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Kallie Szczepanski

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kallie Szczepanski

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • The Great Wall of China Created: Thursday, July 18, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      See facts and the more than 2000-year history of the Great Wall of China, one of the engineering marvels of the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Qatar | Facts and History Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
      Facts and history about the nation of Qatar, an oil-rich country on the Arabian Peninsula, and home to the Al Jazeera News Network.
    • The Kamakura Period in Japan Created: Thursday, March 13, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Brief history and description of the Kamakura Period in Japan, when the feudal system arose and the emperors lost power to the shoguns.
    • The Eruption of Krakatoa, 1883 Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      When Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it made the loudest sound in recorded history and killed tens of thousands of people in Indonesia.
    • Operation Blue Star, 1984 Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      In June 1984, Indira Gandhi ordered the Indian Army into the Sikh Golden Temple at Amritsar. The results were deadly - for the Sikhs and for PM Gandhi.
    • Qing Dynasty Emperors of China Created: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      List of the emperors of China's Qing Dynasty, the last imperial family in Chinese history.
    • Kanishka the Great Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Kanishka the Great was a Kushan dynasty ruler based in what is now Afghanistan, where he was a famous patron of Buddhism.
    • Did the Afghan War Help Bring Down the Soviet Union? Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Did the decade-long war in Afghanistan bring down the Soviet Union? Learn more about the historical controversy here.
    • Emperor Hirohito of Japan Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Emperor Hirohito led his country into the devastation of World War II, but managed to hold on to both his head and his throne in the aftermath.
    • The Great Kanto Earthquake in Japan, 1923 Created: Sunday, June 29, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      In 1923, Japan's deadliest earthquake struck Tokyo and surrounding cities, devastating the entire region. Learn more about this tragedy here.
    • The Asian Economic Miracle Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      From 1960 to the 1990s, four small Asian countries industrialized and become major economic powers: Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.
    • Empress Wu Zetian of Zhou China Created: Wednesday, July 09, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Empress Wu Zetian of the Zhou Dynasty was the only woman to rule imperial China in her own right, rather than as a consort or dowager. Learn more about this fascinating woman here.
    • The Battle of Talas Created: Friday, May 16, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
      The little-known but pivotal Battle of Talas River in 751 A.D. pitted the expanding Arab Moslem army against the forces of the Tang Dynasty Chinese Empire. China was defeated, which resulted in Central Asia becoming part of the Islamic world, and the diffusion of paper-making technology to the West.
    • What Was the Black Hole of Calcutta? Created: Friday, September 05, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Answer to the FAQ: What Was the Black Hole of Calcutta? by your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • Indian Castes and Feudal Japanese Classes Created: Thursday, December 31, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      India's caste system was based on Hinduism, while feudal Japan's four-tiered class structure sprang out of Confucian thought. Nonetheless, the two were remarkably similar in some ways. Compare In...
    • Kings and Emperors Called "The Great" Created: Sunday, June 20, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Asia has seen thousands of kings and emperors over the past five thousand years, but only a select few are called The Great. Find out more about Ashoka, Cyrus, Gwanggaeto, and the other great lead...
    • The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Biography of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shia cleric leader who overthrew the Shah in the Iranian Revolution of 1979
    • The Ceramic Wars: Hideyoshi's Japan Kidnaps Korean Artisans Created: Saturday, June 25, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      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, includ...
    • History of Chinese Opera Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      History of the development and modern attributes of Chinese Opera, including Beijing (Peking) Opera, Shanghai Opera (Huju), Canton Opera, and Shanxi Opera." itemprop="descrTP='t3'" --> itemprop="de...
    • History of Opium Created: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      A history of opium in Asia, where it served as a medicine, a cash crop, and a cause for war.
    • India | Facts and History Created: Monday, December 07, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Profile of the Republic of India, including information about its government, history, economy and geography.
    • The Vietnam War (American War) in Photos Created: Thursday, November 03, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam, is greeted by U.S. President Eisenhower
    • Taiwan | Facts and History Created: Saturday, March 17, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      An island in the South China Sea, Taiwan is a manufacturing powerhouse and a democratic nation. It stands in opposition to mainland China, which claims Taiwan as a lost province, but the two have ...
    • Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Created: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
      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.
    • Tenzing Norgay Created: Saturday, October 01, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      Biography of Tenzing Norgay, the Nepalese Sherpa who conquered the summit of Mt. Everest, the world's tallest mountain, with Edmund Hillary in 1953.
    • Iraq | Facts and History Created: Sunday, February 12, 2012 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      Facts and history of Iraq, formerly known as Mesopotamia, a cradle of human civilization that has seen several wars over the last few decades.
    • King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Created: Thursday, April 03, 2008 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      Biography of Saudi King Abdullah, the sixth and current ruler of Saudi Arabia.
    • The Battle of Badr, 624 CE Created: Sunday, October 25, 2009 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
      The Battle of Badr in March of 624 CE was small in scale, but it signaled the beginning of Islam's incredible expansion over the next two centuries. The Prophet Muhammad and his followers consolid...
    • What Is Telangana? Created: Monday, August 12, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      What is India's Telangana, and what implications does it hold for the rest of India?
    • Han Dynasty Emperors of China Created: Saturday, July 10, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      The emperors of the Han Dynasty ruled China for more than 400 years. This is considered a" itemprop="description"> Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      Learn more about the origins of the conflict in Jammu and Kashimir, the region claimed by both India and Pakistan high in the Himalayas.
    • The Aral Sea Created: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
      For decades, the Aral Sea has been evaporating into the dry air of Central Asia, starved of water by massive cotton and rice plantations.

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