Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dangerous Dictators: Jean-Bedel Bokassa

Jean-Bedel Bokassa during his coronation
Known for brutality and outrageous extravagance, Jean-Bedel Bokassa showed an example of how authoritarian military rulers turning into despotic megalomania. From a soldier in the French Army to his country’s Emperor, Bokassa brought terror and poverty to his people.

The Industrial Revolution of Germany

BASF Factory (1881)
She emerged as the most industrialized country by the end of the 19th century. Germany surpassed the home of the industrial revolution – Great Britain. From a once divided nation, its strength and potential became full and unleashed.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Sailendra Dynasty: Builders of Borobodur, Agents of Buddhism

Borobudur (depicted in Civilization V), the greatest monument of Sailendra Dynasty
They gave the world the largest stupa in the world – Borobudur. Their civilization shrouded in mystery. They ruled Central Java and became agents of Buddhism from a once Hindu Kingdom. For over the century they ruled the region until their rivals reentered the scene and grab the control of the Kingdom. This is the Sailendra Dynasty of Central Java.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Monuments of Southeast Asia: Borobudur

Borobodur (depicted in Civilization V)
It serves as the biggest Buddhist temple in the world. It stands as a reminder of a once great kingdom in Central Java. It is one of the greatest monuments in Southeast Asia. It is the temple of Borobudur in Java, Indonesia.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shotoku: Sinification and Buddhism

Prince Shotoku (Middle)
From the troubles of succession and division about religion, Prince Shotoku emerged as one of the famous regent during the time of ancient Japan. He contributed a lot in changing the religious and administrative landscape of country.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4 Revolutionaries in Latin America

The first decade of the 19th century thundered with the sounds of revolution in Latin America. Men who had Spanish ancestry but born in the colonies learned of the ideas of the Enlightenment or became aware of their distinct identity from those in Spain. And here are four who became distinguish during the period:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ludvig Nobel and the Baku Oil Industry

The 18th century saw a boom in the oil industry. The United States dominated the industry with its leading company, Standard Oil. But it faced competition from the other side of the world – Russia. The oil city of Baku challenged American domination of world’s oil supply. In this city, it saw the rise of another member of the Swedish family Nobel – Ludvig or Ludwig Nobel.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Minh Mang: The Rise of Confucianism in Nguyen Vietnam

Minh Mang
The Nguyen Dynasty had ruled a unified Vietnam for two decades by 1820. Its founder, Gia Long passed away. His son then ascended to the throne as Emperor Minh Mang. Under his rule, Vietnam plunged into orthodox Confucianism and towards centralization and conquest.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Colbertisme and the French Economy

Jean Baptiste Colbert
Under the rule of the Sun King – Louis XIV – France embark into its ancient regime’s golden age. The King ruled France with his divine absolutist power. From that, he went into a spending spree, building palaces, waging wars, and funding expeditions. With such a manner, the King needed an official that balanced his income with his spending. The duty fell into one of his time’s well known economic manager – Jean Baptiste Colbert.