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  1. History of China (45919 bytes)
    2: ...identity. These cultural and political influences from many parts of Asia as well as successive waves ...
    7: ...have reached China about 65,000 years ago from [[Africa]]. Early evidence for proto-Chinese [[rice pad...
    14: ...he earliest written record of China's past, dates from the [[Shang Dynasty]] in perhaps the [[13th cen...
    18: ... around [[2000 BC]] was unearthed. Early markings from this period, found on pottery and shells, have ...
    22: ...[[Zhengzhou]] and [[Shangcheng]]. The second set, from the later Shang or Yin period, consists of a la...
  2. November 4 (10686 bytes)
    17: *[[1899]] - [[Sigmund Freud]]'s ''[[The Interpretation of Dreams]]'' is pu...
    24: ... II]]: U.S. President [[Franklin Delano Roosevelt|Franklin D. Roosevelt]] orders the [[United States C...
    28: * [[1956]] - [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] troops invade [[Hungary]] to crush the [[Hungar...
    29: ... to be retrievable and she dies a few hours later from stress and overheating.
    48: *[[1765]] - [[Pierre Girard]], [[France|French]] mathematician (d. [[1836]])
  3. Dombra (1417 bytes)
    7: ...fretted, while the Kazakh dombra is played with a fret.
    9: ...mbol of nationalism among the post-[[Soviet Union|Soviet]] nations of the [[Commonwealth of Independent St...
    11: ...er of similar instruments that differ very little from the dombra described here. [[Turkmenistan]] has...
  4. Madeleine Albright (7085 bytes)
    40: ...umbia University]], and her Masters and Doctorate from Columbia University's Department of Public Law ...
    42: ...e was responsible for foreign policy legislation. From [[1976]] to [[1978]], she served as Chief Legis...
    44: From [[1981]] to [[1982]], Secretary Albright was aw...
    47: ...ucting research in developments and trends in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
    76: ...]], [[1937]] in [[Prague]]. ''Madeleine'' was the French version of "Madlenka", a Czech nickname given...
  5. Kim Campbell (10679 bytes)
    31: ...) was the nineteenth [[Prime Minister of Canada]] from [[June 25]] to [[November 4]], [[1993]]. Though...
    33: ... (B.A., LL.B.) and studied towards a doctorate in Soviet Government at the [[London School of Economics]].
    39: ...ship of the party. A few years later she resigned from the legislature to run in the [[Canadian federa...
    45: Campbell's quick rise to fame from a relatively unknown [[Cabinet of Canada|cabine...
    51:
  6. Indira Gandhi (15405 bytes)
    51: ...ary 19]], [[1966]] to [[March 24]], [[1977]], and from [[January 14]], [[1980]] until her [[assassinat...
    67: ...-aligned). India subsequently withdrew its forces from west Pakistan, but the independent [[Republic o...
    69: ...had collapsed with depositors getting back only a fraction of their money. Moreover a large number of ...
    80: ...be removed from her seat in Parliament and banned from running for an additional six years. Rather tha...
    84: ... help of the parliament, thus protecting herself from legal prosecution once emergency rule was revok...
  7. Alexandra Kollontai (3203 bytes)
    1: ...ry, first as a member of the [[Menshevik]]s, then from [[1914]] on as a [[Bolshevik]]. She was effecti...
    7: ... improve the conditions of women's lives in the [[Soviet Union]], fighting illiteracy and educating women ...
    11: ...oviet Union|Communist Party]] and joined with her friend, [[Alexander Shlyapnikov]], to form a left-wi...
    13: ...o]] and [[Sweden]]. She was also a member of the Soviet delegation to the [[League of Nations]]. She die...
    15: ...ntai is an unusual figure in the history of the [[Soviet Union]], as she was an "Old Bolshevik" and a majo...
  8. Golda Meir (10143 bytes)
    1: [[Image:Goldmeir at whitehouse.jpg|frame|right|Golda Meir was the fourth [[Prime Minist...
    2: ...r, and as the fourth [[Prime Minister of Israel]] from [[March 17]], [[1969]] to [[April 11]][[1974]]....
    6: ...liest memories were of her father boarding up the front door in response to rumors of a [[pogrom]]. He...
    14: ...egan speaking and advocating. She hosted visitors from [[Palestine (region)|Palestine]].
    16: She eventually graduated from teachers' college and taught in the public scho...
  9. Condoleezza Rice (23116 bytes)
    27: ...first [[African American]] [[woman]], the second African American (after [[Colin Powell]]), and the se...
