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From Imperialist Britain's divisive British rule to independence in India and on to the beauty of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, it is hoped these articles will inspire abiding interest in the history and culture of Asia. Articles range, from fascinating biographical pieces through to all aspects of history of the region, the Vietnamese and Korean Wars and development of the post-war economies and infrastructures.

The Hamzanama Manuscript of Emperor Akbar the Great

The manuscript of the rollicking adventure story the Hamzanama was the first major artwork to emerge from the studio of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The...

Arranged Marriage – Reality or Myth

Arranged marriage has been an important part of the Indian culture since time. Westerns are often amazed at the idea of getting married to...

North Korea Struggling to Survive in the 1990s: A Country Torn Between Famine and...

By the mid-1990's North Korea was on the brink of collapse, unable to feed his starving population Kim Jong-il announced a new 'army first'...

North Korea: Why The Country Sees An Enemy In The World

To the world's condemnation of its firing of artillery onto a South Korean island on 23 November 2010 North Korean leaders provided a muted...

General Matthew B Ridgway’s Korean War

US President Truman was preparing to abandon Korea when the NKPA invaded poorly armed South Korea triggering the 3-year UN led Korean war. General Matthew...

Patriotic Flora of North Korea: Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia

North Korea is an enigma to Western observers, but the stories of its national flowers offer a small insight into the country's idiosyncrasies. The Democratic...

20th Century History – The Korean War: 1950 War in Korea Begins Cold War...

The agreements of World War II were challenged in Korea. Start of the Korean War one marker of official start of Cold War Hostility...

North Korea During the 1990s: The Hermit Kingdom Struggles to Feed Population

North Korea was a country in disarray during the 1990s, shorn of Soviet support the Pyongyang regime struggled to feed its population. During the 1990s...

North Korea After the Cold War: Pyongyang Struggles to Adapt to New World Order

At the end of the Cold War North Korea's future looked bleak. The secretive regime, though nominally self-sufficient, was in reality heavily reliant on...

The Cawnpore Massacre 1857

The horrific massacre of European men, women, and children during the Indian Mutiny represented the worst aspects of warfare and provoked fierce reprisals. Cawnpore, modern...
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