Understanding Imperial China
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Wondrium Reveals Life of Han Dynasty Nobility

May 21, 2023

The Han Dynasty, starting with the rule of Liu Bang, marked China’s first golden age. The dynasty began around 200 B.C.E. and lasted 400 years. Liu Bang balanced tradition with new political ideas. […]

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Who Was St. Patrick of Ireland?

March 17, 2023

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a secular celebration of Irish culture. People drink green beer, attend parties, eat Irish food, and more. Where did St. Patrick’s Day originate and who is its namesake? […]

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Why Are Georgians Protesting?

March 15, 2023

Streets in the nation of Georgia are filled with protestors. Riot police recently broke up a demonstration in Tbilisi of thousands of people. What are Georgians protesting against? […]

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Why Is Senegal Known as Africa’s Cultural Mecca?

February 9, 2023

From fashion to food, Dakar is a major African cultural center. Its rich and diverse array of sports, art, and culinary delicacies is gaining renown worldwide. What does Senegal and its capital have to offer? […]

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Why Is China’s Population Shrinking?

January 25, 2023

The world’s largest nation is facing a decline in its numbers. Last year, deaths in China outpaced births for the first time since the 1960s. What’s happening to the Chinese population and why? […]

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Wondrium Series Explores Great Women before 1400

January 22, 2023

From Herodias to Joan of Arc, strong women fill pre-15th-century history. A Wondrium series tells the stories of 36 such warriors, queens, and intellectuals. Vietnam’s Trung sisters rebelled against China 2,000 years ago. […]

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Collective Decisions and the Inherent Selfishness of States

January 22, 2023

Since they are is no single global enforcer of rules, when it comes to international decisions, taking and making other countries stick to those decisions can be challenging. It is further complicated by conflicting self interests and complex domestic affairs. […]

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Dictatorships: Cursed by Their Own Power?

January 22, 2023

Not fearing elections actually enables dictators to implement unpopular policies that may benefit the state in the long run. At the same time, it can also backfire as no accountability also equals to no trust. […]

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