Dmitri Kyle Brereton

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The Lost Cause (Part 4) 30 June, 2021

With the popularity of “The Birth Of A Nation”, rising KKK membership, and deteriorating race relations, the Lost Cause became a bigger part…

The Lost Cause (Part 3) 29 June, 2021

The Lost Cause didn’t just come out of nowhere as a fully fledged ideology. It was built over time. Right after the war, many Southerners…

The Lost Cause (Part 2) 28 June, 2021

In the previous post in this series, I outlined the four main myths of the lost cause. Now we’ll dive deeper into why these myths were…

The Lost Cause (Part 1) 27 June, 2021

These days, the lost cause of the confederacy is mostly a hateful ideology and conspiracy theory, but it didn’t start off this way, and…

The "Dark" Ages 26 June, 2021

The period of time from the fall of Rome around 600 CE to the Renaissance around 1450 CE is called the middle ages, and sometimes referred…

Siddhartha Gautama 25 June, 2021

Siddhartha Gautama lived sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BC. When he was born, sages gave his father a prediction that his son…

Minister of Propaganda 24 June, 2021

Joseph Goebbels was born in 1897 in Germany. He went to university, and got a PhD in philosophy. He wrote a lot about his great ideas, but…

The Richest Man In History 23 June, 2021

Mansa Musa came to power as the king of the West African empire of Mali in 1312. While Europe was dealing with famine and civil wars…

Stalin's Applause 22 June, 2021

The year is 1937, and Joseph Stalin has just given a great speech. The crowd gets up and starts clapping with thunderous applause. A minute…

Alexander the Great 21 June, 2021

It had long been a dream of the Greek people to defeat the Persian empire, but no one had been able to do it. No one, that is, until…

The Silk Road 20 June, 2021

The Silk Road was not actually a road, but a network of land and sea routes that evolved over centuries. It was not the first trade network…

Ancient Egypt 19 June, 2021

Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted for more than 3000 years. When we think of ancient civilizations, Egypt is one of the first places that…

Mesopotamia's Inventions 18 June, 2021

Mesopotamia literally means between rivers, and the rivers it refers to are the Tigris and the Euphrates. In early agricultural societies…

Indus Valley Civilization 17 June, 2021

The Indus Valley Civilization is one of the oldest in history. It existed from around 3300 BC - 1300 BC, and was located near the Indus…

Neolithic Revolution 16 June, 2021

The paleolithic age lasted from around 2.5 Million BC to 10,000 BC and was characterized by foraging and hunting. Foragers gathered fruits…

Bronze Age Collapse 15 June, 2021

Somewhere around 1200 BC, a thriving and prosperous human civilization suddenly collapsed. The Ancient Near East civilization, which…

Three Types of History 14 June, 2021

Remembered History Fundamentally, all history is remembered. Remembered history can be recollections of the elderly, and traditions, as well…

The Library of Alexandria 13 June, 2021

Why was the library built? Ptolemy I Soter wanted to create a city of the mind. He wanted Alexandria to be the intellectual capital of the…

Hypatia: The Martyr 12 June, 2021

Hypatia was born around 350 AD in Alexandria. She was the daughter of Theon, a mathematician who was the head of a prestigious and exclusive…

Perdiccas: The Chosen One 11 June, 2021

Perdiccas was one of Alexander’s top generals. On his deathbed, when Alexander could no longer talk, he took off his ring and handed it to…

Alexandria's Alumni 10 June, 2021

Ancient Alexandria is famous for its great library, but that’s not the only impressive thing about the city. Alexandria was the intellectual…

Cleomenes: The Money Guy 09 June, 2021

Cleomenes of Naucratis was the man that Alexander put in charge of building out the city of Alexandria. His methods may have been…

Ptolemy: The Mastermind 08 June, 2021

Ptolemy was one of Alexander’s long time homies. He was part of King Philip’s court, and knew Alexander when he was very young. He wasn’t…

Prelude To Alexandria 07 June, 2021

Alexander was born in 356 BC, the son of King Philip II of Macedon, which was north of classical Greece. He was personally tutored by…

Supply and Demand 06 June, 2021

Supply and demand are fundamental concepts in economics. You already know the law of supply and demand, right? Higher demand means higher…

Alexis de Tocqueville On Democracy 05 June, 2021

Alexis de Tocqueville was born in 1805 to an aristocratic family in France. His parents narrowly escaped the guillotine during the French…

George Dantzig's Homework 04 June, 2021

George Dantzig was a PhD student at UC Berkeley. One day he walked into statistics class a bit late, after the professor had started…

The Tale of Franz and Sophie 03 June, 2021

Franz Ferdinand had been making frequent visits to the palace of Archduke Friedrich and Isabella. Isabella and everyone else assumed that he…

Why Did Longitude Matter? 02 June, 2021

Longitude. You know it, you love it, you probably don’t care about it at all. But what if I told you that calculating longitude at sea was…

The Modern World vs. The Traditional World 01 June, 2021

What is the difference between the modern world and the traditional world? We know that the world we live in now is very different from the…