Category: Historical

Learning History, YouTube Style

YouTubers are coming up with fun and unusual ways to teach history – here are some of my favourites

Over at my old blogspot, I happily talked about the awesome weirdness of YouTube history videos: as a cure for insomnia and as a Trojan horse hiding behind porny thumbnails.

What I didn’t give YouTube credit for is that many videos provide new and exciting ways to learn about history. It’s an especially great gateway for people who aren’t necessarily interested in watching traditional history documentaries (I’m thinking specifically of my kids!)

I wanted to share three favourite YouTube history series that I’ve recently discovered with you. Don’t worry, while they’re educational, there’s still some awesome weirdness in there.


Mini-Review Round-Up: World War 2 on the Eastern Front

Another round of mini-reviews, this time of some books I’ve recently read on the Eastern Front of World War II as part of research for the upcoming sequels to Sparrow Squadron.

I managed to avoid an 0-fer June. For July I’ll try not to cut it so close. My blogging is still sparse thanks to the research and work I’m doing for a pair of sequels. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Here are mini-reviews of four books that I’ve read on the Eastern Front of World War II. For some other book recommendations on the subject, please check out my list of memoirs of the Eastern Front.

You may also get a hint as to what’s to come in the next installment of Aelita’s War.


How to Feel Smart Watching “The Terror”

The rich historical context around the Franklin Expedition helps to enhance the viewing experience of The Terror and makes for solid reading material in its own right.

I’ve already waxed at length over how much I love watching The Terror. It’s a dense show, with so much to unpack. Oftentimes, even as I’m thoroughly engrossed, I feel like I’m missing something. At lot of that lies in the meticulous attention to historical detail and many references to the historical context around the Franklin Expedition.

Here are a few suggestions on how to fill in those historical gaps so you can feel smart watching The Terror.

*** Please note, mild spoilers for the TV series ensue, so much as 160 year old historical events can be spoiled. ***


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