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History vs. Tamerlane the Conqueror
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. [Directed by Brett Underhill, PorkchopBob Studio, narrated by Addison Anderson, music by Salil Bhayani, cAMP Studio].