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

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107544895

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  • Charles Holcombe begins 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, Korea and Vietnam - 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. This shared past is at the heart of this ambitious book, which traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the twenty-first century. The second edition has been imaginatively revised and expanded to place emphasis on cross-cultural interactions and connections, both within East Asia and beyond, with new material on Vietnam and modern pop culture. The second edition also features a Chinese character list, additional maps and new illustrations.

    • An introduction to East Asia from the dawn of history to the present by a premier scholar in the field
    • Features multiple illustrations, maps, a glossary, a pronunciation guide and a timeline
    • The second edition has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout, with new chapters on Vietnam, new material on modern pop culture and a Chinese character list
    • Emphasis has been placed on cross-cultural interactions and connections, both within East Asia and beyond
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of first edition: '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, University of Victoria, British Columia

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107544895
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus. 22 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of maps
    Pronunciation guide
    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 (seventh–tenth centuries)
    5. Mature independent trajectories (tenth–sixteenth centuries)
    6. Early modern East Asia (sixteenth–eighteenth centuries)
    7. Dai Viet (Vietnam before the nineteenth century)
    8. The nineteenth-century encounter of civilizations
    9. The age of Westernization (1900–29)
    10. The Dark Valley (1930–45)
    11. Japan since 1945
    12. Korea since 1945
    13. Vietnam since 1945
    14. China since 1945
    Character list

  • 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 BC–AD 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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