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History Adventures Is Starting The Non-Profit Journey

Dear Supporters, Readers, and Ambassadors!

We’ve got great news to share with you!

As you all know, History Adventures was founded with the goal to engage students, and to ignite an ember of curiosity for learning about the past. 

The project has initially started with the development of the first audiovisual book covering the 1750-1900 period (History Adventures, World of Characters, Revolutions & Industrialization). 

But after receiving tons of positive reviews and the first award (we have become the Gold Winner of the Horizon Interactive Awards in the Mobile Apps – Education category), we realized that there is so much more he can do to improve student engagement in learning and take history teaching to the whole new level.

And this is how we decided to begin our nonprofit journey.

Welcome the new History Adventures! 

History Adventures will continue to create a revolutionary interactive learning experience that will enhance and broaden student comprehension of the complex world around them, but now as a non-profit organization.

Moreover, since we are on the mission to make history education accessible, we are planning to keep these books free of charge and available for everyone online.

History Adventures, World of Characters, Revolutions & Industrialization is the first book in the History Adventures next-generation digital book application series that presents a fresh and efficient approach to history education.

The digital book includes lavish illustrations, animation, data visualizations, sound effects, 3D experience, digital post-its (to help students memorize certain definitions), audio comments from a leading historians related to the featured topic, and comprehensive assessments to test students’ knowledge of the relevant topic.

We know how important education is and to make sure everyone has a chance to improve and enrich their knowledge of World History. So we really count on your support. 

Please make a simple and free donation of sharing our digital book with your friends and family–people you think might appreciate it. And let’s make great history education accessible and exciting for everyone.

And once again, thank you all for your support and your kind words about our book. We really appreciate it! 

Best,

Spencer Striker, PhD

Creator of History Adventures

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Finding the Voice of History

The process for finding the perfect voice talent for the original historical characters that we introduce in History Adventures, World of Characters, is always fascinating. When designing the original characters, we always start by trying to answer the question: what is the spirit of the age, and who are the people who define it? We then composite together plausible historical characters–who are not famous, not kings or queens–but rather “real” people, living through extraordinary circumstances. Everything about our fictional non-fictional characters is rooted in historical research and plausibility. But then of course, it is empathetic projection and imagination that dusts off the pages of history, and brings these ancient people to life. And this is where casting the right voice talent becomes so key–finding the dramatic reading that will make the story  jump off the page, to make the reader sense the beating heart of history. Within this multimedia digital learning product, it’s critical that students can not only see these amazing characters of history, but also hear their voices. 

Agent 355, a slave turned spy, becomes a key member of General Washington’s shadowy Culper Spy Ring, and thereby risks everything for the cause of revolution and the principle of freedom.

Revolutions & Industrialization

In our product, Revolutions & Industrialization, we have a mysterious character called Agent 355, a slave turned spy, who becomes a key member of General Washington’s shadowy Culper Spy Ring, and thereby decides to risk everything for the cause of revolution and the principle of freedom. For this character, we needed to find a voice that could convey a complex balance of quiet heroism, profound sensitivity, and genuine bravery in the face of grave danger. A woman truly inspired by these newly articulated ideals of individual liberty, her goals transcended self-interest, but were concerned with a deeper sense of human possibility. Next, we sought to find the voice of a social reformer called Thomas Brown who lived 150 years after Agent 355, at the dawn of the 20th century. He was a muckraking journalist, inspired by Upton Sinclair. For this character, we needed to find the voice of an ink-stained, coffee-swilling, sleep-deprived, morally driven crusader of sorts. A uniquely American character, with that sort of old timey Chicago accent that you can hear when you watch archival TV broadcasts of grainy, early 20th century, black and white Cubs games. You can hear an echo of this nostalgic mode of speaking in works like Boardwalk Empire and Road to Perdition. Thomas was an educated, street smart, city boy–balancing realism with a bold idealism–and willing to disguise himself as a janitor in order to infiltrate and expose the truth about the infamous Chicago meat packing district. He uncovers a world of filth, corruption and reckless disdain for human life that leads him to question what the future will bring. 

