The Mauryan Empire was one of India’s greatest ancient states. The significance of this empire was that it extended from Bengal to the Hindu Kush. For the first time the lands of northern India were united. This marked a turning point in Indian history. This was its first imperial unification.The Mauryan Empire owes it birth […]Read more "The Mauryan Empire (321 -185 B.C.E)"
Carl Jung was being interviewed in this BBC production in 1959. Here he describes his upbringing, education, and why he chose to follow the path of psychology. Carl Jung would go onto be one of the developers of analytical psychology. The Swiss psychoanalyst and psychiatrist had an impact on literature, religious studies, anthropology, and archaeology. […]Read more "Carl Jung BBC Interview (1959)"
President John F. Kennedy wanted to have friendly relations with emerging African nations. This was a period of anti-colonial independence movements and Cold War tensions were increasing to new heights. Kennedy’s African foreign policy may not have been completely altruistic. The Soviet Union was becoming a popular sponsor and ally to newly independent nations in […]Read more "President John F. Kennedy’s Remarks of Welcome to President Nkrumah of Ghana (1961)"
This is a British produced documentary about the life of Vladimir Lenin. He was one of the most significant figures of the 20th century establishing the Soviet Union and being a major leader in the Russian Revolution. When Lenin returned from exile, he set about building a socialist society. The Romanov dynasty was removed from […]Read more "Vladimir Lenin Documentary"
There was a period in which the US favored Iraq as a partner. The Iran-Iraq War began in 1980 and the United States began to tilt toward the government of Saddam Hussein. He was provided computer mainframes, arms, and even chemical weapons with the hope that Iraq could be victorious in the conflict. The Ronald […]Read more "Donald Rumsfeld Meets Saddam Hussein (1983)"
Julius Nyerere explains the challenges facing Tanzania. This is a clip of an interview for British television. He states in the interview that education is necessary for the development of the country. President Nyerere wanted more Tanzanians to study abroad and bring their new found skills back to the nation. He did not object to […]Read more "Julius Nyerere Interview (1960s)"
Islam Karimov was the first president of Uzbekistan. His government like others in Central Asia was authoritarian in nature and developed an oppressive political system. The year 2016 saw his death, but the same structures from the era are still in place. Reform seems like an impossibility. Uzbekistan is a relatively new country and after […]Read more "Islam Karimov Era Uzbekistan (1990-2016)"