The Historian's Craft

is creating Videos and Infographics about History and Archaeology




per video

About The Historian's Craft

Who Am I?

For those of you who don't know, I'm Michael, the host of The Historian's Craft. I received my B.A. in History with a minor in Anthropology from the State University of New York, College at Cortland. Currently, I am pursuing graduate school in history at the University of Iowa, where I am specializing in Japanese History, with my main focus being on the war crimes committed by the Japanese military during the Second World War, and the intellectual and diplomatic relationship between Imperial Japan and the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945.

Why Did I Start the Channel?

There's a huge segment of the population that has an interest in History, but for one reason or another, many of the professionals and academics don't have great public outreach. As someone who would like to be a future academic, I think that this is a situation that needs to change, and I want my channel to be one of the ways that that change happens. History is for everyone, not just those who can afford college.

How I Use the Patreon Funds

This is probably the most important part of this page, given that it's located on Patreon, and if you come to it, you may have considered supporting my channel this way. The short answer is that top-notch academic books and articles are expensive, so a significant amount of the funding I receive through Patreon goes towards research materials. Beyond that, the funds are dedicated to getting better equipment and software to improve the quality of the audio and animation of my videos. 

How Do I Currently Charge My Patrons?

I don't charge for every single video I create, as the recordings of me simply talking literally don't cost me anything to make. The only videos I charge my patrons for are the animated videos, as those take a significant amount of time to actually produce. I also churn out a lot of book reviews, but because those are relatively short, I only charge third review (and sometimes not even that, if they're short enough). 
$27 of $500 per video
Provided that I can start making roughly $500.00 per animated video, I will have enough funding to drastically expand the scope of the channel: going to museums and archaeological sites is expensive, and I would absolutely love to be able to bring the real stuff to my viewers instead of just my (poor) animations (I'll also be able to afford better software). It will also allow significantly more access to expensive scholarly materials, to ensure that the information is as top-notch as I can make it.
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