Racism: A History

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (131)

This series chronicles the shifts in the meaning and significance of the ideas of 'race' and 'racism' in Britain, Europe and North America. It shows how ideas of racial difference evolved in response to historical events - notably Europe's imperial conquests and the process of colonisation - adapting to the social-political forces that were unleashed by these events. It also gives a detailed reconsideration of the concept of racism, and identifies the impact that the idea of 'race', and the fact of racism, has had on science, culture, society and history around the world.

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A Savage Legacy
3. A Savage Legacy
April 4, 2007
The third and final episode examines the impact of racism in the 20th Century. By 1900, European colonial expansion had reached deep into the heart of Africa. Under the rule of King Leopold II, The Belgian Congo was turned into a vast rubber plantation. Men, women and children who failed to gather their latex quotas would have their limbs dismembered. The country became the scene of one of the century's greatest racial genocides, as an estimated 10 million Africans perished under colonial rule. Contains scenes which some viewers may find disturbing.
Fatal Impacts
2. Fatal Impacts
March 28, 2007
Looking at Scientific Racism, invented during the 19th century, an ideology that drew on now discredited practices such as phrenology and provided an ideological justification for racism and slavery. These theories ultimately led to eugenics and Nazi racial policies of the master race. Some upsetting scenes.
The Colour of Money
1. The Colour of Money
March 21, 2007
The series begins by assessing the implications of the relationship between Europe, Africa and the Americas in the 15th century, it considers how racist ideas and practices developed in key religious and secular institutions, and how they showed up in writings by European philosophers Aristotle and Immanuel Kant.
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This series chronicles the shifts in the meaning and significance of the ideas of 'race' and 'racism' in Britain, Europe and North America. It shows how ideas of racial difference evolved in response to historical events - notably Europe's imperial conquests and the process of colonisation - adapting to the social-political forces that were unleashed by these events. It also gives a detailed reconsideration of the concept of racism, and identifies the impact that the idea of 'race', and the fact of racism, has had on science, culture, society and history around the world.

Racism: A History is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on March 21, 2007.

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Racism: A History is available for streaming on the Amazon Addon website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Racism: A History on demand at Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    March 21, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (131)