Monday, May 20, 2024

Asian History

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.

Imelda Marcos’s Obsessions: Marcos’s Desires for Beauty and Power

Imelda Marcos's obsession with beauty and fashion has dominated her whole life. The former First Lady was called the Marie-Antoinette of the twentieth century. She...

Tracing the Rise of Nationalism in Indonesia: An Important Period of Indonesian History

Nationalism has many definitions, but it is broadly the increasing desire of a people to determine their identity, lifestyle and destiny for themselves. For...

The Spread of Indian Culture in Early South East Asia

The Indians when they learned to navigate by water began to spread their cultural influence throughout Early South East Asia. The first civilizations that Indian...

Direct and Indirect Rule in Southeast Asia: Definitions and Significance of Colonialist Ruling Methods

Direct and indirect rule is a significant concept in Southeast Asian colonial history. It refers to the method of rule that colonial powers practiced...

Cambodia’s 9 Most Important Public Holiday Celebrations

The people of most countries in the world celebrate special holidays to commemorate historical events. This article looks at 9 important Cambodian holidays. One way...

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...

French Exploration of the Mekong River: The de Lagree and Garnier Expedition 1866-1868

The Mekong River cuts a mighty swathe through Cambodia and Vietnam. Yet its impressive width and fertile banks both impress and mislead. The river...

The Tai Ahom Kingdom of Assam

Tai peoples had been migrating southwards from southern China in large numbers from at least as early as the C7th CE and possibly earlier....

The Mayaguez Fiasco

The Mayaguez incident was the only engagement between U.S. forces and the Khmer Rouge. Just two weeks after the Vietnam War the U.S. were...

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...