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East Asia : A Cultural, Social, and Political History



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    East Asia A Cultural, Social, and Political History
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    East Asia A Cultural, Social, and Political History


Designed for the East Asian history course, this text features the latest scholarship on the region's cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history. Coverage is balanced among East Asian countries, with approximately 20 percent of the text focused on Korea, an area that has become increasingly important in world politics. Special attention is devoted to gender and material culture, themes are reinforced through the text's pedagogical features. Full color inserts on topics such as food, clothing, and art objects illustrate the rich artistic heritage of East Asia and bolster the coverage of material culture. Features include a range of primary source documents on topics such as women's independence and students-turned-soldiers, and biographical sketches throughout the text highlight the lives of popular figures and ordinary people. "Connections" features provide an international context for the history of East Asia, including topics such the origin and spread of Buddhism and a global perspective of World War II.

Table of Contents

The Foundations of East Asian Civilization in China Connections: The Prehistory of East Asia
China in the Bronze Age: The Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties (ca. 1500-771 B.C.E.)
Philosophers and Warring States During the Eastern Zhou Period (770-256 B.C.E.)
The Founding of the Bureaucratic Empire: Qin-Han China (256 B.C.E.-200 C.E.) Connections: Buddhism in India and Its Spread Along the Silk Road
Political Division in China and the Spread of Buddhism (200-580)
The Cosmopolitan Empires of Sui and Tang China (581-960)
The Emergence of East Asian Civilization Connections: Cultural Contact across Eurasia (600-900)
Early Korea to 935
Early State and Society in Japan (to 794)
China Among Equals: Song, Liao, Xia, and Jin
Heian Japan (794-ca. 1180) Connections: The Mongols
The Koryo Dynasty (935-1392)
Kamakura Japan (1180-1333)
China Under Mongol Rule (1215-1368)
Meeting New Challenges (1300-1800)
Japan's Middle Ages (1330-1600)
The Ming Empire in China (1368-1644)
Choson Korea (1392-1800) Connections: Europe Enters the Scene
The Manchu Empire (1600-1800)
Edo Japan (1603-1800)
The Age of Western Imperialism (1800-1900) Connections: Western Imperialism (1800-1900)
China in Decline (1800-1900)
Japan in Turmoil (1800-1867)
Meiji Transformation (1868-1900)
Korea in the Turbulent Nineteenth Century (1800-1895)
EastAsia in the Modern World
Rise of Modern Japan (1900-1931)
Modernizing Korea and Colonial Rule (1896-1945)
Remaking China (1900-1927) Connections: World War II
War and Revolution, China (1927-1949)
Intensified Contact and Divergent Paths
War and Aftermath in Japan (1931-1964)
China Under Mao (1949-1976)
China Since Mao (1976 to the Present)
Korea (1945 to the Present)
Contemporary Japan (1965 to the Present) Connections: East Asia in the Twenty-First Century
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