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Lüshi Chunqiu

Lüshi chunqiu, an encyclopedic Chinese classic text compiled around 239 B.C.E., was intended as a guide for the ruler who would eventually unify China

Avebury

Avebury is the site of a large henge and several stone circles, dating to around 5000 years ago

Kautilya

Chanakya is considered the same person as Kautilya, author of the Arthashastra for which he is known as the Indian Machiavelli

Hunnic Empire

Under Attila, the Hunnic Empire stretched from the steppes of Central Asia into modern Germany, and from the Danube River to the Baltic Sea

Social psychology

Social psychology developed as a field separate from the behavioral and psychoanalytic schools that were dominant at the time

Janet Jagan

In 1997 Janet Jagan became the first woman President of Guyana

Axial Age

Many of the great philosophers and religious leaders including Confucius, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Zarathustra flourished at roughly the same time, a period called the Axial Age by Karl Jaspers

Polygamy

Even within societies which allow polygamy, in actual practice it generally occurs only rarely.

Lucien Levy-Bruhl

French anthropologist Lucien Lévy-Bruhl suggested that human beings use two kind of thinking: “mystical thinking” which was the essence of the "primitive mind" and rational thinking which is the hallmark of the "civilized mind"

Freemasonry

In Freemasonry, the Supreme Being is referred to as the "Great Architect of the Universe," in keeping with the use of architectural symbolism

Che Guevara

Socialist revolutionary Che Guevara was born in Argentina and received the nickname "Che" because of his frequent use of the Argentine word Che, meaning "pal" or "mate"

Sir Thomas Browne

The seventeenth century English author Sir Thomas Browne merged the new method of scientific inquiry with his Christian faith

Space exploration

The first human being in space was Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961 and the first person to set foot on the moon was American astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1969

William Matthew Flinders Petrie

Despite lacking formal education Flinders Petrie pioneered systematic methods in archaeology and was the first to use seriation, a new method for establishing the chronology of a site

Jose Marti

José Martí is often called the "Apostle of Cuban Independence"

Astronomy

Astronomy is one of the few sciences where amateurs can still play an active role

Kiowa

Kiowa ledger art originated in the captive Kiowa artists' use of the white man's record keeping books (ledgers) to preserve their history using traditional pictographic representations

Idi Amin

For his killing of civilians, Idi Amin was called the "Butcher of Uganda," although he preferred to call himself Dada—"Big Daddy"

Zerubbabel

Zerubbabel rebuilt the Temple in Jerusalem when the Israelites returned from exile in Babylon

Axiology

Axiology is the philosophical study of value

Diego Velázquez

Paintings of Diego Velázquez, Spanish artist of the Baroque period, were recreated by several twentieth century painters, including Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, in their own style

Kintpuash

Kintpuash, also known as Captain Jack, was convicted of war crimes and executed for his actions in the Modoc War

Napoleon Bonaparte

Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon was actually slightly taller than an average Frenchman of the nineteenth century

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The MBTI differs from standardized tests measuring traits that can be improved with practice, instead identifying preferred types.

Heinrich Himmler

Heinrich Himmler was second only to Adolf Hitler in power in Nazi Germany and was the founder and commander of the Nazi concentration camps

Industrial agriculture

Most of the meat, dairy, eggs, fruits, and vegetables available in supermarkets are produced using industrial agriculture

Beijing

The name Beijing literally means "northern capital"

Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine is a broad range of medicine practices developed in China, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (Tui na), exercise (qigong), and dietary therapy

Edward Rutledge

Edward Rutledge was the youngest of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence

Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg was a successful scientist and inventor before his spiritual awakening

Waseda University

The Waseda University academic cap is square and was specially designed to be unique, immediately identifying its wearer as a Waseda student

John Wesley

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, adopted unconventional practices, such as field preaching to reach factory laborers and newly urbanized masses uprooted from their traditional village culture at the start of the [[Industrial Revolut

Richard Dedekind

Dedekind came up with the notion of the "Dedekind cut" which is foundational in defining real numbers

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter became an author of children's books after the scientific community rejected her because she was a woman

Hades

In Greek mythology Hades has been used to refer both to the "underworld" or Hell and the deity that rules the dead

Weimar Republic

Historians invented the phrase "Weimar Republic" for the government of Germany from 1919 to 1933 officially called Deutsches Reich, usually translated as "The German Reich"

Philosophy

Until the Renaissance, 'philosophy' and 'science' were considered the same discipline.

Alfred L. Kroeber

Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin's father is anthropologist Alfred L. Kroeber who studied "Ishi," the last of the Yahi tribe

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the tallest volcano and the highest mountain in Japan

Ethel Merman

Tony Award winning star of musical theater Ethel Merman never took singing lessons