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Richard Cavendish explains how the proposal to change the name of Siam to Thailand was eventually accepted on May 11th, 1949.

Some commentators predict that the 21st century will be the ‘Asian century’, marking a significant shift in power from West to East. If so, it will not be so different from the global order of the 19th century, says Thomas DuBois.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

Joost Schouten was one of the ablest servants of the 17th-century Dutch East India Company, but he came a serious cropper when his fellow countrymen discovered his ‘crimes against nature’, as Peter Murrell explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Kathryn Hadley visits an exhibition in Paris that sheds light on the multifarious pre-colonial histories and identities of the Southeast Asian archipelago.

Volume: 63 Issue: 6 2013

Christopher Hale reports on a long campaign to discover the truth about the killing of Malayan villagers by British troops in 1948.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Britain and the United States may have been on the same side during the Second World War, but cinematic representations of the conflict could stir controversy between them, as Jeffrey Richards explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

At the height of the Roman Empire, hundreds of merchant ships left Egypt every year to voyage through the Red Sea into the Indian Ocean, exchanging the produce of the Mediterranean for exotic eastern commodities. Raoul McLaughlin traces their pioneering journeys. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010
As springtime arrives in Japan, Matthew Knott looks at the history of the country’s love affair with the cherry blossom.
Volume: 59 Issue: 4 2009

The Mongolian past has been drawn by both sides into twentieth-century disputes between Russia and China, writes J.J. Saunders.

2008
Historian and film-maker Michael Wood recently visited Bristol Grammar School to talk about the BBC2 series The Story of India. Before the event began he was interviewed by sixth-form students Imogen Parkes and Nicholas Barrett; Oliver Chard transcribed the tape.
Volume: 58 Issue: 2 2008
 BBC Sports Editor Mihir Bose explores a work on modern India.
2008

Charlotte Crow describes how a recent visit to India on the 150th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny became a flashpoint for Indians and Britons over the commemoration by the two nations.

Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007

Robert Bud says we should remember the Asian flu epidemic of 1957 as a turning point in the history of antibiotics.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

Fraser Newham finds a connection running from the East India Company’s first mission to Tibet to the completion of the Golmud to Lhasa railway by the Chinese today.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

Tamerlane, or Timur, one of history's most brutal butchers, died on February 18th, 1405.

Volume: 55 Issue: 2 2005

The Mughal emperor died on October 25th, 1605.

Volume: 55 Issue: 10 2005
Mihir Bose samples a work on an infamous massacre in the Raj in 1919.
2005

Ben Kiernan points out the progress, and difficulties, in recovering history and justice after genocide.

Volume: 54 Issue: 9 2004
Rikki Kersten extols the example of an unlikely hero, the historian Ienaga Saburo, who singlehandedly challenged Japan’s official view of responsibility for its behaviour in the Second World War.
Volume: 54 Issue: 3 2004
Denis Judd takes stock of current arguments as to the effect of British rule in India and other countries of the Empire.
Volume: 54 Issue: 3 2004

The Battle of Port Arthur began on February 8th, 1904.

Volume: 54 Issue: 2 2004

Anthony Reid traces some surprising precedents for the many recent women rulers in South and Southeast Asia.

Volume: 53 Issue: 6 2003

Merle Ricklefs seeks clues for the future of the troubled archipelago nation in its distant past.

Volume: 53 Issue: 12 2003

The Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Alliance, the first between a European country and an Asiatic power against a Western rival, was signed on January 30th, 1902.

Volume: 52 Issue: 1 2002
Jessica Harrison-Hall introduces the upcoming exhibition of Vietnamese art at the British Museum.
Volume: 52 Issue: 6 2002
August 31st, 1751
Volume: 51 Issue: 8 2001

Richard Cavendish explains how the proposal to change the name of Siam to Thailand was eventually accepted on May 11th, 1949.

Volume: 49 Issue: 5 1999

1930s Shanghai was notoriously populated by characters of dubious political and moral allegiances. Bernard Wasserstein shows how the Japanese used their contacts among the city’s low-life to assist in their invasion and occupation.

Volume: 48 Issue: 9 1998
Paul Murphy on the Raj pioneers who set in train thoughts of conservation in independent India.
Volume: 47 Issue: 9 1997
Robert Bruce asks if China has refound Confucius.
Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1997
Michael Leech on Eastern Art Deco
Volume: 43 Issue: 9 1993

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