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Our missionBringing History to Life

The Armchair Historian began as a hobby, born out of the twin desires of discovering and creating. Although it all began with one armchair historian, the company has since grown to encompass a number of individuals from all walks of life, staunchly united in the pursuit to democratize knowledge of and from the past. At The Armchair Historian, researchers, writers, animators, mapmakers, and voice actors are all working in tandem to bring history to life. We are using today’s cutting-edge technology to carry yesterday into tomorrow.

YouTube is where the company got its start and we still regularly produce content on our channel. That being said, anyone intimately familiar with the platform knows its shortcomings all too well.

  1. YouTube viewers are constantly bombarded by advertisements before and during videos and, on top of that, often are subject to built-in sponsorships.
  2. YouTube algorithms encourage clickbait — a fact that all too often leads to the sensationalization of history for profit maximization.
  3. YouTube creators have to tiptoe around controversial historical events for fear of demonetization and other penalties, even when covering said events responsibly.

For all YouTube has done to democratize knowledge, it has also impeded creators’ ability to create and viewers’ ability to view. This website is here to fix that, saving you the hassle of watching a pre-video advertisement and built-in sponsorship segment for every educational video you come across by instituting a $4.99 monthly fee. It’s a fair trade-off for the wide range of uninterrupted content this website will give you access to. By signing up, your favorite content creators will no longer fear the threat of censorship while showcasing the past, including its more uncomfortable, but important, elements. Your money goes straight into the creators’ pockets, enabling them to both produce more content on the website and their YouTube channels.

We hope to have you coming back to this website again and again to browse exclusive content from creators you know and those you have yet to be exposed to. Our goal is to make learning enjoyable with animated long-form series that will introduce you to just about any topic that has shaped human history, for better or for worse. We promise you an educational experience like no other, captivating, gripping, and informative all at once. With your first month(s) free, we encourage you to binge watch our selection of video documentaries from a wide array of creators, along with our blog. Join us and all the other armchair historians signing up everyday!

David Mainayar

My name is David Mainayar, and I’ve been fascinated by history since I was a kid. The first era that captured my imagination was the Middle Ages, but, through the combination of voracious reading, documentary-watching, podcast-listening, as well as frequent trips to Europe, that spark has since matured into a flame, leading me to learn about a range of historical topics with a fiery sense of curiosity.

I began working with The Armchair Historian channel in March of 2018 after becoming a longtime fan. My duties have ranged from research and script-writing to marketing and social media outreach. I am currently an intended Business Administration major at the University of California, Berkeley and enrolled in two history courses, one covering Middle Eastern history and the other encompassing the history of Italy from the Renaissance onward.

  • Market Lead, Editor
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Griffin Johnsen

My name is Griffin Johnsen, also known as “The Armchair Historian.” I have felt passionate about history ever since I can remember, being greatly influenced by my grandfather Norman, who served in the 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment as a Master Sergeant during the Second World War. Together, we watched countless documentaries and talked about his experiences in the war. After he passed away in 2008, I kept him close to heart and continued studying. Eventually, I decided to start my YouTube Channel in June of 2016 when I was seventeen years old. I called it “The Armchair Historian.”

Despite the channel name, however, there is more to the channel than just me. On the team, we have an artist as well as multiple researchers and script-writers all working diligently to produce well-made and informative history videos.

  • Founder, Producer
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Gert Bos

My name is Gert Bos and I am a digital illustrator by trade. It all started a long time ago, when I began making comic strips as a hobby. After a while, I found out that I could make a pretty penny selling my work. Out of curiosity, I started dabbling in the creation of digital illustrations and cartoons, frequently experimenting with different drawing styles and tools. I am proud to say that I have completed thousands of commissions since then and am constantly looking for ways to improve and broaden my artistic skills.

In January 2018, I met Griffin Johnsen online on a site that allows illustrators to connect to prospective clients. Our one-time arrangement turned into an amiable long-term professional relationship and I have been involved in every video production of The Armchair Historian ever since! Needless to say, I’ve been kept very busy making illustrations, but another byproduct of completing so many commissions has been the cultivation of a newfound appreciation for history. I never particularly enjoyed history class, but bringing all these historical figures and scenes to life has captivated me in a completely unexpected way. I can now say that I too am an armchair historian!

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