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helloWell, I’m at it again.  But this time I’m trying something a little different.

My regular reader may recall that I used to actually do YouTube videos where I would talk in front of a camera for about half an hour about certain books (or numerous books as is often the case).  For whatever reason I fell out of the habit, but recently my reinvigorated inerest in history has got me dusting off my Snowball microphone and opeing up the iMovie app on my computer.  The video below stands as my first effort, and hopefully it will be the first of many.

This video tackles the book 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley.  I’ve reviewed in written form before, but the book roger crowley 1453simply captivated me and I wanted to share my passion for the work in another format.  The video then is an attempt to understand the fall of the city of Constantinople, as well as to understand how Crowley’s book contextualizes this momunmental event.

Crowley’s effort seems largely to argue that this battle signaled the final end of the ancient world while also signalling the start of modernity for Western civilization.  He also tries, quite successfully I would argue, to show how this battle signalled the rise of Islam as more than just a religion for a few scattered arab tribes in the Middle East.  The rise of Islam became a political, social, and intellectual movement which rivalled the Christianity of Europeans and with the fall of Constaninople the Ottoman Empire ushered in a new order to the world that could not be ignored.

I do hope you enjoy this history-video-podcast-thing (patent pending), or at the very least I hope you enjoy the cute illustrations I’ve done of my fat cat Mortimer who has already asked me if he gets royalties for this.

Thanks for your time, and thanks for watching.