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This blog makes history fun and relevant to today. It serves up the stories of past times that lie behind today’s concerns — behind our news and entertainment. It also explores the past for its own sake. It offers up history’s surprises, its misunderstood truths, and its fascinating and puzzling and impossible factoids.

I’m an amateur historian, and I’m also the author of a multiple-award-winning young adult fantasy novel about history: The Jericho River (Winifred Press 2018). The material here comes from my reading and study, patronage of historians’ lectures, and ruminating and theorizing.

I’m also member of the Board of Advisors for Ancient History Encyclopedia, a non-profit company publishing the world’s most-read history encyclopedia. And I’m a lawyer with degrees from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University in England, as well as a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley. Plus, I’m the author of a bestselling legal handbook published by the American Bar Association, The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA 2015). Finally, I’m a husband and the father of two boys. (My name, incidentally, is David Tollen, but I started this blog under a pen name, David Carthage. You’ll see that name on my older posts.)

Please don’t hesitate to subscribe via e-mail or follow me on Twitter. (See the links in the sidebar to the right.) And comments are very welcome. I hope you enjoy.

/ David W. Tollen

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