Library of Congress English writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, was an early reformer in the women's rights movement. She believed that access to education was necessary for women to achieve freedom and equality.

Library of Congress English writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, was an early reformer in the women's rights movement. She believed that access to education was necessary for women to achieve freedom and equality.

In 794, the emperor Kammu moved the Japanese capital from Nara to Heian-kyo. This began the Heian period, a time of rich cultural development.

In 794, the emperor Kammu moved the Japanese capital from Nara to Heian-kyo. This began the Heian period, a time of rich cultural development.

Its location at the crossroads of major trade routes south of the Sahara and along the rivers brought medieval Ghana great wealth and power.

Its location at the crossroads of major trade routes south of the Sahara and along the rivers brought medieval Ghana great wealth and power.

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Library of Congress John Locke believed that all people have natural rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and property.

Library of Congress John Locke believed that all people have natural rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and property.

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris/Bridgeman Art Library The lute, or oud, shown in this illustration, is a popular instrument in Muslim music.

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris/Bridgeman Art Library The lute, or oud, shown in this illustration, is a popular instrument in Muslim music.

Library of Congress  Not only was Tomoe Gozen a brave and talented warrior, she was also an excellent horsewoman. Here, she rides ahead into battle.

Library of Congress Not only was Tomoe Gozen a brave and talented warrior, she was also an excellent horsewoman. Here, she rides ahead into battle.

Over many connecting trade routes, goods and ideas moved from Asia through Muslim lands, where they were adapted. They then spread as far as North Africa and Europe.

Over many connecting trade routes, goods and ideas moved from Asia through Muslim lands, where they were adapted. They then spread as far as North Africa and Europe.

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For more than 200 years, in four major Crusades, Europeans and Muslims clashed over control of the Holy Land and the nearby territory. In the end, Muslims retained control of the area.

For more than 200 years, in four major Crusades, Europeans and Muslims clashed over control of the Holy Land and the nearby territory. In the end, Muslims retained control of the area.

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