Ninjas dart through movies and comic books, but what is the historical reality behind the pop culture icon of The Ninja?
At the end of the sixteenth century, Oda Nobunaga began to reorganize chaotic feudal Japan, and the ensuing peace spelled the end of the ninjas. Learn more about the battle and siege that signaled the end of ninja independence here.
The Tet Offensive was a turning point in the Vietnam War. Learn more about this surprise attack here.
Biography of Ahmad Shah Massoud, Lion of Panjshir, the mujahadeen commander who fought against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Taliban, and was assassinated by al-Qaeda just two days before the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Profile of Afghanistan, including facts about its geography, government, culture, people, and history.
Mohandas Gandhi, also known as the Mahatma, led the non-violent independence movement in India that called an end to the British colonial government. Learn more about this pivotal 20th century leader here.
Timeline of India's glorious Mughal Empire, which ruled the subcontinent from the time of Babar's conquest in 1526 until 1857, when the British Raj took over.
Quick guide to the Iraq War or the Second Gulf War, in which a US-led coalition overthrew Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq.
Biography of Saparmurat Niyazov, also known as Turkmenbashi, the first president of the former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan, Central Asia
Babur founded one of India's great empires - the Mughal Empire. Learn more about this pivotal figure in the history of India here.
Quick summary of the pivotal Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.
In the third century CE, a young rebel leader called Trieu Thi Trinh led her people in rebellion against Chinese rule. As a result, she is known as the "Vietnamese Joan of Arc."
Timeline of the Iraq War, in which a United States-led coalition invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein based on mistaken assumptions about links to al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks, as well as weapons of mass destruction.
A quick guide to facts on the Vietnam War: when did it happen, who was involved, who won the war, and how many people died?
A quick guide to facts on the Korean War: When did it happen, who was involved, who won the Korean War, and how many people died?
The Philippines is an island nation in the western Pacific. Learn about the history, geography, and people of this fascinating country.
Biography of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shia cleric leader who overthrew the Shah in the Iranian Revolution of 1979
Tipu Sultan, also known as the Tiger of Mysore, was the last ruler in India strong enough to dictate terms to the British East India Company.
Biography of Supremo Andres Bonifacio, rebel leader of Katipunan, and national hero of the Philippines.
Profile of the Republic of India, including information about its government, history, economy and geography.
Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia, is a land of gorgeous scenery, rich history, and amazing people. Learn more about the culture and history of Kyrgyzstan here.
Darius I, also known as Darius the Great, was the third ruler of ancient Persia's Achaemenid Empire. Learn more about his life and times here.
In the sixteenth century, Japan invaded Korea twice. Although Japan did not conquer Korea in the Imjin War, also called the Ceramic Wars, it did kidnap tens of thousands of Korean artisans, including potters.
Park Chung Hee, a former South Korean army general, overthrew Syngman Rhee in a military coup, and ruled South Korea for 16 years.
Biography of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian independence leader, India's first prime minister, and leader of the international non-aligned movement during the Cold War.