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  • Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
    Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek

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    Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.

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    Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire and became one of the most feared conquerors of all time.

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    Paul the Apostle defined Christianity as a new religion in the 1st century and helped spread its message throughout the Roman Empire.

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    The Romans revolutionized land transport by paving a network of roads that spanned across the empire.

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    The Silk Road connected the Eastern and Western worlds in a vast trading network that lasted for centuries.

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    The Vikings sought adventure and trading opportunities by using their maritime skills to push beyond the boundaries of European exploration.

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  • Bloody Sunday 1965
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