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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.

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...

Creation of the Thai Working Class: Class Structure In Siam and Thailand

One of the reasons that the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) failed to emulate its comrades in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in effecting a...

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...

Early Life of Genghis Khan: Birthplace, Background and Biography

Genghis Khan (1162–1227) was the founder and Khagan (Emperor) of the Mongol Empire. After his death, the Mongol Empire became the largest in human...

Srivijaya: The First Indonesian State

The Indonesian archipelago consists of more than 13,500 islands and some 300 ethnic groups. With this great diversity and the difficulty in communications across...

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...

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...

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: 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...