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How Siam Avoided Colonisation

The history of Thailand is a history known for its survival of colonisation. Thailand was one of the few countries not under the rule of an imperial European power. That makes this country indubitably inquisitive to explore. This article will mainly focus on her avoidance of colonisation. What measures did the Siamese take to keep […]

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Kublai Khan’s Victorious Unification of the Yuan Dynasty

Chinese dynastic history is one of the most fascinating subjects to explore. It is a history sparked by wars, internal conflicts, expansion and unification. One of those captivating dynasties was the Yuan dynasty. A dynasty that started as a Mongol super-empire that swept through many parts of China, let alone Asia. Soon the Mongol empire […]

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The Triumph and Decline of the Majapahit

Indonesia consisted of diverse dynasties and is home to different cultures. But if there is one kingdom that comes to mind that influenced the culture of Indonesia more than anything, it is the Majapahit. The majapahit is one of the most notable empires in Indonesian history. Today, the Majapahit is still seen as one of […]

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The Evolution of the Homo Sapiens and the Next Step

Humanity has gone a long way. We started of as nomads, that depended on surroundings to beings with advanced technology. But that leads to the question, would our species, Homo Sapiens, further develop into a new type of human? How would that human look like? The history of mankind is a short history. If the […]

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The Cruelty of Congo Freestate

What were the peculiarities of forced labour in the colony of Leopold II? What makes this notorious king responsible for the notorious actions? Congo is a significant area in the centre of Africa. It lived in isolation for centuries. But it is not that the Congolese and the Europeans avoided contact with each other. The Portuguese […]

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How Nationalism Resulted in the Ottoman Collapse

Countries disappeared and countries were created. But how did nationalism affect the Ottoman Empire? What is nationalism? There are many events in recent times you could link with the creation of nationstates. The beginning of the French Revolution, World War I, World War II and the post-war period where the dismantling of the colonies happened. […]

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The East: A Missed Opportunity (SPOILER)

Excellent acting, beautiful cinematography, but a disappointing plot. It has almost been a year since the release of The East (Dutch: De Oost). A 6.6 million euro, history inspired war movie. But is it really worth watching? The East is set in the Dutch East Indies. To give you a brief history of what happened. What is nowadays […]

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The Danger of Nazi Propaganda

How did the use of propaganda change change the eyes of many? It is no secret that propaganda is everywhere. No matter where you look, where you are, chances are you will find videos or posters advocating political ideals. It is therefore important to analyse what propaganda really is and how effective it can be. And […]

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The Impact of Maria Theresa on The Habsburg Monarchy

What was the impact of Habsburg Empress, Maria Theresa? How did her investment in reforms changed the lives of many? If you have ever walked through the beautiful streets of Vienna, you might have noticed the gorgeous statues like the Wiener Pestsäule, the Mozart Statue etc. And although these statues are indubitably interesting, one statue […]

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Why the Idea of Historical Recurrence Is Perilous

Historical recurrence implies that occurrences repeat inevitably. The concept itself is something that gets discussed continuously by researchers. When people claim history is something repeatable, they tend to see patterns in time. In recent times, there are events that make it seem likely that history is in fact cyclical. Take for example the Great Depression […]