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Overview

This compelling text explores the development of China and Japan through their art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history. The author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of East Asia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780155055698
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 12/1/1988
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad Schirokauer currently serves as Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University as well as Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. In addition to A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CIVILIZATIONS (and its separate volumes on China and Japan), he has published articles on Song intellectual history and served as co-editor (with Robert Hymes) of ORDERING THE WORLD: APPROACHES TO STATE AND SOCIETY IN SUNG DYNASTY CHINA and as translator of CHINA'S EXAMINATION HELL, by Miyazaki Ichisada.

Miranda Brown received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of History, University of California, Berkeley. She is Associate Professor of Asian Languages & Cultures in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her research and publications span the fields of early Chinese cultural and social history and the history of medicine.

David Lurie received a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from Columbia University. He teaches Japanese history and literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. His research concerns the history of writing systems in Japan, and more broadly, in pre-modern East Asia. David Lurie also works on the cultural and intellectual history of Japan through the Heian period. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled "Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing" and is also working on a project analyzing the interconnections among biography, historiography, education, and the production and circulation of texts in Nara and Heian period Japan.

Suzanne Gay is Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. Her research interests include the social and economic history of medieval Japan, with a particular emphasis on the role of commoners in history. Her monography, THE MONEYLENDERS OF LATE MEDIEVAL KYOTO, was published by University of Hawaii Press in 2001. She is currently working on the history of two merchant families of medieval Kyoto, and her next project will focus on commerce and pilgrimage in the Oyamazaki area southwest of Kyoto.

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Table of Contents

PART I: THE CLASSICAL CIVILIZATION OF CHINA. 1. "China" in Antiquity. 2. Turbulent Times and Classical Thought. 3. The Early Imperial Period. PART II: CHINA AND JAPAN IN A BUDDHIST AGE. 4. China during the Period of Disunity. 5. The Cosmopolitan Civilization of the Sui and Tang: 584-907. 6. Early Japan to 794. 7. Heian Japan. PART III: A NEW AND CRUCIAL PHASE. 8. China during the Song: 960-1279. 9. The Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty. 10. The Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644. 11. The Kamakura Period in Japan. 12. Muromachi Japan. 13. East Asia and Modern Europe: First Encounters. PART IV: LAST DYNASTIES 14. Tokugawa: Background, Establishment, and Middle Years. 15. The Qing Dynasty. Part V: China and Japan in the Modern World. 16. China: The Troubled Nineteenth Century. 17. Japan: Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 1787-1873. 18. The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874-1894. 19. China: Endings and Beginnings, 1894-1927. 20. Imperial Japan: 1895-1931. 21. The 1930s and World War II. PART VI: EAST ASIA SINCE WORLD WAR II. 22. The Aftermath of the War and Unfinished Business. 23. China under Mao. 24. The Chinese World since Mao. 25. The New Japan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    A good overview of Chinese and Japanese history

    My older brother had this book in college when he took a class on Asian history. Because I have an interest in this stuff, he gave me his book to read. I should note that this is the edition from 1989, and a newer edition was published not too long ago. Most of the information should be the same, but anything from 1989 on (which probably means a revision to the final chapter) will be new. The basic purpose of this book is to provide a brief survey of Chinese and Japanese history from roughly 1000 B.C. to the current time. Each chapter covers a specific era of time, however it is most conveniently measured by historians, and most of the time a chapter covers either China or Japan, often jumping back and forth from chapter to chapter. The only overlap occurs when both civilizations had significant interaction, such as leading up to World War II. The book does a good job of covering basic history, including artistic and cultural history, not just wars and emperors. It was interesting to see how Buddhism is even more splintered than Christianity, with many different sects and divisions springing up over time, and the way that it travelled around East Asia. Overall, a good starting book on the subject, though it stops in 1988, so events since that time (Tianenmen Square massacre, Japanese recession) are not covered.

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