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Kallie Szczepanski

Updated Articles and Resources

By Kallie Szczepanski

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • History of the Akita Dog Created: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      History of Japan's Akita dog breed, known for its loyalty and courage.
    • Cixi, Empress Dowager of Qing China Created: Friday, September 02, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Biography of the Dowager Empress Cixi of Qing China. Sometimes called the Old Buddha or Dragon Lady, she is one of the most vilified rulers in history.
    • Uzbekistan | Facts and History Created: Sunday, March 09, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Profile of Uzbekistan, including information about the country's geography, climate, economy, political system, people, and history.
    • Who Are the Taliban? Created: Monday, June 18, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Learn more about the group who ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s and continue to fight the US-led coalition today.
    • What Was the Bataan Death March? Created: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      What was the Bataan Death March? Learn more about the details of this World War II atrocity in the Pacific Theater here.
    • Ahmad Shah Massoud | Lion of the Panjshir Created: Friday, September 09, 2011 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Biography of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the 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.
    • World War II in Asia Created: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Timeline of World War II in Asia, including not just the Pacific War but also battles in the Asian interior and the Middle East.
    • Iran | Facts and History Created: Monday, June 22, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Profile of Iran, formerly known as Persia, including facts about its people, geography, economy and history.
    • The Islamic Republic of Iran's Complex Government Created: Monday, June 29, 2009 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Islamic Republic of Iran has had a very complex government structure. Unravel the relationship between the Supreme Leader, the Guardian Council, the President and the Assembly of Experts.
    • What Was the Devshirme? Created: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Definition and brief history of the Ottoman devshirme, a tax payable in sons levied on Christians living in the Ottoman Empire.
    • The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Biography of Ayatollah Khomeini, the Shia cleric leader who overthrew the Shah in the Iranian Revolution of 1979
    • The Iranian Revolution of 1979 Created: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Brief history of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, in which Islamic clerics overthrew Shah Pahlavi and established the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    • What Was the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979? Created: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      What was the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979? Learn about what happened when student demonstrators took over the US Embassy in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution.
    • How Did Women's Roles Change after the Revolutions in China and Iran? Created: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      How did the Chinese Communist Revolution and the Iranian Revolution change the roles of women in those societies?
    • What Is a Shah? Created: Friday, July 25, 2008 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Glossary definition of the term shah from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Created: Sunday, March 30, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Biography of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, who was brought down in 1979 by the Iranian Revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini.
    • The Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988 Created: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014
      Learn more about the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988, between Saddam Hussein's invading army of Iraqis and the Iranian defensive forces under Ayatollah Khomeini. This grinding and pointless war included the use of chemical weapons by Saddam, and the use of waves of young boys as cannon-fodder by the Iranians.
    • The Worst Taxes Ever Created: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      You think your income tax rate is bad? It's nothing compared with these taxes - the worst taxes in history!
    • Who Were the Mamluks? Created: Tuesday, August 07, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Glossary definition of the term 'Mamluk' from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • Social Structure of the Ottoman Empire Created: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      The Ottoman Empire had a complex social structure, which depended upon both Muslim versus non-Muslim distinctions as well as individuals' professions to determine their relative social status.
    • What Is a Janissary? Created: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Glossary definition of the term janissary from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • Pakistan | Facts and History Created: Saturday, September 06, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Facts and history of Pakistan, including information about its culture, geography, economy and peoples.
    • Indira Gandhi Created: Friday, December 16, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Biography of Indira Gandhi, India's third Prime Minister, also known as the Iron Lady of India. She was the first woman elected to head a democratic country, following in the footsteps of her father, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
    • What Was the Partition of India? Created: Friday, May 07, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      What was the Partition of India, and why did it happen? Learn more about this critical fracture in the subcontinent, just as it achieved independence from the crumbling British Empire.
    • Jawaharlal Nehru, India's First Prime Minister Created: Monday, November 26, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Biography of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian independence leader, India's first prime minister, and leader of the international non-aligned movement during the Cold War.
    • What Is the Taj Mahal? Created: Friday, September 12, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Glossary definition of the term Taj Mahal from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • Mohandas Gandhi, the Mahatma Created: Saturday, November 01, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      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.
    • Eunuch Created: Saturday, July 05, 2008 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Glossary definition of the word eunuch from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • What Is a Sultan? Created: Sunday, April 22, 2012 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Glossary definition of the term sultan from your About.com Guide to Asian History.
    • Timeline: Zheng He and the Treasure Fleet Created: Monday, January 03, 2011 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Zheng He's life and the voyages of Ming China's Treasure Fleet. The great Muslim eunuch admiral spread word of China's wealth and power as far as Africa.
    • Red Cliff for Actual History! Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Reader nominates Red Cliff as the best Asian history film ever made. Red Cliff is set prior to the Three Kingdoms period in China.
    • Japan | Facts and History Created: Monday, May 12, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      A profile of Japan, including information about its history, culture, people, and land.

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