    31: ...isor]] during his first term. She was the second African American (after Powell) and the first female ...
    37: ...air]] was killed in the bombing of the primarily African-American [[16th Street Baptist Church bombing...
    41: ...ht. This experience sparked her interest in the [[Soviet Union]] and [[international relations]] and led h...
    43: ...s [[Russian language|Russian]], [[French language|French]], and [[Spanish language|Spanish]].
  10. Margaret Thatcher (46377 bytes)
    27: ...s nicknamed the '''Iron Lady''' in [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] propaganda (because of her vocal opposition to ...
    29: ...y]] task force to retake the [[Falkland Islands]] from [[Argentina]] in the [[Falklands War]].
    31: ...and]], and increased wealth inequalities. However from the mid 1980s a period of sustained economic gr...
    33: ...d Monetary Union]]. Her leadership was challenged from within and she was forced to resign in [[1990]]...
    36: ...hire]] in eastern [[England]]. Her father was [[Alfred Roberts]], who ran a grocers' shop in the town ...
  11. Anna Akhmatova (2156 bytes)
    3: Akhmatova's work ranges from short lyric poems through poem cycles, such as ...
    9: Akhmatova maintained a long friendship with fellow Russian poetess [[Marina Tsve...
    11: ...ecuted in [[1921]] for activities considered anti-Soviet; Akhmatova was effectively silenced, unable to pu...
    13: ...g, Russia|St Petersburg]]), where Akhmatova lived from the mid [[1920s]] until [[1952]].
  12. Ayn Rand (18001 bytes)
    14: #That no one has the right to seek values from others by physical force, or impose ideas on ot...
    19: ...to have been present when Ayn chose the name Rand from a typewriter.
    22: ...an aspiring young actor, [[Frank O'Connor (actor)|Frank O'Connor]], who caught her eye. The two were m...
    24: ...]] by Scalara Films, [[Rome]], despite resistance from the [[Italy|Italian]] government under [[Benito...
    33: ...ropaganda]] by U.S. patriots, trying to put their Soviet allies in [[World War II]] under the best possibl...
  13. Marina Tsvetaeva (21885 bytes)
    5: ...ally began in the 1960s. Tsvetaeva's poetry arose from her own deeply convoluted personality, her ecce...
    8: ...ghly literate woman. She was also volatile and a (frustrated) concert pianist, with some [[Poland|Poli...
    10: ... but deeply wrapped up in his studies and distant from his family. He was also still deeply in love wi...
    12: ...g the course of her travels she acquired Italian, French and German languages.
    14: ...oloshin came to see Tsvetaeva and soon became her friend and mentor.
  14. Sally Ride (1826 bytes)
    1: ...a Savitskaya]] ([[1982]]), both from the former [[Soviet Union]].
    5: ...n [[astrophysics]], [[general relativity]], and [[free-electron laser physics]]. She later became the ...
  15. Svetlana Savitskaya (713 bytes)
    1: ...8]], in [[Moscow, Russia]], was a [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] female [[astronaut|cosmonaut]] who flew the [[S...
  16. Valentina Tereshkova (2387 bytes)
    3: ...March 6]], [[1937]]), is a retired [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] [[astronaut|cosmonaut]] and was the first woman...
    9: ...he Communist Party]]. In [[1997]] she was retired from the [[VVS|air force]] and the cosmonaut corps b...
  17. Sofia Gubaidulina (8325 bytes)
    5: During her studies in [[Soviet]] Russia, her music was labeled "irresponsible" f...
    9: ...posed a homage to [[T. S. Eliot]], using the text from the poet's spiritual masterpiece ''[[Four Quart...
    35: *''Garten von freuden und traurigkeiten'' for flute, viola, harp a...
    69: *''The Canticle of the Sun of St Francis of Assisi'' for cello, chamber choir, and or...
  18. Marina Raskova (5055 bytes)
    5: ...for a woman. As significantly in the eyes of the Soviet Union which placed its aviators among those of ce...
    7: ...raight-line distance flight. The plan was to fly from [[Moscow]] to [[Komsmolosk]] (in the Far East)...
    9: ...hree women were decorated with "The [[Hero of the Soviet Union]]" award, the first females ever to receive...
    11: ...r as long as possible in order to discourage them from seeing combat. Raskova is credited with using ...
    17: ...[1943]]. The unit was given the very best of the Soviet bombers, the [[Petlyakov Pe-2]], while many male ...
