Culture, War and Events in Asia
Battles and Wars
Learn more about key battles and the many wars that have occurred in Asia over the past several thousand years.
- 12 Battles that Changed Asia
- Mongols Invade Japan, 1274 & 1281
- The Opium Wars, 1839-42 & 1856-60
- First Sino-Japanese War, 1894-5
- Timeline of the Korean War
- Photo Gallery: The Korean War
- The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, 1954
- Timeline of the Vietnam War
- Photo Gallery: The Vietnam War
- Iranian Revolution, 1979
- History of Nuclear Weapons in Asia
Protests and Massacres
From the An-Lushan Uprising in the 8th century to the Quit India movement of the 20th and beyond, Asian people have come out in protest of their governments innumerable times. Unfortunately, those governments sometimes react by cracking down on the protestors - which can turn into a massacre. Learn more about Asian protests and massacres here.
- Indian Revolt of 1857, or "Sepoy Rebellion"
- Boxer Rebellion Timeline
- Boxer Rebellion in Editorial Cartoons
- Gwangju Massacre in South Korea, 1980
Asia is a tectonically active place, with earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis among the dangers inherent to the area. To make life even more precarious, monsoon floods, typhoons, sandstorms and endless droughts can afflict different parts of Asia. Sometimes, these natural forces influence the history of entire nations.
- Asia's Worst Natural Disasters
- The Black Death in Asia
- Monsoons Fail, and Chinese Dynasties Fall
- Mt. Tambora Eruption, 1815
- Indian Famine of 1899-1900
- Asian Influenza Pandemics of the 20th Century
- Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976
- 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
The creative minds of Asia have brought the world a huge number of stunningly beautiful art forms. Explore the history of different types of Asian music, theater, dance, painting, pottery and more here.
Great leaders and wars, earthquakes and typhoons - these things are interesting, but what about the lives of everyday people in Asian history? Learn more about the concerns, the fashions and the lifestyles of ordinary Asians throughout the centuries.
- Image Gallery of Heian Japanese Beauties
- Japanese Noblewomen's Hairstyles through the Ages
- Historic Photos of Old Korea, c. 1895-1920
Asian scientists and tinkerers have invented an enormous number of useful things, including some that you no doubt use every day. Learn more about these Asian inventions here!
- The Invention of Paper
- The Invention of the Mirror
- The Invention of the Crossbow
- The Invention of Gunpowder