Introduction The Indigenous Taiwanese Peoples are the first inhabitants of Taiwan in recorded history. Inextricably tied to Austronesian peoples, their surviving culture is of great importance to the world. Due to geographical barriers in Taiwan and the thousands of years of relative isolation, various distinct cultures inhabit Taiwan, all speaking different languages, with at least … Continue reading Preliminary Classification of Indigenous Taiwanese Knives
What I know about East Asian Metallurgy/Swordsmithing and why the Katana is good but not necessarily supreme
Disclaimer: Author is neither an expert in metallurgy nor Japanese swords. This is just a result of the author trying to educate himself. Bronze Age China The Bronze Age seems to be first apparent in China during Xia and Shang(approx 1,500-1,000BC) dynasties and possibly earlier(around 3,000 BC in western China). Archaeological work has revealed that … Continue reading What I know about East Asian Metallurgy/Swordsmithing and why the Katana is good but not necessarily supreme
The Great Wall of China: In Need of a Great Clarification
With talks of the American Border wall ebbing and flowing through the popular consciousness, I'd like clear the name of the another border wall that had been dragged through the mud in the process. The Great Wall of China is often touted to be among the new seven wonders. As a result, factoids are often … Continue reading The Great Wall of China: In Need of a Great Clarification
My Obsession with Euhemerism Pt1: Exploration
Memories are often more vivid than the experience. That much I know is true. That winning basket, shot, or home run all those years ago now seem like a distant memory or a glorious past. And now, imagine the effect magnified over the centuries, boasts turn into tall tales, tall tales into myths, and myths … Continue reading My Obsession with Euhemerism Pt1: Exploration
Book Titles: History and otherwise
One of my favorite pastimes is walking into a bookstore down the history isle, and browsing through the titles. Common wisdom tells us to never judge a book by its cover, but I'd like to argue(at least posit) that one can judge a book by its title, at least when speaking of history and nonfiction. … Continue reading Book Titles: History and otherwise
Inaugural Blog Post!
Welcome to History Bitz, an unemployed student's effort to create meaning with his life! For me, history is something I live and breathe. It surrounds all of us and provides a lens of which we can appreciate the world and what has come before. I'd like to argue that in the most extreme form, history is … Continue reading Inaugural Blog Post!
The Journey Begins
Thanks for joining me! After reading the ideas of others the time has finally come for me to contribute mine to the vast interwebs!