  19. Krystyna Skarbek (11133 bytes)
    3: ...s in [[Germany|German-occupied]] [[Poland]] and [[France]]. She was the longest-serving and most capa...
    7: ...]]), and the couple soon moved to [[British East Africa]].
    9: ...vinced by her acquaintances, including journalist Frederick Voigt. She left for [[Hungary]], where in...
    11: ...].) Krystyna and Kowerski made good their escape from Hungary via the [[Balkans]] and [[Turkey]].
    15: ...andated [[Syria]] from the pro-[[Vichy]] [[France|French]] [[consul]]. Only German spies, some Polish...
  20. Larisa Latynina (2531 bytes)
    3: ...herson]], [[Ukrainian SSR]]) was a [[Soviet Union|Soviet]] [[gymnastics|gymnast]]. She holds the record fo...
    7: ...nina beat Keleti in the all-around event, and the Soviet team also won the team event. Latynina furthermor...
    9: ...in [[Rome]]. In the all-around event, she led the Soviet Union to take the first four places, thereby also...
    13: ...]] World Championships, finishing second with the Soviet team, and became a gymnastics trainer. She is a c...
  21. Proletariat (3268 bytes)
    1: The '''proletariat''' (from [[Latin]] ''proles'', offspring) is a term used...
    17: ... and argued that although the government of the [[Soviet Union]] claimed to be [[Marxist]], the distinct c...
  22. United Nations (29685 bytes)
    1: ... and/or some international diplomatic recognition from selected states, but are not UN members. For mo...
    5: The term "united nations" was coined by [[Franklin D. Roosevelt]] during [[World War II]], to ...
    20: ...nited Kingdom]], the [[United States]], and the [[Soviet Union|USSR]] met to elaborate the plans at the [[...
    24: ... — [[Republic of China]], [[France]], the [[Soviet Union]], [[United Kingdom]], and the [[United Sta...
    26: ... land purchased by an 8.5 million dollar donation from [[John D. Rockefeller, Jr.]], and designed by a...
  23. Trombone (15819 bytes)
    6: The word ''trombone'' derives from [[Italian language|Italian]] ''tromba'' —...
    12: ...]] in English. This was not a distinct instrument from the trombone, but rather a different name used ...
    14: ...ugh the size of a trombone choir can vary greatly from five or six to 20 or more members).
    18: ...que music|Baroque]]) literature is often borrowed from other instruments, usually [[cello]] or [[basso...
    26: ...s almost completely extended. Extending the slide from one position to the next lowers the pitch by on...
  24. Balalaika (5108 bytes)
    18: ...ique is the use of the [[left]]-hand [[thumb]] to fret notes on the bottom string, particularly on the...
    24: ...om [[Central Asia]], from whence several kinds of fretted long-necked [[chordophone]]s stem, including...
    26: ... Asian instruments described above. Similarly, [[fret]]s on earlier balalaikas were made of animal gu...
    28: ...particularly with the ''[[skomorokh]]s'', sort of free-lance musical [[jester]]s whose tunes ridiculed...
    30: ...l, is quite difficult to reconcile when one is confronted with the fact that at various times in Russi...
  25. Eurasia (4541 bytes)
    2: [[Image:Eurasia.jpg|right|thumb|African-Eurasian aspect of [[the Blue Marble|Earth]]]...
    3: ...organizations of or affairs concerning the [[post-Soviet states]].
    9: ...graphically separated from each other as they are from Europe.
    11: ...d into [[West Eurasia]] (often including [[North Africa]]) and [[East Eurasia]], and they are further ...
    13: ... most Asian migrants traditionally tended to come from the Pacific-rim countries, thus the contrasting...
  26. Africa (35389 bytes)
    1: ...graphic.jpg|thumb|A satellite composite image of Africa]]
    3: '''Africa''' is the [[world]]'s second-largest [[contine...
    6: ...onAfrica.png|thumb|World map showing location of Africa]]
    8: ...ontinent, as the [[Africa (province)|province of Africa]] with its capital [[Carthage]], corresponding...
    10: The origin of ''Afer'' may either come from:
  27. Europe (23835 bytes)
    6: ...the third largest continent after [[Asia]] and [[Africa]]. The population of Europe is roughly 705,500...
    13: ...which means "sunrise" and is the land to the east from a [[Mesopotamian]] perspective.
    18: ...g large colonial empires with vast holdings in [[Africa]], [[the Americas]], and [[Asia]].
    20: ...to power and set out on a conquest, forming a new French empire that soon collapsed. After these conqu...
    22: ...Economic Consequences|aftermath of World War I]]. From the end of [[World War II]] through the end of ...
