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History-Makers: Marco Polo

History-Makers: Marco Polo

Marco! Marcooo! Marco? This video is sponsored by NordVPN. More on that later. Following their monumental conquest of China, Central Asia and the Middle East, the Mongols completely reanimated trade between east and west along the new Silk Road. Among thousands of merchants and travellers who made their way to and from Asia, one guy …

Dark Ages in Medieval History

Dark Ages in Medieval History

It is common knowledge that the Classical Age was followed by many centuries of utter stagnation and decline with virtually nothing happening but wars and famine and the destruction of the priceless ancient monuments. Then, during the Renaissance, the Classical authors reappear from oblivion, Latin and Greek become resurrected as the intelligentsia Esperanto of the …

Kulikovo 1380 – Rus-Mongol Wars DOCUMENTARY

Kulikovo 1380 – Rus-Mongol Wars DOCUMENTARY

The Mongols’ rule over Eastern Europe was harsh, but no other nation has internalized it to the level the Russians have done, as the ostensible Mongol-Tatar Yoke entered the collective memory of the Russian people. Although modern historians present a more nuanced view of the Golden Horde’s dominance, the struggle against the Khans was very …

Mongol Women Warriors: Did they Exist?

Mongol Women Warriors: Did they Exist?

Since international Women’s day approaches, I thought I’d do a quick piece on one of the most common questions regarding women in the Mongol Empire- that is, were there female Mongolian warriors? The answer is no, but also, yes! Allow me to explain. In Mongol society, men needed to be freed up to be called …

A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler

A brief history of chess – Alex Gendler

The attacking infantry advances steadily, their elephants already having broken the defensive line. The king tries to retreat, but enemy cavalry flanks him from the rear. Escape is impossible. But this isn’t a real war– nor is it just a game. Over the roughly one-and-a-half millennia of its existence, chess has been known as a …