The Far East–East of the Sun

Welcome to the first week of East of the Sun! This week we are exploring the Far East. Countries included in the Far East include China, India, Mongolia, Nepal, Japan, and Korea. These countries are vastly different from each other, and even within a single country, multiple cultures co-exist. China is especially rich in cultural […]

Mechanica: A Steampunk Cinderella Tale

Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell, is a young adult steampunk retelling of the Cinderella tale. Mechanica, like other modern fairy tale adaptations (Wicked, Maleficent, Frozen) present a strong female character in Nicolette, who is derisively named “Mechanica” by her stepsisters. Like other versions of the Cinderella tale, the mother dies, the father remarries, and then he dies and Nicolette is left in the hands of her stepmother. The “steps” treat her as a servant and abuse her until she is able to escape and live the life she dreamed about through her long years of misery. There are several innovations in this narrative, including the addition of steampunk creations, that make this a vivid and memorable tale.

June 7th, 1893 – The Start of Gandhi’s Rebellion

On June 7th, 1893 Mohandas Gandhi committed his first act of civil disobedience. Gandhi was 24 when he arrived in South Africa to work as a legal representative for the Muslim Indian Traders based in the city of Pretoria. He spent 21 years in South Africa, where he developed his political views, ethics and political leadership skills.

May 11th, 1857 – Indian Rebels Seize Delhi!

The Indian Rebellion of 1857 began as a mutiny of sepoys of the East India Company‘s army on May 10th, 1857, in the cantonment of the town of Meerut, and soon escalated into other mutinies and civilian rebellions largely in the upper Gangetic plain and central India, with the major hostilities confined to present-day Uttar […]

May 3rd, 1913 – The Birth of Bollywood!

Raja Harishchandra (Marathi: राजा हरिश्चंद्र Rājā Hariścandra) is an Indian silent film, directed and produced by Indian icon Dadasaheb Phalke; it is the first full-length Indian feature film. The film was based on the legend of Raja Harishchandra, recounted in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. Although a silent film with intertitles in English and Hindi, its cast and staff was […]

This Day in History – January 1st, 1877

Though the Mughal dynasty ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent from the 16th century onwards, they simply used the title Badishah (Badishah or badshah means “Great King” or King of Kings, somewhat close to the title of emperor) without geographic designation. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the rebel sepoys seized Delhi and proclaimed […]

This Day in History – December 4th, 1829

The British Empire, and 19th century imperialism in general, made many changes around the globe as European nations seized many national assets and indentured the people around the globe, but was it all bad? Modern India cites Britain for providing its functional infrastructure making it the most populated democratic country in the world, and also in 1829 the […]

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