A short introduction to Confucianism by Michael O’Sullivan

Explaining History’s reporter at large, Michael O’Sullivan write from China, where he is currently based, on the precepts of Confucian thought. A figure deeply associated with China in popular consciousness, there is no denying the influence that Confucius has had on China. From the Second century BCE until 1911, the body of this teachings ConfucianismContinue reading “A short introduction to Confucianism by Michael O’Sullivan”

The Information Environment of the Italian- Abyssinian War by Michael O’Sullivan

Today’s post will be a quick discussion of points raised by Christopher Duggan’s excellent book Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy. Regarding the information environment of the regime and its impact on public perception. While it is indulgent, I feel it is important to stress how crucial a role information plays in anyContinue reading “The Information Environment of the Italian- Abyssinian War by Michael O’Sullivan”

New Frontiers: Soviet Support for the early Chinese Communist Party

By Michael O’Sullivan, Explaining History Asia Correspondent.   The 21st century has been dubbed by some experts and observers as the “Asian Century” most especially with the dramatic rise of China in the global political and economic power structures since the 1980s. While initially founded as a Communist state following the Civil war in 1949,Continue reading “New Frontiers: Soviet Support for the early Chinese Communist Party”

Interview: Dr Alex Kay on The Making of an SS Killer

Most of the writing on individual perpetrators of the Holocaust focuses on senior figures (Hitler, Himmler, Goering being obvious examples) and the tier below them (Hans Frank, Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann) as well as camp commanders such as Rudolf Hoess and Franz Stangl. Colonel Alfred Filbert is a name that will probably be unfamiliar toContinue reading “Interview: Dr Alex Kay on The Making of an SS Killer”