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Mark Twain – American literature

By |2017-08-14T11:11:21+00:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Mark Twain lived in the United States in the late 1800s AD, and he wrote books for both children and grown-ups. His real name was Samuel Clemens. Mark Twain grew up white in the South when black people were still enslaved there, and a lot of his books are about slavery and freedom. Twain [...]

American language and literature – North America – History

By |2018-04-24T11:02:08+00:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

American literature: Rock Art from Utah, about 1700 AD Native American languages In 1500 AD, people living in North America spoke many different languages. None of them were written down. Many of these languages died out in the 1500s and 1600s AD, because so many people had died of smallpox and measles that hardly anyone was left to [...]

Margaret Cavendish – European Philosophy

By |2018-04-11T18:19:38+00:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|

Margaret Cavendish Margaret Cavendish was a little younger than Hobbes and Descartes, but she knew both men. She had many philosophical debates with them when they were all living in Paris. Cavendish proposed that even things that seemed separate from your body, like thinking or dreaming, were really just part of the working of your brain. [...]

European writing – books, poetry, Bibles

By |2018-04-11T18:19:12+00:00August 6th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Reproduction of a press from Gutenberg's time The invention of the European printing press with moveable type in northern Europe in the late 1400s AD was no accident: publishers had set out to find a way to create a lot of books cheaply, because there was a new market for the books. More and more European families [...]

Fengshen Yanyi – A Ming Dynasty novel

By |2018-04-18T09:54:10+00:00June 4th, 2017|China, Literature|

During the later Ming Dynasty, in the 1500s AD, a man named Xu Zhonglin wrote a novel called Fengshen Yanyi. The main character is Ji Fa, who overthrew the last emperor of the Shang Dynasty and made himself the first emperor of the Zhou dynasty, about 1100 BC. In this story, the Shang emperor is [...]