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Politics – a word with multiple connotations and associations, and not all of them pleasant. Discover some political flashpoints and controversies from throughout history below, or for something more lighthearted discover our Politics in Images and Politics in Film articles online.
Unsure what kind of political content you want to focus on? See footage from across history of individual politicians, dictators and more in our Famous Faces Showreel.
The Representation of the People Act in 1918 enabled women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time and paved the way for universal suffrage ten years later. It was the catalyst for several significant milestones on the track towards democratic equality. Discover footage of the remarkable suffragettes in action – one stage of many in the path to equal voting rights.
Our War footage from the 20th century is one of our archive’s strongest areas, with large amounts of content from most major wars and battles. Fascinating insights of real battles – captured on film forever – as well as staged rallies and propaganda can be found here.
Historic conferences of all kinds are covered in the archive. These fleeting moments of history can be watched as many times as one desires. Highlights include the competition JFK faced on his election and the Cairo/Potsdam conferences.
There is footage, both personal and public of many of the US Presidents from throughout history. Speeches and prominent events can be viewed, but this collection also holds intimate scenes as well, such as home video type footage of the Kennedy Family on holiday.
Armies from all countries can be seen in formation in these clips, but parades, fates and rallies of a more pleasing nature can also be found. Content covering Hitler and the rise of the Nazis makes up a large portion of footage here.
The fall of the Berlin wall and the events leading up to its construction are covered in the archive, offering a fascinating insight into the lives of those who lived through it at that turbulent point in history.