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    • Wahabbism

    • The History of the Conservative Islamic Religious Movement in Saudi Arabia
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Wahhabism is the most common form of politicized fundamentalist Islam, now most associated with the Islamic State and Al Qaeda and the official religion of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It is widespread throughout the Islamic world, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan (where it was the official religion of the Taliban). Together, the Saudi and al-Wahhab families formed a potent alliance, with the Saudis gaining an ideological backing for their small state and the Wahhabis gaining a powerful and increasingly wealthy patron.

    • The History of the Conservative Islamic Religious Movement in Saudi Arabia
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Release date: 02-14-18
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

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    • The Franco-Prussian War: The History of the War that Established the German Empire

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    After Prussia was victorious in the Austro-Prussian War, Bismarck played a waiting game where the unification of Germany was concerned, as the joining of the southern states - initially resistant to Prussian rule, friendly with Austria, and bent on independence - would have to be overcome. What was needed was “a clear case of French aggression” toward either Prussia or the southern states. Not only would such a move by Emperor Napoleon III trigger the terms of the treaty between the German states, but it would keep the remaining world powers out of the conflict. 

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    • Biafra

    • The History and Legacy of the Secessionist Republic of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Nigeria was an unpopular destination for European settlement, thanks to its punishing climate and proliferation of tropical disease, so it saw very little direct European influence. Europeans were posted to Nigeria or sought employment purely to satisfy the needs of administration, and, of course, the various Christian missionary organizations were led largely by whites. Christian missions, incidentally, succeeded spectacularly in the spreading of Christianity across the animist south, but they made absolutely no inroads in the Muslim north.

    • The History and Legacy of the Secessionist Republic of Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Release date: 08-29-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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    • The Popol Vuh

    • The History and Legacy of the Maya's Creation Myth and Epic Legends
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Many ancient civilizations have influenced and inspired people in the 21st century. The Greeks and Romans continue to fascinate the West today. But of all the world's civilizations, none have intrigued people more than the Mayans, whose culture, astronomy, language, and mysterious disappearance all continue to captivate people. In 2012 especially, there was a renewed focus on the Mayans, whose advanced calendar led many to speculate the world would end on the same date the Mayan calendar ends.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mayans still interesting

    • By Joseph on 07-24-18

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    • The Constitutional Convention of 1787

    • The History and Legacy of the Drafting of the US Constitution
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By 1787, it became evident that the Articles of Confederation were inadequate for the new nation. With these problems hampering the national government under the Articles of Confederation and the threat of default on the nation's massive war debt looming, plans began being made to fix the problems of the Articles of Confederation. Thus, that summer, a Constitutional convention was called, and each state sent delegates to Philadelphia. Among the delegates were prominent patriots and former members of the Continental Congress, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

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    • The Yom Kippur War

    • The History and Legacy of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East Peace Process
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Welcome to the Middle East conflict, a conflict that is technically 63 years old and counting but has its roots in over 2,000 years of history. With so much time and history, the peace process has become laden with unique, politically sensitive concepts, like the right of return, contiguous borders, secure borders, demilitarized zones, and security requirements, with players like the Quartet, Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hamas, the Arab League, and Israel. Over time, it has become exceedingly difficult for even sophisticated political pundits and followers to keep track of it all.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great as always by Charles River Editors

    • By Siguroli Johannsson on 01-01-18
    • The History and Legacy of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East Peace Process
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Release date: 08-10-17
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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    • World War I at Sea: The History and Legacy of Naval Tactics and Operations During the Great War

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The most iconic images of the First World War are of the war on land. But part of that same generation faced a very different war, one that was just as important in deciding the fate of Europe. This was the war at sea. Here, events took place that would draw America into the war, providing the Allies with a new pool of manpower and so ensuring that the scales of the conflict tipped in their favor. At sea just as much as on land, this was a war that would shape the future of the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very good and factual

    • By Ed Mueller on 03-09-18

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    • The Austro-Prussian War

    • The History and Legacy of the Conflict That Resulted in Prussian Dominance over Germany
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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    The most famous battle of the 19th century was undoubtedly Waterloo, and the biggest battle of the Napoleonic Wars was Leipzig, but neither one of those legendary battles was the biggest of the century. That distinction instead belongs to the Battle of Königgrätz, a little known, but decisive conflict in a war between Prussia and Austria. Though it lasted only seven weeks and only had one truly decisive battle, the Austro-Prussian War nonetheless changed the political outlook in Europe forever. 

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    • The Opium Wars

    • The History and Legacy of the 19th Century Conflicts Between Britain and China
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The 19th century saw the rise of one of the largest, most powerful empires of the modern era. The sun never set on the British Empire, whose holdings spanned the globe, in one form or another, and trade flowed east and west. An integral but underutilized part of a vast trade network included China. The Opium Wars: The History and Legacy of the 19th Century Conflicts Between Britain and China examines the way in which trade, colonialism, and illegal drug use culminated with one of the 19th century’s most controversial fights. 

    • The History and Legacy of the 19th Century Conflicts Between Britain and China
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Release date: 05-18-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

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    • The Voyage of the St. Louis

    • The History and Legacy of the Fateful Attempt to Resettle Jewish Refugees Before World War II and the Holocaust
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the years preceding the height of the European Holocaust’s worst atrocities, Adolf Hitler, the new Chancellor of Germany, confronted the world with a moral test. His early experiment of allowing Jews to seek homelands elsewhere came to define his future course of action toward the Jewish population of the continent. The acidic hatred he bore for the Jewish presence in European society was clear enough, but the leader of the Nazi Party could not precisely gauge the international community’s likely response to a campaign of extreme abuse directed against his own citizens.

