A Short History of Asia

A Short History of Asia

by Colin Mason

Hardcover(Third Edition, Revised)

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The nations of Asia now make up more than half of the world's population. With increasingly affluent, educated middle classes and vigorous, innovative industries, they are more populous and powerful than ever before, and their influence on the rest of the world is only growing. Colin Mason provides a clear, readable introduction to their histories and traditions, from the Stone Age right up to the present day.

This thoroughly revised, updated and expanded third edition contains new chapters on Mongolia, Nepal and Bhutan, separate expanded chapters on the South Asian nations, and revised chapters on all the modern states. A new introduction explores the nature and implications of the new politics of 'guided democracy', and the current clash between industrialisation and the consequences of climate change. Enriched with maps and a guide to further reading, this book is the essential guide to the history of a fascinating continent and its peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137340597
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Edition description: Third Edition, Revised
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Colin Mason has been Chief Correspondent in Asia for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a diplomat, a senator and leader of his party in the Senate.

Table of Contents

List of Maps.- 1. Introduction.- PART I: BEFORE IMPERIALISM 2. Prehistory and the first Indian Civilizations.- 3. The Development of Indian Culture: Hinduism and Buddhism.- 4. Early South-East Asia: The Ships from India.- 5. China: The Eternal Nation.- 6. Early Japan and the Tang Dynasty in China.- 7. The Awakening of Europe and the Challenge of Islam.- 8. Floodtide in China: The Song, Mongol and Ming Dynasties.- 9. China: Ebb Tide.- 10. The Three Makers of Japan and the Tokugawa Period.- PART II: THE 'WHITE MAN'S BURDEN' 11. The Dominators and the Dominated.- 12. South-East Asia: The European and Chinese Impacts.- 13. The Malay World: Majapahit and Malacca.- 14. Indonesia: The Last Independent Kingdoms and the Extension of Dutch Rule.- 15. India Under Two Masters: The Grand Moguls and the East India Company.- 16. Gandhi's India: The Struggle for Liberty.- PART III: THE MODERN NATIONS 17. The Second World War and the End of Empire.- 18. South Asia: Freedom and Poverty.- 19. India.- 20. Pakistan.- 21. Bangladesh.- 22. Afghanistan.- 23. The Mountain States: Nepal and Bhutan.- 24. Sri Lanka.- 25. China: Two Revolutions.- 26. Modern China: The Communist State.- 27. Mongolia.- 28. Indonesia and Timor Leste.- 29. Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.- 30. Japan: The Iron Triangle.- 31. Thailand: Two Hats – The Struggle for Democracy.- 32. The Philippines: Trouble in Paradise.- 33. Korea: Divided Nation.- 34. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.- 35. Burma: Rule By the Gun.- 36. The Asian Century?.- Suggested Further Reading.- Index.

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