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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 Golden Horde, c.1225-1502: The Mongol Empire in Russia and Central Asia

The Golden Horde brought domination of Central Asia and Russia and the Islamicisation of its people. What was this state and how did the...

Jainism: An ancient religion of India

Jainism is a religion that arose in ancient India. The followers of Jainism are called the Jains. The Jains follow the teachings of the...

The Shwe Dagon Pagoda: The Centre of Buddhist Religion in Burma

The Saffron Revolution in Burma has witnessed thousands of Buddhist monks leading the demonstrations against the vicious, repressive military regime that misrules the country....

The Battle of Chakirmaut: Genghis Khan Conquers Mongolia

Whether Genghis (or Chinggis) Khan created the world’s largest ever empire because he was destined to do so by heaven, because he was a...

Dakini: Sensual Dancers of Divinity

The dakini is one of many female divinities to be found within Buddhist thought. The dakini is particularly prevalent in Vajrayana Buddhism, which is...

What Did Genghis Khan Eat?: The Cuisine of the Mongol Conquerors

Kublai Khan famously said that meat was suitable for men and vegetables for animals. Yet he himself enjoyed vegetable crepes. What else did the...

The Bataan Death March: The Beast of Bataan Blamed for Atrocities in Philippines

Japanese General Masaharu Homma Defeats American and Philippine forces and earns the name "Beast of Bataan" and Takes the Rap for the Infamous Bataan...

The Ho Chi Minh Enigma: Mysteries Surround Vietnam’s Great Freedom Fighter

The private lives of few of the twentieth century’s leading political figures is as mysterious as that of Ho Chi Minh. The stick-thin ascetic...

Ang Yi: Chinese Secret Societies in Siam

There have been Chinese secret societies in existence for many centuries. Whenever there has been injustice or misery, Chinese people have gathered together quietly...

The Chinese in Southeast Asia: Generations Migrate for a Better Life

Chinese have been migrating to Southeast Asia for centuries. The thirteenth century diplomat Zhou Daguan, during an official visit to the Angkor Empire of...
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