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  1. In the Graveyard of Empires

    Posted May 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... title alludes to numerous failed attempts (from Alexander the Great to the British to the Soviet Union) to bring order to Afghanistan, is not for readers who simply cock an ear when there's ... Charmaine Chan In the Graveyard of Empires by Seth Jones Norton, HK$128 Last summer, in his assessment of Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal said: 'We face not only ...

  2. Persian Empire's influence remains alive

    Posted Feb 06th 2009, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... from the 16th to the 18th century over present-day Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and parts of central Asia, shaped the Persian Empire and subsequently Iranian identity. Historians point out ... was so enormous it is thought to have been one of the reasons behind the rise of the Persian Empire. An estimated 40,000 qanats remain in use today, supplying half the water required ...

  3. History-maker Part 15: Timur- The art lover who destroyed cities

    Posted Dec 09th 2009, 12:00am by Ellen Whyte

    ... Compiled by Ellen Whyte Nickname: Timur the Lame, which later became Tamerlan Profession: conqueror and empire builder Famous for: destroying cities and helping artists Born: 1336 Died: ... gathered an army and went back to conquer Transoxania. He was a brilliant soldier. After becoming king of Transoxania, he conquered an empire that stretched from Turkey to India. He was a fierce ...

  4. Butcher or great leader?

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Seth Yeung

    ... of the Mongol empire's greatest historical figure. It is also an up-to-date analysis of his life based on modern psychological and leadership theory. As a subject for a book on leadership, Khan ... may be unreliable, with most histories at the time being passed down in the form of oral traditions. What little we do know of the founder of the Mongol empire and the basis for much ...

  5. An ancient game of kings and khans

    Posted Jun 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... troops in the kingdom of Persia. It was the British who gave it proper rules and regulations. Variations of polo are depicted in historical paintings and tapestries. It was apparently popular ... competitions on the Mongolian grasslands. There are several small polo clubs around Beijing. Shanghai has the classy Nine Dragons Hill Polo Club. The sport was regularly played by British soldiers ...

  6. As the years disappear...

    Posted Mar 18th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a much more acceptable term, apparently. Then, proudly nationalistic mainland journalists ask British Museum director Neil MacGregor if Britain plans to return Chinese artworks that are deemed ... era at 1830- nine years before the first opium war between Britain and China. The British Museum reportedly wanted to continue to 1850, but the Palace Museum apparently felt that straying ...

  7. After Tamerlane

    Posted Mar 01st 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... centuries of empire building from Tamerlane's death in 1405 to the present American imperium, considering the advances of, among others, the Ottomans, the Manchus, the British, the Soviets and the Japanese. The author demonstrates that the story of empire should not simply be of exploitation and modernisation but one that makes room for competition, collaboration and coexistence. Middle ...

  8. The Great Game- On Secret Service in High Asia

    Posted Apr 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... (1982), On Secret Service East of Constantinople- The Plot to Bring Down the British Empire (1994), Setting the East Ablaze- Lenin's Dream of an Empire in Asia (1994), and Quest for Kim: ... to reissue the six books in his series loosely themed around the Great Game, that wrestle between 19th-century western empires for power and influence in Central Asia. His is a genre that mixes ...

  9. Immigration wars

    Posted Feb 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... ordered Breivik to remain in custody until the trial begins on April 16. Breivik faces terror charges that carry up to 21 years in prison, but if he is considered mentally ill, he will be sent ... the experts say. British, German and French leaders declared in recent months that multiculturalism had failed, but also highlighted the contribution of immigrants in their speeches. Critics say ...

  10. Business - Companies - SHIPPING

    Asian exports to fuel orders for big container ships

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... Keith Wallis keith.wallis@scmp.com Asian exports to drive orders for mega box carriers Growing exports, particularly from China and Southeast Asia, will fuel a boom in international container shipping volumes in the next four years, shipping experts said yesterday. But while ocean carriers such as Orient Overseas Container Line are set to place orders for more mega box ...




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