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History of engineering – transportation, cooking, metal

By |2018-04-19T11:10:59+00:00September 5th, 2017|Science|

A Neanderthal stone awl People have been using engineering to solve the problems of their daily lives since the first caveman picked up a rock and chipped away at it to make a handaxe. That was in the Paleolithic, about 70,000 years ago. It is impossible to list all of the inventions that people have made since then, [...]

Taika period – Early Medieval Japan

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

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 [...]

Edo period Japan – Japanese history

By |2018-04-23T15:31:18+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Oda Nobunaga (1500s, painted by Kanō Motohide) At the end of the Muromachi period, Japan was very rich, but divided into small city-states. In the late 1500s, the daimyo Oda Nobunaga gradually re-unified Japan. He bought guns from European traders and used the guns as patterns to make lots more guns. Oda Nobunaga also promoted Christianity to get [...]

Gupta period in India – Ancient India

By |2018-04-23T15:15:59+00:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Coin of Samudragupta In 319 AD, King Chandragupta I managed to unite all of northern India into a great empire again. (He was not related to the Mauryan Chandragupta, but he wanted people to think he was). Chandragupta I even conquered some of South India. People called him "King of Kings", like the Iranian emperors further north. [...]