History WebVideo / ExtraCredits

25th Jul '16 5:52:07 AM JulianLapostat
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** In The First Opium War mini-series, The main criticism of The Honorable East India Company and The British Government is that they pushed drugs on a large scale. While it is well-known today and in 19th century China that Opium is a very horrible drug, in Western Europe the dangers of the drug were much less known. In Britain it was perfectly legal [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium#Reintroduction_to_Western_medicine and even used as a medicine]]. So it is unlikely that they considered it as dangerous as people today do. In any case, it remains to be seen whether or not James will mention this in the "lies" episode.



* OffingTheOffspring: Sultan Suleiman of The Ottoman Empire. First he inherited because his father executed his two brothers, and despite vowing not to repeat such mistakes he still executed two of his sons and his grandson. The Lies section notes that this was the historical practise of Ottoman succession, and in a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance, he notes that this kind of inter-family purge was meant to prevent the kind of SuccessionCrisis based CivilWar of the kind in Western Europe, and that this kept the family dispute from spilling on to the people.

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* OffingTheOffspring: Sultan Suleiman of The Ottoman Empire. First he inherited because his father executed his two brothers, and despite vowing not to repeat such mistakes he still executed two of his sons and his grandson. The Lies section notes that this was the historical practise of Ottoman succession, and in a case of DeliberateValuesDissonance, he notes that this kind of inter-family purge was meant to prevent the kind of SuccessionCrisis based CivilWar of the kind in Western Europe, and that this kept the family dispute from spilling on to the people.


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* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] Discussed by James in some of the Lies episodes where he describes how certain customs and events were seen differently in its time than modern audiences would:
** The Ottoman Court's approach to succession, where upon taking the throne, the Crown Prince would murder his brother, nephews and in-laws is something that strikes audiences as especially cruel and bloody. The Lies section notes that this was the historical practise of Ottoman succession, and he notes that this kind of inter-family purge was meant to prevent the kind of SuccessionCrisis based CivilWar of [[UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses the kind]] in Western Europe, and that this kept the family dispute from spilling on to the people.
** In The First Opium War mini-series, The main criticism of the British Government is that they were imperialists who resorted to drug dealing after their incompetent diplomacy failed them. The stigma against opium and drugs, as well as the negative stereotypes associate with drug dealing did not really exist in its time. In Britain it was perfectly legal [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium#Reintroduction_to_Western_medicine and even used as a medicine]], and at that time it was seen as purely a trade dispute. In the Lies section, they note that many observes such as President UsefulNotes/JohnAdams supported the English position seeing the Chinese Emperor as a monarch oppressing merchants, while Creator/KarlMarx [[DeadpanSnarker with typical snark]] noted that the English did evil, but this evil probably played a role in helping the Chinese society modernize itself, albeit in a way that the [[RightForTheWrongReasons English did not intend or aim to achieve]]. James largely sees it as PoorCommunicationKills, the British did not really bother researching and learning about Chinese society before making their demands, while the Chinese underestimated the English having grown complacent in isolation.
23rd Jul '16 1:37:24 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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-->'''Dan:''' ''<shortly before [[ScrappyLevel That Bit]] in Anor Londo, after several instances of TemptingFate about how well he was doing>'' I'm sure I'll die really soon, like... I've gone this far, like, karma's going to catch up with me.[[note]]Ironically he doesn't even make it to That Bit With The Archers, dying in his first encounter with the batwing demons.[[/note]]

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-->'''Dan:''' ''<shortly before [[ScrappyLevel That Bit]] in Anor Londo, after several instances of TemptingFate about how well he was doing>'' I'm sure I'll die really soon, like... I've gone this far, like, karma's going to catch up with me.[[note]]Ironically he doesn't even make it to That Bit With The Archers, dying Archers before dying, going down in his first encounter with the batwing demons.[[/note]]
23rd Jul '16 1:36:51 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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-->'''Dan:''' ''<shortly before [[ScrappyLevel That Bit]] in Anor Londo, after several instances of TemptingFate about how well he was doing>'' I'm sure I'll die really soon, like... I've gone this far, like, karma's going to catch up with me.

