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The World History of Organized Crime – Complete – 5 Episodes (2001)
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The World History of Organized Crime – Complete – 5 Episodes (2001)

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This enthralling History Channel production looks at both the origins and current state of organized crime in Sicily, Russia, Colombia, India, and China. The series of five shows is thoroughly researched and beautifully put together, clearly elucidating the complex sociological roots that gave rise to today’s cartels. Such fascinating topics as Russian prison tattoos and the ancient Indian Thug cult are discussed along the way. Though the producers don’t shy away from pointing out governmental missteps that have inadvertently assisted in the rise of organized crime, the series comes down firmly on the side of law and order, and is careful to show the ruthlessness and brutality of the black market. The only hitches in the series come in the form of quick repetitions of information (that once followed commercial breaks), but these are only occasionally noticeable. Though densely informative, The World History of Organized Crime never becomes dull or dry–indeed, once you start watching it, it’s almost impossible to stop.


Episode 1: China (2001)

On January 2, 2000, a freighter from Hong Kong docked in Seattle. When INS officials opened one of the cargo containers, they found 12 disoriented Chinese stowaways, who had paid exorbitant fees to Snake Heads, smuggling agents from a vast criminal syndicate that spans cultures, countries, and history. Featuring gang leaders from 1920s’ Shanghai to 1970s’ New York Chinatown, we investigate the history of the Chinese underworld from its mythical origins in a long-ago Shaolin monastery.


Episode 2: Sicily (2001)

Although the Mafia had its beginnings in Sicily, it eventually spread its tentacles all over the world. Organized crime originally owed its success to providing services that appeal to human weakness. Gambling, illegal drugs and alcohol, and trafficking in humans were among its pursuits. To enforce its hold over prized territory, the mob resorted to extortion and violence. Law enforcement has responded with harsh measures, but organized crime, now engaged in a number of respectable activities, still thrives. This episode, which is part of a five-volume series, returns to the roots of organized crime in Sicily, with an informative chronicle of the country’s so-called Five Families. Archival film footage, photographs, journals, personal accounts, and commentary by historians tell the story.


Episode 3: Russia (2001)

The Russian Mob or Mafia, Russkaya Mafiya, Red Mafia, Krasnaya Mafiya or Bratva (brotherhood), is a name given to a broad group of organized criminals of various ethnicity which appeared in the former Soviet Union territories after its disintegration in 1991.
Apart from ethnic Russians, the term comprises disproportionately large numbers of Jews, Chechens and Georgians. Other notable ethnic groups within the Russian Mafia include the Ukrainians, Armenians, and Azeris. The term “Russian Mafia” may also include organized crime groups from other former Soviet Republics.


Episode 4: Colombia (2001)

Is the war on drugs in Colombia winnable? One of South America’s most beautiful countries, it’s also one of the most dangerous. Since the 1970s, Colombian drug cartels have shipped thousands of tons of cocaine to the US. We investigate two of the most successful–the Medellin and Cali Cartels–and the smaller organizations that arose in their demise, whose cocaine and heroin crops and trafficking airstrips are protected by leftist guerrilla groups for a share of the profit.


Episode 5: India (2001)

Although the Mafia had its beginnings in Sicily, it eventually spread its tentacles all over the world. Organized crime originally owed its success to providing services that appeal to human weakness. Gambling, illegal drugs and alcohol, and trafficking in humans were among its pursuits. To enforce its hold over prized territory, the mob resorted to extortion and violence. Law enforcement has responded with harsh measures, but organized crime, now engaged in a number of respectable activities, still thrives. This episode on the Mafia in India is part of a five-volume series that chronicles the history of organized crime, using archival film footage, photographs, journals, personal accounts, and commentary by historians. The subversion of the country’s spiritual beliefs led to the rise of a special brand of mob activity in India.


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