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

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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from December 2015
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521731645

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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.

    • An introduction to East Asia from the dawn of history to the present by a premier scholar in the field
    • Emphasizes connections between China, Japan and Korea, as well as wider Eurasian and global currents
    • Features illustrations, maps, a glossary, a pronunciation guide, a timeline and a bibliography
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "For general readers and interested students alike, this book will be a delight. Holcombe has a good eye and ear for what is historically important, and his coherent narrative thread connects the chapters of his book like the beads of a necklace" - David Curtis Wright, Department of History, University of Calgary

    “Holcombe’s book is going to be a very important text for undergraduates and general readers looking for a fresh approach to East Asian history. He takes the reader through all the requisite periods and places, yet does so in ways which bring out new insights and connections. Holcombe engages with important themes in current scholarship and shows how they are really relevant to better understanding the complex and diverse history of this critical region. His approach to synchronous developments across China, Korea and Japan, and the ways in which the historical narratives of these countries interact with each other, make this a most useful and enlightening book.” - Ken Hammond, Professor of East Asian History, New Mexico State University

    “Treading a line between the emerging field of transnational history and a more traditional regional history, Holcombe has written a valuable and impressive guide to the histories of East Asia. The historical and regional scope, reaching from the ancient past to the ultra-modern present, is unprecedented in a volume of this size. Students of East Asia and of international history will find this book essential reading.” - Chris Goto-Jones, Professor and Director of the Modern East Asia Research Centre, Leiden University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521731645
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 14 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from December 2015
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: what is East Asia?
    1. The origins of civilization in East Asia
    2. The formative era
    3. The age of cosmopolitanism
    4. The creation of a community: China, Korea, and Japan (7th–10th centuries)
    5. Mature independent trajectories (10th–16th centuries)
    6. Early-modern East Asia (16th–18th centuries)
    7. The nineteenth-century encounter of civilizations
    8. The age of Westernization (1900–29)
    9. The dark valley (1930–45)
    10. Japan since 1945
    11. Korea since 1945
    12. China since 1945

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Asia Pacific World
    • Asia since 1800
    • Asian Civilizations I & ll
    • Asian Economic Development
    • Asian History
    • Asian Memoirs
    • Asian Nation Studies
    • China
    • China and Japan from 1800
    • China in Transofrmation
    • Chinese Civilization
    • Chinese culture & Korean culture
    • Civilization of East Asia
    • Civilizations of Asia
    • Classical Asian Civilizations
    • Cultural Area Studies: East Asia
    • Cultures of Asia
    • Early East Asia
    • East Asia
    • East Asia Since 1800
    • East Asia Survey
    • East Asia Through the Ages
    • East Asia in the World
    • East Asia to 1600
    • East Asia to 1800
    • East Asia to 1850
    • East Asia: An Introduction
    • East Asia: Crimes of Modernity
    • East Asia: The Great Tradition
    • East Asian Civilizations
    • East Asian Civilizations and Societies
    • East Asian Diplomacy
    • East Asian History
    • East Asian Ideas, Inventions, Technology
    • East Asian Traditions, Modern East Asia
    • Empires of East Asia
    • Far Eastern Art
    • Foundations in East Asian Studies and History of Modern East Asia
    • Foundations of East Asian Studies
    • From China to Rome
    • Gov't and politics of East Asia
    • Great Asian Civilizations
    • History and Culture of Asia
    • History and Culture of East Asia
    • History of Asia
    • History of East Asia
    • History of East Asia to 1800
    • History of East Asia, History of Modern East Asia
    • History of Japan
    • History of Modern East Asia
    • History of Premodern East Asia
    • History of Traditional East Asia, History of Modern East Asia
    • History of the far East
    • Intro to Asian Studies
    • Introducation to East Asian History
    • Introduction to Asia
    • Introduction to Asian History
    • Introduction to East Asia
    • Introduction to East Asian Civilizations
    • Introduction to East Asian Culture
    • Introduction to East Asian History I & ll
    • Introduction to East Asian Studies
    • Introduction to Traditional Asia, Introduciton to Modern Asia
    • Legacy of Asia
    • Modern Asian Civilizations
    • Modern Asian Pacific Rim
    • Modern China
    • Modern China and Japan
    • Modern China: From Empire to Economic Giant
    • Modern East Asia
    • Modern East Asia Through Film and Literature
    • Northeast Asia in the 21st Century
    • People, Culture and Society of Pacific Asia; Peoples of Asia
    • Peoples and Cultures of Asia (Taught at ELAC)
    • Perspectives On Asia
    • Philosophies of China and Japan
    • Popular Culture of Japan
    • Portraits in Asian History
    • Premodern East Asia
    • Premodern and/or Modern East Asia
    • Proseminar on East Asia
    • Scope and Methods in East Asian Studies
    • Seast Aian History Survey
    • Silk Roads and Maritime Highways
    • Survey of Chinese History (Traditional and Modern Era)
    • Survey of East Asia
    • Survey of East Asian Civilization
    • Survey of East Asian History
    • Teaching about Asia
    • The Far East in Modern Times; also a possible new course in early East Asia
    • Traditional East Asian History and Modern East Asian History
    • U.S. in East & Southeast Asia
    • World History I & ll
    • World History I: to 1500
  • Author

    Charles Holcombe, University of Northern Iowa
    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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