Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture

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John Stewart Bowman
Columbia University Press, 2000 - History - 751 pages
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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.

  

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This reference work breaks new ground in the scope of its coverage, both historic and geographic; its 32 chronologies span from 2,000,000 B.C.E. to 1998 C.E. and include not only China, Japan, and ... Read full review

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Contents

POLITICAL HISTORY
vii
ARTS CULTURE THOUGHT AND RELIGION
63
SCIENCETECHNOLOGY ECONOMICS AND EVERYDAY LIFE
83
POLITICAL HISTORY
102
ARTS CULTURE THOUGHT AND RELIGION
146
SCIENCETECHNOLOGY ECONOMICS AND EVERYDAY LIFE
163
Korea
177
Taiwan
209
Southeast Asia
391
Brunei
393
Cambodia
399
Indonesia
420
Laos
436
Malaysia
449
Myanmar Burma
460
Philippines
472

Hong Kong
220
Macau Macao
228
South Asia
233
POLITICAL HISTORY
235
ARTS CULTURE THOUGHT AND RELIGION
309
SCIENCETECHNOLOGY ECONOMICS AND EVERYDAY LIFE
339
Pakistan
354
Bangladesh
363
Bhutan
368
Maldives
373
Nepal
377
Sri Lanka Ceylon
384
Singapore
485
Thailand
490
Vietnam
505
Central Asia
529
Mongolia
531
Central Asian Republics
550
Tibet
561
NationalIndependence Days
567
ScientificTechnological Achievements in Asia
574
Asian History A Chronological Overview
587
INDEX
663
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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.

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