  28. Asia (16910 bytes)
    4: ...defined by subtracting the [[Europe]]an peninsula from Eurasia. [[geology|Geologically]] and [[geograp...
    6: ...sia and Europe: the demarcation between Asia and Africa is the [[isthmus]] of [[Suez Canal|Suez]]. The...
    12: ...o the Semitic word 'erebu', which means "to set". From a Middle Eastern perspective, the east (Asia) i...
    24: ...rderline cases between Asia and Europe, Asia and Africa and Asia and Oceania.
    43: * Former [[Soviet]] states in the [[Caucasus]] region.
  29. United States (59108 bytes)
    36: established_dates = From [[Great Britain]]<br> [[July 4]], [[1776]]<br>[...
    58: ...on of the Americas]], [[thirteen colonies]] split from Great Britain and formed the United States, the...
    60: ... the [[Emancipation Proclamation]], mandating the freedom of all slaves in states in rebellion, though...
    62: ...e U.S. acquired a number of overseas possessions, from [[Cuba]] to the [[Philippines]], though it gave...
    66: ...two "[[superpower]]s". With the [[collapse of the Soviet Union]], the U.S. emerged as the world's leading ...
  30. Economy of Afghanistan (14517 bytes)
    1: ...cess to these basic necessities by prioritizing infrastructure development, education, housing develop...
    4: ...ed much of the underdeveloped country's limited infrastructure and disrupted normal patterns of econom...
    6: ... the IMF to US$6.5 billion, after adding proceeds from [[opium]] products.
    11: ...as did the disruption to transportation resulting from ongoing conflict.
    13: ...rated further due to damage and neglect resulting from war and the absence of an effective central gov...
  31. Ethiopia (20233 bytes)
    1: ...aintained independence during the [[Scramble for Africa]], and continued to do so until [[1936]], when...
    40: ...gdom|British]]) [http://www.civicwebs.com/cwvlib/africa/ethiopia/pankhurst/history_of_northern_ethiopi...
    59: ...at powers of his time. It was at this time that [[Frumentius]] introduced [[Christianity]] into the co...
    61: ...r]]), basing their claims on their direct descent from [[Solomon]] and the queen of [[Sheba]].
    67: ... the southern entrance of the Red Sea, was bought from the local sultan in March 1870 by an Italian co...
  32. Netherlands (35958 bytes)
    12: ...motto = ''Je Maintiendrai''<br>([[French language|French]]: "I will maintain")|
    14: ...es = [[Dutch language|Dutch]], [[Frisian language|Frisian]] <sup>1</sup> |
    40: established_dates = [[Eighty Years' War|From Spain]]<br/>[[May 23]], [[1568]]<br/>[[January ...
    64: After gaining formal independence from the [[Spanish Empire]] under [[Philip IV of Spa...
    68: ...xembourg seceded because its laws prevented women from becoming Head of State. Luxembourg turned to th...
  33. Turkmenistan (10788 bytes)
    34: | From [[Soviet Union]]<br/>&nbsp;[[October 27]], [[1991]]<br/>&n...
    48: ...tan''', once known as the ''[[Turkmen SSR|Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic]]'' is a country in [[Central ...
    52: ...has been populated since ancient times, as armies from one empire to another decamped on their way to ...
    60: ...epublics of the Soviet Union|republics]] of the [[Soviet Union]] in [[1924]]. At this time the modern bord...
    62: ...ndence. It has kept its [[Communist Party of the Soviet Union|Communist]] leader, [[Saparmurat Niyazov]] ...
  34. Kazakhstan (26806 bytes)
    1: ...an is also a former republic of the now extinct [[Soviet Union]].
    3: ...ww.stat.kz/en/info/stat-bul/stbr&e0303.pdf], down from 16,464,464 in [[1989]] [http://www.stat.kz/ru/d...
    49: | '''[[Collapse of the Soviet Union|Independence]]'''&nbsp;- Declared&nbsp;-
    50: | From [[Soviet Union]], [[December 16]], [[1991]]
    70: ...an since the [[1st century BC|first century BC]]. From the [[4th century|fourth century AD]] through t...
  35. Greece (54754 bytes)
    1: ...cially influential in [[Europe]], [[Asia]] and [[Africa]].
    11: ...#932;&#927;&#931;<br>''([[Greek language|Greek]]: Freedom or Death)''
    29: ...]'''<br>&nbsp;- Declared<br>&nbsp;- Recognised || From the [[Ottoman Empire]]<br/>[[25 March]] [[1821]...
