Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture

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Columbia University Press, 2000 - 751 pages
Containing more information on Asian culture than any other English-language reference work, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture is the first of its kind: a set of more than thirty chronologies for all the countries of Asia--East, South, Southeast, and Central--from the Paleolithic era through 1998. Each entry is clearly dated and, unlike most chronologies found in standard history texts, the entries are complete and detailed enough to provide virtually a sequential history of the vast and rich span of Asian cultures. The contributing writers and editors have ensured the book's usefulness to general readers by identifying individuals and groups, locating places and regions, explaining events and movements, and defining unfamiliar words and concepts.

The thirty-two chronologies on individual countries, in conjunction with a detailed index, allow readers to find specific information quickly and efficiently, whether they seek the date for the invention of the iron plow or gunpowder, the fall of the Han Dynasty in China, or Ho Chi Minh's declarations of Vietnamese independence. This invaluable reference culminates with three appendices: "National/Independence Days," "Scientific-Technological Achievements in Asia," and "Asia: A Chronological Overview," which provides an accessible summary of key events and developments in various fields of activity throughout the continent.

The Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture features:

* three discrete chronologies on (1) Politics/History, (2) Art/Culture/Religion, and (3) Science/Economics/Everyday Life for each of Asia's three major cultures--China, India, and Japan--as well as a combined chronology for each of the other nations;

* detailed entries of thousands of historical events as well as important milestones in religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts;

* entries on technological developments and natural events (famines, floods, etc.) affecting the lives of ordinary people; and

* authoritative and accessibly written entries by a team of Asian scholars from Columbia, Harvard, and other major research universities.

Beyond its detailed accounting of Asia's political history, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture also gives full recognition to religious, intellectual, artistic, and general cultural achievements, as well as to scientific, technological, industrial, agricultural, and economic developments. Concise yet complete, it will stand as an indispensable reference work in the field of Asian studies.
 

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This reference work breaks new ground in the scope of its coverage, both historic and geographic; its 32 chronologies span from 2,000,000 B.C.E. to 1998 C.E. and include not only China, Japan, and ... Read full review

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In page 601, it is written that Korean admiral Yi sunsin (Visunsin) made the first ironclad ship. A number of western people makes mistake, confusing the letter 'Yi' and 'Vi'.
Since 'Yi Sunsin' is
the only accurate spelling, I suggest to delete the term 'Visunsi' written next to the right spelling.
To add, surname comes first in Korean names. So 'Sunsin' is the admiral's name, while 'Yi' is his surname. Therefore, 'Sunsin Yi' would be the most proper way to write his name in English grammar.
 

Contents

China Political History
3
Japan Political History
118
Korea
193
Taiwan
225
Hong Kong
236
Macau Macao
244
India Political History
251
Pakistan
370
Laos
452
Malaysia
465
Myanmar Burma
476
Philippines
488
Singapore
501
Thailand
506
Vietnam
521
central asia
545

Bangladesh
379
Bhutan
384
Maldives
389
Nepal
393
Sri Lanka Ceylon
400
southeast asia
407
Brunei
409
Cambodia
415
Indonesia
436
Mongolia
547
Central Asian Republics
566
Tibet
577
NationalIndependence Days
583
ScientificTechnological Achievements in Asia
590
Asian History A Chronological Overview
603
Index
679
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John Bowman has been an editor and writer for over forty years, beginning at Natural History Magazine and then at the Book of Knowledge before becoming an independent editor. Among the many works he has edited are The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, The Almanac of the Vietnam War, and Chronicle of the Twentieth Century. He contributed chronologies of Asian religions to the Chronology of World Religions.

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