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Category: History: Postclassical Era

What Columbus Discovered – N. Wey-Gomez

The topic is “What Columbus Discovered” for this lecture by Nicolas Wey-Gomez, who is a professor of history at Caltech. Wey-Gomez explores some of the facts and fiction surrounding Columbus’s geographical surveys of the Bahamas and Caribbean Basin. He will show how the navigator’s discoveries revolutionized old ideas about the globe, and how science, faith, …

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TED-Ed: How Magellan circumnavigated the globe – Ewandro Magalhaes

Ferdinand Magellan (1480 – 1521) was the first to sail from Europe westwards towards South America and find a way to the Pacific Ocean with the goal of finding the Spice Islands in Indonesia. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean, he died in battle on the island of Mactan in the Philippines. Of his fleet, …

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VOX: Why knights fought snails in medieval art

Medieval snails and knights — yep, that’s correct. Medieval illuminated manuscripts featured a lot of bizarre imagery in the margins, one specific pocket of art history might be one of the most intriguing. Academic Lilian Randall wrote a paper about a certain unusual motif: medieval knights fighting snails. VOX explain how snails represented the Lombards, …

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History Buffs: Master and Commander

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 American epic historical drama film written, produced and directed by Peter Weir. The film stars Russell …

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Cornell University Library: Ivory Vikings | Nancy Marie Brown

In the early 19th century, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory and whales’ teeth between AD 1150-1200. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world. Harry played Wizard’s …

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Dan Snow’s History Hit: Battle of Hastings 1066 – The English Camp

More than 1,000 soldiers re-enacted English history’s defining battle on the site in East Sussex where the Battle of Hastings took place 950 years ago. In this video, Dan Snow tours the English battle camp before the re-enactment battle.  

TED: Hunting for Peru’s lost civilizations — with satellites

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of lost ancient sites lie buried and hidden from view. Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak is determined to find them before looters do. With the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak is building an online citizen-science tool called GlobalXplorer that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the …

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TED-Ed: Where did Russia come from?

Russia is the biggest country in the world, spanning one-eighth of the earth’s landmass. But where did it all begin? Alex Gendler explores the epic history of the Kievan Rus, where characters ranging from Viking raiders and Western crusaders to Byzantine missionaries and Mongol hordes all played a role to create a unique civilization standing …

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John Neeman Tools: The Birth Of A Weapon. Part I. English longbow making.

This is a documentary movie uncovering making of a traditional English longbow from log to a shooting weapon.  

The British Museum : Kakiemon: a history of making Japanese porcelain

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of porcelain production in Japan. It is said to have started in 1616 in Arita, a town on the southern island of Kyushu near Nagasaki. One of the major styles of porcelain from Arita is known as Kakiemon. The Kakiemon style dates back to the 1670s and was made for …

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History Buffs: Braveheart

Braveheart is a 1995 historical drama epic film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The story is based on Blind Harry’s epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre …

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National Geographic: Shipwreck Hunter Discovers 500-Year-Old Treasures

After 500 years lost at sea, explorer Vasco da Gama’s Esmeralda shipwreck has been discovered, and National Geographic grantee and shipwreck hunter David Mearns is recovering the infamous ship’s remarkable treasures. “This is the earliest pre-colonial shipwreck ever discovered. This is from the European age of discovery when Columbus, Magellan, and Vasco da Gama are …

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CBC: Possible New Viking Site in Newfoundland

Researchers believe they’ve found a second Viking settlement in Newfoundland.  

Columbia University: Religion and the State in Islam: From Medieval Caliphate to the Muslim Brotherhood

A lecture with Columbia University Professor, Richard Bulliet. Sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the Religious Studies Department at the University of Denver. Professor Bulliet is a Professor of History at Columbia and author of numerous books on the Middle East and Islam, including “Islam: The View from the Edge” (1993) and …

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History Buffs: Kingdom of Heaven

Still in grief over his wife’s sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem. After a perilous journey to the holy city, the valiant young man enters the retinue of the leprous King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), which is rife …

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Penn Museum: Hero Twins of the Americas: Myths of Origin, Duality, and Vengeance

Myths concerning the “hero twins” are widespread from Canada to South America. In the archetypal Maya myth, a pair of twin brothers battle with a range of monsters and death deities as they seek to make the world safe for humankind. Instead of defeating their enemies in trials of strength, they outwit them in games …

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History Buffs: The Last Samurai

History Buffs takes a look at the 2004 movie The Last Samurai . Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country’s first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for …

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History Buffs: Vikings Historical Accuracy and Season 4 Predictions

What better way to kick off 2016 than with a video on Vikings! And whilst this show may not be the most accurate, it is definitely my favorite. Over the course of this review I will have explained why.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 7 – Daily Life in Viking Ireland

What do walrus tusks and amber beads have to do with everyday life in Dublin during the Viking Age? Dr Patrick F Wallace, former Director of the National Museum, discusses finds from excavations from one of the world’s best preserved Viking towns: Dublin.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 6 – The Irish & the Vikings

What contact was there between the Irish and Vikings and how can we tell? And were slaves really traded in Dublin? Eamonn Kelly, Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, explains how Irish society was different from the Vikings, where the Irish lived and the interaction between the Vikings and the Irish.  

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