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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.
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.
Posted April 16, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2012
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