To me, nothing brings home an historic event or era like a painting or (even better) a photograph. While sadly I cannot help with reader requests for photos of Qin Shi Huangdi [r. 246-210 BCE], I do love to collect pictures of more recent historical events.
My newest collection here is a photo essay on the Boxer Rebellion in China. This anti-foreigner uprising rocked the Middle Kingdom between 1899 and 1901; the Boxers did not succeed in driving out the foreign devils, but they did make their displeasure clear to the western powers and the Qing Chinese rulers.
Photo from the Keystone Archive / Library of Congress Prints and Photos Collection.