Opium War between Britain and China 1839- 1842 British forces attack Chinese Forts on Chuenpee Island.
History

How Did the Opium War Break Out in China?

August 12, 2020

The Opium War was a turning point in the history of not only China but also the whole world. It was a backfire of imperialism that started from tea, led to opium, and ended in a new worldview. […]

Old vintage ceramic tea or coffee pot with cups jug and sugar cup on dark background with lights and smoke.
History

Tea, Silver, and War: How Things Were Before the Opium War

August 12, 2020

China was a favorable trade destination for big powers in the 1800’s – from fancy goods to tea, to drugs. China, however, had a red line that Britain insisted on passing: drugs. This unfavorable insist led to a war, but was opium itself the only disagreement before the Opium War? […]

Warrior wearing iron helmet and red cloak.
History

Slaves, the Unsung Heroes of Ancient Greece

August 11, 2020

In ancient Greece, people were enslaved to do various tasks. Slavery was widely practiced in different regions of the country. However, slavery in Sparta was different from the rest of Greece, so much so that the Spartans had to face a major slave rebellion in their territory for five years. […]

Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
History

Classification of Slaves in Ancient Greece

August 11, 2020

Ancient Greeks exploited the human power of slaves in various aspects of their lives. Since the Greeks despised working for other people, they made their slaves do whatever they considered degrading. However, not all slaves were treated the same, and depending on the type of their work, they enjoyed various degrees of freedom. […]

Ancient Greek Temple Frieze detail, Delhpi, Greece.
History

The Principles of Slavery in Ancient Greece

August 11, 2020

Slavery in ancient Greece was practiced like a normal phenomenon. The Greeks were not the first nation to introduce slavery, and the idea was so widely accepted that anyone who could afford it, would own a slave. Either a person was born a slave or was made a slave by law. […]

A restored part of the Heqanakht Letters or Heqanakht papyri, framed and put up for display.
Ancient History

The Middle Kingdom of Egypt: The Discoveries of Herbert Winlock

August 11, 2020

Sometimes a single excavator is responsible for the lion’s share of what we know about a particular period in history. This is the case with Herbert Winlock and the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. So, what were some of his major discoveries from this period? […]

A picture of an early Irish monastic setting out to sea in search of God.
European History

Early Irish Monastics: Myths, Monasteries, and Pilgrimage

August 9, 2020

The early Irish monastic figures played an important role in the spread of Christianity in Ireland and other places in Europe. Some Irish monks set out to sea with the deliberate aim of letting the wind take them wherever it would. Some returned to tell marvelous stories about what they had seen. […]

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