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History of Democracy: Who invented democracy? Athens and Italy

By |2018-06-11T18:36:14+00:00June 29th, 2017|Government, Greeks|

Democracy history: The Pnyx, where Athenian men debated issues and voted What is democracy? Democracy means the rule of the people (in Greek). That is where each individual person has a vote about what to do. Whatever the most people vote for wins. There is no king or tyrant, and anybody can propose [...]

Russian Revolution – History of Russia

By |2017-05-30T23:58:30+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Lenin By the late 1800s, people in Asia were looking at the new republican governments in Europe and the United States, and beginning to ask why they couldn't vote for their leaders too. As in China at the same time, many people wanted to have factories and machines the way people did in [...]

Crimean War – History of Russia

By |2018-04-16T12:31:00+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, History|

British soldiers in the Crimean War When Catherine the Great died in 1796 AD, her son Paul became the czar of Russia. But Paul was not really up to the job. Almost immediately Paul agreed to an alliance with Austria, Spain, and Britain against the French general Napoleon, but Napoleon kept winning battles. [...]

Later Central Asian Economy

By |2018-04-16T10:38:36+00:00May 30th, 2017|Central Asia, Economy|

Grasslands of Central Asia - the steppe In 1500 AD, most of Central Asia was grassland.  Nomads rode horses and tended big herds of cattle there. Only in the western part of Central Asia were people farming wheat and barley and rye. But gradually over the course of the next 500 years, Russian rulers encouraged farmers [...]