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On 1st March 1881, the Russian Tsar, Alexander II, was travelling through the snow to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. An armed Cossack sat with the coach driver, another six Cossacks followed on horseback and behind them came a group of police officers in sledges. It was the day that the Tsar, known for his liberal reforms, had signed a document granting the first ever constitution to the Russian people. But his journey was being watched by a group of radicals called 'Narodnaya Volya' or 'The People's Will'. On a street corner near the Catherine Canal, they hurled the first of their bombs to halt the Tsar's iron-clad coach. When Alexander ignored advice and ventured out onto the snow to comfort his dying Cossacks, he was killed by another bomber who took his own life in the blast.

On 1st March 1881, the Russian Tsar, Alexander II, was travelling through the snow to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. An armed Cossack sat with the coach driver, another six Cossacks followed on horseback and behind them came a group of police officers in sledges. It was the day that the Tsar, known for his liberal reforms, had signed a document granting the first ever constitution to the Russian people. But his journey was being watched by a group of radicals called 'Narodnaya Volya' or 'The People's Will'. On a street corner near the Catherine Canal, they hurled the first of their bombs to halt the Tsar's iron-clad coach. When Alexander ignored advice and ventured out onto the snow to comfort his dying Cossacks, he was killed by another bomber who took his own life in the blast.

By the time the exhibition closed, one quarter of the entire British population had visited Crystal Palace, the first pre-fabricated building of its kind, to marvel at an extraordinary array of exhibits amongst which were: the biggest diamond in the world, a carriage drawn by kites, furniture made of coal, and a set of artificial teeth fitted with a swivel devise which allowed the user to yawn without displacing them. Its impact was huge in terms of the development of British manufacturing, the burgeoning of a global consumer market, the development of museums and the international standing of Britain culturally and technologically. How did the Exhibition crystallise a particular moment in early Victorian Britain? In what way did it capitalise on the dawn of mass travel and greater levels of international co-operation? How did fears of revolutionary Europe define the policing and organisation of the event? And how far, if at all, did the Great Exhibition go in blurring class distinctions?

By the time the exhibition closed, one quarter of the entire British population had visited Crystal Palace, the first pre-fabricated building of its kind, to marvel at an extraordinary array of exhibits amongst which were: the biggest diamond in the world, a carriage drawn by kites, furniture made of coal, and a set of artificial teeth fitted with a swivel devise which allowed the user to yawn without displacing them. Its impact was huge in terms of the development of British manufacturing, the burgeoning of a global consumer market, the development of museums and the international standing of Britain culturally and technologically. How did the Exhibition crystallise a particular moment in early Victorian Britain? In what way did it capitalise on the dawn of mass travel and greater levels of international co-operation? How did fears of revolutionary Europe define the policing and organisation of the event? And how far, if at all, did the Great Exhibition go in blurring class distinctions?

As part of the BBC's year of science programming, Melvyn Bragg looks at the history of the oldest scientific learned society of them all: the Royal Society.Episode one travels to Oxford, where the young Christopher Wren and friends experimented.

As part of the BBC's year of science programming, Melvyn Bragg looks at the history of the oldest scientific learned society of them all: the Royal Society.Episode one travels to Oxford, where the young Christopher Wren and friends experimented.

Two physicists turned novelists - Gregory Benford and Andrew Crumey share their thoughts on the nature of time and Einstein's theories of Special and General relativity through their [respective] books Timescape and Mobius Dick. Whilst both writers can be placed in the genre of science fiction, their stories are firmly rooted in the latest research and theoretical musings of Einstein's latter-day followers.

Two physicists turned novelists - Gregory Benford and Andrew Crumey share their thoughts on the nature of time and Einstein's theories of Special and General relativity through their [respective] books Timescape and Mobius Dick. Whilst both writers can be placed in the genre of science fiction, their stories are firmly rooted in the latest research and theoretical musings of Einstein's latter-day followers.

  • A River in Borneo

  • Redmon O'Hanlon , Penguin , 1996

Redmond O'Hanlon's travel classic "Into the Heart of Borneo", from which this extract is take, was described by Eric Newby as "not only among the top three post-war books of its kind but certainly the funniest travel book I have ever read".

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Redmond O'Hanlon's travel classic "Into the Heart of Borneo", from which this extract is take, was described by Eric Newby as "not only among the top three post-war books of its kind but certainly the funniest travel book I have ever read".

  • Culture Shock! Sweden: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette

  • Charlotte Rosen Svensson , Bravo Limited; Revised edition , 2000

A travel handbook from the CULTURE SHOCK! series which details the culture, society, customs and etiquette of Sweden, designed for business visitors, travellers and students.

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A travel handbook from the CULTURE SHOCK! series which details the culture, society, customs and etiquette of Sweden, designed for business visitors, travellers and students.

