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Imjin: The Japanese Invasion of Korea in the Middle Ages

One of my favorite undergraduate history classes was East Asian Civilization. It’s not my specialty but I excelled in it primarily because I studied so hard to compensate for my ignorance of it. I find these documentaries as well as the Osprey military histories on the order of battle to be intriguing. “Kings and Generals […]

The First Horse Riders | Horse Domestication on the Eurasian Steppe

Dan Davis Author offers this insightful video on the First Horse Riders: “Who were the first horse riders in history? We know about horse domestication but knowing who were the first horsemen is more difficult. The idea of the Yamnaya Bronze Age horse warrior riding down a fleeing Neolithic farmer is a powerful image but […]

Ainu – History of the Indigenous people of Japan

“The Kings and Generals animated historical documentary series on the ancient civilizations and history of Japan continues with an episode on the history of Ainu – the indigenous people of the Japanese islands. In this video, we will learn about their culture, society, religion, economic activity, traditions, as well as their struggle against the Japanese […]

Why Paramount’s Yellowstone series really is bad.

I was introduced to the Yellowstone series by my father. He had heard the hype. We watched the first episode as he suggested I do the same in 2018 which I did. Yet he never ironically watched it again. Nevertheless I watched every episode that followed through the end of Season Three. It stars recognized […]

Origin of Horse Domestication: Botai, Yamnaya, Sintashta

Survive the Jive offers a documentary on the domestication of the horse which was likely brought to fruition by Indo-European steppe riders. “Professor Alan Outram, Head of Archaeology at University of Exeter is one of the world’s leading experts on ancient horse DNA and the domestication of the horse. In this interview he explains how […]

How Doggerland Sank Beneath the Waves

Doggerland (also called Dogger Littoral) was an area of land, now submerged beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to continental Europe. It was flooded by rising sea levels around 6500–6200 BCE, and its catastrophic flooding may have been the result of tsunami emanating from an avalanche in a Norwegian Fjord. Geological surveys […]

Where did Celts come from? Who were the Druids?

Survive the Jive asks the question “Where did Celts come from?” “Celts are known for tartan, faeries, druids, bagpipes and the British Isles – but the origins of the Celtic culture lie in the Unetice culture of Bronze age central Europe and it spread out with the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures. In this history […]

Ancient History of Ireland: Newgrange, Celts, Vikings

Survive the Jive documentary on “Ancient History of Ireland: Newgrange, Celts, Vikings.” “Ireland has a rich and fascinating ancient history; from the great megalithic structures of the Neolithic, like Newgrange, to the spectacular gold jewellery of the Indo-European Bell Beaker folk, the weapon hoards of the Irish Bronze Age, the enigmatic La Tene Celtic art […]

The Corded Ware Culture

Dan Davis Author narrates this informative video on the early Indo-European people of the Corded Ware Culture. “The Corded Ware culture existed between c. 3000 BC – c. 2300 BC, spanning the late Neolithic, through the Copper Age, and the early Bronze Age. The name Corded Ware comes from the cord-like impressions on their pottery. […]