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Category: History

AlternateHistoryHub: What if Germany Won WWI? (Part I)

The Great War changed everything. World War I was the turning point for Europe’s history. In this seriesAlternateHistoryHub explores what changes when the war that influenced it all, changed itself.  

Top Lists: 10 Empires That Came The Closest To World Domination

Whether historically accurate or not, the list is some fun time for everyone that digs history. The creators take off in historical accuracy but then aim to hypothesize a counterfactual history of possible scenarios based on probability. And although the word “closest” infers that these states were very near world domination, the very fact is …

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Penn Museum: Great Beasts of Legend: Centaurs, Sirens and Chimaera: The Greeks and their Monsters

Dr. Jeremy McInerney, Davidson Kennedy Professor Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania The Greek imagination was populated with all sorts of hybrids and monsters, from the half-horse, half man centaur to the chimaera, a blend of lion, snake and goat. What function did these creatures play in Greek culture? In this lecture we’ll look …

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The Economist: Carving up the Middle East

This week in 1915, British diplomat Mark Sykes described for The Economist the battle underway in the Middle East. A few months later he carved up control of the region with his French counterpart Francois George Picot. The impact of the secret agreeement they reached is still being felt today.  

Vox: How America became a superpower

With over 800 military bases around the globe, the US is easily the most powerful nation on earth. But it wasn’t always this way. The US once played an insignificant role in global affairs. In this 8-minute video, Vox explores its transformation.  

TED-Ed: Plato’s best (and worst) ideas

Few individuals have influenced the world and many of today’s thinkers like Plato. He created the first Western university and was teacher to Ancient Greece’s greatest minds, including Aristotle. But even he wasn’t perfect. Along with his great ideas, Plato had a few that haven’t exactly stood the test of time. Wisecrack gives a brief …

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Gresham College: Professor Paul Cartledge | Ten Things You Really Should Know About Ancient Greek Democracy

Professor Paul Cartledge explores the democracy in ancient Greece and the origins of the word, and how that distinguishes from todays notion of democracy. Myths abound about ancient Greek democracy actually, there was no such thing. That is, there was no such one thing. Even Athens, which invented both the thing and the name, had …

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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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Penn Museum: Great Beasts of Legend: Anzu the Lion Headed Eagle

Dr. Steve Tinney, Associate Curator, Babylonian Section, Penn Museum The Penn Museum’s popular monthly evening lecture series kicks off with a fresh theme: Great Beasts of Legends. Throughout history, great beasts and monsters fabled or not have terrorized, enchanted, and eluded humans. Join leading Penn scholars on an exploration of some of the best stories …

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Israel Antiquities Authority: Fascinating evidence of Romans breaking through Jerusalem’s Third Wall

Fascinating evidence of the battlefield and the breaching of the Third Wall that surrounded Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period was uncovered last winter in the Russian Compound in the city center. The finds were discovered in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted in the location where the new campus …

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TED Ed: What caused the French Revolution? – Tom Mullaney

What rights do people have, and where do they come from? Who gets to make decisions for others, and on what authority? And how can we organize society to meet people’s needs? Tom Mullaney shows how these questions challenged an entire nation during the upheaval of the French Revolution.  

Military History Visualized: Why the Japanese Air Forces failed in World War 2

Short overview on the major shortcomings of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Air Arm and the Japanese Army Air Force (JAAF) in World War 2. Taking a look at the initial situation and the various errors committed by its leadership.  

TED Ed: How much of human history is on the bottom of the ocean?

Sunken relics, ghostly shipwrecks, and lost cities aren’t just wonders found in fictional adventures. Beneath the ocean’s surface, there are ruins where people once roamed and shipwrecks loaded with artifacts from another time. Peter Campbell takes us into the huge underwater museum that is our ocean to see what these artifacts can tell us about …

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Nature Video: Monkeys can make stone tools too

Stone flakes made by capuchin monkeys look remarkably similar to stone tools made by early humans 2-3 million years ago, raising questions about the archaeological record. The capuchins make the fragments unintentionally while bashing rocks into dust, the researchers find. Some scientists say that the results call into question whether some stone tools have been …

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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 Ed: The history of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Imagine going about your life knowing that, at any given moment, you and everyone you know could be wiped out without warning at the push of a button. This was the reality for millions of people during the forty-five year period after World War II now known as the Cold War. Matthew A. Jordan explains …

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Nature video: Skeleton uncovered at ancient Antikythera shipwreck

The famous shipwreck that brought us the mysterious Antikythera mechanism has revealed a new secret: a two thousand year old human skeleton. The team hopes to extract DNA from the skull – a feat never attempted before on bones this old that have been underwater. More on the remarkable ancient computer, the Antikythera mechanism at …

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NGP: Human Migration

Researchers investigated the role that climate played when modern humans first walked out of Africa. A new computer model shows how human migration across the world took place. The scientists did their calculations of what will be the most comprehensive climate historical model made to date.  

Military History Visualized: Why did the German Aces have so many Air Kills?

When it comes to World War 2 many people often cite the high kill numbers of German and Japanese Pilots. The problem is they usually try to use these numbers to make various points on how effective the Axis forces were, well, there are many problems with this. Luckily the third most successful German ace …

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Yale University: The Roman Empire from Hobbes to Rostovtzeff | Professor John Matthews

The 5th annual Michael I Rostovtzeff lecture, followed by an all-day symposium, and incorporating a visit to the new Dura Europus Galleries at the YUAG. John Matthews, John M. Schiff Professor of Classics and History, came to Yale in 1996, having spent his earlier career at the University of Oxford, where he was University Professor …

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