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A Marxist History of the World part 12: India: the Mauryan Empire
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Neil Faulkner looks at the growth of the Mauryan Empire which at its zenith encompassed almost the whole of what is today India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
A Marxist History of the World part 13: China: the Ch'in Empire
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Neil Faulkner looks at the origins of the Ch'in Empire - short-lived, created by conquest and terror and characterised by extreme centralisation, military-style exploitation, and murderous repression.
A Marxist History of the World part 7: The Spread of Civilisation
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
This week Neil Faulkner looks at the spread and development of ancient city civilisations around the world, each governed by a new ruling class of priests, city-governors and war-leaders.
A Marxist History of the World part 8: Crisis in the Bronze Age
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Why did Bronze Age empires rise and fall amid crisis and war? And why did this contradictory social form simply replicate itself over long periods of time? Neil Faulkner looks at the evidence.
A Marxist History of the World part 9: How History Happens
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
The complex societies that emerged from the division of society into classes also created societies that were wasteful, violent, stagnant and crisis prone. Understanding why is the key to how history ...

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The Hermitage
The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, t...