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A Short History of Asia (3rd Edition)

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The nations of Asia now make up more than half of the world's population. With increasingly affluent, educated middle classes and vigorous, innovative industries, they are more populous and powerful than ever before, and...

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The nations of Asia now make up more than half of the world's population. With increasingly affluent, educated middle classes and vigorous, innovative industries, they are more populous and powerful than ever before, and their influence on the rest of the world is only growing. Colin Mason provides a clear, readable introduction to their histories and traditions, from the Stone Age right up to the present day. This thoroughly revised, updated and expanded third edition contains new chapters on Mongolia, Nepal and Bhutan, separate expanded chapters on the South Asian nations, and revised chapters on all the modern states. A new introduction explores the nature and implications of the new politics of 'guided democracy', and the current clash between industrialisation and the consequences of climate change. Enriched with maps and a guide to further reading, this book is the essential guide to the history of a fascinating continent and its peoples.

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The only book to date to encompass the history of all the Asian states since the Stone Age
Written in a highly accessible style suitable for both students and general interest readers
New edition has been thoroughly revised, updated and expanded
Author Colin Mason is a high profile former foreign correspondent, broadcaster and politician

List of Maps
1. Introduction
PART I: BEFORE IMPERIALISM 2. Prehistory and the first Indian Civilizations
3. The Development of Indian Culture: Hinduism and Buddhism
4. Early South-East Asia: The Ships from India
5. China: The Eternal Nation
6. Early Japan and the Tang Dynasty in China
7. The Awakening of Europe and the Challenge of Islam
8. Floodtide in China: The Song, Mongol and Ming Dynasties
9. China: Ebb Tide
10. The Three Makers of Japan and the Tokugawa Period
PART II: THE 'WHITE MAN'S BURDEN' 11. The Dominators and the Dominated
12. South-East Asia: The European and Chinese Impacts
13. The Malay World: Majapahit and Malacca
14. Indonesia: The Last Independent Kingdoms and the Extension of Dutch Rule
15. India Under Two Masters: The Grand Moguls and the East India Company
16. Gandhi's India: The Struggle for Liberty
PART III: THE MODERN NATIONS 17. The Second World War and the End of Empire
18. South Asia: Freedom and Poverty
19. India
20. Pakistan
21. Bangladesh
22. Afghanistan
23. The Mountain States: Nepal and Bhutan
24. Sri Lanka
25. China: Two Revolutions
26. Modern China: The Communist State
27. Mongolia
28. Indonesia and Timor Leste
29. Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
30. Japan: The Iron Triangle
31. Thailand: Two Hats – The Struggle for Democracy
32. The Philippines: Trouble in Paradise
33. Korea: Divided Nation
34. Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
35. Burma: Rule By the Gun
36. The Asian Century?
Suggested Further Reading
Index.

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Colin Mason has been Chief Correspondent in Asia for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a diplomat, a senator and leader of his party in the Senate.

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Colin Mason has been Chief Correspondent in Asia for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a diplomat, a senator and leader of his party in the Senate.

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