in the 40s, the French attempting to reclaim their colony in the 50s, and the United States in the 60s-early 70s), while the Chinese claim the goal of their invasion was never to conquer the country, but to inflict sufficient damage to Vietnam to make them understand any further acts of aggression that would upset China would not be tolerated. Some historians have noted that with a victory condition that was so vague, China could have claimed victory [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose no matter what]][[/note]]. This was the last truly significant military action China took part in for the 20th century, and [[ShortLivedBigImpact despite lasting less than a month, it had massive repercussions throughout Chinese society]], leading the PLA to completely revamp its command structure and training programs from top to bottom, flooding China with a new wave of veterans not seen since the Korean War, and displacing tens of thousands of civilians who lived along the border. Sporadic skirmishes would continue throughout [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Vietnamese_conflicts,_1979-1991 the next decade]]. Despite the significance of this conflict, it is almost entirely unknown outside of these two countries.


* Notably, the battles between Japan and China.

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* Notably, the battles '''battles between Japan and China.'''



* The Polish-Soviet War and Polish September Campaign also deserve better coverage than they get. Also, the Polish resistance is hardly ever mentioned.

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* The Polish-Soviet War '''Polish-Soviet War''' and Polish '''Polish September Campaign Campaign''' also deserve better coverage than they get. Also, the '''the Polish resistance resistance''' is hardly ever mentioned.



* Same about the fall of Western Europe in spring 1940. It is rarely depicted besides some French TV films, and these tend to focus on the exodus only (defeat announced on the radio, people fleeing massively on the roads as far as they can while some German planes are shooting at them). It always seems like the French and British forces didn't fight at all, which is entirely false.
* Generally speaking, the period 1939-early 1942 (except for the attack on Pearl Harbor) tends to be neglected in film, for two reasons. One, this was before the U.S. became involved directly, thus not getting much interest from Hollywood. The second reason is that it was only in 1942 that the Allies (including the Soviets) actually started winning significant victories and keeping ground, unlike the back and forth in North Africa. The major exception is the Battle Of Britain.

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* Same about the '''the fall of Western Europe Europe''' in spring 1940. It is rarely depicted besides some French TV films, and these tend to focus on the exodus only (defeat announced on the radio, people fleeing massively on the roads as far as they can while some German planes are shooting at them). It always seems like the French and British forces didn't fight at all, which is entirely false.
* Generally speaking, the '''the period 1939-early 1942 1942''' (except for the attack on Pearl Harbor) tends to be neglected in film, for two reasons. One, this was before the U.S. became involved directly, thus not getting much interest from Hollywood. The second reason is that it was only in 1942 that the Allies (including the Soviets) actually started winning significant victories and keeping ground, unlike the back and forth in North Africa. The major exception is the Battle Of Britain.



* The '''Italian''' Front on the other hand... The Italian campaign also vanishes from even history books after the fall of Rome and the Normandy invasion. It's as if the rest of the country ceased to exist for a year... all the fighting up to the borders of Switzerland, Austria and France gets ignored.

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* The '''Italian''' Front '''Italian Front''' on the other hand... The Italian campaign also vanishes from even history books after the fall of Rome and the Normandy invasion. It's as if the rest of the country ceased to exist for a year... all the fighting up to the borders of Switzerland, Austria and France gets ignored.



* Few people have even heard of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Greenland_during_World_War_II German presence in Greenland]], where a group of 15 Greenlanders were able to fend off the Germans [[RockBeatsLaser on dogsled.]]
* Also forgotten is the fact that over 130,000 Japanese in America and Canada were persecuted and put into concentration camps because it was feared they were spies for the Japanese government after Pearl Harbor.

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* Few people have even heard of the [[http://en.'''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Greenland_during_World_War_II German presence in Greenland]], Greenland]]''', where a group of 15 Greenlanders were able to fend off the Germans [[RockBeatsLaser on dogsled.]]
* Also forgotten is the fact that '''detention of over 130,000 Japanese in America and Canada Canada''' who were persecuted and put into concentration interment camps because it was feared they were spies for the Japanese government after Pearl Harbor.Harbor (and in the American case, this also happened to select German-American and Italian-American communities for the same reasons).



