- Feb 2019
I'm not sure. Since these types of shorter videos gather more attention and are more entertaining I think they work well enough. Epic History's videos are extremely well animated and decently researched but they feel like a summary of an Osprey book, indeed they use Osprey as their main source and are sponsored by them. Osprey has short, concise books covering military history but these books are of varying quality and depth and as such the quality of the videos might vary if they rely only on a single publisher or source.Do you guys think there would be any demand for more intense, in-depth, animated historical videos covering not only the major battles but also political / social events? In other words, a detailed podcast with some animations (maps etc)?
I think that anyone seeking more in-depth knowledge should read books, videos and documentaries are good to give summaries but are usually too limited to provide sufficient context and detail on everything.
If you want more in-depth, professional type documentaries TIK and Military History Visualised are the ones I find decent.
Some animated ones such as The Armchair Historian have a bunch of sources listed but when looking at their videos I doubt they've actually used them all in a specific video, sometimes they make errors that make it look like they didn't read some of the books they cite at all. I don't know if they're lying with their bibliography or just don't pay attention and make the slip ups on accidents or if they don't know how to properly evaluate their sources. Most others usually don't give sources and as such are suspicious to me.
I think videos and podcasts are just too short no matter how you slice it, books are still the best way to transfer such a large amount of information.