My Background in History

My background in history really stretches back to when I was just a few months old and began developing an understanding of object permanence. History is so tightly interwoven into the culture I grew up in that it’s hard to say I was ever unaware of history or free from the need to study it. History allowed me to understand when the events of my day were taking place and how much time I had to do certain things. Regardless of the many days in my life where time seemed to drag on indefinitely as if the hour would never end, the years have gone by in a flash.

This article serves to mark some of the foundational points in my academic studies.

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2008-2014 (Ages 13-19) – My main academic focus was in religion and philosophy studies but I also had an interest in physics and other sciences. I was amassing more and more information over these years but I didn’t have a clear methodology or goal. It was also during these years that I started participating more on Khan Academy.

2014/15 (19/20) – My focus shifted more towards the history of education, specifically the history of American education.

2016 (21) – I first began looking into Fomenko’s New Chronology (FNC). For the next two years or so I mostly just read the books in FNC and the arguments against FNC.

2018, August 14th (23) – I created Fomenko Studies, a Facebook group focused on studying and discussing the works in FNC. It was also around this time that I started trying to get educated professionals in relevant fields to analyze FNC but I have still to this day had no luck with this.

Fomenko Studies was kind of the precursor to Ctruth. It served the same purpose as Ctruth but it was limited to discussion related to Fomenko’s New Chronology. I put some thought into it and decided that a website would be the best way to continue on with my studies.

2019, January 2nd (23) – I created Ctruth with the purpose of better organizing and sharing my studies into history. When I created Ctruth, I had no prior experience owning a website and aside from Fomenko Studies, my experience with research was mostly limited to personal notes that I had taken while studying various topics. Also, when I created Ctruth, all I really had for working on the website was an old MacBook from 2011 that was in terrible shape.

2019, February 17th (23) – I created a Patreon account for Ctruth so that people can help directly support my endeavors as well as get access to exclusive activities, benefits, and content. I’ve also created accounts for Ctruth on Paypal, Venmo, and Cashapp for anyone who wants to donate directly. The only way this project of mine can continue in the long-run is with the continued support from others.

2019, July 2nd-October 17th (24) – My laptop finally became unusable in the first week of July 2019. It was so slow that I could type a complete sentence before the first word would even load on the screen. I was too broke to afford a new computer and so during these months I continued my studies but wasn’t able to post anything on the website. I took some history classes through Coursera and EdX on my phone. It was about mid-October that I built my first personal computer and began posting on the website more regularly again.

On Coursera, I completed:

1 – University of Pennsylvania’s “Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization”

2 – Sapienza University of Rome’s “The Changing Landscape of Ancient Rome. Archaeology and History of the Palatine Hill”

On Coursera, I started but didn’t complete:

1 – The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s “Classics of Chinese Humanities: Guided Readings”

2 – Universitat de Barcelona’s “Magic in the Middle Ages”

3 – University of Colorado System’s “Deciphering Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe”

On edX, I started but didn’t complete:

1 – HarvardX’s “History of China: Bronze Age to the Last Dynasties”

2 – HarvardX’s “World Religions Through Their Scriptues”

2020, Spring (25) – About six months after building my first PC, I stepped up my study methods and content creation. I started citing my sources much more thoroughly and I made serious improvements to the layout of the website.

2020, May 5th-September 1st (25) – This is when I released Season 1 of Scholarly Snippets, a show I created to explore the world of historical scholarship. I had 23 guests on who shared their experiences of obtaining their degrees and what they did with them.

2020, Fall (25) – I began pursuing a BA in History. I started pursuing this for a number of reasons. One reason is because I wanted to connect with others who were serious about studying history. I figure history majors generally aren’t pursuing such a degree for fame and fortune but a love for history. I could be wrong about this but so far in my experience this has proven to be true. Another reason is that I wanted to see what it really takes to get a history degree. I only took this one semester and then decided to wait before taking any more.

2021, September (26) – I announced Scholarly Snippets Season 2 and began releasing the episodes once a week.

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