This blog makes history and prehistory entertaining and relevant to today. It offers the stories behind today’s concerns — behind our news and entertainment. It also explores the past for its own sake. And it reveals history’s surprises, its misunderstood truths, and its fascinating and puzzling twists and turns.
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Author, David W. Tollen
David W. Tollen is the author of two multiple-award-winning educational fantasy novels. The Jericho River (Winifred Press 2018) uses fantasy to teach the history of ancient Middle East and Western Civilization — for teenagers and adults. And Secrets of Hominea uses fantasy to teach history and science — for middle readers. David is also a member of the Board of Advisors for Ancient History Encyclopedia, which publishes the world’s most-read history encyclopedia.
David is a lawyer and serves as an instructor at U.C. Berkeley Law School. He has law degrees from Harvard Law School, Cambridge University in England, and U.C. Berkeley. He is the author of a bestselling legal manual published by the American Bar Association, The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA 2015). He also founded and runs a boutique law firm, called Sycamore Legal, as well as a training company, called Tech Contracts Academy.
In his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley, David studied history, focusing on India during the British raj and also on questions of ethnic identity. His recent studies and interests range far wider, and he is particularly interested in Big History, prehistory, and any tale of the past that guides and shapes current events.
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- Général Alexandre Dumas, by Olivier Pichat (1825-1912). See, The Black General in 18th Century Europe
- David Tollen teaching
- Homo erectus reconstruction by John Gurche, photographed by Tim Evanson, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. See, The Lost World of Neanderthals, Hobbits, and Other Hominins
David Tollen started this blog under a pen name, ‘”David Carthage.” You’ll see that on some older posts.