Thomas was a muckraking journalist, inspired by Upton Sinclair. For this character, we needed to find the voice of an ink-stained, coffee-swilling, sleep-deprived, morally driven crusader of sorts.

Empires & Interconnections

For our new product that we’re currently developing, History Adventures, World of Characters, Empires & Interconnections, we’re trying to tell the story of the world over a vast, transformative period concerning the three centuries from 1450-1750. We begin this process by first trying to determine what are the major themes of the age, and where they are happening most intensely around the world. And then from there, our goal is to try to conjure and visualize characters at the crossroads of history–geographically, intellectually, culturally, and so on. Whose lives intersect profoundly with these broader themes of the age. During this period of colossal change, the world got smaller. The age of exploration, gunpowder, and international trade took hold. Epic empires expanded, and followed trade routes–as European nations battled to control as much of the world’s wealth as possible. The dark side of this explosion of wealth and consolidated power and influence, meant enslavement and ruin for many, as Europeans unknowingly brought diseases that killed millions and meanwhile initiated the gruesome, inhumane Atlantic Slave Trade. Some nations remained autonomous and isolated, such as the Tokugawa of Japan–but this took huge effort to throw off this tide of increasing global interconnectedness. 

In Tokugawa Japan, a young woman, Fuyuko, is a key advisor to the powerful warlord, Tokugawa, who strives to achieve the first Shogunate.

A World of Characters

We strive to identify a key question that will confront each of our major characters, to connect them thematically, and to the broader themes of the age. For Empires & Interconnections, we have developed 6 characters–each of whom confronts the question: how to deal with this tidal sweep of rising empires, will they fold into this interconnectedness, or will they somehow resist? We begin our journey in 1453, as Ioannina, a woman of Byzantine and Turkish ancestry, experiences the Ottoman Siege of Constantinople, led by Sultan Mehmed II. The battle hangs by a thread, but ultimately the ancient capital falls, heralding the final death knell of the Roman Empire, and the rise of the Islamic empires of the Middle East, whose control of this critical crossroads will push the emerging mercantile empires of Western Europe to search for a Western route to Asia. Our next character, Luis Felipe Gutierrez, is a Spanish adventurer, who dreams of achieving wealth and glory in the New World–while spreading the word of God–as Columbus, Cortez, and Pizarro had done before him. In the disease-stricken, war-torn mountains and jungles of Peru, he finds instead madness, confusion, and death. In 1619, we introduce William, a man forcibly brought to the new settlement of Jamestown in Virginia, by Portuguese Slave traders. Captured by English pirates in the Caribbean, William was sold along with 16 other Africans to the struggling Jamestown colony–and there he would be the first to confront an international slave trade that would last for centuries, and grip the lives of millions. On the other side of the world, in the Indian subcontinent, a Bengali tax collector must decide whether to remain loyal to the Mughal Emperor or side with the rapidly expanding British East India Company. We will find that our zamindar fails a moral test, and learns the true weather of his heart is villainy. In Tokugawa Japan, a young woman, Fuyuko, is a key advisor to the powerful warlord, Tokugawa, who strives to achieve the first Shogunate. She will advise Tokugawa on how to deal with these strange, fanatical European missionaries: should we grant clemency, or should we deal with them harshly, and with violence, to stamp out their looming threat. 

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TOP 10 Best History Apps And Books That Will Make Learning History Interactive

If you are craving to find out more about the past, History is definitely the perfect subject for you. However, studying history is not only important because it allows us to understand our past, but it also helps us make more sense of the current world.

However, who wants to study history from a boring or difficult book?

Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the most engaging and interesting history books and apps that are suitable both for educational purposes and for general interest. So, whether you’re a high school student, a business owner or a retired person, we are absolutely sure that you will enjoy all of the items listed here.

  1. History Adventures, World of Characters, (1750-1900)
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    The first item on our list falls under the book category, but it’s much more than a standard history book, it’s much more than that! Developed by Spencer Striker, History Adventures is taking world history learning to a whole new level with 3D experiences, data visualizations, sound effects, and amazing graphics. Moreover, you will also be able to test your comprehension by taking a quiz by the end of each topic.

