From a little lowland region of the Netherlands to a burgeoning trade network all over the Indian Ocean reaching as far east as Japan, this company of adventurers became a corporate monopoly through ingenious engineering and mercantilism.
Educated in Southern California with a Bachelors in History and a Juris Doctorate, Shahan has directed his passion for understanding how the world works into a writing practice that aims to deliver entertaining and enlightening content for the inquiring mind.
The 13th century founder of an Islamic sect of ascetic Sufi monks shaved his head, beard, and eyebrows just to avoid being with a woman and so pleased his deity.
Accounts of people living to extreme old age exist in plenty, but many seem to have a common factor: asceticism.
In dealing with a madmen hellbent on playing invader-king, Julius Caesar decided to go to war to preserve a more favorable peace.
After storming through modern day Belgium, Caesar won his final victory of 57 B.C. not by sword but, rather, by the marvel of invention and Roman engineering.
Ambush! Battle with the Nervii Julius Caesar’s campaign against the Belgae began with impressive success. He defeated and demoralized a great host of enemies nearly 250,000 men strong. As summer […]
Fresh off the heels of a good year full of military victory, surefooted Julius Caesar leads his small Roman army up north to confront a giant war force rumored to be forming against him.
Upon birth, Hermes, child of Zeus, proves himself to be a powerful and formidable god, worthy of inclusion among the Pantheon of Olympus.
A series of power moves by the Helvetii do not pan out for them while Julius Caesar keeps his cool and subjugates them.
Caesar wins his first military conflict in Gaul in 58 B.C. and sends all the belligerents back home with minor punishments.