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14 08, 2017

Mark Twain – American literature

By |2017-08-14T11:11:21-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

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 [...]

14 08, 2017

American language and literature – North America – History

By |2018-04-24T11:02:08-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

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 [...]

6 08, 2017

Margaret Cavendish – European Philosophy

By |2019-03-07T16:06:05-07:00August 6th, 2017|Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Margaret Cavendish Who was 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. More about Hobbes And about Descartes All our Europe articles Cavendish proposed that even things that seemed separate from your body, [...]

6 08, 2017

European writing – books, poetry, Bibles

By |2018-04-11T18:19:12-07:00August 6th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|0 Comments

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 [...]

4 06, 2017

Monkey: Journey to the West

By |2019-10-18T11:12:51-07:00June 4th, 2017|China, Literature|0 Comments

These Buddhist figures are made of mammoth ivory   An early Chinese travel novel Wu Cheng'en (probably) wrote his novel, A Journey to the West, in the Ming Dynasty, in the 1500s AD. It's a fictionalized version of the true story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang. Xuanzang broke Chinese law and traveled to [...]