Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
January 22, 2016
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
The ideological struggle driving the Sino-Soviet split stopped mattering in the end.
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
January 22, 2016
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
Why the 'Silk Road' is a massive misnomer, in more ways than one.
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
The January Harvest in South Asia
January 16, 2016
The January Harvest in South Asia
India's winter harvest is celebrated all across the country.
The January Harvest in South Asia
The Truth Behind the Maratha Empire in India
January 05, 2016
The Truth Behind the Maratha Empire in India
A new film in India sparked a debate about the nature of the Maratha Empire.
The Truth Behind the Maratha Empire in India
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
December 24, 2015
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
What would China’s history look like if Chiang Kai-shek had ignored George C. Marshall’s request in 1946?
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
December 04, 2015
How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
Asians' perceptions of seapower have changed over time, but not as much as you'd think.
How Asians Came to See the Seas and Naval Strategy Like the West
Ever Wonder How China Got Back Into International Diplomacy After the Cultural Revolution?
November 24, 2015
Ever Wonder How China Got Back Into International Diplomacy After the Cultural Revolution?
China's successful entry into the international scene after the Cultural Revolution bears lessons for other pariah states.
Ever Wonder How China Got Back Into International Diplomacy After the Cultural Revolution?
250 Years Ago, This Event Changed Everything in South Asia
October 08, 2015
250 Years Ago, This Event Changed Everything in South Asia
250 years ago, British rule over India began de jure.
250 Years Ago, This Event Changed Everything in South Asia
Martial Arts, Living History: How We Fight Reveals Who We Are
October 01, 2015
Martial Arts, Living History: How We Fight Reveals Who We Are
More than just a great workout, martial arts often reveal much about a country’s history, culture, and traditions.
Martial Arts, Living History: How We Fight Reveals Who We Are
How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China
September 22, 2015
How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China
What's needed now is long-term messaging at a short summit.
How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China
September 2, 1945: When Japan Surrendered
September 02, 2015
September 2, 1945: When Japan Surrendered
Imperial Japan's demise led to the emergence of the country we know today.
September 2, 1945: When Japan Surrendered
August 15: Indians Remember Japan's Role in World War II Too
August 14, 2015
August 15: Indians Remember Japan's Role in World War II Too
On August 15, Indians will celebrate their independence--however, they too remember World War II.
August 15: Indians Remember Japan's Role in World War II Too
Are Chinese Drones Heading to the East China Sea?
June 15, 2015
Are Chinese Drones Heading to the East China Sea?
East China Sea, South China Sea, and history. Links to start your week.
Are Chinese Drones Heading to the East China Sea?
The Desolation of Merv
June 06, 2015
The Desolation of Merv
230 years ago, one of the Islamic world's most important cities was completely laid to ruin.
The Desolation of Merv
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
May 09, 2015
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
Our current politico-geographic conception of "Central Asia" is nebulous and arbitrary.
Asia's Crossroads: A Better Definition of 'Central Asia'
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
April 30, 2015
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
George Washington University is showing us why the West needs to come to terms with the eastern origins of the Swastika.
Reductio Ad Hitlerum: Who Does the Swastika Belong To?
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