Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 3. Wild Fields
Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 3. Wild Fields
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“Wild Fields” refers to the wide expanses of the Ukrainian and South Russian steppes between the rivers Don, Dniester and upper Oka, perhaps as far as the Caspian Sea. This region was barren for a long time. Various raid of nomads and other…

A Weapon and a Work of Art: The History and Production of Bows in the Past
A Weapon and a Work of Art: The History and Production of Bows in the Past
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Thousands of years ago, bows were primarily used for hunting. Today, archery has become a hobby and a competitive sport. If our ancestors saw today's bows, they would probably not believe their own eyes! What were bows made of in the past - and…

The Complex History of Leather Manufacturing: From the Prehistoric Times to the Present Day
The Complex History of Leather Manufacturing: From the Prehistoric Times to the Present Day
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Leather is one of the oldest natural materials that has been used by mankind since the beginning. Whether you like leather jackets, handbags or leather shoes, these products wouldn’t have been here without the ingenuity and patience of our early…

Marto's tradition of masterful sword smithing
Marto's tradition of masterful sword smithing
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For over 100 years, Espadas y Sables de Toledo, S.L. has been producing bladed weapons under the MARTO and BERMEJO brands using traditional craftsmanship. The company, based in Toledo (Spain), can look back on a rich history of sword…

Manopoulos: Board Games for All Fans of Strategy and History Games!
Manopoulos: Board Games for All Fans of Strategy and History Games!
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Do you like board games that stimulate thinking and simultaneously offer a lot of fun? Then Manopoulos games are a perfect fit for you. Manopoulos, a distinguished board games brand, was founded with the mission to help players of all ages relax…

Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 2. Divided Slavs and the Mongol Invasion
Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 2. Divided Slavs and the Mongol Invasion
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The Mongol invasions in 13th and 14th centuries contributed to the divisions among the Eastern Slavs and had a significant impact on events in Europe. However, the fall of Kiev and other important centres in the eastern region helped another city…

Care and Maintenance of Samurai Swords and Japanese Swords
Care and Maintenance of Samurai Swords and Japanese Swords
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There is a saying in Japan: “The sword is the soul of the Samurai.” And the samurai did take care of their blades accordingly. Today, samurai swords still deserve the same care. Blades made of carbon steel are subject to corrosion and must be…

An Ancient Craft on the Rise. What Is Artistic Blacksmithing?
An Ancient Craft on the Rise. What Is Artistic Blacksmithing?
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It is almost as old as mankind itself, but definitely not forgotten. What is artistic blacksmithing and why is it trending today? How does it differ from the traditional blacksmithing profession? And why has the demand for hand-forged products…

Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part I: Ukraine Conflict
Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part I: Ukraine Conflict
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The origin of the early Slavs is unclear. Some historians believe that Slavic populations inhabited vast territories of central and northern Europe as early as the Roman period. In the first part of our historical exploration, we will look at the…

Blacksmithing: The History of the "Mysterious Craft"
Blacksmithing: The History of the "Mysterious Craft"

Blacksmithing has accompanied the humankind for thousands of years. But it has evolved greatly over that time. How has the blacksmithing craft change over the centuries? And how to properly maintain hand-forged items and avoid leaving…

The Mysterious Gandalf: Five (Un)known Facts About the Powerful Wizard of Middle-earth
The Mysterious Gandalf: Five (Un)known Facts About the Powerful Wizard of Middle-earth
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He is often considered the wisest wizard, but he still knew nothing about Durin's Bane. He wielded a ring of power. In Middle-earth, his life and actions were preserved mainly in memories and stories, but in New Zealand, he has an actual life…

Ancient Rome Warfare Under Barbarian Influence
Ancient Rome Warfare Under Barbarian Influence
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After almost a thousand years of existence, the Roman Empire was in decline. The once powerful emperors had become mere statesmen whose position had little importance. Budget deficit started to affect the equipment of the soldiers, who adopted…

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