Contains the electronic versions of 80 books previously published in hard copy as part of the Country Studies Series by the Federal Research Division. Intended for a general audience, books in the series present a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of select countries throughout the world. Sectarianism in the Middle East Increasingly, policy decisions are being made based on the assump-tions that the Middle East is riven by a purely dualistic sectarian war between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, that sectarian identity is immu-table, and that the underlying sectarian problems in the region are intractable. 4. The liberation of the Philippines with the consequent collapse of the enemy's imperial concept of a Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and the reintroduction of democracy in the Far East. 5. The liberation of our captured officers and men and of internees held in the Philippines. 6. A crippling blow to the Japanese Army, Navy, and Air force.
The Mauryan empire has vanished, and ancient India sees a new chapter in its history with invasions from Central Asia. Read on The Kushana empire of ancient India is important to world history as a centre for the spread of Buddhism. The Mughal Empire, Mogul or Moghul Empire, was an early-modern empire in South Asia. For some two centuries, the empire stretched from the outer fringes of the Indus basin in the west, northern Afghanistan in the northwest, and Kashmir in the north, to the highlands of present-day Assam and Bangladesh in the east, and the uplands of the Deccan plateau in south India.