Rough Diplomacy


Silk Road

The Silk Road was dominated at first by Chinese silk destined for European aristocracies and then spread to other commodities  beginning  around 250 BC. It has threaded through Afghanistan for centuries. Afghanistan’s location, equidistant between the China Sea and the Mediterranean, made it a strategic ancient crossroads. The silk Road is…

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A Celtic Queen’s Last Battle

Emperor Claudius was poisoned in 54, and Nero succeeded him. Perhaps to deflect the suspicion that he had been involved in his uncle’s murder, Nero elevated Claudius to the status of a god and ordered a temple to him built at Camulodunum. Now the British chieftains would be obliged not…

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The Amarna letters

The Amarna Letters are among some of the earliest known diplomatic records  written between pharaohs in the  Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and the Amurru rulers of Canaan during the 14th century BC. Following the Battle of Kadesh in c. 1274 BC during the Nineteenth dynasty, the pharaoh of Egypt and the…

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The map trying to record every battle ever fought

A Dutch company is attempting to map all the battles in history using Wikipedia. But what does it really tell us? It looks like Europe and the US are the bloodiest parts of the world. But the details – shown on a newly released map of all the recorded conflicts…

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