This blog makes history and prehistory relevant and fun. 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 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 the 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 World History Encyclopedia, which publishes the world’s most-read history encyclopedia.

David is a lawyer and instructor at U.C. Berkeley Law School. He has degrees from Harvard Law School, Cambridge University in England, and U.C. Berkeley. He is also the author of a bestselling legal manual published by the American Bar Association: The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA 2015).

a Neanderthal ancestor?In his undergraduate work at U.C. Berkeley, David studied history, focusing on India during the British raj and also on ethnic identity. His recent studies 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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David Tollen started this blog under a pen name, ‘”David Carthage.” You’ll see that on some older posts.