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Profiles of Asian Leaders

Showcases some of the larger-than-life historical figures who have influenced the history of Asia and the world as a whole. From fierce warlords such as Genghis Khan and Timur (Tamerlane) to non-violent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi, outstanding personalities have changed the course of Asian history over the centuries.
  1. Attila the Hun (8)
  2. Dictators of Asia (6)
  3. Genghis Khan (4)
  4. Leaders of India (2)
  5. Leaders of the Philippines (3)
  6. Mao Zedong (10)

Saladin, Hero of Islam
Biography of Saladin, the sultan of Egypt and Syria, a Kurdish knight who defended the Holy Land from European Crusaders such as Richard the Lionheart.

Asian Nobel Peace Prize Laureates
These Nobel Peace Prize laureates from Asian nations have worked tirelessly to improve life and promote peace in their own countries, and around the world.

Qin Shi Huang, First Emperor of China
Qin Shi Huangdi was the first emperor of a unified China. He is famous for the terracotta army and for beginning construction on the Great Wall of China.

Hideyoshi Toyotomi

Hideyoshi was born into a peasant family during the tumultuous Sengoku, or "Warring States" Period in Japan. Despite his lowly birth and his skinny, somewhat rat-like appearance, Hideyoshi rose from the rank of sandal-bearer to general in Oda Nobunaga's army. (In fact, Nobunaga called him "Monkey" because of his build.) The ambitious young commoner one day would reunite and rule the entire …

Asia's Great Conquerors
They came from the steppes of Central Asia, striking fear into the hearts of the settled peoples of western Asia and Europe. Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane (Timur): The greatest conquerors Asia has ever known.

Biography of 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.

Tamerlane - Timur the Lame Biography
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.

Kings and Emperors Called "The Great"
Asia has seen thousands of kings and emperors over the past five thousand years, but fewer than thirty are usually honored with the title "the Great." Learn more about Ashoka, Cyrus, Gwanggaeto and the other Great leaders of early Asian history.?

King and Emperors Called "The Great"
Asia has seen thousands of kings and emperors over the past five thousand years, but fewer than thirty are usually honored with the title "the Great." Learn more about Timur, Sejong, Akbar and the other Great leaders of medieval Asian history.??

Kings and Emperors Called "The Great"
Asia has seen thousands of kings and emperors over the past five thousand years, but fewer than thirty are usually honored with the title "the Great." Learn more about Abbas, Narai, Chulalongkorn and the other great leaders of early modern and modern Asian history.?

Female Heads of State in Asia
List of female heads of state or heads of government in Asia during the modern era, including women in power as presidents or prime ministers.

Important People in Asian History
The history of Asia has been shaped for thousands of years by larger-than-life personalities. From fierce world conquerors of long ago to the political leaders and humanitarians of today, explore the world of famous Asian historical figures.

Westernized Asian Names
During the Middle Ages, westerners had trouble with Chinese, Arabic, and Persian names, so they changed the names of famous poets, warriors, and scientists of Asia. See the western and original names of these great thinkers here.

Timeline: Attila the Hun
Attila the Hun led his people to dominate the late Roman Empire, extracting tribute from the Romans and sacking their cities. This timeline illustrates the major events in Attila's life, as well as the rise and fall of the Huns in Europe.

Profile of Islam Karimov
Profile of Islam Karimov, the Soviet-era premiere of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, and the founding president of the independent Republic of Uzbekistan.

Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Biography of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's Three Unifiers. Although he was born a commoner, Hideyoshi rose to be the most powerful man in Japan at the end of the Warring States Period.

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