Hong Xiuquan: The Taiping Rebellion

It’s one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. In 1851, the Taiping Rebellion exploded in Qing dynasty China, causing death on an unprecedented scale. Over 14 years of civil war, an estimated 20 million people died, more than were killed in the whole of WWI. It was, simply, the Continue Reading

Benito Mussolini Biography: The Man Who Destroyed Democracy

He was the father of Fascism, the iron fisted dictator who ruled Italy for more than two decades. During that time, he plunged his country to disaster, forming an alliance with Adolf Hitler and bringing the wrath of the world – and his own people – upon him. In the Continue Reading

Joaquin Murrieta: The Real Zorro

Nearly everyone has grown up hearing the stories of the masked vigilante named Zorro. He was dressed all in black, and fought with a sword to defeat his enemies. Instead of superpowers, he used his wits and strength to take down the bad guys. He took from the rich to Continue Reading

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII: The Marriage that Changed History

On the 11th of December 1936, a man spoke on the BBC. Millions of listeners held their breath as he announced his resolve to go forward with a decision which was, and remains, unique in British history: his abdication to the throne. That man was Edward VIII. The reason behind Continue Reading

Joseph Stalin: The Red Terror

20 million Soviet Citizens died at his hand. For a quarter of a century, he ruled his huge Empire with a ruthless iron fist. Terror was his modus operandi – while he was alive, no one, not even his closest family members, were safe. Yet, at his passing he was Continue Reading

Charlie Chaplin – The Tragic Life of the Little Tramp

Over a century after he first appeared in movies, Charlie Chaplin’s name still conjures images of a funny little guy in a bowler hat causing mirth-inducing chaos. By some measures, his Little Tramp is the most famous character to have ever existed, a clown so beloved that not even Hitler Continue Reading

Josip Broz ‘Tito’: Too Tough for Stalin

It takes a tough skin to be a leader of a Country, even more so of a Country that basically did not exist until a few years before you took power, even more so if that Country is torn between two cold-warring blocks, locked in an arm-wrestling contest that will Continue Reading

James Dresnok: The US Soldier Who Defected to North Korea

During the Cold War, an American soldier named James Joseph Dresnok was stationed on the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. One day, he decided to simply walk over the line to the North. He was “defecting”; betraying his country and choosing to start a new life in an Continue Reading

Eleanor Roosevelt – The First Lady to the World

She was the poor little rich girl who overcame huge obstacles to become the First Lady of the World. Orphaned at the age of nine, she took control of her own destiny, transforming herself from a shy, fearful girl into a strong, socially aware, confident woman. As the First Lady Continue Reading