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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In the early 17th century, one of the most powerful companies in history was born. Famously marked by the initials VOC, the Vereenigde Oostindische…
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Zealots clad in heavy uniforms of iron and steel, the Teutonic Knights were warriors who fought in the name of God. Founded in the year 1190 A.D., the…
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Rome was a city built to burn. At the end of the Social War in 87 BC, Julius Caesar sponsored the edict of Lex Julia, which offered full Roman…
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During the time of the first century AD, citizens of Pompeii became very familiar with three simple words inscribed on terracotta bottles throughout the…
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In a Bavarian forest in 1776, somewhere near the city of Ingolstadt, five men met under the light of the moon to plot. Far from the reaches of any…
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In the year 600 B.C., the civilisation of Athens was in a state of decay. Rampant greed and power-mongering were commonplace, tearing great rends…
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Sometime in the year 1652, the first purveyor of a never-before-seen exotic product set up shop in London. Within the confines of an unassuming alley…
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In the year 1499, the greatest empire on the planet built cities in the clouds. Spanning more than 4,000km over some of the steepest and most…
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