Learn more about the Showa Era in Japanese history, which corresponds with the lengthy reign of Emperor Hirohito (1926 - 1989).
Learn more about the devastating Bengal Famine of 1943, which struck British India during the Second World War.
The smaller of the two Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 1977, before they were destroyed by the Taliban.
What were the Opium Wars, and why did they happen? Learn more about the First and Second Opium Wars between China and Great Britain.
History of the incredible "Door to Hell" or "Gates of Hell" natural gas fire in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Learn more about this beautiful but ecologically disastrous place here.
Three months after North Korea's surprise attack in 1950, South Korean forces were pinned down in a small corner on the southeast of the peninsula, called the Pusan Perimeter. Map of the perimeter, plus the UN forces' flanking attack, the Invasion of Incheon.
Description of the Srivijaya Empire in what is now Indonesia from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam, is greeted by U.S. President Eisenhower
Although technically the term samurai applies only to males, some Japanese women became skilled warriors, and carried the two swords of the samurai. See pictures of some famous female samurai, from the 12th century to the 20th century.
Answer to the commonly asked question, Where is Dubai? from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
The 1899-1900 Famine in India killed literally millions of people, and highlighted British mismanagement and insensitivity to the problems their rule created in colonial India.
Map of the Ottoman Empire at its greatest extent, c. 1700 CE.
HRH the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, rides an elephant to hunt in British India, c. 1875-76.
Brief history of the Mongol Empire, founded by Genghis Khan, which was one of the largest empires in human history.
Woodblock print of two geishas in Tokugawa Japan, c. 1777.
The Boxer Rebellion in Qing Dynasty China, as depicted in editorial cartoons. See western magazines' editorial take on the conflict with the Boxers.
Photo essay of the Boxer Rebellion in China at the turn of the 20th century. Chinese Boxers (martial artists) took on foreigners in Peking, Tientsin and across the country towards the end of the Qing Dynasty.
Carved wooden masks with exaggerated features and bright paint are one of the characteristic elements of Korean culture. Korean masks were originally used in shamanist rituals; today, they appear most often in cultural festivals. Learn about the origin and meaning of the masks, and see some of the dozens of mask designs here, as well as pictures of mask-dancers performing.
Yoshitoshi Taiso (1839-1892) was one of Japan's greatest woodblock print artists, but he lived a troubled life. See some of his works that depict frightening demons, ghosts and ghouls.
Photographs from the Genghis Khan and the Mongolian Empire exhibit at the Denver Museum of Science and Nature.
Photos and history of Bali's famous calonarong masked dance, featuring the lion Barong, representing good, versus the witch Rangda, representing evil.
Images from a samurai attack on a Japanese village. These vivid and detailed pictures of samurai in action were created sometime between 1750 and 1850.
Pictoral history of the evolution of hairstyles in Japan. Noble women throughout the ages followed many fashions in the court of the Japanese Emperor. See some of the different hairdos here.