China and the Eighteenth-Century World
This is a classic Web 1.0 site w/Edict to King George III (September, 1793)
British Imperialism in China | Guided History
“The East India Company was one of the important vessels of British Imperialism. It was controlled by wealthy merchants and was known for the trades in tea, porcelain, spices, salt and opium. During the British Colonial period in India the East India company even raised its own private military unit to protect its purely economic interest. This source covers the history of the company from the establishment of its royal charter in 1600 to its collapse in the late nineteenth century. This book explains the commercial aspects of imperialism which exemplifies the theoretical economic factors associated with imperialism. More importantly, it narrows the scope of imperialism from the political and economic actions of a nation to the actions of a company in which the British government had no direct control. It also contains a comprehensive overview of the company’s tea and opium dealings with the Qing empire in China. It analyzes the events of the opium wars from a commercial perspective.”
Keay, John. The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company. New York, Scribner Press. 1994
The Forgotten Souls: Where Are Taiwanese Soldiers in History?
Elite Aboriginal soldiers, known as the Takasago Volunteers, were
reputed for their supreme jungle survival skills and were fearless and
fearsome. Most of them (there were between 4,000 and 8,000 in total)
were sent to Papua New Guinea and suffered some of the highest casualty
rates. According to post-war estimates, 90 percent of the Aboriginal
soldiers who saw combat duty there were killed.
Meanwhile, more than 8,000 Taiwanese children between the age of 12 and 20, known as shonenko, manufactured fighter planes at a naval factory in Japan between 1943 and 1945. Some of them died in Allied bombings.
The Graveyard of Empires and Big Data
The only tiki bar in eastern Afghanistan had an unusual payment
program. A sign inside read simply, “If you supply data, you will get
beer.” The idea was that anyone — or any foreigner, because Afghans were
not allowed — could upload data on a one-terabyte hard drive kept at
the bar, located in the Taj Mahal Guest House in Jalalabad. In exchange,
they would get free beer courtesy of the Synergy Strike Force, the
informal name of the American civilians who ran the establishment.
Patrons could contribute any sort of data — maps, PowerPoint slides,
videos, or photographs. They could also copy data from the drive. The
“Beer for Data” program, as the exchange was called, was about merging
data from humanitarian workers, private security contractors, the
military, and anyone else willing to contribute. The Synergy Strike
Force was not a military unit, a government division, or even a private
company; it was the self-chosen name of the odd assortment of Westerners
who worked — or in some cases volunteered — on the development projects
run out of the guest house.