History

The Legend of the Female Samurai: How Much of It Is True?

Woodblock print of the Battle of Aizu showing female warriors fighting alongside men.

Female samurai, known as Onna-Bugeisha, were skilled female warriors who played pivotal roles in feudal Japan's history. (Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia)

Empress Börte: The Heart and Soul of Genghis Khan

Illustration depicting Genghis Khan and his wife, Empress Borte.

Empress Borte, wife of Genghis Khan, is revered by generations of Mongols as a symbol of brightness like the sun and moon, and as expansive as the sea. (Image: via Public Domain)

The Beggar Who Built Schools: The Inspiring Life and Legacy of Wu Xun (Part 2)

A beggar holds out his dirty hands asking for money.

From hero to traitor and then having his reputation rehabilitated, Wu Xun was focused only on building free schools. (Image: Evgeniy Parilov via Dreamstime)

The Beggar Who Built Schools: The Inspiring Life and Legacy of Wu Xun (Part 1)

Dirty hands of a beggar with some coins.

Wu Xun was the only beggar in history to be honored with a memorial and an official biography. (Image: Cristovao Oliveira via Dreamstime)

A Lifetime of Virtue: Emperor Kangxi Beloved and Praised, Even by Foreigners

Chinese painting from the early Qing Dynasty.

Emperor Kangxi's self-discipline and unwavering commitment to his people marked a reign of remarkable benevolence and prosperity, earning him admiration and praise even from foreigners. (Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia)

The Diary of Anne Frank: A Tale of Resilience and Hope (Part 2)

Statue of Anne Frank in front of the World War II museum in New Orleans.

Anne Frank's diary is one of the most widely-read and influential pieces of World War II literature. (Image: Phagenaars via Dreamstime)

‘The Diary of Anne Frank’: A Tale of Resilience and Hope (Part 1)

A stamp from the Netherlands featuring an image of Anne Frank.

Anne Frank's diary records the true history of the dark and dangerous times in which she lived and became an embodiment of resilience and hope. (Image: Memedesimo via Dreamstime)

The Unyielding Spirit of Xu Hongci: From a Rising Communist Star to a Fugitive of the State (Part 2)

Xu Hongci and his Mongolian wife.

Having fled the hardships of political persecution in China, Xu Hongci found solace and companionship with his Mongolian wife. (Image: Public Domain via NTDTV)

The Unyielding Spirit of Xu Hongci: From a Rising Communist Star to a Fugitive of the State (Part 1)

Xu Hongci.

The story of Xu Hongci, who went from a communist prodigy to political pariah and prison escapee, is a testament to human resilience in the face of political persecution. (Image: Public Domain via NTDTV)