    But the best part is that it is absolutely free to download. But hurry up! It’s only free for the next few weeks.

    Download History Adventures now on iTunes.

  2. BBC History Magazine
    The UK’s best-selling history magazine is now available on iTunes!

    Every month the app publishers assemble leading specialists to explore a variety of historical topics – from ancient civilizations to the two world wars. Every issue includes an extensive reviews section, interesting ideas for cultural trips and breaking history news.

  3. History In Pictures

    This interactive guide formed from the latest pictures of historical events from around the globe is now available for Android users.

    You will be able to browse hundreds of historical photos including People, Wars, Events, and Creative moments from world history, that have been uploaded to the app in the last 24 hours.

  4. Civilisations AR
    Yes, another product created by BBC, but this is their first Augmented Reality app. Explore over 30 astonishing artifacts from around the world at the convenience of your home or office.

    This free AR app comes from a major collaboration between the BBC, Nexus Studios and over 30 museums from across the UK, and it is now available for both iOS and Android users.

  5. The Civil War Today
    The Civil War Today is an award-winning app created exclusively for the iPad 150 years after the start of the American Civil War. The users can explore the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you re-live the events in real-time.

    You will also be able to browse thousands of original documents, maps, photos, and newspaper broadsheets.

  6. The Book of Kells

    The Book of Kells is one of the most remarkable illustrated manuscripts and the most complex manuscript of its kind to survive from the early Middle Ages. Currently, it is on display in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

    The app helps users explore the most exquisite details of 21 of the 9th-century manuscript’s best pages at up to 6 times their initial size.

  7. cdli tablet
    Developed by the University of California, “cdli tablet” is exclusively an iPad app that covers the cultural heritage of ancient Mesopotamia. The app includes text and images of ancient Mesopotamia that span 3500 years of human activity and describe the origins of trade, astronomy, and mathematics in ancient times.

    The best part – entries are updated daily.

  8. TimeTours: Uxmal
    TimeTours is a time travel guidebook that will take you on a virtual trip to the past using modern 3D reconstructions. Its ‘Now and Then’ time windows let users experience what the cities looked like in the ancient world.

    The app costs $5.49 and is available in English, German, Spanish. By the way, it is also currently used in the Cambridge Friends School iPad pilot program.

  9. The Presidents – Flash Cards

    If you’re looking for the fastest and easiest way to learn the Presidents, the Presidents app will definitely have you covered! It contains gorgeous flashcards for all forty-five Presidents of the United States – from George Washington to Donald Trump.

    And you will also be able to test your knowledge by turning the information off in the “Tap to Reveal” mode.

  10. Kings & Queens: 1,000 Years of British Royalty
    This easy to use iTunes app contains both magnificent digital portraits of Britain’s royal family and comprehensive descriptions of their characters and accomplishments.

    Telling the story of the British monarchy from William the Conqueror to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this is a perfect starting point for anyone with an interest in the Royal Family.

With these apps and books, you will definitely have an endless supply of historical facts and stories. In particular, at History Adventures, we go the extra mile to take your history learning to the next level.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments which app or book you’ve enjoyed most. 

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5 Reasons To Download History Adventures

Watch out people, there is a new kid on the block and it’s revolutionizing the way you learn history: introducing History Adventures

History Adventures is a series of next-generation digital books developed by Dr. Spencer Striker. History Adventures blends the latest innovations in mobile entertainment design and technology – including animation, music, motion, and sound effects, with the powerful storytelling method of narrativizing the life stories of peoples who lived in past centuries, in different ages and locations around the world, with the innovative, cross-disciplinary curricula.

The first book, History Adventures, World of Characters, (1750-1900), presents a fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

What’s History Adventures’ secret? Amazingly, it simply lets you relive history by reading the stories of multiple characters who used to live during a certain period in world history with a click of a finger. 

If you are getting ready for the AP World History Exam, just download History Adventures. Getting ready for the college, voila – History Adventures. Or maybe you are no longer studying, but just want to improve your general knowledge of history, or relax and enjoy a fascinating and engaging book while distracting yourself after a long day – then History Adventures will come in hand too. 

