Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.

Why do we study history?

We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.

What is a period drama?

A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.

What is historical fiction?

A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.

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Thomas Jefferson
Dimensioned drawings of Thomas Jefferson in a range of standing postures labeled with overall height

Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father who served as the third President of the United States of America. He was born in Virginia in 1743 on his family’s plantation near present day Charlottesville. He was selected for Congress in 1775 and became the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. He then served as the first Secretary of State under President George Washington and was later elected as President, serving from 1801 to 1809.  He was considered a well-learned man. He kept diaries throughout his life, recording his thoughts and political ideas. He had a keen interest in architecture and gardening.

Thomas Jefferson was 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father who served as the third President of the United States of America. He was born in Virginia in 1743 and was selected for Congress in 1775 and became the principle author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson was 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

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Presidency Terms
3rd President

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Rosa Parks
Set of illustrations of Rosa Parks in various poses measured with overall height

Rosa Parks was born in Alabama in 1913. She became involved with the civil rights movement, joining the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943. In December 1955, she boarded a bus in downtown Montgomery, and refused to give up her seat to a white person onboard. She was arrested. Her actions instigated the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the civil rights movement. This eventually led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws that segregated buses were unconstitutional. Rosa Parks remained politically active until her death in 2005.

Rosa Parks was 5 foot 3 inches (1.60 m) tall.

Rosa Parks was born in Alabama in 1913 and became involved with the civil rights movement. In December 1955, she boarded a bus in downtown Montgomery, and refused to give up her seat to a white person onboard. She was arrested, but her actions were a seminal event in the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks was 5 foot 3 inches (1.60 m) tall.

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Birthday: February 4, 1913

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Rosa Parks front, side, walking (front)

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Drawings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in a range of positions labeled with overall height

Mies Van der Rohe is considered one of the most important architects of the twentieth century and a pioneer of modern architecture. He was the last director of the Bauhaus- one of the leading schools of modern design- before fleeing Germany to escape the Nazis. Van der Rohe is known for his architectural style which incorporates free flowing interior space, the use of glass and steel sheets, and minimal decoration.

Some of his best-known buildings include the Barcelona pavilion, Chicago federal centre, and the National Gallery in Berlin. Mies Van der Rohe also co-designed several pieces of furniture, which are now considered design classics.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

Mies Van der Rohe is considered one of the most important architects of the twentieth century and a pioneer of modern architecture. He was the last director of the Bauhaus. Van der Rohe is known for his architectural style which emphasizes flowing interior space and the use of glass and steel.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had an estimated height of 5’8” (1.73 m) based on comparative photo analysis.

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Death: August 17, 1969 (aged 83)

Birthday
March 27, 1886

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe front, side, side (blueprints), side (sitting MR Side Chair)

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Coco Chanel
Set of illustrations of Coco Chanel in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 and is a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the founder of the famous fashion brand, Chanel. She is given credit for removing the corset silhouette after World War I, and providing a casual feminine style for women. Coco Chanel developed designs beyond clothing and also created jewelry, handbags, and fragrances. Chanel was placed in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She designed the double-c logo that is synonymous of the Chanel brand. Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971 at the age of 87.

Coco Chanel had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 and is a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the founder of the famous fashion brand, Chanel. She is given credit for removing the corset silhouette after World War I, and providing a casual feminine style.

Coco Chanel had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

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Died: January 10, 1971

Birthday
August 19, 1883

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Coco Chanel front, side, side (walking)

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Eileen Gray
Collection of drawings of Eileen Gray measured with overall height

Eileen Gray had an estimated height of 5’7" (1.70 m) based on her portrayal by actress Orla Brady in 'The Price of Desire (2015)'.

Eileen Gray had an estimated height of 5’7" (1.70 m) based on her portrayal by actress Orla Brady in 'The Price of Desire (2015)'.

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Death: October 31, 1976 (aged 98)

Birthday
August 9, 1878

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Eileen Gray front (looking), front, front (sitting)

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