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Samurai History

Profile of the samurai, medieval Japan's warrior class. Includes information about the history of the samurai, samurai swords, other samurai weapons, samurai armor and samurai culture.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and opposition leader of Burma (Myanmar), who was jailed by the military junta after winning a democratic election in 1990 by an overwhelming majority.

Ferdinand Marcos

Biography of Ferdinand Marcos, the tenth president of the Philippines. His reign was known for corruption, the imposition of martial law, and his wife Imelda's shoe collection.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Biography of Ataturk, founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, also called Mustafa Kemal. He created a westernized secular state out of the remains of the Ottoman Empire after World War I.

Ninoy Aquino

Biography of Benigno Ninoy Aquino, opposition leader in the Philippines during the dictatorial rule of Ferdinand Marcos. Ninoy was the husband of later president Corazon Aquino and father of current president Benigno Aquino III, called Noynoy.

Emilio Aguinaldo

Biography of Emilio Aguinaldo, independence leader of the Philippines, who fought against the Spanish and also lead his fellow Filipinos in the Philippine-American War at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Pol Pot, Butcher of Cambodia

Biography of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge leader of Cambodia who oversaw the genocide of perhaps 25% of his own people.

Kublai Khan | Ruler of Mongolia and Yuan China

Biography of Kublai Khan, founder of China's Yuan Dynasty and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, who hosted Marco Polo at Xanadu

History of the Pekingese Dog

History of the Pekingese dog, bred by Chinese emperors to resemble guardian lions. The Peke almost died out with the fall of Qing Dynasty in 1911.

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

The 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia was produced by one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded, which hit off the shores of Indonesia. It displaced a piece of the seafloor, causing a massive tsunami that produced waves all around the Indian Ocean, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

Kazahkstan | Facts and History

Facts and history of Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest republic and former member of the Soviet Union.

Vietnam | Facts and History

Facts about and history of Vietnam, Southeast Asia, from your About.com Expert on Asian History.

Marco Polo

Biography of Marco Polo, the young Venetian merchant who traveled to Kublai Khan's court in Yuan China during the 13th century.

Brunei | Facts and History

Facts about the Sultanate of Brunei, including its history, geography, and people.

Timur or Tamerlane

Biography of Tamerlane, more properly known as Timur, the Central Asian conqueror. His empire stretched from Turkey to the border of Tibet, and from southern Russia to Oman.

Indira Gandhi

Biography of Indira Gandhi, India's third Prime Minister, also known as the Iron Lady of India. She was the first woman elected to head a democratic country, following in the footsteps of her father, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Benazir Bhutto

Biography of Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan and daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.

Mahmud of Ghazni

Biography of Mahmud of Ghazni, the Muslim ruler who between 997 and 1030 CE conquered much of what is now Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India, and eastern Iran from his base in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Queen Min of Joseon Korea

Biography of the Joseon Korean Queen Min, also known as the Empress Myeongseong, who was assassinated by the Japanese in 1895.

Corazon Aquino

Biography of Corazon Aquino, who went from shy housewife to leader of the People Power movement and first female president of the Philippines, after leading the movement to oust dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Learn more about her in this biography.

Sun Myung Moon

Biography of Sun Myung Moon, the founding leader of the Unification Church in South Korea. His followers are derisively known as "Moonies."

Ho Chi Minh

Biography of Ho Chi Minh, leader of the North Vietnamese communist forces during the Vietnam War.

The Yongle Emperor, Zhu Di

Biography of Zhu Di, a younger son who managed to take power as the Yongle Emperor of China's Ming Dynasty.

Jawaharlal Nehru, India's First Prime Minister

Biography of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian independence leader, India's first prime minister, and leader of the international non-aligned movement during the Cold War.

Park Chung Hee of South Korea

Park Chung Hee, a former South Korean army general, overthrew Syngman Rhee in a military coup, and ruled South Korea for 16 years.

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