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Take the fascinating journey along the route that facilitated the first multinational trade organizations and globalization. This video takes you through 5 countries and 30 cities and includes the historic outposts, challenges faced by traders and the exchange of ideas and technology among these Eastern nations. Filmed in high definition. ~ Steve
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Throw another shrimp on the barbie while you establish a locomotive empire across the Outback. The map includes the entirety of Australia and Tasmania, with a ferry connecting the two. There are three major obstacles in the way of railroad construction; the country is sparse, and there aren't many cities in the heart of the Outback—you'll be hard pressed to make it from one coast to the other without a significant investment. To reflect this trouble players are given three building phases. Additionally, the "Sand Storms" event card can destroy all desert track in a given territory! Finally, densely-populated Eastern Australia begins with a wide variety of goods and demands, but the region is chalk full of rivers, mountains, and tight spaces. Players who claim the East Coast late may find the area between Brisbane and Melbourne to be a little claustrophobic!
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Set in pre-World War I Czechoslovakia, this charming book tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Philomena. It has long been the custom for girls in Philomena's village to go to the city to work as housemaids before coming home to be married. Philomena's aunt had gone to the city years ago, but she never returned. On her deathbed, Babushka (Philomena's grandmother) instructs Philomena to go to Prague and find her rich aunt, and perform service in her household. So Philomena sets out on her journey, making friends, gaining experience, and encountering one adventure after another – with guidance from her Babushka in Heaven. Charcoal illustrations throughout the story portray the characters and unique setting of Eastern Europe. By Kate Seredy. 96 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa
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China. What comes to mind right away? Dragons? Gunpowder? Chopsticks? The Far East can seem distant and mysterious to us in the Western world. In China: Land of Dragons and Emperors, author Adeline Yen Mah promises to take you on a journey to "... explore underground tombs, sacred caves full of ancient statues, royal palaces, the Silk Road and the Great Wall." She doesn't disappoint, either. You've probably heard of the Terracotta Army, right? You know, the 8,000+ clay models that surround a Chinese emperor's tomb? The emperor was Qin Shi Huang, and archaeologists haven't been able to open the tomb because it's rigged with crossbows and other lethal niceties set to kill anyone who tries getting in. Sounds like something that would pose a challenge even to Indiana Jones!
The six dynasties of China—Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing—are described in detail. Throughout, the author gives asides about a variety of topics: inventions (seriously, what didn't the Chinese think of first?), important people (Confucius was only a teacher, not a prophet, but he sure was a bit eccentric), landmarks (Qin Shi Huang—remember him?—built the Great Wall to keep out the Xiong Nu, who were possibly related to the Huns).
I don't know about you, but to me the Far Eastern/Chinese culture and history is something I wish I'd had a chance to study more when I was in school. It's fascinating and almost like a completely different world, yet still connected in many ways. If you're looking to include more resources on the Orient for a well-rounded history education, this book is a must-have. Please note that a timeline starts off with "1.6 million to 20,000 years ago." Other than that brief reference, this book focuses on recorded history. 240 pgs., pb. — Chad