The first Ming was a peasant

The Hongwu Emperor (1328–1398) was the man who established the now famous Ming dynasty in China.

Why the Korean War should be named the useless Chinese-American War

In history, names of wars and eras can be downright confusing. Or in this case misleading. The Korean War which was fought during the “Cold War” is a main example. There was nothing “cold” about 2 million lives lost in a 3 year period between 1950 and 1953. This was a hot war in the cold war era. And although …

Made in China, ancient China

During the Han dynasty (206BCE-220CE), the Chinese invented (or improved) porcelain, water-powered mills, modern horse collars and breast straps, double-acting piston bellows, tube seed drills, ships with water-tight compartments and -last but not least- alcohol. It was one of the most important technological eras in recorded history. Some of those inventions were “re-invented” later in Europe. Pictured above is a …