  • Kejsan av Portugallien

  • Selma Lagerlof , Viborg , 2008

Kejsarn av Portugallien ("The emperor of Portugallia") is the tale of a hardworking man and his wife who live idyllically in their small Swedish village with their daughter, Glory Goldie Sunnycastle, whom they adore. However, when she is 17, Glory Goldie leaves her parents to travel to the Stockholm. After becoming wealthy and well known, she stops writing and decides not to return to her native village and family. Her father misses her terribly and decides that she must have become a great lady, an empress perhaps. And if this is so, he decides that he then is a great emperor, the Emperor of Portugallia. His delusion is pathetic; the old man quickly becomes a tragic figure.

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Kejsarn av Portugallien ("The emperor of Portugallia") is the tale of a hardworking man and his wife who live idyllically in their small Swedish village with their daughter, Glory Goldie Sunnycastle, whom they adore. However, when she is 17, Glory Goldie leaves her parents to travel to the Stockholm. After becoming wealthy and well known, she stops writing and decides not to return to her native village and family. Her father misses her terribly and decides that she must have become a great lady, an empress perhaps. And if this is so, he decides that he then is a great emperor, the Emperor of Portugallia. His delusion is pathetic; the old man quickly becomes a tragic figure.

  • La Grande-Bretagne - Guide pratique du voyage linguistique

  • Catherine Terre , Hachette Éducation , 1995

A practical guide for travel to the UK

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A practical guide for travel to the UK

  • Le Baron à la Mer

  • Adrian Mitchell & Patrick Benson , Albin Michel Jeunesse , 1987

The adventures of Baron Munchaüssen as he travels across the seas

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The adventures of Baron Munchaüssen as he travels across the seas

  • Molière

  • Anne Canal & Victor de la Fuente , Bayard Editions , 1989

This book presents the life of this famous playwright and actor in the form of a comic book. At 21 Molière left the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand, abandoning all prospects of a career in office, in order to embark on a career on the stage. During the thirteen years he spent as a travelling actor his style evolved from the crude Commedia dell'arte towards the witty genius that would later characterise his work. By the 1660s Molière had reached the height of his fame under the generous patronage of first the Duc d'Orléans, and later Louis XIV himself. The book uses contemporary language and expressions, and is therefore suitable for intermediate to advanced students

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This book presents the life of this famous playwright and actor in the form of a comic book. At 21 Molière left the prestigious Lycée Louis-le-Grand, abandoning all prospects of a career in office, in order to embark on a career on the stage. During the thirteen years he spent as a travelling actor his style evolved from the crude Commedia dell'arte towards the witty genius that would later characterise his work. By the 1660s Molière had reached the height of his fame under the generous patronage of first the Duc d'Orléans, and later Louis XIV himself. The book uses contemporary language and expressions, and is therefore suitable for intermediate to advanced students

  • Navigare necesse est

  • Françoise Licoppe-Deraedt (ed.) , Melissa , 2006

A collection of fourteen fragments from world literature having to do with travelling, translated into Latin by various authors, and dedicated to Gaius Licoppe, two of whose articles on Europe and Humanism can be found at the end of the book.

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A collection of fourteen fragments from world literature having to do with travelling, translated into Latin by various authors, and dedicated to Gaius Licoppe, two of whose articles on Europe and Humanism can be found at the end of the book.

  • Pondicherry, filiation fatale

  • Daniel Ceppi , , 1995

The adventures of Stephane Clement, the main character of the comics by Daniel Ceppi. This book is based on Stephane's travels in Pondicherry

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The adventures of Stephane Clement, the main character of the comics by Daniel Ceppi. This book is based on Stephane's travels in Pondicherry

  • The Piano Tuner

  • Daniel Mason , Picador , 2002

On a misty London afternoon in 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the War Office: he must leave his wife, and his quiet life in London, to travel to the jungles of Burma to tune a rare Erard grand piano. The piano belongs to Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, and enigmatic British officer, whose success at making peace in the war-torn Shan States is legendary, but whose unorthodox methods have begun to attract suspicion.

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On a misty London afternoon in 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the War Office: he must leave his wife, and his quiet life in London, to travel to the jungles of Burma to tune a rare Erard grand piano. The piano belongs to Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, and enigmatic British officer, whose success at making peace in the war-torn Shan States is legendary, but whose unorthodox methods have begun to attract suspicion.

  • The Prisoner of Zenda

  • Anthony Hope , Penguin , 1994

Rudolph Rassendyll's life is interrupted by his unexpected and personal involvement in the affairs of Ruritania whilst travelling through the town of Zenda. He is shortly on the way to Streslau, the capital, where he finds himself engaged in plans to rescue the imprisoned king.

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Rudolph Rassendyll's life is interrupted by his unexpected and personal involvement in the affairs of Ruritania whilst travelling through the town of Zenda. He is shortly on the way to Streslau, the capital, where he finds himself engaged in plans to rescue the imprisoned king.

  • Una familia española

  • J.P. Fitz Gibbon , George G. Harrap & Co Ltd , 1957

The story of the Fuentes' travels across Spain during the summer holidays, providing an insight into the traditions of a Spanish family, as well as descriptions of several famous cities and landmarks in Spain. A vocabulary may be found at the back of the book.

