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Short History of Asia (Second Edition) / Edition 2

Short History of Asia (Second Edition) / Edition 2

by Colin Mason
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The peoples of Asia now make up more than half of the world's population. They are increasingly well-educated, and successful in every area of modern trade and technology. Their influence in the rest of the world is also becoming greater. Colin Mason provides a readable and clear introduction to their history and traditions, from prehistory right up to the present day. This thoroughly revised, updated and expanded new edition includes the substantial changes and additions made necessary by the fast-changing scene in Asia, particularly China's increasing prominence in world affairs. There are new chapters on Afghanistan and Taiwan, and on World War Two and its significance in Asia, as well as extensive reworking of the chapters on the nations of South Asia. Maps and illustrations now also enrich the text throughout, making this the essential guide to the history of a fascinating continent and its peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403936127
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/12/2005
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.51(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
• List of Illustrations
• Introduction
• Prehistory and the First Indian Civilisations
• The Development of Indian Culture
• Early South-East Asia
• China: The Eternal Nation
• Early Japan and the Tang Dynasty in China
• The Awakening of Europe and the Challenge of Islam
• Floodtide in China: The Song, Mongol and Ming Dynasties
• China: Ebbtide
• The Three Makers of Japan and the Tokugawa Period
• The Dominators and the Dominated
• South-East Asia: The European and Chinese Incursions and Later History of the Mainland Peoples
• The Malay World: Majapahit and Malacca
• Indonesia: The Last Independent Kingdoms and the Extension of Dutch Rule
• India Under Two Masters: The Grand Moguls and the East India Company
• Gandhi's India: The Struggle for Liberty
• World War Two and the End of Empire
• South Asia: Freedom, Partition and Tragedy
• Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan
• China: Two Revolutions
• Modern China: The Communist State
• Indonesia: Sukarno and After
• Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
• Japan: The Iron Triangle
• Thailand: Two Hats - The Struggle for Democracy
• The Philippines: Trouble in Paradise
• Korea: Divided Nation
• Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
• Burma: Rule By the Gun
• Asia - Today and Tomorrow
• Suggested Further Reading
• Index

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Short History Of Asia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
matthew254 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For anyone looking to get more than just a glance at some gorgeous history, this is a great starting point. Although the book claims to be a short history, one should already have a decent understanding of at least one of the countries in which to weave this intricate web of history around. In my case, my focus is Korea.Allow this book to be the launching point in which to study a specific region or country. It lays the groundwork for future study by being brief yet detailed. The author holds your attention just long enough to paint a beautiful portrait.Speaking of the author, if anyone should be qualified to write this book, it's Colin Mason. His journalistic approach to writing is elegant, thoughtful and diplomatic. Not to mention his personal stories that accompany some of the most interesting moments in modern Asian history. He keeps his opinions fairly grounded and objectively presents a striking history.The book's faults include a horribly messy map, a small handful of unrelated photos and an occasional reference of huge importance that gets only two sentences. Otherwise, this chronological look at Asia is well worth your time.