Southern Asia 1914
Outbreak of the Great War
The end of July saw the outbreak of World War I in Europe, pitting Russia, France, and Britain against Germany ...
Southern Asia 1941
Japanese Invasion of Thailand and Malaya
In July 1941 the Japanese moved into southern Indochina, prompting the US and Britain to freeze Japan's assets and ...
East Asia 1941
Pearl Harbor and its Aftermath
On the morning of December 8 (still December 7 in Hawaii), Japan launched simultaneous attacks against American and British forces ...
Southern Asia 1942
Fall of Singapore
By February 1942 the Japanese forces invading Malaya had reached the perimeter of Singapore, Britain’s most important military base ...
Bombing of Darwin
Allied efforts under ABDA proved unable to halt the Japanese offensive. In mid-February the vital British naval base of Singapore ...
Southern Asia 1948
Indian conquest of Hyderabad
Following the end of British rule in India, the Nizam of Hyderabad - a Muslim ruler over a mostly Hindu population ...
East Asia 1949
Communist Victory in Northern China
In China, the uneasy truce between Nationalists and Communists had collapsed in mid-1946. Things started well for the superior Nationalist ...
East Asia 1959
China under Mao
Following the end of the Korean War in 1953 and France's Indochina War in 1954, China began to move ...
East Asia 1963
Formation of Malaysia
In 1961, Indonesia attacked Dutch New Guinea. The dispute was resolved by the United Nations, which transferred the territory to ...
East Asia 1968
At the end of the First Indochina War, Vietnam had been divided between a Communist North and a pro-Western South ...
Independence for the Pacific Islands
The 1960s saw the beginning of the withdrawal of the colonial powers from the Pacific Islands. In 1962, New Zealand ...
Rise of Daesh
In late 2013, Daesh (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also called ISIS or ISIL) had emerged as the ...