Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture

Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture

by John Bowman

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Containing more information on Asian culture than any other English-language reference work, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture is the first of its kind: a set of more than thirty chronologies for all the countries of Asia—East, South, Southeast, and Central—from the Paleolithic era through 1998. Each entry is clearly dated and, unlike most chronologies found in standard history texts, the entries are complete and detailed enough to provide virtually a sequential history of the vast and rich span of Asian cultures. The contributing writers and editors have ensured the book's usefulness to general readers by identifying individuals and groups, locating places and regions, explaining events and movements, and defining unfamiliar words and concepts.

The thirty-two chronologies on individual countries, in conjunction with a detailed index, allow readers to find specific information quickly and efficiently, whether they seek the date for the invention of the iron plow or gunpowder, the fall of the Han Dynasty in China, or Ho Chi Minh's declarations of Vietnamese independence. This invaluable reference culminates with three appendices: "National/Independence Days," "Scientific-Technological Achievements in Asia," and "Asia: A Chronological Overview," which provides an accessible summary of key events and developments in various fields of activity throughout the continent.

The Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture features:

• three discrete chronologies on (1) Politics/History, (2) Art/Culture/Religion, and (3) Science/Economics/Everyday Life for each of Asia's three major cultures—China, India, and Japan—as well as a combined chronology for each of the other nations;

• detailed entries of thousands of historical events as well as important milestones in religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts;

• entries on technological developments and natural events (famines, floods, etc.) affecting the lives of ordinary people; and

• authoritative and accessibly written entries by a team of Asian scholars from Columbia, Harvard, and other major research universities.

Beyond its detailed accounting of Asia's political history, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture also gives full recognition to religious, intellectual, artistic, and general cultural achievements, as well as to scientific, technological, industrial, agricultural, and economic developments. Concise yet complete, it will stand as an indispensable reference work in the field of Asian studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231500043
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/05/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Lexile: 1130L (what's this?)
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

John Bowman has been an editor and writer for over forty years, beginning at Natural History Magazine and then at the Book of Knowledge before becoming an independent editor. Among the many works he has edited are The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, The Almanac of the Vietnam War, and Chronicle of the Twentieth Century. He contributed chronologies of Asian religions to the Chronology of World Religions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Asia at a Glance
Arts, Culture, Thought, and Religion
Science-Technology, Economics, and Everyday Life
The World
1. East Asia
China: Political History
China: Arts, Culture, Thought, and Religion
China: Science-Technology, Economics, and Everyday Life
Japan: Political History
Japan: Arts, Culture, Thought, and Religion
Japan: Science-Technology, Economics, and Everyday Life
Hong Kong
2. South Asia
India: Political History
India: Arts, Culture, Thought, and Religion
India: Science-Technology, Economics, and Everyday Life
Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
3. Southeast Asia
Myanmar (Burma)
4. Central Asia
Central Asian Republics
Appendix 1: National/Independence Days
Appendix 2: Scientific-Technological Achievements in Asia

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