A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century

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Cambridge University Press, 2011 - History - 430 pages
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Charles Holcombe begins his extraordinarily ambitious book by asking the question "What is East Asia?" In the modern age, many of the features that made the region - now defined as including China, Japan, and Korea - distinct have been submerged by the effects of revolution, politics, or globalization. Yet, as an ancient civilization, the region had both an historical and cultural coherence. It shared, for example, a Confucian heritage, some common approaches to Buddhism, a writing system that is deeply imbued with ideas and meaning, and many political and institutional traditions. This shared past and the interconnections among three distinct, yet related societies are at the heart of this book, which traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the early twenty-first century. Charles Holcombe is an experienced and sure-footed guide who encapsulates, in a fast-moving and colorful narrative, the vicissitudes and glories of one of the greatest civilizations on earth.
 

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Contents

What IsEast Asia?
1
1 The Origins of Civilization in East Asia
11
2 The Formative Era
30
3 The Age of Cosmopolitanism
58
China Korea and Japan SeventhTenth Centuries
91
5 Mature Independent Trajectories TenthSixteenth Centuries
126
6 Early Modern East Asia SixteenthEighteenth Centuries
160
7 The NineteenthCentury Encounter of Civilizations
190
9 The Dark Valley 19301945
255
10 Japan since 1945
277
11 Korea since 1945
295
12 China since 1945
313
Afterword
349
Notes
353
Bibliography
377
Index
405

8 The Age of Westernization 19001929
230

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About the author (2011)

Charles Holcombe is Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa. His publications include The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907 (2001) and In the Shadow of the Han: Literati Thought and Society at the Start of the Southern Dynasties (1994).

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