I liked their Punic Wars segment, although it really is elementary and some of their assumptions and numbers can be quite suspect. Their main purpose is probably to motivate retarded gamers to delve more into historical topics once they've been introduced to the material, so I'm not really going to hate on them.
>>66859 Is that the lies one? I can't see a list of sources in the description. They should have at the very least a few books cited. The Great War channel does this, crash course and extra history should too.
>>66914 It does give some citations sure, but not nearly enough. I think if you are going to produce something on something as large as Charles V's life, for example, you should cite at least a half dozen historians in addition to sources for a 10 -15 minute episode.
I thought they were a little leftist till i saw the zulu episode. I havent seen crusades or byzantines tho. Question for anyone who knows about justinian byzantium was there anything special about theodora? Why was she the face of byzantium in civ 5?
>>67010 I'd argue that it's better to give a focused overview through the lens your choose to do so and adding many historians could complicate that, and the point is to be reasonably simple crash courses which leaves you room to study more into it as the best thing that series does is put some effort into giving the viewer the tools to actually look at history, instead of just reading a book about something.
>>67301 I still think that people should at least be aware of other interpretations of the history as opposed to simply John Green's or that hipster who runs Extra Credits interpretation. Both are pretty opinionated.
>>67353 Green (well, the writer) does make that point to the viewer all the damn time though. He's always saying "this is how I choose to do it, other ways are cool too" sometimes he'll give a quick rubdown of them.
These are just the things crash course does right imo, dunno about extra history, extra credits is a joke so I never bothered but I imagine it's like crash course with worse writing, acting and is just less intelligent about the whole thing.
>>67430 Yes, but be aware the majority of the people who watch crash course are more on the side of tumblr and I doubt that they would actually spend much time reading up on the subject to get other interpretations. Tumblrites need to be challenged intellectually and John Green does the exact opposite.
>>67275 I think dido founded it. It makes me pretty mad when they fuck it up with trash leaders like that. Most of them are good if not the first pick then the top 5. But then theres songhai. Their leader is askia but theirs no songhai king named askia. The songhai word for king is askia. Its just so lazy and annoying. They could have done mohammad toure who was really cool. He spread islam and science through out the empire and on his pilgrimage to mecca built one of the greatest religous structures made of mud (pic related) and gave out so much gold in the egypt-arabian area that the price dropped for 12 years. Hed make a cool civ. Nice early game science and gold.
>>67586 Maybe you're right, but I still think it should at least touch on different ways of looking at it, I mean in my country the lowest level of history qualification which is basically just reciting history requires some acknowledgement of historians.
What angers me however is that schools have started using them as teaching tools with little elaboration.
>>67660 In fairness it IS considered to be probably slanderous by a majority of historians. If they were trying to obfuscate in favor of Justinian then they wouldn't have brought up the Secret History at all.
>>67275 Hannibal never actually lead Carthage in any real sense; he was just a general, whereas Dido was an actual queen.
>>67550 Askia in Civ 5 is, in fact, supposed to represent Askia Mohammad I (Mohammed Toure), also known as Askia the Great.
Basically it's not any different from how they have the Roman leader named Augustus rather than Octavianus; or the Mongol leader is named Genghis Khan rather than Timujin. More popular and well-known name for the same person.
>>67842 Pic related, what it looked like before the French built the current one.
>Dubois revisited Djenné in 1910 and was shocked by the new building. He believed that the French colonial administration were responsible for the design and wrote that it looked like a cross between a hedgehog and a church organ. He thought that the cones made the building resemble a baroque temple dedicated to the god of suppositories.
>>68088>>68070 Hannibal never had any actual, recognized political control over Carthaginian affairs, however. Both Bismarck and Nobunaga did have political control over the affairs of Germany and Japan, respectively.
Basically putting Hannibal in command of the Carthaginians is a bit like making a Confederate nation led by Robert E. Lee.
It's really not though? With John Green he self admittedly takes the marxist people's view of history and dismisses the great man stuff, but the guy who writes these says has the (correct) view that the nature of history lies somewhere in between. If people are looking at pop history from a neutral person like that then it is fine.
>>68470 Didn't get that impression. It was a focus on the Zulu and colonialism was the reason for the fall of their empire. So boo him for mentioning empire at all I guess?
I don't know. I personally couldn't give two shits about video game politics, but I feel in regard to history they take a more wide-eyed wonder approach to it. Like I originally said, pop history, but pop history that actively encourages people to look more into the topics. Not like John Green's stuff, which is more "Hey look, this is all of history, I cited my sources so don't worry about checking into stuff".
>>68905 Yes, but my point is that the Boers were and still are generally pretty racist. I was just providing an example, an maybe I am overgeneralising.
>>68908 I got the impression that he was anti british at least, but maybe I am sensitive to that kind of stuff. I also never really got the impression that they tried to encourage people to look elsewhere (could well be wrong).
It's a bad example because it's 100 years out of date. Find some atrocities or acts of racism within the time-frame covered by the videos, significant enough to bring up during the course of the videos and within the context of the videos (i.e., if in this one place one time ten white killed ten blacks, that really doesn't have much of a bearing on the Anglo-Zulu War) and then we can have a discussion.
>>69043 Well, Patreon funded a video for the second, so that's what he was covering. He did say that he'd love to do a video on the first one, though.
Their crusades videos have that "Islam dindu nuffin, they was good boys who only wanted to do science until the ebil Christians came" meme that everyone knows is bullshit, but their Punic War one wasn't terrible.
>>68180 >Ieyasu all that nigga did is wait for his betters to die and let his son rule in his stead afterwards. It was his grandson Iemitsu that set the frame work for the Tokugawa Shogunate to survive 200 years.
>>69281 That voice is omega annoying, but I've gotten through it and realized that over time they've been slowly cutting down on it from video to video. I think they're slowly realizing how hard it is to listen to a voice like that and try to take it seriously. You should watch their videos, though, because they are generally pretty good and they try pretty hard to correct/talk about any facts that they got wrong and teach things how they were.
I kind of wish they'd just rip CK2 a new asshole though, I want those Swedes to feel bad for how small that game's team is; so many things are wrong with it and they only want to churn out more expansions that will just clutter shit in an attempt to further distract people from the play-d'oh map.
>>70111 Well if that won't satisfy you look at the book that I was mentioning. Not the google one linked, thats just world history, but the one I named, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Covenant_(novel)
>>70121 Every time I told myself I should play CK2, I remember how badly represented the feudal system is in the game, not to mention the complete fuckery that is the Islamic world, the whole Vikingboo shit, the "epic dark souls memes" in the Zunist, the fact that the Nizari Ismailites are a "military order" (!) comparable to the Latin christian ones, the whole Cathar church with female priests (which is completely bollocks) and a large etc. I can't bring myself to enjoy that muc hof the game without thinking in the wasted potential that it is.
>>69925 >I wonder if Korean government was just that corrupt and incompetent Very much so. I could make a list but first and foremost anyone who demoted the man saving their nation to buck private twice doesn't have it together
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