Before becoming leader of communist China, Mao was an ardent library patron and then worked as a library assistant.
The one-way movement of wealth in the banana trade contributed to the political and economic conditions that challenged its hegemony after World War II.
López’s gender and appearance helped her contribute to anti-imperial and suffrage movements in a way her male peers couldn’t.
International television coverage of the American Civil Rights struggle was critical in the construction of racial identity and experience in postwar Britain.
Set during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919–1920, Babel’s novel captured the indiscriminate violence and injustice of warfare.
Now an icon of modernism and avant-garde design, the Eiffel Tower was once seen by Parisian writers and artists as a blight on the cityscape.
Five centuries later, we’re still not sure whether Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, fell accidentally, was pushed, or threw herself down the stairs to her death.
In a 1931 lecture, Mahatma Gandhi described a potential future for India, if only it could move beyond the caste system and communal tensions.
The Soviets loved a good confidence game, as was made evident by the popularity of the fictional character of Ostap Bender after Russian Revolution.
The pioneering collection of farm and craft buildings at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff preserves traditional design and building techniques.