Hello everyone, and sorry to have been a bit absent as of late. As many of you probably know I am desperately trying to finish my PhD so I don’t get a lot of time to write about anything other than Vikings, women, and fashion…yeah. However, I have been playing a lot of Total War: … More Bling and Explosions: China & the Song Dynasty
Today I bring you the first instalment of my series of posts on “Lost Cities”. I would like to let you know right from the beginning that the term “lost city” is applied loosely here. As you will see throughout the different posts these are not always locations that are physically lost or not found. … More Lost Cities – Xanadu
This week in Asian history month I will be covering one of the important events in the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – the Long March. The Long March ensured the survival of the CCP and capitulated Mao Zedong to the front of the party’s leadership. Due to this importance, the events of … More China’s Long March: The Facts and the Myths.
Last week an excellent article was written detailing the American entry into World War One (WWI), so this week I thought I would address a different topic but within a similar period. This is about the Chinese Labour Corp (CLC) – a hidden force within WWI. As many know, WWI pitted many allied powers (including … More The Forgotten Labour Force of World War One
When you think of China in the modern-day, you think of a communist/socialist state, a place of beauty with the Great Wall, and a country whose cuisine has spread worldwide. However there was a time when China did have its own emperor, and was not ran by either the Japanese or Mao. Image of Henry … More Who Was China’s Last Emperor?
Today I am bringing you a very quick update on something I don’t tend to write a lot about -Asia- even though I’d love to learn more and more about it. Nevertheless, I found about this earlier on the year and I thought it was a pretty interesting discovery to share with you all and … More Mogou and the Qijia Culture
This is a continuation of my blog update from yesterday. The images you will see here are taken my by myself-probably very clumsy, in my walk around the British Museum on the 31st August 2015. Through Asia: Oriental Cultures in the British Museum So here I have gone around the rooms regarding China, Korea, Japan, … More The British Museum – through the Lens of a Camera pt. 2
The invention of Gunpowder is truly one of the most remarkable throughout History. It was invented in China during the Tang Dynasty, circa 850 AD. It was a remarkable discovery as it was discovered by an unnamed Chinese alchemist who mixed seventy-five parts of saltpetre with fifteen parts of charcoal and ten parts sulphur. When … More Gunpowder
Forged by relentless Japanese military takeover on 15th September 1932, the new state of Manchukuo was not built to last. Born in the northeastern Chinese province of Manchuria, the state existed under elementary independence of its colonial master, which installed the puppet emperor Mr Henry Puyi. In response to the view of their ‘manifest destiny’ … More Manchukuo: Master of Puppets
The theme for this month’s blog is all things supernatural in the history. The supernatural aspect of history that I have chosen to talk about is the dragon. Thanks to the many forms of media the dragon has returned triumphantly in the popular media, with the next of instalment of the Hobbit trilogy out this … More The Dragon; deadly foe or wise guardian?