Barbarians (History Channel)
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The series does a beautiful job illustrating the commercialization of the history channel and discovery channel today. The series is very entertaining, but the focus on entertainment and on popular appeal overpowers it's historical accuracy and it's determination to cover the topics at hand. The series is a lot of fun, but tries to be a bit too main stream. This is why it has so many bad reviews.
The episode on the mongols is hands down my favorite, while the rest of the series does a good enough job. I will give this 4 stars because I did in fact enjoy the series, but I will also agree this could have been MUCH better, and had much more substance. Not enough information is given, and the maps, while good, are used sparingly. There's only a few battles covered, and the ones that are covered arent covered with as much detail as other documentaries. This is more an overview than anything else... dont expect to come away with a real understanding of history after watching this... you'll have learned some things, and enjoyed it... but too much is skipped and ignored. The only mongol leaders covered are Chengis Khan and Tamerlane, what about the many other important khans and khanates? No real depth is present, and there is so much facinating stuff left out (the planned mongol invasion of europe...Read more ›
Still, the History Channel did a commendable job of exploring the histories of the Vikings, Huns, Mongols, and Goths in this program. While I cannot verify whether all the information provided is completely accurate, I doubt there are as many hugely glaring errors as other critics would make one believe.
My only disappointment is that there were still unanswered questions about several things after having watched this series. The name HUN -- is it related to the HAN dynasty of China that drove them westward...? And what's the difference between an Ostrogoth and a Visigoth -- geography alone, or more?
How did Kublai Kahn fit into the blood-drenched history of the Mongols?
Finally, I would have liked seeing even a little coverage of other barbarous European tribes such as the Vandals, Gauls, Picts, Angles, Saxons, and Burgundians.
At the end of the day "Barbarians" presents a decent documentary on a subject heretofore not covered and I found it largely enjoyable and educational.
The DVD was all right. I've seen better.
If you listen to the story it tells rather than look for mistakes (wether the race of the actors is correct, etc) you'll start to conect names of tribes (huns, vikings, etc.) and dates with other civilizations that are better known (romans, etc).
Take a look at it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
History speaks of warrior cultures from a soldier's point of view as a war fought in a civilized fashion. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Billy Williams
This complete series is absolutely a great educational tool for all who want to know better the European history during the "dark ages". Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dulcinea del Toboso
I saw this when it was first aired on TV.
I purchased Barbarians 2, but couldn't find this one for a long time. Read more
This is a very informative history. Its worth purchasing for those who like a bit of history. It is worth the money. This has to be watched and re-watched in a timely fashion.Published on June 16, 2012 by PRN NSMR
I must say that when I bought the 4 DVD set of "Barabarians" I expected interesting but somewhat dry material with college professor types talking and some drawings and perhaps... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Old Gray Moose
I have viewed many documentaries and this one is great if you want to know more about those groups considered to be barbarians by those civilizations that they attacked. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by Cfraleyburgett
Same problem with History Channel videos---repeating the same scenes too often to eat up time. Historically I do like the references and the impact in modern history.Published on February 3, 2011 by Donald1
This is how history should be presented in school. This makes learning a pleasant experience. Read more