Image of the first U.S. bank.
American History

The Birth of the Bank of the United States

October 22, 2021

When Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, proposed establishing a national bank in the U.S., he wasn’t the first one to try. Robert Morris, who had suggested the idea before him, had failed. […]

Chairman Mao Zedong giving a speech on the Tiananmen square in 1949
History

The Death of Mao and the End of Jiang Qing and the Gang of Four

October 19, 2021

Once the chairman’s flame was extinguished, Jiang Qing’s reflected glow quickly dimmed. Widely reviled for her role in spreading terror and anarchy during the Cultural Revolution, Jiang Qing soon found herself politically isolated, without powerful patrons or protectors. […]

A photo of Lin Biao in military clothes
History

The Death of Lin Biao: Murder or Accident?

October 18, 2021

Officially, there was a plot to
assassinate Mao on the night of September 12. But before Lin Biao and the plotters could set their plan in motion, Lin’s daughter inadvertently revealed the plot’s existence to an associate of Premier Zhou Enlai, whereupon Zhou ordered the immediate arrest of the conspirators, including Lin Biao, his wife, and his son. […]

“Chairman Mao is the Red Sun in Our Hearts.” A propaganda poster of People's Republic of China, 1968.
History

Mao’s Road to War against Russia

October 17, 2021

The Sino-Soviet relationship was already strained, but after Mao’s cultural revolution and later events, it reached an all-time low, and an all-out conflict became a realistic possibility. […]

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