With our streamlined book application, anyone can have a great audiovisual experience at the click of a button! To celebrate our launch, we’ve put together this list of even more reasons why you should download History Adventures.

By the way, you can download History Adventures: World of Characters, (1750-1900) here.

  1. Engaging Learning Experience



    Learning history has never been more exciting! History Adventures provides users with an interactive history learning experience that will enhance and broaden their comprehension of the complex world around them.

    When you first open the book application on your device, make sure you go through the ‘How To Use This Book’ guide since History Adventures is filled with different types of interactive content and you can launch different features at your own comfort by clicking certain icons – additional information, 3D experience, tags (mainly to help you memorize certain definitions), audio comments of the historian related to the featured topic, and much more!

  2. History Has Never Been So… Unboring!
    Innovative applied interaction design research shows how data visualization, musical scoring, interactive maps of time, and documentary-inspired visualizations can bring the pages of history to life, which makes the learning experience incredibly engaging and fascinating.

    We promise, after you start reading, you just won’t be able to stop!

  3. Get Ready To Ace The AP World History Exam (Applicable To Some Other Exams Too)



    We’ve created the History Adventures keeping the AP World History Program curriculum in mind. Therefore, in the actual book, you will be able to see which AP World History: Modern topics exactly are covered in the upcoming pages.

    The best part – you will also be able to test your knowledge about the relevant topic or story with different types of questions.

    Moreover, the book can also be used when preparing for other types of World History exams.

  4. Pure Readaxation
    According to the University of Sussex research, reading for just 6 minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by 68%. Our book will not only help you reduce stress, but you’ll also be able to switch your mind off from your work and daily routine and go on a breathtaking historical journey to the age of Revolutions and Industrialization.

    By the way, you can learn more about the power of reading for pleasure here.

  5. History Adventures is free



    Yes, you read that right! History Adventures is absolutely free to download for everyone.

    We’re available on Apple Books, so just download it now to your iOS device and enjoy the most captivating history book ever.

So why wait? Download History Adventures now!

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Available Now on iTunes!

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3: 1750-1900 is now available for download in 51 countries around the world… for free for a limited time only! 

https://books.apple.com/us/book/history-adventures-world-of-characters/id1505237819

History Adventures presents a fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3: 1750-1900 is now available for download in 51 countries around the world... for free for a limited time only!
History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3: 1750-1900 is now available for download in 51 countries around the world… for free for a limited time only!

This interactive, multimodal learning experience combines the latest in mobile entertainment with the power of narrative design—bringing the pages of history to life.

History Adventures foregrounds the power of story, narrativizing the experiences of people who lived in past centuries—in different epochs and locations around the globe.

Students will witness the very real moments these very real people lived through, as if they were there. And via the empathy inspired by storytelling: students will feel the life or death stakes of decisions made in the moment.

The January 31, 2020 release covers the Period from 1750-1900 through the lens of 5 amazing people living through complex flash-points in time.

Book 3 Features:

  • Agent 355, (a slave… and an American Revolutionary War spy)
  • Jiemba, (an indigenous Australian at Botany Bay when the British convict ships arrived)
  • Fei Hong, (a Chinese family man, surviving the Opium Wars)
  • Khari, (a native rebel resisting Belgian oppression during the Congo Free State)
  • Thomas Brown, (a muckraking reporter, working to expose the gross malpractice of the Chicago Meatpacking Industry).

History Adventures: the Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity… 

Created by Spencer Striker, PhD

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Our official launch trailer!

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3, (1750-1900).

A fresh approach to history education, designed for today’s digital generation.

This interactive, multimodal learning experience combines the latest in mobile entertainment with the power of narrative design—bringing the pages of history to life.

History Adventures foregrounds the power of story, narrativizing the experiences of people who lived in past centuries—in different epochs and locations around the globe. Students will witness the very real moments these very real people lived through, as if they were there. And via the empathy inspired by quality storytelling, students will feel the life or death stakes of decisions made in the moment.

The January 2020 release of History Adventures covers the Period from 1750-1900 through the lens of 5 amazing people living through complex flash-points in time.

