History Summarized: The Ottoman Empire

History Summarized: Hong Kong

Well, now that I finished my China series, I guess it’d be fun to take a little bit of a closer look at the history of Hong Kong. So, I’ll schedule that one in for a side video after Rome goes up. Yeah, that’s a good plan. Nothing wrong with that. Hundreds of thousands of […]

History Summarized: Iroquois Native Americans

American History tends to emphasize how the colonies won their freedom from the oppressive British empire and while that’s true it’s only part of the picture. See there were a lot of players in the new worlds during and before the time of the revolution. One of the most remarkable yet often overlooked forces in […]

Legends Summarized: The Journey To The West (Part VI)

LAST TIME ON JOURNEY TO THE WEST: Uh, let’s see… Everyone got kidnapped, Monkey killed the two guys who did it and got a lot of swag, but then he had to give up the swag, and also the two guys weren’t dead after all, but at least the kidnapping thing got fixed. Now after […]

History Summarized: Akhenaten

Ancient Egyptian mythology is a complex beast, with hundreds, if not thousands of deities, and a sophistocated bureaucracy of priests overseeing the management of religion across the empire. What happens when that entire polytheistic system gets forcibly co-opted into monotheism instead? Well, one king actually tried to do it, and he would have gotten away […]

History Summarized: Cleopatra

So Cleopatra pretty straightforward story Shakespeare tells us that she’s the gorgeous queen of Egypt and master of the art of seduction who banged her way across Rome to get Power ultimately ruining her own Empire before committing Cobra assisted suicide couldn’t be easier, right? Wrong for starters never trust a leading question But secondly […]

History Summarized: Mexico

Mexico has got a lot going on in its history, from ancient civilizations building temples to the Sun and sowing panic about the year 2012, to a great Empire with a city in the middle of a lake and a habit of hucking people off of pyramids, to its less-than-willing participation in New World globalization […]

History Summarized: Mesopotamia — The Bronze Age

Welcome to the Bronze Age: an 11 part collaboration of historical YouTube channels. Be sure to follow up with the video by Epimetheus by checking out the playlist in the description As first up in this big bronze bonanza, I’ll be taking you back to the very beginning. Nope. No too far. No, a little […]

History Summarized: Ancient India

Ancient Indian history feels like the halfway point between a fairy tale and a Lovecraft story. On the one hand, you have fables of princes going out into the wild to seek enlightenment, and guilt-ridden emperors swearing off of conquest and becoming legendary peacemakers, but there are also entire cosmologies simply spoken into existence, and […]

History Summarized: Ancient China

This video is brought to you by Squarespace. More on that later. The Empire, long divided must unite – long united, must divide. Thus, it has ever been. So opens the famous Chinese tale “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms”, or to put it another way, China is whole again! Then it broke again! And […]