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By Christopher A. Bayly, Tim Harper

The sizeable crescent of British-ruled territories from India all the way down to Singapore seemed within the early phases of the second one international battle an enormous asset within the battle with Germany, supplying large amounts of squaddies and uncooked fabrics and key a part of an impregnable international community denied to the Nazis. inside of a number of weeks in 1941-2 a jap invasion had destroyed all this, nearly without problems taking the 'impregnable fortress' of Singapore with its 80,000 powerful garrison, and sweeping via South and Southeast Asia to the frontier of India itself.

This progressive, completely gripping ebook brings to lifestyles the complete adventure of South and Southeast Asia during this striking interval, telling the tale from an Indian, Burmese, chinese language or Malay viewpoint up to from that of the British or eastern. successfully it's the tale of the beginning of contemporary South and Southeast Asia and the hopes and fears of the handfuls of 'forgotten armies' marching during the jungle battlefields, such a lot of demise for reasons swept away by means of the truth that emerged in 1945. at the same time the British effectively fought again within the bloodiest battles in South and Southeast Asia's heritage, there has been no going again to colonial rule.

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Surnamed Anūshirawān “the Just,” stands forth as the most illustrious figure in the annals of ancient Persia. Chroniclers agree in depicting him as a wise and benevolent ruler, and one who made his prowess reflected in distant regions. His first care was to restore order in a realm which still groaned under the curse of Mazdakism; his next to crush the Ephthalites, whose incursions into his eastern provinces had been as disastrous as those of the Roman legions into Armenia. In the meanwhile the Ephthalites were being threatened from another quarter by the Turks.

64. Drouin’s excellent Mémoire sur les Huns Ephthalites dans leur rapports avec les rois Perses Sassanides, privately printed in Louvain, 1895. D. 402) was charged to Khākān, an ancient title which we now encounter for the first time in history. 3 The huns and the yue-chi 15 of their kings, Tulun by name, who reigned at the beginning of the fifth century, carried his conquest from Corea to the confines of Europe. e. the Ephthalites), and into Europe, under Attila, in 430. On the appearance of the White Huns in the Oxus districts that country had been for five centuries in the possession of the Yué-Chi, or Kushans, as we have seen above, and they occupied the land for upwards of 130 years (425 to 557), during which period they were in close contact with the Sāsānides of Persia.

D. 550. At that period the Turks were divided into two distinct khanates—(i) the Eastern Turks,1 who possessed the vast territory between the Ural and Mongolia; and (2) the Western Turks, or Tu-kiué, who ruled in Central Asia from the Altai to the Jaxartes. About 550 the Khākān of the Turks, whose name was Tumen, being elated with successes he had gained over the Tartars,1 made so bold as to demand in marriage the daughter of the Khākān of the Juen-Juen, Tiu-ping. On receiving an insulting refusal, Tumen at once declared war against the Juen-Juen; at the same time he married the daughter of the Chinese emperor, with whose aid he defeated Tiu-ping.

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