Asia Once Ruled the World, and May Do So Again in the 21st Century

World history focusing on the last 500 years tends to be a story of European or Western domination. The conventional wisdom is that Europeans triumphed because they had superior technology, superior institutions, and won the military competition because they were more fit and strategic. But this may have been a temporary exception to the predominant … Continue reading Asia Once Ruled the World, and May Do So Again in the 21st Century

541: First Plague in Recorded History Killed Half the World’s Population

Byzantium, or the Eastern Greco-Roman Empire, lasted for more than a thousand years. Its capital, Constantinople, now Istanbul, Turkey still has remnants of that history. This may seem very far away and like the very distant past to us, but the reign of Justinian the Great (527-565) echoes still. Like the world today, Byzantium was … Continue reading 541: First Plague in Recorded History Killed Half the World’s Population

2 Movies Set in Turkey During Ottoman Times Capture the Nation’s Charms

My wife, son and I were privileged to live in Turkey for two years, 2009-11. The grandeur, charm and magic of the country that we remember was captured in two films set between 1915 and 1919 during and after World War I as the Ottoman Empire was teetering on the verge of collapse. One focuses … Continue reading 2 Movies Set in Turkey During Ottoman Times Capture the Nation’s Charms

Ataturk: Remarkable Founder of Modern Turkey

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSiHQQo2_jE Ekip Film: "Ataturk: Founder of Modern Turkey is a comprehensive and acclaimed documentary on the life and career of Mustafa Kemal, or Ataturk. Through archival film and photos, contemporary photography in historical locations and interviews with international experts and those who’ve personally known Ataturk, the film presents a unique portrait of one of 20th … Continue reading Ataturk: Remarkable Founder of Modern Turkey

Ottomans Rising: How Mehmet II Conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) and Defeated the Byzantine Empire

The Netflix series "Ottomans Rising" focuses on Sultan Mehmed II, aka Mehmet the Conqueror, as he wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries. Netflix page. Description of the first six episodes on IMDB. Background from the GlobePost.com. The Byzantines, aka the Greco-Roman Eastern … Continue reading Ottomans Rising: How Mehmet II Conquered Constantinople (Istanbul) and Defeated the Byzantine Empire

WWI’s Civilians, the Home-front, and an Uneasy Peace: How WWI Led to WWII

Crash Course European History: "World War I was a total war for millions of people in Europe. Many men were enlisted in the fighting, but the war work had implications for the daily lives of a huge number of Europeans. Women entered the workforce in huge numbers, and for a lot of people, the battles … Continue reading WWI’s Civilians, the Home-front, and an Uneasy Peace: How WWI Led to WWII

Gruesome WWI Battles Offer A Lot to Learn

Crash Course European History: "Europe's system of alliances and centuries-old tensions erupted into war in August of 1914. This week on Crash Course Euro, we're talking about the military history of World War I, and taking a look at the broad strokes of how the war unfolded. We'll take you from the guns of August … Continue reading Gruesome WWI Battles Offer A Lot to Learn

The Road to World War I in Europe

Crash Course European History: "Much has been written about what exactly caused World War I. As befits a true global war, the reality is that there isn't a single cause. There aren't even three causes. There are a vast array of causes. Today we'll get into just a few of those causes, including the complex … Continue reading The Road to World War I in Europe

Byzantium: Greco-Roman Eastern Empire for 1100 Years, Was Lost 560 Years Ago, But Traces Remain

Traces of Byzantium, the Greco-Roman Eastern Empire that dominated for a thousand years, can still be found in Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as this documentary illustrates. It was overtaken by the Ottoman Empire in 1453. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantin...//Empire, from 395–1453 A.D. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_...Emperors. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantin...Architecture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_...Orthodox Church.