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The Year of the Emperor

by Holly Tucker March 21, 2011
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By Cole Garrett (Vanderbilt University) There are many different ways of telling time and numbering the years across cultures.  Most of us are familiar with the Christian or Western system for numbering the year, split between B.C. and A.D. with the coming of Christ as the major turning point in the history of the human […]

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Cut it off! Eunuchs in Imperial China

by Holly Tucker June 12, 2010
Cut it off! Eunuchs in Imperial China

By Cole Garrett (Vanderbilt University) The Emperors of China (starting from the 6th century BC and lasting until the overthrow of the Emperor and declaration of the republic of China in 1912 AD) used Eunuchs and shrouded themselves in mystery in order to maintain power over their empire. Access to the emperor in Imperial China […]

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Silence: The Persecution of Christians in Early Modern Japan

by Holly Tucker May 27, 2010
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By Cole G With the inception of global trade and the beginnings of European Imperialism in the 17th century, the Catholic Church also seized the opportunity to spread its faith across the world. Missionaries first arrived in Japan on Spanish and Portuguese ships, and it was the Portuguese who established and maintained a strong trading […]

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