The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907
Publication Year: 2001
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
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series editor’s preface
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We are extremely pleased to present Charles Holcombe’s work, The Genesis of East Asia, 221 b.c.–a.d. 907, the third volume in our series, Asian Interactions and Comparisons. Holcombe’s is neither an original monograph nor a textbook in the traditional sense of the term but more like a synoptic history of the first millennium...
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Special thanks (in alphabetical order) to Arano Yasunori, Andy Burstein, C. S. Chang, Patricia Crosby, Bob Dise, Judy Dohlman, Lou Fenech, Joanne Goldman, Vickie Hanson, He Qinggu, Reinier Hesselink, Rich Newell, Chawne Paige, Peng Wei,...
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Few people today seem to know very precisely where East Asia is, what exactly makes it “East Asian,” or why any such broad regional identification should matter anyway as more than only some empty geographic abstraction. Surely it is the nation-state....
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Before there was an East Asia, there was China, but what is “China”? The answer is not as obvious as it may seem. Elements of a remarkably sophisticated higher civilization first emerged in quite remote antiquity, clustering around the core Central...
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Beyond the borders of China’s All-under-Heaven, countless numbers of foreign peoples lived out their lives in blissful ignorance of their exclusion from the one true universal civilization. The Chinese people who gave the matter a moment’s thought...
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East Asia took shape around the multidimensional theme and variations of the ancient Central Plain prototype civilization as it played off against a variety of local cultures both within and beyond the present day borders of the People’s Republic...
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East Asia connected with the great centers of South Asian (Indic) civilization through trade and missionary activity across the waters of the South Seas, but the front line of East Asian cultural confrontation with outsiders unquestionably lay elsewhere: to....
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The present configuration of the country we call Vietnam would have been unimaginable to anyone living during the time period covered in this book. Not only was the entire southern half of what is now Vietnam incorporated into the country only...
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Documented Korean history begins in very much the same way that the written history of Vietnam began, with Chinese-language records of a newly dislodged fragment of the vast Qin world empire. Even before this time, the northeastern...
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From the perspective of the Chinese empire, the Japanese archipelago seemed to lie for an eternity “just off the coast of civilization.”1 The islands were literal outliers of the traditional EastAsian world.Unlike either Korea or Vietnam, Japan did not...
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In the year 755, a corpulent Tang general based in southern Manchuria named An Lushan (ca. 703–757), “calculating that he could take All-under-Heaven,” rose up in rebellion against the dynasty. As if in preparation for this very moment,...
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Publication Year: 2001