ESP Biography



JOSHUA HOFFMAN, Senior History Major from Brandeis University




Major: History

College/Employer: NYU Steinhardt

Year of Graduation: G

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Past Classes

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H14918: The Real History of Ancient Greece in HSSP Spring 2022 (Feb. 26, 2022)
Ancient Greece is awesome. Everyone knows it. Yet most people only know about Ancient Greece through movies like 300 and Disney's Hercules, or the (surprisingly accurate) Percy Jackson books. Fewer people know about the reasons it's actually awesome. That's what this course is try going to cover. This class is going to be a lecture style story on the actual history of Ancient Greece, from the civilization's birth from the ashes of fallen kingdoms, to the founding of Democracy and Fascism. From Athens, Sparta, and others uniting to fight the largest empire the world had ever seen to collapsing into war among themselves.


H14688: World Between Wars: 1919-39. in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
In 1914, Six Empires dominated Europe and much of the world. By 1919, two remained weakened, two broken, and two utterly shattered. In this story-telling, lecture style course, we will learn cover the result of this cataclysm, issues ranging from nationalism, of far-left and far-right movements conquering entire countries, the great depression, and why, in hindsight, the allies ever appeased Hitler.


H14575: The Crusades in HSSP Summer 2021 (Jul. 10 - 31, 2021)
The Crusades are one of the most baffling, bizarre, and counter-intuitive events to ever happen in the history of Humanity. One thousand years ago, tens of thousands of Christians in Europe decide to walk three thousand miles through unfamiliar and hostile territory just to claim a city half-way across the known word. Why did they do this? How did they do this? Did they succeed? Three classes will tell an episodic story of the crusades, lecture style, and attempt to answer these questions which still baffle historians to this day.


H14239: The Persian Wars 500-480 BCE in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
This lecture-based course will be on the legendary David vs Goliath conflict between a coalition of Greek City-States lead by Athens and Sparta against Persia, the largest empire the world had ever seen.


H14240: Peloponnesian War: Athens VS Sparta. The Greek World Wars. 431-404. in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
This lecture-based class will cover the great war between the city-states of Athens and Sparta. Essentially the Greek World Wars, this Peloponnesian War lasts over 30 years and has lasting impact on the future of Greece. In this conflict, both Athens and Sparta control half of Greece, and the winner has the opportunity to become the first ruler over a united Greece.


H14241: The Second Carthaginian War: Rome and Hannibal in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
This course is a lecture covering the famous Second Carthaginian War (and a quick summary of the first), the famous conflict between Rome and the Carthaginians.


H14242: The Greco-Roman Wars in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
This lecture-based class will cover the Romans (fresh after fighting Carthage) clashing in the East with the successors of Alexander the Great. The West collides with the East in a series of wars that will shape the Greek world for centuries to come. The winner of this will become the undisputed ruler over the entire Mediterranean, from Portugal to Palestine.


H14122: Ancient Greece from the Dark Ages to Roman Conquest in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
This is a lecture based course Every lecture will be one chapter in the epic story that is Greek History. The six lectures: 1. Mythical Greece, the Bronze Age Collapse and the re-birth of Greece. 2. Origins of Ancient Sparta and Athens 3. The Persian Wars 4. Sparta vs. Athens: The Peloponnesian War 5. The Hegemony Wars 6. Rise and fall of Alexander and 150 more years of war.