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Timur or Tamerlane


He conquered much of Asia, but never quite equaled the empire built by his Mongol ancestors.  

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The Armenian Genocide, 1915

In 1915, the Ottoman Empire committed a terrible genocide against the Armenians. In fact, the word genocide was coined to describe the Armenian Genocide.

The Medes

Learn more about the Medes, an ancient Iranian people who established the Median Empire, one of the ancient Middle East's great powers.

The Khilafat Movement (1919 - 1924)

Learn about the Khilafat Movement in India after World War I, which linked Indian Muslims with the fate of the crumbling Ottoman Empire.

Unequal Treaties

Definition and examples of unequal treaties in early modern Asian history, including those used against Japan, China, and Korea.

The Hukbalahap Rebellion in the Philippines

The Hukbalahap Rebellion began as guerrilla resistance to the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines during World War II, but it lasted until 1954.

Aum Shinrikyo, Japan's Killer Cult

Aum Shinrikyo is famous for the Tokyo subway sarin attack in 1995, but there is much more to this Japanese cult and terrorist organization's story.

What Motivated Japanese Aggression in World War II?

After less than a century of exposure to the outside world, Japan expanded explosively throughout Asia in World War II. What prompted this aggression?

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

An Indian prince called Siddhartha Gautama gave up wealth and power to seek the answers to life, and reached enlightenment as the Buddha.

The Eruption of Krakatoa, 1883

When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it made the loudest sound in recorded history and killed tens of thousands of people in Indonesia.

Operation Blue Star, 1984

In June 1984, Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army into the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar. The results were deadly - for the Sikhs and for PM Gandhi.

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