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The story of the Fuentes' travels across Spain during the summer holidays, providing an insight into the traditions of a Spanish family, as well as descriptions of several famous cities and landmarks in Spain. A vocabulary may be found at the back of the book.

  • BBC Essential English Guide To Britain

  • Bob Maisden , BBC Books , 1990

Simple and and essential phrases any traveller to Britain can learn.

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Simple and and essential phrases any traveller to Britain can learn.

In the second episode, Fortey travels to the rainforests of Madagascar - an ancient island that has spawned some of the most extraordinary groups of plants and animals anywhere in the world.

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In the second episode, Fortey travels to the rainforests of Madagascar - an ancient island that has spawned some of the most extraordinary groups of plants and animals anywhere in the world.

In the final episode, Richard travels to Madeira to examine what happens to a volcanic island as it nears the end of its life-cycle and starts sinking back into the sea.

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In the final episode, Richard travels to Madeira to examine what happens to a volcanic island as it nears the end of its life-cycle and starts sinking back into the sea.

As Laust and Peter grow up, they are both in love with Inge, who loves them both in return. Peter dreams of seeing more of the world, his interest piqued by the arrival of a family of travellers on the estate.

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As Laust and Peter grow up, they are both in love with Inge, who loves them both in return. Peter dreams of seeing more of the world, his interest piqued by the arrival of a family of travellers on the estate.

Following the shaming evacuation of Danevirke, the retreating Danish troops are harried by bloodthirsty Prussian hussars. Laust's division is caught in a fierce snowstorm and he is ordered to retrieve an artillery piece from a frozen lake. Expelled by her family, Inge travels south towards Sonderborg to find Laust before their baby is born.

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Following the shaming evacuation of Danevirke, the retreating Danish troops are harried by bloodthirsty Prussian hussars. Laust's division is caught in a fierce snowstorm and he is ordered to retrieve an artillery piece from a frozen lake. Expelled by her family, Inge travels south towards Sonderborg to find Laust before their baby is born.

Neil Oliver continues his journey through the world of Ancient Britain as he encounters an age of cosmological priests and some of the greatest monuments of the Stone Age, including Stonehenge itself. This is a time of elite travellers, who were inventing the very idea of Heaven itself.

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Neil Oliver continues his journey through the world of Ancient Britain as he encounters an age of cosmological priests and some of the greatest monuments of the Stone Age, including Stonehenge itself. This is a time of elite travellers, who were inventing the very idea of Heaven itself.

Neil Oliver travels back to ice age Britain as he begins the epic story of how our land and its people came to be over thousands of years of ancient history. This week sees a struggle for survival in a brutal world of climate change and environmental catastrope.

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Neil Oliver travels back to ice age Britain as he begins the epic story of how our land and its people came to be over thousands of years of ancient history. This week sees a struggle for survival in a brutal world of climate change and environmental catastrope.

Chris Tarrant discovers how one simple invention revolutionised the industrial heart of Britain. He travels by narrow boat to see how the Brindley Lock created a canal network that would transform the Midlands from rural backwater to industrial giant.

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Chris Tarrant discovers how one simple invention revolutionised the industrial heart of Britain. He travels by narrow boat to see how the Brindley Lock created a canal network that would transform the Midlands from rural backwater to industrial giant.

A documentary following a resident of Hull as he attempts to make a positive impact on his community by travelling with a hip-hop tour bus.

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A documentary following a resident of Hull as he attempts to make a positive impact on his community by travelling with a hip-hop tour bus.

  • A South American Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby

  • BBC 2

Jonathan Dimbleby travels to South America to report on dramatic changes in one of the world's least understood continents

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Jonathan Dimbleby travels to South America to report on dramatic changes in one of the world's least understood continents

Jonathan Dimbleby travels through Brazil, the continent\'s largest country.

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Jonathan Dimbleby travels through Brazil, the continent\'s largest country.

Jonathan travels across Colombia and Venezuela, South America\'s Caribbean giants.

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Jonathan travels across Colombia and Venezuela, South America\'s Caribbean giants.

Series exploring African influences in modern music. Rita Ray travels to Nigeria to trace the importance of rhythm in the country's music.

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Series exploring African influences in modern music. Rita Ray travels to Nigeria to trace the importance of rhythm in the country's music.

DJ and broadcaster Rita Ray travels to Mali to find out how the country's traditional way of life and rich musical culture have endured through a ban on music in some areas.

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DJ and broadcaster Rita Ray travels to Mali to find out how the country's traditional way of life and rich musical culture have endured through a ban on music in some areas.

The award-winning film-maker and academic Henry Louis Gates Jr travels the length and breadth of Africa to explore the continent's epic history. In this first episode, Gates focuses on the origins of human existence and looks at the anthropological and scientific discoveries that point to Africa as the genetic home of all currently living humanity.

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The award-winning film-maker and academic Henry Louis Gates Jr travels the length and breadth of Africa to explore the continent's epic history. In this first episode, Gates focuses on the origins of human existence and looks at the anthropological and scientific discoveries that point to Africa as the genetic home of all currently living humanity.