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30 years ago a Chinese tank column stopped for ‘Tank Man.’ Fang Zheng wasn’t so lucky

Reporting from Beijing —   Everyone remembers China’s “Tank Man,” who stood with bags in his hands, blocking a line of tanks withdrawing from Tiananmen Square a day after the fatal June 4, 1989, military crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. Thirty years later, Fang Zheng wonders why the tanks stopped for that man, but rolled right over him as heContinue reading “30 years ago a Chinese tank column stopped for ‘Tank Man.’ Fang Zheng wasn’t so lucky”

Golam Beg’s skull reminds us of a chapter in India’s freedom struggle

In 2014, while sitting in an office in London’s Mile End, historian Kim Wagner received an email from a couple who said they owned a skull. Dr Wagner, who teaches imperial history at Queen Mary University of London, says the couple told him they did not feel comfortable with the “thing” in their house, andContinue reading “Golam Beg’s skull reminds us of a chapter in India’s freedom struggle”

Martin Luther published a document criticizing the Catholic selling of ‘indulgences’, or actions performed to reduce the amount of punishment for sin

On July 16, 1517, an obscure German theologian by the name of Martin Luther published a document criticizing the Catholic selling of ‘indulgences’, or actions performed to reduce the amount of punishment for sin. Luther could not have known that his document and the subsequent events would change the face of Europe and Christendom forever.Continue reading “Martin Luther published a document criticizing the Catholic selling of ‘indulgences’, or actions performed to reduce the amount of punishment for sin”

The horrifying Human Zoos: Shocking photos reveal how zoos around the world kept ‘primitive natives’ in enclosures as Westerners gawped and jeered at them just 60 years ago

The horrifying images, some of which were taken as recently as 1958, show how black and Asian people were cruelly treated as exhibits that attracted millions of tourists. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4323366/amp/Photos-reveal-horrifying-human-zoos-early-1900s.html?

The 14 Darkest Moments Of The French Revolution

The French Revolution was one of the bloodiest events in modern history. Between 1789 and 1799, French men and women went through dramatic changes in their social and political systems: They overthrew a monarchical system built on aristocratic and church privilege and attempted to replace it with a more democratic vision of society. But hundredsContinue reading “The 14 Darkest Moments Of The French Revolution”