It had a rotating caste of "historians" with the one constant being Dr. Aryeh Nusbacher, a military historian at Sandhurst.
Î‡ 3:35 Ah, the introduction of the experts (read: antagonists): Dr. Aryeh Nusbacher and Mark Urban
Î‡ 41:15 Wow, Nusbacher just got the entire purpose of the Battle of Raphia wrong and ignored that it was a counterattack to Antiochos III's campaign of the year before to take over the region - not an attempt to get closer to the Seleukid heartland as he states.
Î‡ 43:15 Nusbacher puts a bunch of blocks from the tactical map into a cocktail shaker and throws it... oi.
Nusbacher, however, is clearly the worst offender here.
As the prime historian for this program, he should have been checking the information over and over again to guarantee the accuracy of the show's content.
These mistakes are amateurish and give the impression that he got most of his information from layman publications rather than any serious scholarship.
His role should have been acting as a bridge between the heady analyses of ancient historians by professors and the viewer at the end of the television.
Instead, he simply regurgitates reductionist views decades out of date and spewing out bullet points with no context.
Finally, as a postscript to all this, it could be mentioned that Dr. Aryeh Nusbacher had undergone a sex change a few years ago.
He is now a Lynette and still teaching at Sandhurst as far as I can tell.
"The Battle of Bannockburn: 1314" by Aryeh Nusbacher, Tempus Publishing Ltd, Stroud, Gloucestershire: 2000.
Nusbacher is currently senior lecturer in War Studies at Sandhurst and was historical consultant for the History Channel's documentary on Bannockburn.I have not seen the work of the History channel but Nusbacher's book is very good.Not only does he have a colorful, easy-reading style, he brings fresh new insight on the battle.Nusbacher follows a trend set my another Sandhurst historian, John Keegan, who in his landmark book "The Face of Battle" focused not on speculations about what generals do or did but how the battle went for the individual soldier.By viewing it from the trenches a much better picture emerges of not only the battle but why the soldiers were there in the first place. The book starts with a general criticism of previous assessments.Medieval writers were nearly all trying to make some patron look good.Military analysts labored under false presumptions about warfare in that era.
Nusbacher thinks differently.
Nusbacher goes on, "The conduct of the battle is not the only fertile ground for illusion.The composition of the armies, for example, is subject to modern notions.Every Scots lad who hears tales of Bannockburn from his grandfather or from a boys book on the subject may have visions of a Scottish army of kilted and bonneted lads marching to the pipes and shouting ‘Claymore.' The English side is populated with heavily armored men with Oxbridge accents and heraldic surcoats, accompanied by a peppering of renegade Scots who twirl their traitorous mustaches." The traditional view of the battle has Edward's knights becoming mired in the boggy ground round the burn and unable to bring archers or infantry into play.Nusbacher paints a very different picture.
This book is not only technically interesting, Nusbacher tells a great story.The truth is better than fiction. Interesting sounding book.... is it availlable here in the US? by , 12/31/69 Yep, you can get it here. by , 12/31/69
Dr Aryeh Judah Schoen Nusbacher is a Jewish Americanmilitary historian, Senior Lecturer at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a talking head for many historical documentaries.
Born in New York City in 1966, Nusbacher grew up on t
Dr Aryeh Nusbacher has a burgeoning TV career and is now the regular historical/military advisor on the television series "Time Commanders".
Aryeh Nusbacher was born in New York City in 1966.He took an honours BA in history and economics at the University of Toronto in 1988.He was appointed to the War Studies Department at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst after a period at its namesake in Kington Canada.He completed his doctorate in 2001.He is married and has a daughter, is an occasional golfer and skier, and diligent gardener.Talk: Members Free plus one guest Free/Non Members £10
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