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8 09, 2017

Mexican history and colonization

By |2019-08-08T20:55:15-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, History|2 Comments

Mexican history: Tenochtitlan under attack (painted in the 1600s) The Aztecs in Mexico In 1500 AD, the Aztec  controlled most of what is now Mexico. People also called them the Mexica. More about the Aztec Central American history All our Central America articles A rebellion helped by invaders In 1519, the Aztec ruler, Moctezuma the Younger, [...]

7 08, 2017

Karl Marx – European philosophy

By |2019-04-03T11:32:08-07:00August 7th, 2017|Economy, Modern Europe, Philosophy|0 Comments

Karl Marx, a European philosopher and economist How did Hegel inspire Marx? The famous German philosopher Hegel died when Karl Marx was 13 years old. Marx must have heard a lot about Hegel when he was in school in Germany. Hegel's ideas about a dialectic or conversation between opposites which led to a sort of [...]

27 07, 2017

Taika period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:56-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan, Where|0 Comments

Court attendants (Takamatsuzuka Tomb, ca. 600s AD) Now that Japan had declared independence from China, Empress Suiko and her successors built a new government for Japan. They wanted Japan's government to be just as good as China's government. Empress Suiko ruled for 35 years before she died in 628 AD. Prince Shotoku had already died six years [...]

27 07, 2017

Nara period – Early medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:55-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|0 Comments

Model of the Empress Genmei's imperial audience hall at Heijo, Nara Empress Genmei moved the capital of Japan to the new planned city of Nara in 710 AD. She wanted the move to help get more power into her own hands and out of the hands of other powerful Japanese families. Genmei succeeded in stopping [...]

27 07, 2017

Shoguns and Mongols – Kamakura Japan

By |2018-05-06T17:41:50-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|0 Comments

First shogun of Japan: Minamoto Yoritomo (maybe), by Fujiwara Takanobu Who was the first shogun of Japan? The first shogun, Minamoto Yoritomo, established the system: all officials were pretty much military officials. Japan broke up into a lot of small kingdoms, which were always fighting each other. There were a lot of wars, mostly [...]

7 07, 2017

Tyrant Game – Ancient Greece activity

By |2018-04-23T07:02:27-07:00July 7th, 2017|Government, Greeks|0 Comments

Harmodius and Aristogeiton To understand more about tyranny, play a game with a group of kids (about 25 is perfect) where you decide whether to have a tyrant, and who should be the tyrant. Most of the kids (all but five) will be ordinary people - men and women, mostly farmers. About half [...]

6 07, 2017

Athens under the Tyrants – Ancient Greece

By |2017-07-06T22:14:18-07:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|0 Comments

Obol minted under Pisistratus with the head of Medusa At first people were happy with Solon's changes. They had their farms back, and they didn't owe any money, and they weren't being killed for little things. They could (if they were free men) be judges and vote in the Assembly. But the people [...]

29 06, 2017

Why do people fall into debt?

By |2019-05-02T08:47:27-07:00June 29th, 2017|Government|0 Comments

Why people fall into debt: Sumerian man plowing on a cylinder seal Cancellation of debts The three demands that poor people made whenever they were able to make demands were for the cancellation of debts, the abolition of debt bondage, and the redistribution of land. What does that mean, and why did they [...]