1. The emperor Meiji abolished the feudal system of Japan in 1871
2. Meiji wrote some 100,000 poems during his life
3. The Meiji period lasted only 44 years
4. Tokyo was made the capital of Japan under Meiji. Prior to his rule, it was Kyoto
5. The Imperial Japanese Army was founded in 1871 and was directly controlled by the emperor as stated in the Meiji Constitution
6. Saigo Takamori led the Satsuma Rebellion in the 1870s against the Meiji Emperor, but he had once held command in the Imperial Guard
7. The Japanese railway system was 18 miles in 1872 and was 7,100 miles by 1914
8. The restoration influenced kokutai, a sense of nationalism and unity in Japan
9. Samurai still were second overall in social hierarchy, though most people believe they entirely disappeared. Their influence in government suffered before the class itself
10. The Japanese merchant fleet in 1904 was over 4 times larger than it was 10 years prior
1. The Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous empire in history
2. The Mongols had a postal service to carry messages from group to group
3. The Mongols formed the Yuan Dynasty of China
4. The Tatars were some of the only Central Asian groups to speak a Turkic language
5. The Huns cut themselves when in mourning, as they preferred to “cry blood” instead of tears
6. Attila the Hun was allegedly very small in stature according to Roman sources
7. The Huns made it to France in 451 but were defeated by the Romans at the Battle of Chalons, sometimes called the Battle of Catalaunian Field.
8. The Tajiks and Uzbeks were not defeated by Bolshevik forces until 1932
9. There are five groups of Tatars: Volga, Crimea, Siberia, Astrakhan, and Lipka
10. The Bashkirs fought a war in 1725 with the Russians, crushing the majority of their population, but managing to slow down Russian expansion into Central Asia
1. The Swiss were available as mercenaries throughout the middle ages, most notably as expert pikemen.
2. The Swiss Guard serve as the Vatican City’s Army.
3. Napoleon had four Swiss regiments in his army during the Napoleonic War.
4. The Swiss had a civil war in 1847 called the Sonderbund War. The Sonderbund consisted of Lucerne, Zug, Uri, Fribourg, Valais, and Schwyz.
5. Everybody 19 and above must serve in the modern Swiss army for a few years.
6. The Swiss Army in the First World War only consisted of 100 professional soldiers.
7. The Swiss accidentally invaded Liechtenstein in 2007, but both sides decided it was completely fine and no fighting broke out.
8. Karl Elsener created the legendary Swiss Army Knife in 1891.
9. The Swiss Air Force is closed on the weekends and at night.
10. William Tell, a Swiss folk hero, has a song written about him in 1501 called the Tellenleid.