This picture taken in December of 2004 shows Hamid Karazi taking the presidential oath for his second term. The former King of Afghanistan seated on the far right attended the ceremony. Mohammed Zahir Shah reigned from 1933 to 1973, During that period in the 20th century he expanded diplomatic relations of Afghanistan to numerous countries […]Read more "Mohammed Zahir Shah Attends The Presidential Oath Ceremony of Hamid Karazi (2004)"
This artifact is a funerary relief bust made of limestone. The subject according to historians was Haliphat who was the daughter of Ogalta and Harimal. This artifact currently resides in the National Gallery of Art in the US capital of Washington D.C. The Funerary relief was from the ancient empire of Palmyra. The location of […]Read more "Funerary Relief Bust of Haliphat (231 CE)"
Yingluck Shinawatra became Thailand’s first female prime minister in 2011. This video shows the Prime Minister Shinawatra at her inauguration and address . Women in Asia have had to struggle fro equal rights in societies that still believe in strict spheres based on gender roles. Although this was a milestone, Yingluck Shinawatra was a controversial […]Read more "The Yingluck Shinawatra Inauguration (2011)"
This is footage of Tokyo in 1966, the capital of Japan. This was a country devastated by war and nuclear attack. Instead of having a militaristic rise with an intent on vengeance after the second World War , the country chose a path of economic development. Tokyo as seen in this footage is not yet […]Read more "Tokyo, Japan in 1966"
This is a statue of the king of Lagash. Gudea was a Mesopotamian king who ruled from the period of 2150 B.C.E to 2125 B.C.E during a period when local rulers had more power. The fall of the Akkadian Empire created a power void, which allowed city-states to govern themselves in southern Mesopotamia. The statue […]Read more "The Statue of Gudea (2090 B.C.E)"
Onna-bugeisha refers to a warrior nobility class of women who would fight along Samurai men in battle. This photograph which has been colorized and shows an onna-bugeisha in full battle armor. Japan was a warrior culture similar to that of Dahomey or Sparta. Such warrior based societies believed that everyone should be willing to fight […]Read more "Onna-bugeisha Portrait (1800s)"
The Veit Cong had women fight in combat and it was not unusual that some women would fight for the South Vietnamese government. Ho Thi Que was a combat soldier who fought in the 44th South Vietnamese Ranger Battalion. This photograph shows her being given a US Presidential citation for her unit in a ceremony […]Read more "Ho Thi Que Being Given A US Presidential Citation in South Vietnam (1965)"