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    • Mysterious Canada: A Collection of Hauntings, Mysteries, and Strange Creatures Across the Canadian Nation

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Canada has the reputation of being a boring place. More tranquil than its southern neighbor, it goes along in its quiet way sustaining one of the most stable and prosperous democracies in the world, and does so with little fuss or drama. It doesn't get in the news much, which considering the content of most news stories is a good thing. People get along, the economy is expanding, and there are no regular disasters. While all this makes Canada a pleasant place to live, it does not make it particularly interesting. But dig a little below the surface, and you'll find a different Canada, a stranger Canada, one of murder, mystery, and paranormal experiences.

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    • Tadeusz Kościuszko

    • The Life and Legacy of Poland’s Most Famous General
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Today, streets, bridges, monuments, and even neighborhoods bear Tadeusz Kościuszko’s name across the country, and in Polish communities, he is often hailed as a hero equal to General Washington himself. Tadeusz Kościuszko: The Life and Legacy of Poland’s Most Famous General profiles one of the Revolutionary War’s most important figures.

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    • The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens

    • The History and Legacy of the Athenian City Center and Assembly Gathering Space
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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    The center of political and commercial interaction in the Ancient Greek polis was the agora. The word essentially means a gathering place or an open space, and in all Greek city states, the agora was central to all aspects of daily life and commerce. As the agora developed as a civic space, particularly from the sixth century BCE onward in Athens, the architectural splendor of the buildings associated with it became an ever more obvious demonstration of the power and glory of Athenian democracy.

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    • The Six Day War

    • The History and Legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In early June 1967, the Israelis captured Jordanian intelligence that indicated an invasion was imminent, and at 08h10 on June 5, 1967, the Israel Broadcasting Authority aired an Israeli Defense Force communique. "Since the early hours of this morning", it read, "heavy fighting has been taking place on the southern front between Egyptian armored and aerial forces, which moved against Israel, and our forces, which went into action to check them."

    • The History and Legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and Its Impact on the Middle East
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
    • Release date: 12-19-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 6 ratings

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    • The History of Iraq, 1900-2012

    • By: Charles River Editors, M. Clement Hall
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For much of the past 30 years, Iraq has been one of the world’s greatest hot spots. The 1980s saw Ba’athist strongman Saddam Hussein go to war with Iran as well as the Kurds, who maintained an autonomous region of their own in Northern Iraq. Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait touched off a Gulf War that was followed by biting sanctions. And the 2003 American-led invasion against Hussein’s regime provided the uninformed an all-too-brutal crash course on Iraq’s ethnic and religious divisions and the Middle East’s as a whole.  

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    • The Cult of the Apis Bull

    • The History and Legacy of Ancient Egypt's Most Famous Sacred Animal
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
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    The reverence that ancient Egyptians had for certain animals evolved during the long duration of Pharaonic history until the Late Period animals of specific species were mummified by the thousands as offerings for their associated deities. For instance, ibises were mummified for the god Thoth, while cats were mummified for the goddess Bastet. Although most of the animal mummies discovered in the Sacred Animal Necropolis of Saqqara are the thousands of nameless ibises, falcons, crocodiles, and cats, the region was also home to another, more important animal cult.

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    • British Legends

    • The Life and Legacy of King George III
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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    When he died in 1820, King George III had presided over the longest reign by a monarch in England’s history and ruled the British Empire during one of its most turbulent and important periods, but he was remembered by the unappealing sobriquets "The Mad King” and ”The King Who Lost America".

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    • Henry Clay Frick

    • The Life and Legacy of the Railroad and Steel Magnate Who Became One of America’s Most Famous Art Collectors
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
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    The term robber baron has largely fallen into disuse in the 21st century but there was a time when it was a popular epithet that described the kind of man who, it was believed, built his fortune by taking things belonging to others. Of all the men labeled as robber barons during the Gilded Age, few were as influential as Henry Clay Frick, who rubbed shoulders with men like J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie while overseeing some of the era’s biggest companies.  

    • The Life and Legacy of the Railroad and Steel Magnate Who Became One of America’s Most Famous Art Collectors
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    • Release date: 10-02-18
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    • Hong Kong

    • The History and Legacy of Asia’s Leading Financial Center
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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    Hong Kong: The History and Legacy of Asia’s Leading Financial Center chronicles the turbulent history of Hong Kong, and how it became one of the wealthiest places in the world despite its challenging political environment.  

    • The History and Legacy of Asia’s Leading Financial Center
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Release date: 04-19-18
    • 4 out of 5 stars 4 ratings

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    • Notre-Dame de Paris: The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Cathedral

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Notre Dame de Paris, in particular, is a curious specimen of this variety. Every surface, every stone of this venerable pile, is a page of the history not only of the country, but of science and of art. Thus - to mention here only a few of the chief details - whereas the small Porte Rouge almost touches the limits of 15th century Gothic delicacy, the pillars of the nave, by their massiveness and great girth, reach back to the Carlovingian Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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