A History of East Asia

From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century

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  • 9780521515955
  • 9781107496002
  • 9781107501614
Charles Holcombe begins this 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 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 twenty-first century. Charles Holcombe is an experienced guide who encapsulates, in a fast-moving and colorful narrative, the vicissitudes and glories of one of the greatest civilizations on earth.
  • Cambridge University Press; November 2010
  • ISBN 9781107496002
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  • Title: A History of East Asia
  • Author: Charles Holcombe
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521515955
  • 9781107496002
  • 9781107501614

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"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

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780521515955
  • 9781107496002
  • 9781107501614