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“I did not tell half of what I saw” by Jim Down

Marco Polo (1254-1324) is probably the most famous Westerner travelled on the Silk Road. He excelled all the other travellers in his determination, his writing, and his influence. His journey through Asia lasted 24 years. He reached further than any of his predecessors, beyond Mongolia to China. He became a confidant of Kublai Khan (1214-1294). He travelled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became the greatest travelogue.

The Polo family were great nobles originating on the coast of Dalmatia. Niccolo and Maffeo had established a trading outpost on the island of Curzola,…

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A Brief History of Soccer by Gus Leous


So many ancient cultures played a sport similar to modern soccer that no one can say with any certainty when or where soccer began. but it is known that the earlier varieties of what later became soccer were played almost 3000 years ago.

One of the earliest forms of soccer in which players kicked a ball on a small field has been traced as far back as 1004 B.C. in Japan. the Munich Ethnological Museum in Germany has a Chinese text from approximately 50 B.C. that mentions games very similar to soccer that were played between…

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Alexander Cunningham by Fotopoulou Sophia

Sir Alexander Cunningham

Alexander Cunningham, a military engineer, offered a scheme of archaeological investigations to the Government of India. This eventually led to the state sponsored Archaeological Survey of India. Cunningham had always demonstrated interest in the subject. Before becoming Surveyor, and later Director, of the Archaeological Survey Cunningham had studied early coins, published a monograph on Buddhist remains at Sanchi, amongst other archaeological endeavors.

Cunningham was interested in learning more about ancient historical geography of India through the study of actual sites and monuments. Even today Cunningham's reports constitute essential reading for those interested in Indian archaeology.

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Alexander’s Dream of a United Nations by Ranajit Pal

Alexander the Great

Alexander dreamed of a Brotherhood of Man in a world torn by conflicts. This may forever remain an unattainable goal but he remains the finest symbol of our vision of a United Nations. It was due to his initiative that East and West first met and the myriad effects of this fraternization are beyond any estimate. The story of the age-old kinship between India and Europe needs to be retold. One common cliche is that Alexander is ignored in the Indian literature; from this learned scholars like Tarn and Rostovtzeff drew the sweeping conclusion that his influence on Asia was…

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