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-->'''Dan:''' ''<shortly before [[ScrappyLevel That Bit]] in Anor Londo, after several instances of TemptingFate about how well he was doing>'' I'm sure I'll die really soon, like... I've gone this far, like, karma's going to catch up with me.
me.[[note]]Ironically he doesn't even make it to That Bit With The Archers, dying in his first encounter with the batwing demons.[[/note]]
23rd Jul '16 1:30:37 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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\n* GenreSavvy: Dan gets increasingly savvy as he gets further and further through ''VideoGame/DarkSouls.''
-->'''Dan:''' ''<shortly before [[ScrappyLevel That Bit]] in Anor Londo, after several instances of TemptingFate about how well he was doing>'' I'm sure I'll die really soon, like... I've gone this far, like, karma's going to catch up with me.


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19th Jul '16 1:07:46 PM ironballs16
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** Ironically, they did this to support their ''own'' drug habit - namely importing [[SpotOfTea a staggering amount of tea]] from China, leaving them with a massive trade deficit with China.

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** Ironically, they did this to support their ''own'' drug habit - namely importing [[SpotOfTea a staggering amount of tea]] from China, leaving them with resulting in [[CrackIsCheaper a massive trade deficit with China.deficit]].
16th Jul '16 11:26:34 PM JulianLapostat
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* BullyingADragon: In The First Opium War, Britain starts out with a military that greatly out-matches that of Imperial China in terms of weapons, discipline, resources, and manpower. What does the considerably weaker China do when a British diplomat comes to court to work out a trade agreement? Dismiss him as a "tribute bearing barbarian". Needless to say, [[CurbstompBattle this does not end well for China]].


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* SeriousBusiness: The "Early Christian Schims" does a good job in explaining how and why debates on whether Christ was both man and god, or part-man and part-god, or all man and all god and other smaller hairs split between these examples were deadly serious in the later Roman era and played a role in the shaping of Christianity.
16th Jul '16 11:17:33 PM JulianLapostat
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** In ''Urbino'', they blame the decline of the court on an invasion by the Borgia, but the truth is Guidobaldo fled Urbino before Cesare Borgia arrived, and a year later after the death of UsefulNotes/PopeAlexanderVI, Borgia's hold ended and Guidobaldo returned to Urbino now peacefully incorporated into UsefulNotes/ThePapalStates. It also fails to mentions that Guidobaldo ''had supported'' the Borgia initially only to turn sides (as his father never did). The decline of Urbino had more to do with the fact that UsefulNotes/{{Rome}} envious of other city states for its fame and prestige started to reassert itself in cinquecento (The 1500s).


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* ADayInTheLimelight: Their brief one-shot episodes on figures who they find interesting but who don't have enough material for an extensive series, examples include ''Odenathus, Mary Seacole'' (which is a 2-parter), ''Samuel Ha-Nagid, Federico de Montefeltro''.
16th Jul '16 7:00:37 PM Timjames98
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* HeroicSacrifice: In the Palmyra Today Episode, Dr. Khaled al-Asaad (the head of antiquities at Palmyra) stayed behind during the evacuation of the city to ensure that as many historical artifacts are hidden and/or secreted away instead of running. Because of this he was captured by ISIS, tortured for the location of the artifacts (he never broke, even after a month), and beheaded. He died to save a piece of the shared human heritage.
16th Jul '16 6:47:10 PM Timjames98
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* BullyingADragon: In The First Opium War, Britain starts out with a military that greatly out-matches that of Imperial China in terms of weapons, discipline, resources, and manpower. What does the considerably weaker China do when a British diplomat comes to court to work out a trade agreement? Dismiss him as a "tribute bearing barbarian". Needless to say, [[CurbstompBattle this does not end well for China]].
16th Jul '16 6:42:22 PM Timjames98
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* DiabolusExMachina: There are in several of the stories where things suddenly take a turn for the worse through nobody's fault.
** In the Justinian and Theodora storyline, a Plague from Egypt rips across The Mediterranean and cripples The Roman Empire. This pretty much ensures that Justinian's dream of a Restored Roman Empire will never come to fruition.
** In the Seminal Tragedy storyline, near the end, two diplomats are working out an agreement that will minimize the effects of WWI and prevent it from becoming more than a regional conflict ... then one of the diplomats drops dead. For no reason whatsoever. Moments before he could sign the document that would prevent WWI.
** In the Mary Secole storyline, her business burns to the ground AND her husband die on the same day. Not only are these unrelated, but they also happen out of nowhere.
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