[Reading] ➼ A History of East Asia Author Charles Holcombe – Realestatelawcenter.us

A History of East Asia 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.

[Reading] ➼ A History of East Asia  Author Charles  Holcombe – Realestatelawcenter.us
  • Paperback
  • 430 pages
  • A History of East Asia
  • Charles Holcombe
  • English
  • 07 November 2019
  • 9780521731645

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➼ A History of East Asia Author Charles Holcombe – Realestatelawcenter.us

  1. says:

    Decent introduction to East Asian history The For Further Reading section concluding each chapter is a particularly rich resource for further, specific, reading on this important topic.

  2. says:

    A decent introduction to a regional history, however, this is another testament to how difficult it is to write a comprehensive history for an entire region over a time span It very quickly becomes clear what Holcombe s background is medieval China , as particular periods and particular areas receive a lot attention With the steady increase of region focused programmes instead of country specific ones, I would argue that collaborative works would still be preferable Holcombe provides a clear narrative with many of the major events present in this book but his chapters on the Korean peninsula, Japan, and Vietnam are significantly less detai...

  3. says:

    A slim 380 pages history of all of East Asia China, Korea, and Japan , from its prehistory up until approx 2010 that doesn t fall flat on its face is quite an accomplishment Holcombe manages to pull it off I don t know enough about the region period to complain about inaccuracies and or over co...

  4. says:

    The second edition of Charles Holcombe s A History of East Asia for Cambridge University Press is printed in a textbook format rather than one for general readers Hence it has tall, wide pages densely packed with text and is not at all convenient for reading on the go in the way of mass market paperback histories such as The Penguin History of Latin America or The Fortunes of Africa, which I also read recently.Nonetheless, also lashing out on the expensive ebook circumvented that problem and it is definitely comparable to those two works as large scale, broad scope histories go The working definition of East Asia for this book is a primarily cultural one which includes China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam This does of course entail a huge variety of political entities historically, and today there are still such complexities as Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong and the two Koreas to consider Even Singapore rates a brief sub chapter near the end.Vietnam is often excluded from such definitions, and although Holcombe argues persuasively...

  5. says:

    This is an extremely detailed book about the history of east asia It covers all emperors, kings, queens and relevant concubines It spans over such a large period of time, that I am unsure if I remember much if what I read but it certainly does cover enough to give you a general idea of the rise of East Asian countries I was most interested ove...

  6. says:

    I endorse other reviews that it is a pretty decent introduction East Asian History.I picked up this book as someone without any understanding of any Asian culture with an intention to get a light grasp about the beginnings of East Asia and how the different culture have evolved to become what they are now This book fulfilled its promiseI was quite ignorant to the fact how big of an influence China has played in the entire region, I knew a bit about the Chinese civilization but could have never grasped the entire entanglements and influence of China on each country and its faint remains within each culture and even language to this day Due to the mightiness and especially long history China takes up a large part of the book which is not surprising since it has shaped the entire region But also China itself was in a constant flow and changed with each dynasty or e.g occupation through the Mongols What is interesting is that Chinese despite such inner diversity different ethnic groups formed such an empire and always adopted to the current circumstances Rather than fighting to the last drop of ...

  7. says:

    A good but not perfect summary of East Asian History.Obviously, it is hard to go into details in 350 pages on such a bright topic East Asian civilization is one of the oldest and richest on this planet after all However this book will provide you an excellent introduction if you do not know much about this part of the world Nevetherless the choice of excluding Vietnam might be discutable, but this is an eternal debate to determine if the smaller dragon is indeed eastern or southeastern Asian I have personally always considered it as eastern asian Another critic I might pronounce is the strong dominance of chinese history in this book, for each era, the chapter about China is as long as the chapters about Japan and Korea together Of course, China is central in asian history and even in ancient times , but in the end, it seems sometimes that you are reading A history of China and its influences on the neighbouring countries than a history of East Asia Last point,...

  8. says:

    Holcombe provides a comprehensive description of the region, focusing mostly on China, Japan, and Korea As a textbook that is meant mostly for today s undergraduate, I think it lacks in a few areas The graphics and visual accompaniment in general are disappointing, missing the opportunity to enhance the ...

  9. says:

    Terrific introduction to the history of early China, Korea and Japan There is a wealth of information here and plenty to justify the inclusion of all countries though it does make for a sweeping history The closer you look at China the confusing it is and Holcombe has found an odd balance between detail to explain trends and dynastic development without getting lost in nitty gritty and providing a narrative nonetheless If you even have a cursory understanding of China, this is no mean feat At...

  10. says:

    Really solid narrative history of East Asia I m not sure if I fully agree with Charles Holcombe that East Asia is a unitary region that shares one civilization, but he certainly persuaded me that these countries must be studied in concert with each other He also reminds us that self evident historical concepts, like nation and superstition, evolve over time, and this phenomenon applies equally to Asia and the West I just wish he had occasionally given proper names in his narrative, instead o...

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