Finneran's Wake
Finneran's Wake
Oct 31, 2022
The Death of Boring History | The Pop Historian
Play • 1 hr 6 min

The Pop Historian is a general historian with an exciting, eclectic new channel on YouTube. 

“The historian must serve two masters: the past and the present”. 

In compliance with Fritz Stern, the late German-American professor of history at Columbia University by whom the above statement was issued, the Pop Historian has undergone to do just that. In a highly original, accessible, and entertaining way, he has packaged fascinating bits of history in a series of compelling videos, using the technology of today to tell great stories from the past. 

From this episode, you’ll learn…

The advantages of homeschooling for the curious mind; the importance of learning about different faiths as a child; the role that video games (like Assassin’s Creed) can play in instructing you in history; the potential of virtual reality, both for education and entertainment; the reliability of Wikipedia; the necessity of “transhistorical” sympathy; the difficulties in becoming a documentarian; Hitler and the Third Reich; George Washington and whether he should be celebrated or condemned, and much more! 


0:00 Introduction

2:54 Home School v. Private School

5:15 Passover in a Universal Church 

9:56 Assassin’s Creed: Do video games have a role in teaching history? 

15:12 Virtual Reality: Entertainment and education 

21:17 Wikipedia: is it a reliable source? 

23:15 Becoming a documentarian 

26:46 Hitler and the rise of the Third Reich 

28:25 “Trans-historical” empathy and the moral superiority of today

33:06 Slavery

34:29 George Washington: Do we condemn or celebrate him? 

39:22 A Christian outlook on history

42:01 How one becomes interested in different subjects

46:02 The history of Tourism

49:51 Traveling the world

53:08 Book recommendations

56:43 How to begin making content on YouTube


The Pop Historian’s Page:

Works mentioned: 

The World at War (Documentary) 

Assassin's Creed (Game) 

All Tomorrows (Book) 

The Children of Men (Book)


Finneran’s Wake

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