Book 3 Features

  1. Agent 355, (a slave… and an American Revolutionary War spy)
  2. Jiemba, (an indigenous Australian at Botany Bay when the British convict ships arrived)
  3. Fei Hong, (a Chinese family man, surviving the Opium Wars)
  4. Khari, (a native rebel resisting Belgian oppression during the (so-called) Congo Free State)
  5. Thomas Brown, (a muckraking reporter, working to expose the malpractice of the Chicago Meatpacking Industry).

History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3 (1750-1900), will go live on iTunes, January of 2020, available for download around the world!

History Adventures: The Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity..

Created by Spencer Striker, PhD

#history #digitallearning #historyeducation #digitaldesign #learningdesign #illustration #americanrevolution #congofreestate #peopleshistory #bighistory #mobilelearning #multimodality #interactivelearning #powerofstory #narrativedesign #historicalfiction #characterdesign #washingtonsspies #opiumwars #revolution #rebellion #Imperialism #exploration #clashofcivilizations #muckrakers #botanybay #gunboatdiplomacy #indigenous #chicagomeatpackers #historyadventures

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Introducing: Agent 355, American Revolutionary War Spy

United States of America, 1778 CE

“I am not a soldier. I will never wield a musket nor face cannon fire. My place is not upon the battlements nor cutting across a battlefield. I am a spy. Intent upon serving my young nation. As it tears itself away from its infuriated progenitor, Great Britain, I take pride in helping save it from itself. And who better to sneak throughout the halls, eavesdropping conversations as I fill bathtubs and stoke hearths for the chilly evenings? We have a traitor in our midst. An officer by the name of Arnold…”

— Excerpted from History Adventures, World of Characters, Book 3, 1750–1900, created by Spencer Striker, PhD

..coming to iTunes, January 2020..

The future of the book is now.

History Adventures — a next gen digital book experience being developed by an international team of animators, artists, designers, and historians — represents an enhanced, multimodal learning design for 21st Century students.

This media-rich learning experience combines the latest in mobile entertainment — and the power of narrative design — with a cross-disciplinary approach to teaching history: awakening student fascination for the past…bringing the pages of history to life.

The narrative structure will be like zooming in through portals in time, to observe — and feel the drama and excitement — of little slices of lived human experience.

And from these stories, we will extract curricular concepts relevant to a bigger picture understanding of history and its fascinatingly interwoven, cross-disciplinary themes.

History Adventures: the Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity..

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Luis Felipe Gutierrez, Spanish Conquistador, the New World (Modern Day, Peru), 1537 CE

“He was strolling through the jungle; he had to reach the other side of the mountains. Luis knew that he faced a long journey to reach the last outpost of the Spanish Empire – at the edge of civilization, where the map fell off into legend. It was the Anno Domini 1537, and Luis Felipe Guiterrez had arrived in the New World the year before, sent by his majesty Charles V to help his fellow countrymen complete the conquest of the land we now call Peru. The world he encountered now was nothing like he’d expected..”

– Excerpted from History Adventures, World of Characters
..coming to iTunes, January 2020

The future of the book is now.

Drawing inspiration from Robert Garland’s The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World (2010): History Adventures conjures snapshots of compellingly real historical scenarios. The characters will not be world famous, like Alexander, Cleopatra, or Napoleon. Rather, they will be relatable, normal people – living in extraordinary circumstances.

The narrative structure will be like zooming in through portals in time, to observe – and feel the drama and excitement – of little slices of lived human experience.And from these stories, we will extract curricular concepts relevant to a bigger picture understanding of history and its fascinatingly interwoven, cross-disciplinary themes.

History Adventures: the Stories of People in Time, Connected by Eternity..

coming to itunes, January 2020
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History Adventures Now Live on the iBooks Store!

Download from iBooks Today!

After years in development, our team is proud to announce that History Adventures, Ch. III Conscribo, is now live on iBooks around the world and available to download to any iOS device! Download and experience our enhanced history learning experience today!

History Adventures enhanced history learning experience now live on iBooks!
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STEP 2018 Showcase

Big History Adventures Showcased at STEP Start 2018