Author: Alcibiades

The History of the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia

Origins Estimates in the anthropological, archeologist and various other sciences are given that the arrival of the Aboriginal peoples to the continent of Australia dates back 75.000 to 50.000 years before the present day. Various studies have been done to define the closest resemblance the Aboriginals have to the wide range of prehistoric migratory peoples, yet conflicting reports still leave this up to debates to this very day, yet it is agreed upon that the ancestors of the Aboriginals had crossed from present day New Guinea to the Sahul continent via a land bridge, or by island hopping from...

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10 Known and Less Known Kings from Africa

1. Shaka Zulu: Perhaps the most widely known king of Africa is Shaka Zulu. Born into the Zulu kingdom, he had lived his childhood with his mother, before he was enrolled into an ibutho lempi or a fighting unit. Living in a time of turbulence, he dethroned his half-brother Sigujana from inheriting their father’s Senzangakhona chiefdom over the Zulus. After acquiring the throne with the help of Dingiswayo, Shaka remained a vassal to the Mthethwa Paramountcy until his aunt, the leader of one of the tribes was killed by Zwide, a powerful chieftain of Ndwandwe. Reforming the Zulu, mainly...

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10 Types of Medieval Armor

1) Gambeson: The gambeson is a full body jacket armor made out of quilted linen or wool, stuffed with cloth or horsehair and was the most cheap and easy to make armor, allowing any peasant equipped with it to become a decently armored soldier on the battlefield. Offering a decent defense against slash attacks, near immunity to bludgeoning its weak point were thrust attacks and piercing. As mail armor became more dominantly used, as well as plate later on, the gambeson essentially became what was worn beneath those two to provide even more defense for the soldier, and prevented...

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The Story of Ragnar Lothbrok

Introduction: Historical evidence as to the existence of Ragnar Lothbrok is debatable. What information can be gathered about the legendary Viking king comes from Old Norse literature as well as the sagas. Although he is associated to be multiple characters ascribed with the name Ragnar Lothbrok, it is for certain that his legacy had changed how Anglo Saxon England looked in the early Medieval ages. Ragnar Lothbrok’s poems and sagas: The historical evidence of the existence of Ragnar is intertwined with the poems and sagas written about him centuries later. Ragnar, alongside his brother Rollo who later became the...

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History of the Maori People

Origins The Maori meaning people of the land, are one of the native peoples of Polynesia, that inhabit the islands of New Zealand. Modern research has concluded that the distant ancestors of all Polynesian people are the indigenous aboriginals of Taiwan. In ancient times, speculated to be around 5.200 B.C these people had begun an epic journey, beginning from Taiwan, heading toward South Asia, island hopping for many years before finally reaching their new homes, and settling in New Zealand, Hawaii, Samoa, Cook Islands, Easter Island and the rest of the smaller islands scattered around the Pacific Ocean. First...

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The Great Migration and Early Slavic History

Among the migratory peoples of the early middle ages, due to the schism of power in Europe and the harsh winters forcing the need to seek out warmer climates and fertile lands were the Slavs. Hailing from the Eastern European forests, steppes and mountains, these tribes had unified and had begun to migrate toward Central Europe and the Balkans. In their passing, had integrated the nomadic Iranian people of the Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans and later the Greek populations that had lived under the outer extensions of the Byzantine Empire. According to historical records from the Byzantine historians, Slavic society...

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History of the 10 Most Famous Sports

1) Wrestling: Perhaps the oldest sport to have been recorded in any shape or form in history would be wrestling. The earliest form of combat became one of the most well-known sports, depicted in cave paintings in Lascaux, France, hieroglyphed in Egypt, written in the Illiad etc. Requiring a decent amount of strength, dexterity and a lot of maneuverability alongside tactics to pin your opponent down and keep him or her locked for a short countdown for the match to be over, it offered contestants to test their chances of winning dating back all the way to 15.300 B.C....

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Top 5 Series Based on History

1) Band of Brothers: Band of Brothers is a historical miniseries based on the biography of Major Richard Winters, detailing his exploits leading a portion of Easy Company that were assigned with the U.S 101st Airborne, from their training in Camp Toccoa Georgia, the landing on D-Day on the beaches of Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne in the Ardennes Offensive, all the way to the final days of the war with the capture of Eagles Nest, and mentioning the surrender of Imperial Japan. From a large portion of people with friendship forged on the anvil of...

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Top 10 Historical Movies

1) Schindler’s List: Taking place during World War II, Schindler’s list offers the perspective of Oskar Schindler as he makes his fortunes in Krakow, Poland by running a factory that produces enamelware whose personnel working are Jews. A member of the Nazi Party enjoying a lavish lifestyle filled with bribery toward the Wehrmacht and SS, Schindler is profoundly disturbed after witnessing the massacre of Jews as the ghetto is being liquidated, and those remaining are forced into the newly built Plaszow concentration camp. 2) The Pianist: The pianist explains the troubling life of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish-Jewish pianist renowned...

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History of Ancient Thrace

Thrace is a historical area that starched from the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Aegean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the east. The name Thrace, comes from the Thracians, ancient people with Indo-European origins. The earliest traces of man in Thrace go back to the Paleolithic time, forty thousand years ago. In around 6000 BC Thrace was settled by an agricultural population. Two thousand years latter they discovered minerals and turned to mining and metal work. In todays central Bulgaria, archeologists have excavated numerous copper tools, weapons, and ornaments, all dating from this remote...

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