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In his book, Centuries of Change, author and historian Dr Ian Mortimer explains which century saw the most change and why it matters to us. From his research, we bring to you the most significant change in each century from the eleventh century to the twentieth. 11th Century: Discontinuation of Slavery Although the slavery continued … Continue reading Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw What Change?
Soviet-Afghan war had many significant outcomes. The instability in Afghanistan politics; the Mujahideen; the Al Qaeda; the Taliban; these all were in some ways related to the war that spanned around a decade starting in 1979. Before the Soviet invasion, already there was turmoil in Afghanistan politics. After the 1978 coup, Afghanistan’s communist party had … Continue reading Soviet War in Afghanistan
The Qing dynasty which had ruled China for centuries had gone weak by the beginning of the twentieth century. The dynasty tried to modernise the country, but the efforts did not go well. In 1911, the Chinese Revolution (also known as Xinhai Revolution) took place, which ended the 2000 year old imperial rule in China. … Continue reading Chinese Civil War
It is important to note that the Hundred Years’ War did not last for exactly one hundred years. The actual timeline is considered to be from 1337 to 1453. It was a war where the world witnessed the British-French conflict which would go on, way beyond this war period. The Hundred Years’ War was not … Continue reading The Hundred Years’ War
Vietnam, along with Cambodia and Laos, used to be a French colony. In World War II, Japanese soldiers had occupied it. It was during this time, the Viet Minh league, led by its communist leader Ho Chi Minh, declared Vietnam independent from France. And that’s why... the war. Soon after the world war, in 1946, … Continue reading The Vietnam War
During the 19th century, Russia made some efforts to modernise itself by trying to free the serfs or peasants. But this did not go well. Tsar Alexander II, who made these reforms, was assassinated in 1881. His son, Tsar Alexander III, undid most of the earlier work. All of this added up to the desperations … Continue reading The Russian Revolution
Aztecs were known as warriors. Their story begins around the year 1200, when they settled in the Valley of Mexico. Soon, they started dominating the native-Americans near the central America and built their capital city Tenochtitlan in 1325. It was a massive city, protected by walls from all side and with a grand architecture. Like … Continue reading Aztecs
As the saying goes, Rome was not built in a day. It was a massive civilisation, and such a civilisation could only have been formed over many centuries. It is estimated that the city of Rome was founded in 753 BC by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus. However, the Roman Republic was founded much … Continue reading Ancient Rome
The Persian homeland was in what is now known as Iran. The Persian empire thrived after its kings such as Cyrus the great conquered the neighbouring lands. The city of Persepolis, built by the King Darius I, was a magnificent example of the Persian tradition. Even now, through the ruins of the city, one could … Continue reading Persian Empire