* The Soviet-Japanese War of 1945 never gets used, maybe for fear of EndingFatigue.

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* The Soviet-Japanese '''Soviet-Japanese War of 1945 1945''' never gets used, maybe for fear of EndingFatigue.



* The history of the smaller Axis countries (e.g. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia) during World War 2 is generally ignored, or they are simply presented as being occupied by the Germans.
* Hardly anybody knows about Australia's involvement in the war, despite the fact that this was the one time in the 20th century that the Australian mainland was attacked by a foreign country (the Japanese bombing of Darwin on the northern coast).

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* The history of the '''the smaller Axis countries countries''' (e.g. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia) during World War 2 is generally ignored, or they are simply presented as being occupied by the Germans.
* Hardly anybody knows about Australia's '''Australia's involvement in the war, war''', despite the fact that this was the one time in the 20th century that the Australian mainland was attacked by a foreign country (the Japanese bombing of Darwin on the northern coast).



* The fall of Singapore. An entire Japanese army basically ''bicycled'' their way through a dense jungle, outmaneuvered, and outfought the British garrison stationed there. Winston Churchill considered this the worst disaster that had happened so far in the war (and considering this was a year after Dunkirk, that was saying a lot).

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* The fall '''fall of Singapore.Singapore'''. An entire Japanese army basically ''bicycled'' their way through a dense jungle, outmaneuvered, and outfought the British garrison stationed there. Winston Churchill considered this the worst disaster that had happened so far in the war (and considering this was a year after Dunkirk, that was saying a lot).



* While many films have been made about naval battles during the war, relatively few works have focused on the merchant marine and civilian cargo ships that were risking life and limb shipping supplies to Britain and the Soviet Union across an Atlantic that was infested with German U-boats.

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* While many films have been made about naval battles during the war, relatively few works have focused on the merchant '''merchant marine and civilian cargo ships ships''' that were risking life and limb shipping supplies to Britain and the Soviet Union across an Atlantic that was infested with German U-boats.


* The '''Warlord Period''' in Republican China (1916-28) doesn't get a lot of attention except in a few military books published by Osprey and movies filmed in Mainland China.

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* The '''Warlord Period''' '''[[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors Warlord Period]]''' in Republican China (1916-28) doesn't get a lot of attention except in a few military books published by Osprey and movies filmed in Mainland China.



* The '''Spanish Civil War''' (1936-39) doesn't get a lot of play, [[CreatorProvincialism except in Spain]]. Mostly serves as a backstory for a KnightInSourArmour character types in fiction set in the late Thirties to Fifties.

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* The '''Spanish Civil War''' '''UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar''' (1936-39) doesn't get a lot of play, [[CreatorProvincialism except in Spain]]. Mostly serves as a backstory for a KnightInSourArmour character types in fiction set in the late Thirties to Fifties.


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* Concerning Alan Turing, almost everyone knows of his and Bletchley Park's work in cracking the Enigma. Nobody outside of Poland seems to have ever heard of Marian Rejewski and his crew pioneering the cryptanalysis of the Enigma, including the cracking of earlier varieties of the device, obtaining the actual hardware, etc. etc. long before the Brits got to it, then turning the results to the Western Allies at the onset of the war. This lack of knowledge is slightly justified in that the British government refused to let them into Bletchley Park, leaving the continuation of the work to Turing.

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* Concerning Alan Turing, almost everyone knows of his and Bletchley Park's work in cracking the Enigma. Nobody outside of Poland seems to have ever heard of Marian '''Marian Rejewski and his crew crew''' pioneering the cryptanalysis of the Enigma, including the cracking of earlier varieties of the device, obtaining the actual hardware, etc. etc. long before the Brits got to it, then turning the results to the Western Allies at the onset of the war. This lack of knowledge is slightly justified in that the British government refused to let them into Bletchley Park, leaving the continuation of the work to Turing.

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*** ''Literature/TheThreeBodyProblem'' opens up [[DistantPrologue in the middle of the Cultural Revolution]] and does not shy away from showing how absolutely insane the time period was. The story starts off with a group of teenaged Red Guards berating a university physics professor for [[InsaneTrollLogic being a capitalist roader because the physics theories he espouses run counter to communist dogma.]] Scenes like this were very much TruthInTelevision.

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