In the early months of the year 1678, a grim spectre loomed over the city of Vienna. Its deathly gaze first set its sights on the district of Leopoldstadt, outside Vienna’s main walled city. Before long, rampant illness had beset those who dwelled there, and the burning of…
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Wearing a grand headdress made of feathers, jade, and gold, a bronze-skinned priest chanted holy verses beside the rim of a sacred pool. The Maya called…
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“To Counterfeit is DEATH.” Over the years, those words were stamped on thousands of currency bills within the ink-stained walls of a small printing shop…
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“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live!” Those were the words young Dorothy Good heard being screamed by a Puritan, as her fellow townspeople dragged…
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The year was 1860. And Mexico was completely bankrupt. After decades of internal conflict between its government’s warring factions, it found itself…
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During the time of the Tang dynasty, money could fly. By the year 804 AD, a shortage of copper coins threatened to stifle China’s economy. With fewer…
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The greed of King Louis XVI was unmatched. His royal court consumed France’s wealth at an astonishing rate. His household staff numbered four thousand…
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Sometime during the 4th century, a fugitive princess led her people south towards a better life. Her name was Tin Hinan, which translated literally…
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