The History Channel produced a series called "History's Turning Points, "decisive moments in world history. Each turning point in history has behind it a story and a set of principal characters whose dilemmas and conflicts form its dramatic core, and whose unique personalities influenced the outcome of events.
"How would the development of one of the world's greatest civilizations, China, have been different without the ruthless ambition of its first emperor, Chin? Would the British have won Quebec in the eighteenth century without the tenacity and devotion to duty of General John Wolfe? New facts, often from indigenous sources, have emerged to add to our understanding of these crucial events and these, together with the latest historical research and documented first-hand accounts, bring each turning point vividly to life."
The first volume is available from Amazon.
Each episode is 30 minutes. Some of the episodes are also online, including:
1. The Battle of Actium, 32 BC
2. The Battle of Salamis, 480 BC
3. The Black Death, 1347
4. The Siege of Constantinople, 1453
5. Conquest of the Incas, 1533
6. The Marriage of Pocahontas, 1614
7. The Battle For Canada, 1759
8. The Zulus at War, 1879
9. The Great Wall of China, 200 BC
10. Conquest of Spain, 711
11. Russian Revolution, 1917
12. Battle of Tsuchima: 1905
13. The Atomic Bomb, 1945.
A second series examines
14. Plot to kill Hitler, 1944
15. Revolution in Paris, 1789
16. Search for Troy
17. Television Explosion
18. Rise of the Mob,
19. Shot that started WWI, 1914
20. Sinking of the Spanish Armada, 1588
Crusades, Democracy in Greece, the Reformation, Age of Exploration, Scientific Revolution, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Ferdinand and WWI, The Holocaust, Berlin Wall, Moon Landing, Apartheid.