    42: | '''[[National anthem]]''' || [[Hymn to Freedom]]
    52: ...especially influential in [[Europe]], [[Northern Africa]] and the [[Middle East]]. Today, Greece is a ...
  36. Azerbaijan (15031 bytes)
    2: ...h an eastern coast on the [[Caspian Sea]]. It has frontiers with [[Russia]] in the north, [[Georgia (c...
    39: | '''[[Collapse of the Soviet Union|Independence]]'''<br/>&nbsp;&ndash; Date
    40: | From [[Soviet Union]]<br/>&nbsp;[[30 August]] [[1991]]
    54: ...an." The most common theory is that it is derived from "Atropatan." [[Atropat]] was the [[satrap]] at ...
    71: ...ies]]. It also underwent a brief period of feudal fragmentation in the mid-18th to early 19th centurie...
  37. People's Republic of China (40848 bytes)
    1: ...y, it remains a one-party [[authoritarian]] state from its true communist days.
    15: ...time in a century, and there was development of infrastructure, industry, healthcare, and education, w...
    19: ...r. Mao remained head of the Party but was removed from day to day management of economic affairs which...
    23: ...ut) and a much wider range of personal rights and freedoms for average Chinese as evidence of the succ...
    27: ...ost Chinese dissidents living abroad, many people from Hong Kong or Taiwan, ethnic minorities like Tib...
  38. Germany (46412 bytes)
    1: ...[[Austria]] and [[Switzerland]], to the west by [[France]], [[Belgium]], the [[Netherlands]] and [[Lux...
    13: ...[[German language|German]]: Unity and Justice and Freedom)
    15: ...tschen]]<br>3rd stanza (''Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit'')
    51: ...[[Romany language|Romany]] and [[Frisian language|Frisian]] are officially recognised and protected as...
    61: ...[[prince-elector]]s of the [[Holy Roman Empire]]. From ''Bildatlas der Deutschen Geschichte'' by Dr Pa...
  39. Kyrgyzstan (23226 bytes)
    1: ... capital is [[Bishkek]]. Once a republic of the [[Soviet Union]], Kyrgyzstan has been independent since 19...
    35: sovereignty_type = [[History of the Soviet Union (1985-1991)|Independence]] |
    37: established_dates = From the [[Soviet Union]]<br> [[31 August]] [[1991]]<br> [[December...
    52: ...led along the [[Yenisey River]], where they lived from the [[6th century|6th]] until the [[8th century...
    56: ...lic]]. On [[December 5]], [[1936]], the [[Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic]] (SSR) was established as a f...
  40. Slovakia (19892 bytes)
    56: ...vs. Federal Republic of Germany or [[France]] vs. French Republic.
    63: ...tained a chain of outposts around the [[Danube]]. From 20 to 50 AD, the Kingdom of [[Vannius]], a barb...
    67: ...hs]] (from the 14th century), and [[Hungarians]] (from the late Middle Ages).
    69: A huge population loss resulted from the invasion of the [[Mongols]] in 1241 and the...
    71: ...especially in rural areas. As the Turks retreated from Hungary in the 18th century, Slovakia's influen...
  41. Romania (19812 bytes)
    57: ...g a derivate of the word "[[Ancient Rome|Roman]]" from [[Latin]]). Also, "''&#354;ara Romā®„asc&#259;'...
    62: ...er Emperor [[Trajan]] in two campaigns stretching from [[101]] to [[106]], and the core of their kingd...
    70: ...der direct military and economic control of the [[Soviet Union|USSR]] until 1958.
    72: ...equired the CDR to resign en masse after 200 days from a mixed coalition government (some members had ...
    164: ...tructural reform programme, but reform remained a frustrating stop-and-go process until [[2000]], when...
  42. Hungary (18459 bytes)
    57: ...lemagne]]. The decline of the kingdom of the East Franks, after the death of Charlemagne, was favourab...
    61: ...inus of Hungary|Matthias Corvinus]] ruled Hungary from 1458 to 1490. He strengthened Hungary and its g...
    63: ...oday's Hungary by the end of the [[17th century]] from the Ottoman Empire.
    65: ...n absolutism resulted in the unsuccessful popular freedom fight led by a Transylvanian nobleman, [[Fer...
    67: ...apse following [[World War I]]. Hungary separated from Austria on [[October 31]], [[1918]].
