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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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History Buffs: Why Game of Thrones reads like a History Book and not a Fantasy Epic

Was George R. R. Martin inspired by history? Probably. Hadrian’s Wall, the War of the Roses, Italian city-states, the Mongols, Greek fire, the Assassination of Julius Caesar, the Colossus of Rhodes are just some of the similarities between real world history and the epic fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the …

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Penn Museum: Great Myths and Legends: Genghis Khan: Barbarian Conqueror or Harbinger of Democracy

Dr. Morris Rossabi, Senior Research Scholar, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University The world has generally viewed Genghis Khan as a barbaric conqueror whose troops raped and murdered hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people and pillaged and often destroyed villages, towns, and cities throughout Asia and Europe. However, several popular …

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Western Washington University: Ed Vajda: The Mongol Impact on World History

Edward Vajda, a professor with the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University, presents “The Mongol Impact on World History.” As part of celebrating Mongolia Day at WWU, Vajda discusses the spectacular consequences of the Mongol conquests begun in the 13th century by Chinggis Khan. The lecture explains how the medieval era …

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Penn Museum: Colin Renfrew: Before Silk: Unsolved Mysteries of the Silk Road

Colin Renfrew speaks on the Unsolved Mysteries of the Silk Road at the Silk Road Symposium held at the Penn Museum held in March 2011. The extent of contact between east (China) and west (Europe and Western Asia) in the prehistoric period has been much debated but remains little understood. In 1921 John Gunnar Anderson’s …

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