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World Explorers: Gertrude Bell

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At the turn of the 20th century, young British adventurer Gertrude Bell left England to travel thousands of miles across Persia, Turkey, and Arabia. Her familiarity with the Middle East allowed her to eventually play a key role in establishing the borders of Iraq after World War I. Part of the "World Explorers" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes 23 seconds

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Episode 1
4 minutes 21 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
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Episode 2
4 minutes 49 seconds
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Episode 3
5 minutes 23 seconds
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Episode 4
4 minutes 34 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
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Episode 5
4 minutes 23 seconds
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Episode 6
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Episode 7
4 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
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Episode 8
4 minutes 24 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
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Episode 9
4 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8
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Episode 10
5 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 4 - 8