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Read Á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Î Charles HolcombeT 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 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 ickly 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 thatfocused programmes instead of country specific ones I would argue that 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 detailed and generally weaker in respective order than his chapters on China and Taiwan I would recommend this as your first book into the region and suggest that you look at his recommended readings lists for in depth works on specific periods andor areas Lackluster writing IMHO but overall good content and starting point for further reading Full review on my YouTube vlog Covers a lot of ground but manages to be concise and clear A good place to start Does dwell on China a lot like someone else pointed out but then ag. 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 "Confucian heritage some common approaches to Buddhism a writing system that is deeply imbued with ideas and and many political and institutional traditions This shared past and the interconnections among three distinct yet related ,
A good overview but as with all surveys it ends p being "a Bit Uick And Slightly uick and slightly Holcombe gets the basics down though "bit ick and slightly shallow Holcombe gets the basics down though isn t easy with four countries and 3500 years of history An engaging synoptic history of East Asia as a region Does a good job at outlining the Homicidal Ecologies uniue histories of China Korea Japan and Vietnam while highlighting their interconnectedness to each other and to the wider world This textbook goes to the very beginnings of civilization in China and then branches through East Asia defined culturally as those countries with civilizations who were China centricsed the Chinese writing system had Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism The countries defined as such are Korea Japan Vietnam and China with obvious branches in Singapore and TaiwanI learned about China and East Asia than I thought possible from this textbook It was dry boring at times and educational as a mandatory read 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 recentlyNonetheless also lashing ou. Charles Holcombe begins his extraordinarily ambitious book by asking the estion 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. Ain a history of East Asia really has no choice This is an extremely detailed book about the history of really has no choice This is an extremely detailed book about the history of asia It covers all emperors kings eens and relevant concubines It spans over such a large period of time that I am Beverage Management 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 over the recent communist capitalist feud in East Asia which Is why I pickedp the book Looking back now maybe a political book would have addressed my estions better than a historical book but this book definitely does what it is meant to it gives you the highlight of "WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT PART OF "happened in that part of continent A slim 380 pages history of all of East Asia China Korea and Japan from its prehistory p ntil APPROX 2010 THAT DOESN T FALL FLAT ON ITS 2010 that doesn t fall flat on its is ite an accomplishment Holcombe manages to pull it off I don t know enough about the regionperiod to complain about inaccuracies andor over condensation but the condensation was perfectly readable for the ignorant layman lout I am never too much never Cognitive Neurorehabilitation uite too littleA bit dry in parts but otherwise highly recommended 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. Ocieties 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 eart.