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Desc:Popular historian links nuclear bombs, the Norman Conquest and Cold Steel-like carcass chopping
Category:Classic TV Clips, Educational
Tags:medieval times, battle of hastings, outdated history, the stirrup, James Burke
Submitted:The Mothership
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Comment count is 11
Aelric - 2010-04-27
Pseudo-historian? Go fuck yourself, Mothership, this documentary was killer and James Burke was the awesome in it, even if it is a little outdated at this point.
The Mothership - 2010-04-27
Hmmmm. All right, ok. Perhaps 'Pseudo-historian' was pushing it. Description amended. However, his interpretation of the Battle of Hastings was outdated even back then; his reliance on William of Jumieges and William of Poitiers was (and is) highly questionable, and he simplifies too much to remain credible.

Ocyrus - 2010-04-27
Are you nuts? Over-simplification is the hallmark of any audio-visual medium.
Let's hear your account of the last 200 years in technological advancement in as little time.

The Mothership - 2010-04-27
Christ, calm down. I'm a medievalist, and I take issue with his handling of medieval history. I got no specific beefs with his take on the last 200 years of technological advancement.

Syd Midnight - 2010-04-28
He lived closer to the Middle Ages than you, so there

GravidWithHate - 2010-04-27
Connections Series 1 and the Day the Universe Changed are incredibly important shows. After that things got a little forced with the connections he'd make being a bit of a stretch, but those two shows are incredibly important if you want to get a rough idea of why technology in the west developed the way it did.

knowless - 2010-04-27
i like the change from psuedo to popular historian, but not because i am vested in which it is.

also part 5 starts with awesome innuendo about rubbing glass balls.
Triggerbaby - 2010-04-27
What a great series.
Jimmyfranks - 2010-04-27
5 stars for Burke. I wasn't interested in history until I saw Connections. Plus, he's such a bad motherfucker, he brings a broadsword and a suitcase bomb on a picnic.
Syd Midnight - 2010-04-28
This is like 30-35 years old, give him a break. They hadn't even invented PCs yet. And Burke is awesome.
Syd Midnight - 2010-04-28
BTW a big lavishly illustrated book edition of Connections from 1980 was my favorite bathroom book ever.

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