A History of Asia is the only text to cover the area known as "monsoon Asia" - India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia--from the earliest times to the present. Written by leading scholar Rhoads Murphey, the book uses an engaging, lively tone to chronicle the complex political, social, intellectual, and economic histories of this area. Popular because of its scope and coverage, as well as its illustrations, maps, and many boxed primary sources, the new edition of A History of Asia continues as a leader in its field.
Rhoads Murphey was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Michigan. Professor Murphey completed his doctorate in Far Eastern History and Geography (joint degree) at Harvard University in 1950 and joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1964. He specialized in modern Chinese history, the history of agriculture in Asia, modern Indian history, and geography.
Contents by Country or Region. List of Maps. List of Documents. Preface. Author's Note to the Reader. About the Author. A Note on the Spelling of Asian Names and Words. Wade-Giles/Pinyin Equivalents. Map: Monsoon Asia. Chronology. Introduction: Monsoon Asia as a Unit of Study 1. Prehistoric Asia. 2. Asian Religions And Their Cultures. 3. The Traditional Societies Of Asia. 4. The Civilization Of Ancient India. 5. The Civilization Of Ancient China. 6. Medieval India. 7. Early And Medieval Southeast Asia. 8. China: A Golden Age. 9. Early, Classical, And Medieval Japan And Korea. 10. Mughal India And Central Asia. 11. New Imperial Splendor In China: The Ming Dynasty. 12. The West Arrives In Asia. 13. Manchu China And Tokugawa Japan. 14. The Rise Of British Power In India. 15. The Triumph Of Imperialism In Asia. 16. Subjugation, Nationalism, And Revolution In China And India. 17. The Struggle For Asia , 1920-1945. 18. Revival And Revolution In Japan And China. 19. Korea And Southeast Asia In The Modern World. 20. South Asia : Independence, Political Division, And Development. 21. Asia In The Twenty-First Century. Acknowledgments. Index.
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