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Medieval African history – Timbuktu and Great Zimbabwe

By |2018-04-21T12:09:34-07:00October 3rd, 2017|Africa, History|

Mansa Musa of Mali After the 400s AD, the Bantu expansion slowed down. They had already settled most of the good farmland in southern Africa. What was left was mainly desert or thick jungle. It was no good for farming or herding cattle. The Bantu left that land to the Khoikhoi and San people who already lived there. [...]

Where do folding fans come from? History of fans

By |2019-06-07T11:03:23-07:00September 5th, 2017|Africa, Science|

Tutankhamon's ostrich feather fan (Egypt, ca. 1300 BC) When did people start to use fans? Chimpanzees use a stick with leaves on it, or just a big leaf, to chase away flies. They can't cool themselves by creating a breeze, because their hair insulates them. Primates and humans Flies and mosquitoes History of clothing But the earliest people who [...]

American clothing – 1900s AD

By |2018-04-18T09:53:59-07:00August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Girls working in a mill, about 1900 AD By about 1900, though, cloth and clothing got cheap enough that there was a big change in how people thought about clothes. Instead of wearing many layers of clothes, a lot of people started to wear different clothes every day. Young kids wore cotton dresses - both [...]

Republic of Genoa – Medieval Italy

By |2019-07-03T09:03:22-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Republic of Genoa: Medieval drawing of the city of Genoa, Italy (1493) Genoa in the Early Middle Ages Around 900 AD, the Holy Roman Empire began to lose control of Italy, and Genoa was among the Italian cities that got their independence about this time. Holy Roman Empire The Fatimids All our medieval Europe articles Genoa became [...]

Who was Charlemagne? Early Middle Ages

By |2019-04-11T12:26:17-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Medieval|

Who was Charlemagne? This is Charlemagne, or possibly his grandson (now in the Louvre Museum) What's Charlemagne's real name? Charlemagne's name is really Charles le Magne, or Charles the Great. In German they call him Karl der Grosse, which also means Charles the Great. Earlier Merovingians All our medieval Europe articles How did Charlemagne get [...]

Medieval economy – Europe

By |2018-04-24T08:21:22-07:00August 1st, 2017|Economy, Medieval|

Medieval economy: A carpenter works in his shop. Collapse of trade After the fall of Rome, people in Europe used money less than they had before. Instead they mostly lived on what they could produce themselves. Rich people lived on what they could make other people give them because they were landlords or landladies. Money and silk [...]

Yamato period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-10-09T10:04:28-07:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Yamato Japan: Haniwa seated woman from a kofun tomb, possibly a Shinto religious leader (ca. 500 AD) From Yayoi to Yamato By the end of the Yayoi period (Japan's Iron Age) in 250 AD, there was probably an emperor in Japan. But the real power still lay with the rulers of many different city-states. The emperor couldn't really tell [...]

Medieval Islamic clothing

By |2018-04-09T23:56:39-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Clothing, Islam|

It was hot in the Islamic Empire. So people mostly dressed to protect themselves from the sun. The best way to keep from getting sunburns was to keep your skin covered with cloth as much as possible. At the same time, people also believed that God wanted them to cover up. They thought this especially about women, so that men [...]

Ancient Indian economy

By |2019-02-21T10:11:58-07:00July 20th, 2017|Economy, India|

Ancient India trade: Indian herbal medicines What did most people do for work? Most people in ancient India were farmers. That's the same as in other parts of Asia and Europe at this time. In India, farmers mainly grew wheat and rice. They grew cotton for cloth. They grew opium for medicine too. More about opium History of wheat Where did rice come [...]

Ancient Indian clothing: What did people wear in ancient India?

By |2018-11-07T08:05:28-07:00July 20th, 2017|Clothing, India|

Ancient Indian clothing: A woman wearing a long tunic - Mathura, 100s AD Ancient Indian clothing: the cotton dhoti People in India wore mostly cotton clothing. India was the first place where people grew cotton, even as early as 5000 BC in the Stone Age. Men wore dhoti, a cloth wrapped around their waists and knotted at the back. Some [...]