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A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK.

The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.

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01A History Of The World In 100 Objects20100522

A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK.

The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.The BBC has joined forces with the British Museum to help us discover some of the most illuminating things produced by human kind.

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, opens the second part of his global history with an exploration of the lives and methods of powerful rulers around the world 2000 years ago.

He tells the story of Alexander the Great through a small silver coin; explores the power of the Indian ruler Asoka through a pillar fragment; discovers how the Chinese maintain loyalty and control via a lacquer cup; studies how a larger than life bronze head helped Augustus enlarge the Roman Empire; and returns to the Egypt of Ptolemy V by means of perhaps one of the British Museum's best known artefacts – the Rosetta Stone.

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

01A History Of The World In 100 Objects20100918

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

01A History Of The World In 100 Objects, Threshold Of The Modern World20100918

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

This week's objects give us a look at each of the world's major empires around 500 years ago and the arrival of western Europe as a major player on the world stage.

01A History Of The World In 100 Objects, Threshold Of The Modern World20100918

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

This week's objects give us a look at each of the world's major empires around 500 years ago and the arrival of western Europe as a major player on the world stage.

01History Of The World In 100 Objects20100123

The first omnibus broadcast looks at some of the earliest objects in the Museum - some of which are two million years old - and how they made us human.

It examines the Olduvai chopping tool and handaxe from what is now Tanzania, a 13,000-year-old carving of a reindeer, and a spear from the earliest North American settlement.

An omnibus edition of the objects and artefacts that tell the history of the world.

02A History Of The World In 100 Objects20100529

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, retells the last two million years of humanity through the things that we've made...

and left behind - and that have subsequently made their way into the Museum's collection.

This week he is exploring ancient pleasures and he begins with famous depictions of sexual love.

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

02A History Of The World In 100 Objects, The First Global Economy20100925

A look at the long process that led to the world becoming truly globalised, as Europe begins to build its maritime trade empires in 16th Century.

Neil Macgregor traces the impact of travel, trade and conquest from 1450 to 1600.

02History Of The World In 100 Objects20100130

An omnibus edition of the objects and artefacts that tell the history of the world.

03A History Of The World In 100 Objects20101002

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

03History Of The World In 100 Objects20100206

An omnibus edition of the objects and artefacts that tell the history of the world.

04A History Of The World In 100 Objects, Exploration, Exploitation And Enlightenment20101009

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

This week he examines the often troubled relationship between Europe and the rest of the world during the 18th century.

The objects - from Ghana, Polynesia, Australia, China and North America - include:

- Akan drum

- Hawaiian feather helmet

- Australian bark shield

- Jade bi

- North American buckskin map

Europe's engagement with the rest of the world in the 18th century.

04History Of The World In 100 Objects20100213

The series is written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and focuses on 100 objects from the British Museum's collection.

The programmes will travel through two million years from the earliest object in the collection to retell the history of humanity through the objects we have made.

This week Neil MacGregor looks at objects from the earliest examples of literature and science.

The development of cities and states in different parts of the world had many important consequences.

Two of these were the world's earliest written literature and the development of scientific and mathematical knowledge.

These states often fought each other, and rulers sought to demonstrate their success and power over their subjects through the creation of impressive monuments.

Early societies did not exist in isolation, but were connected through extensive trade networks by road and also by sea.

Although the majority of the world's population lived in small villages, these people were also capable of creating sophisticated objects, monuments and cultures.

This week Neil MacGregor looks at historic objects from literature and science.

An omnibus edition of the objects and artefacts that tell the history of the world.

05A History Of The World In 100 Objects, Mass Production, Mass Persuasion20101016

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

This week he explores how industrialisation, mass politics and imperial ambitions changed the world.

The objects - from England, Japan and Sudan - include:

- Ship's chronometer from HMS Beagle

- Early Victorian tea set

- Hokusai's The Great Wave

- Sudanese slit drum

- Suffragette-defaced penny

How industrialisation, mass politics and imperial ambitions changed the world.

05History Of The World In 100 Objects20100220

From the first coinage to burial shrouds, Neil MacGregor decodes 5 objects to show the ambition of new regimes across the world.

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06 LASTA History Of The World In 100 Objects20101023

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

06 LASTA History Of The World In 100 Objects20101225

Neil MacGregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

06 LASTHistory Of The World In 100 Objects20100227

2,500 years ago great thinkers were exploring how people should live but can objects li.

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A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK. The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.

The first omnibus broadcast looks at some of the earliest objects in the Museum - some of which are two million years old - and how they made us human. It examines the Olduvai chopping tool and handaxe from what is now Tanzania, a 13,000-year-old carving of a reindeer, and a spear from the earliest North American settlement.

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An omnibus edition of the objects and artefacts that tell the history of the world.

0203The Rise Of World Faiths20100605

This week Neil Macgregor, Director of the British Museum, looks at the way the world's great religions began to perfect a way to visually express the divine, less than 2000 years ago.

He begins with a stone sculpture from modern day Pakistan that would create the classic image of the real-life Buddha who lived and roamed around north India in the 5th Century BC.

His journey takes him onwards to Damascus, modern day Iran and Dorset in Great Britain.

Neil Macgregor continues his global history as told through objects.

0204The Silk Road And Beyond20100612

This week, Neil Macgregor, Director of the British Museum, explores the world along and beyond the Silk Road in the 7th Century AD.

It was a time when the teachings of the prophet Muhammad were transforming the Middle East forever.

He begins by discovering how the Syrian capital Damascus was rapidly becoming the centre of a new Islamic empire.

His journey then takes him onwards to Korea, Peru and Sutton Hoo in Great Britain.

Neil Macgregor continues his global history as told through objects.

0205Inside The Palace: Secrets At Court20100619

This week Neil Macgregor, Director of the British Museum, is using objects from the collection to gain insight into the private lives of some very powerful people.

From inside a harem to a Chinese grave, Neil enters the intriguing, even painful, realms of great royal courts of the world.

Neil Macgregor continues his global history as told through objects.

0206Pilgrims, Raiders And Traders20100626

This week's objects lead Neil Macgregor, Director of the British Museum, to travel some of the great trade routes of history over a thousand years ago – he begins in the English countryside.

Neil Macgregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

0207Status Symbols20100710

A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history, involving collaborations between teams across the BBC, and schools, museums and audiences across the UK.

The project focuses on the things we have made, from flint to mobile phone.

This week, Neil Macgregor, Director of the British Museum explores this period of learning and scientific achievement through magnificent objects which were used by the wealthy to reflect their status

Neil Macgregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.

0208 LAST20100717

Neil Macgregor retells humanity's history through the objects it has made.