A lot of discussion of history is focused on a few particular nations such as Italy, Greece, Egypt, China, etc.
What are some countries and regions with lesser known but still fascinating and entertaining histories that deserve more recognition? I hear Central Asian/Turkic countries have some amazing history, are there any works on these areas anyone would care to recommend?
>What are some countries and regions with lesser known but still fascinating and entertaining histories that deserve more recognition?
Pre-Colonial Southeast Asia desu.
>Cambodia: the Jungle Empire.
>Burma: Asian Spartans
>Thailand: or "how I managed to steal land from Cambodia and used foreign contacts to fend off Burmese Invasions."
>Vietnam: the Little China that Could. Or "Fuck your Hindu-Islamism, I'm doing Sinic."
>Indonesian Maritime Empires: From Curry to Kebab
>Brunei back when it held more land and owned Borneo.
>Philippines and their Asian-Viking lifestyles of piracy & Raiding. Also Asian Tortuga as they were budds with Chinese & Japanese pirates.
I'm studying South East Asia right now. Very underrated.
South Asia (Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, etc.) is super fucking interesting. But most people just know it for DUDE GHURKAS LMAO.
Even today, Bhutan is a fascinating country. While most places have happily given up their traditions for materialistic advancement, Bhutan still looks and acts like an ancient Buddhist society (of course, there is the odd car and other modern thing about for the sake of convenience).
Fun fact: Marijuana is literally more common than grass in Bhutan, but nobody smokes it. They feed it to their pigs instead.
There's lots of interesting central asian history. The problem is there's not a lot in english. Even when it is in english it tends to lean towards how they effected Chinese/Russian history.
Qara Khitais are an interesting one. They were sinicized Mongol group ruling over Islamic turks.
Unfortunately theres only a single english book on them (that i havent read yet)
The issue with South Asian history is that it's a very hard field to get into.
The majority of texts on the subject are not available in any Western language. For example, good luck finding a good textbook on Bhutanese history.
And if you want to learn the language to read them, guess what? There are almost zero online resources for learning them. Dzongkha is insanely hard to learn as a second language, and there are almost no good resources for it. Even the official Dzongkha website is pretty poorly constructed.
>television banned until 1999
>0 traffic lights
>traditional dress legally enforced
>highest elevation country in the world
>nearly 100% organic
>happiest country in the world
>tourism completely banned on occasion
what a magical place
The evil Romans destroyd this great civilization.
Spanish had conflicts with the other regions, specially Catalunya. The portuguese got conquered since their King D.Sebastiao never returned from the Maghreb and the king of spain should seize the throne, something normal at the time but the majority of the population didn't accept it well. By having civil wars in two distant areas (Portugal and Catalunya), the spanish couldn't afford to mantain both conflicts, and when the portuguese started to win the war, the spanish had to give up and focus on Catalunya.