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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 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...

Angkor Wat – The Capital of the Mighty Khmer Empire

Angkor Wat is one of the great achievements of humanity. It is a complex of temples and palaces and related buildings located in modern...

Heian Period (794-1185)

Epoch of the history of Japan, dating from the establishment of the new imperial capital at Heian-kyo (modern Kyoto) in 794, ending the Nara...

Where Was Genghis Khan Buried?: The Mysterious Resting Place of the World’s Greatest Conqueror

Genghis Khan was the world's greatest conqueror. Yet his resting place remains undiscovered, despite numerous attempts to find it. Why was there such a...

Nara Period (710-794)

Early period of the history of Japan, characterized by the building of a new national capital and the consolidation of a centralized state. In...

Historic Centre of Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today Uzbekistan has a population of around 27.5 million, mainly Uzbek people. Other ethnic groups include: Russians, Tajiks, Kazakh and Tartars. The country is...

Oz’s Batavia Shipwreck slaughter: The dark tale of a mad Dutchman on the Houtman-Abrolhos...

Whilst Captain Cook is the man credited with discovering Australia, the Englishman was merely following up on the explorations of others. It is thought...

Avicenna

"Medicine is a science from which one learns the states of the human body with respect to what is healthy and what is not,...

The First Fall of the Mongols

Ilkhanate was part of the Mongol Empire which stretched west to what is now Georgia and Armenia, east to Pakistan, south to the southern...

Shinto (Japanese, “way of the gods”)

Japanese indigenous religion of central importance in Japanese culture and history from the earliest times. As intimately bound up with its associated national character...
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