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History vs. Tamerlane the Conqueror - Stephanie Honchell Smith

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He was born in the 1330s in the Chaghatayid Khanate, formerly the Mongol Empire. On the steppe, he rose from a lowly sheep thief to become one of history’s greatest conquerors, uniting nearly all of Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Iran under his rule. But was he a great state builder or a bloodthirsty tyrant? Stephanie Honchell Smith puts this controversial figure on trial in History vs. Tamerlane.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Stephanie Honchell Smith
  • Director Brett Underhill
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Animator Brett Underhill
  • Composer Salil Bhayani, cAMP Studio
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox

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