  43. Bangladesh (29715 bytes)
    34: | from [[Pakistan]]<br>[[March 26]] [[1971]]
    47: | '''[[National Fruit]]''' || [[Jackfruit]]
    65: ...], and there are even claims of social structures from around [[1000 BC]]. Early civilizations had Bud...
    67: ...ntrolled the region by the late [[18th century]], from which the [[United Kingdom|British]] extended [...
    69: ...ment of Pakistan changed the name of the province from [[East Bengal (province)|East Bengal]] to [[Eas...
  44. Tajikistan (10867 bytes)
    36: | '''[[Collapse of the Soviet Union|Independence]]'''<br/>&nbsp;&ndash; Date
    37: | From [[Soviet Union]]<br/>&nbsp;[[September 9]], [[1991]]
    51: ...90;&#1086;&#1085;), formerly known as the ''Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic'', is a country in [[Central A...
    60: ...ik SSR]], and it remained relatively behind other Soviet Republics in living conditions, education and ind...
    69: ...m to have been flawed, arrousing many accusations from opposition parties that President Emomali Rakhm...
  45. Vietnam (18265 bytes)
    6: ...[[People's Republic of China]] and the [[Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]] while the South was support...
    8: ...r Powers Resolution]] prevented the United States from defending South Vietnam. [[Fall of Saigon|Saigo...
    10: ...public of Vietnam."'' Refugees continued fleeing from Vietnam through the rest of the decade, and int...
    12: ...tnam invaded [[Cambodia]] and removed [[Pol Pot]] from power and into hiding, thereby decisively stabi...
    17: ...ut in practice it receives most of its directives from the party. Although there has been some effort ...
  46. Cuba (25106 bytes)
    10: ...ll Cubans.After some delay, a [[Constitution]] of Soviet inspiration was adopted in [[1976]].
    12: ...ge Nuclear Missiles were installed in Cuba by the Soviet Union and aimed at the USA. This led to an Intern...
    14: ... to the U.S., mostly aboard vessels that departed from the U.S. Eventually the U.S. stopped the flow ...
    16: ...eople, our country could not have survived the confrontation with imperialism".
    18: ...espite being denied access to [[development aid]] from the [[IMF]] and [[World Bank]] because Cuba is ...
  47. Finland (29511 bytes)
    1: ...[[Gulf of Bothnia]] to the west. Finland has land frontiers with [[Sweden]], [[Norway]] and [[Russia]]...
    33: | style="vertical-align: top;" | From [[Russia]]<br/>[[6 December]] [[1917]]<br/>[[22...
    51: ..., [[chisel]]s from [[Lake Onega]], and spearheads from North Scandinavia. Currently it is considered p...
    57: ...e and in Russian propaganda promising "liberation from Swedish oppression".
    63: ...and industrial workers who despite [[universal suffrage]] in [[1906]] had found themselves without pol...
  48. Pakistan (74854 bytes)
    39: established_dates = From the [[United Kingdom]]<br />[[1947-08-14]]<br /...
    62: ...nions of the divided Greek empire of [[Bactria]] (from the areas of the [[Panjshir province|Panjshir]]...
    64: The Kushan kingdom stretched from modern-day [[Uzbekistan]] to northwestern India...
    69: ... by the [[Mughals]] from [[1526]] until [[1739]]. From 1739 until the early [[19th century]] the entir...
    72: ... the British by the Muslim leader [[Tipu Sultan]] from 1749 to 1799 left the remnants of the Mughal Em...
  49. Israel (51605 bytes)
    1: ...ia]], [[Jordan]], and [[Egypt]] (listed clockwise from north to south). Israel shares the coastlines o...
    38: established_dates = From the League of Nations mandate administered by t...
    60: ...ncia [[Syria Palaestina]]'', a Greek name derived from ''[[Philistine]]'' ([[Hebrew language|Hebrew]] ...
    68: ...], before becoming part of the [[Ottoman Empire]] from 1517 until 1918. Throughout the centuries the s...
    73: ...nd. The Jewish population in the region increased from 11% of the population in 1922 to 30% by [[1940]...
  50. Afghanistan (23568 bytes)
    36: | From [[United Kingdom|the British]]<br>[[1919]]
    55: ...Afghanistan. The remainder of the name originates from the [[Persian language|Persian]] word ''st&#257...
    64: ...ans. The Mohammadzay furnished the Saddozay kings frequently with top counsellors, who served occasion...
    70: ... years later in [[1989]]. For more details, see [[Soviet invasion of Afghanistan]].
    72: ...an were able to capture 90% of the country, aside from [[Northern Alliance]] strongholds primarily in ...

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