Asia A Concise History

ISBN-10: 0470825049

ISBN-13: 9780470825044

Edition: 2011

Authors: Arthur Cotterell

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Utterly unique in offering an overview of Asian history in a single volume, this study at long last provides the general reader with a means of understanding the heritage of a continent in which the majority of mankind resides. It traces the emergence of the world's very first civilization in Mesopotamia around 3000 BC, through the rise and fall of ancient great powers like Assyria and Persia; then marvels at the richness and diversity of the medieval states which flourished after the advent of Islam; and finally explores the modern transformation triggered by the lightning conquests of imperial Japan. The great events and figures of Asian history are discussed along with the monumental remains which bear witness to their times: the ziggurats of Iraq, the Ajanta caves, the mosques of Isfahan, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the temple complex of Angkor, and the sacred monument of Borobodur.
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Book details

List price: $42.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd Pacific
Publication date: 4/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 450
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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Ancient Asia
Ancient West Asia
The First Civilisation: Sumer
The Great Empires: Babylon, Assyria and Persia
Understanding the World: Religion and Myth
Endgame: Greco-Roman Europe Versus Persian Asia
Ancient South Asia
Asia's Second Civilisation: The Indus Valley
Epic India: The Aryan Invasion
The Buddhist Revolution: The Mauryan Empire
The Age of Invasion: From the Bactrians to the Huns
Ancient East Asia
The Cradle of the East: The Shang Dynasty
Classical China: The Zhou Dynasty
Imperial Unification: The Qin and Former Han Emperors
Imperial Crisis: The Failure of the Later Han
Ancient Central Asia
The Steppe: An Intercontinental Highway
Nomads: The Scourge of the Sown
The Spread of Buddhism: The First Pan-Asian Faith
The Great Raid: Attila the Hun
Medieval Asia
Medieval West Asia
Islam: The Second Pan-Asian Faith
The Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates
The Coming of the Seljuks
The Crusades
Safavid Persia
The Ottoman Empire
Medieval South Asia
The Arrival of Islam
The Hindu and Buddhist Kingdoms
The Mughal Empire
European Rivalry
The British Triumph
Medieval East Asia
Tang and Song China
Confucian Korea
Feudal Japan
The Ming Revival
Medieval Central Asia
The Turks and the Qidans
The Tibetan Empire
The Mongol Empire
Tamerlane, the Sword of Islam
The Manchu Conquests
Medieval Southeast Asia
Independent Vietnam
The Khmer Empire
The Kingdoms of Burma
The Island Powers: Srivijaya, Mataram and Majapahit
The Slow Spread of Islam
The Advent of European Power
The Rise of the Thai
Modern Asia
Modern West Asia
The Fall of the Ottoman Empire
Between World Wars
The Founding of Israel
Syria, Lebanon and Jordan
Iraq versus Iran
Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States
Modern Turkey
Modern South Asia
The British Raj
The Indian Mutiny
The End of Company Rule
Gandhi and Indian Nationalism
Independence and Partition
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
Modern East Asia
China's Humiliation
Japanese Imperialism
The People's Republic of China
The Korean War
The Rise of the Pacific Rim
Modern Central Asia
The Russian Advance
The Great Game
Afghanistan, the Land of Bones
Siberia and Mongolia
The Central Asian Republics
Modern Southeast Asia
The Dutch East Indies
The British Possessions
French Indochina and Thailand
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
Post-War Decolonisation
The Republic of Indonesia
The Tragedy of Vietnam
Filipino Democracy
Postscript: The Rise of Present-Day Asia
Further Reading
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