Sunday, September 30, 2018

Rise and Fall of the Maurya Empire

It dominated India from 321 BCE to 185 BCE becoming the subcontinents earliest Empires. Whether influenced of Alexander the Great or not, it placed huge lands under the command of Mauryan Emperors. At its center, Pataliputra, a show piece of wealth, sophistication, and piety of the powerful Mauryan Empire.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Rise and Fall of the Dahomey Kingdom

In the west coast of Africa, a kingdom rose that defied European ideas of African civilization as disorganized, chaotic, and unsophisticated. The Kingdom of Dahomey left us the Royal Palaces of Abomey as a testament to its achievements as a kingdom – powerful, artistics, and wealthy. Wealth powered by men and women sold to slavery and shipped to the New World powering the Triangular Trade of the Atlantic.
Victims for Sacrifice in
The History of Dahomy, An Inland Kingdom of Africa, 1793

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empire

The Taj Mahal continued to dazzle millions of tourist with its white marble, minarets, and perfectcly shaped dome – a monumental reminder from one of India’s greatest Empire, the Mughal Empire.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

History of the Kingdom of Georgia - Part 1

Large empires dominated the history of the world. But stories of small countries struggling to survive between the wars of empires filled the margins. Some became spheres of influence, puppets in proxy wars of stronger empire, but others succeeded in becoming independent and even achieved their very own golden ages that made their descendants proud. Such was the story of the Kingdom of Georgia.
Kingdom of Georgia at its apex
Kingdom of Georgia at its apex

Saturday, March 10, 2018

History of the Aztecs

The Nahuatl-speaking people of Aztecs, also called Tenochca or Mexica, overcame challenges that let them built one of the greatest Empire in Mesoamerica. 
Conquest of Tenochtitlan

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Rashidun Caliphate

Medina
From 632 to 661, in a spanned of just 30 years, an empire emerged on the back of a rising religion – Islam. This spectacular expansion of territory and religion came under the leadership of the deputies of Islam’s founder Mohammed – the Rashidun Caliphs.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Perry's Gunboat Diplomacy in Japan

Japanese depiction of a Black Ship
In 1853, the Japanese were surprised by news of foreign “black ships” anchoring in Uraga Bay. What they witnessed was the beginning of a classic gunboat diplomacy.