Is Kazakhstan 30 or 556 years old? As the five states of Central Asia celebrate three decades of independence, they prefer the glories of the ancient past to the legacy of Soviet rule.
The denizens of an Asian underground who waged a clandestine struggle against European colonial powers.
Myanmar’s colonial legacy includes racial hierarchies and authoritarian government. In the new nation state, not everyone is welcome.
The story of Afghanistan from the 13th century until the present illuminates why the international intervention that began in 2001 failed to deliver.
One of the world's poorest countries, for much of its history Nepal has been hidden from the world.
Uzbekistan, from Silk Road to Soviet Union.
Unlike his grandfather Chinggis Khan, the Mongol ruler Hulegu Khan is little known in the West. But his destruction of two Islamic empires, as well as a failed attempt to forge an alliance with Christendom, gave him a notoriety that persists to this day.
The fates of powerful women in modern Uzbek politics echo the events of 1,000 years ago.
The great conqueror took the Chinese city on June 1st, 1215.
Isabella Tree explores the Kumaris, young girls chosen to be worshipped in Nepal by both Hindus and Buddhists as symbols of purity and makers of kings.