This compelling text explores the development of China and Japan through their art, religion, literature, and thought as well as through their economic, political, and social history. This author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text that is accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of East Asia.
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Conrad Schirokauer currently serves as Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University as well as Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York. In addition to A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE CIVILIZATIONS (and its separate volumes on China and Japan), he has published articles on Song intellectual history and served as co-editor (with Robert Hymes) of ORDERING THE WORLD: APPROACHES TO STATE AND SOCIETY IN SUNG DYNASTY CHINA and as translator of CHINA'S EXAMINATION HELL, by Miyazaki Ichisada.Review:
I. The Classical Civilization of China 1. "China" in Antiquity 2. Turbulent Times and Classical Thought 3. The Early Imperial Period The Qin The Han II. China and Japan in a Buddhist Age 4. China during the Period of Disunity 5. The Cosmopolitan Civilization of the Sui and Tang: 581-907 6. Early Japan to 794 Prehistory The Emergency of the Japanese State and Elite Culture 7. Heian Japan III. A New and Crucial Phase 8. China during the Song: 960-1279 9. The Mongol Empire and The Yuan Dynasty 10. The Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644 11. The Kamakura Period in Japan 12. Muromachi Japan 13. East Asia and Modern Europe: First Encounters IV. Last Dynasties 14. Tokugawa: Background, Establishment, and Middle Years The Legacy of War Unification and Consolidation (1573-1651) The Tokugawa Political Consolidation (1600-1653) The Middle Years (1653-1787) 15. The Qing Dynasty V. China and Japan in the Modern World 16. China: The Troubled Nineteenth Century The Opium War and Taiping Rebellion 1870-1894 Foreign Relations 17. Japan: Endings and Beginnings: From Tokugawa to Meiji, 1787-1873 Late Tokugawa The Meiji Restoration 18. The Emergence of Modern Japan: 1874-1894 19. China: Endings and Beginnings, 1894-1927 The Last Years of the Last Dynasty From Yuan Shikai to Chiang Kai-shek 20. Imperial Japan: 1895-1931 Late Meiji (1895-1912) The Taisho Period (1912-1926) and the 1920s 21. The 1930s and World War II VI. East Asia Since World War II 22. The Aftermath of the War and Unfinished Business Toward a New Order in China and Japan Unfinished Business: Korea and Vietnam 23. China under Mao Consolidation and Construction Soviet Style, 1949-1958 The Revolution Continued, 1958-1976 24. The Chinese World Since Mao 25. The New Japan The New Japan (1952-1989) Society, Thought, and the Arts From 1989 into the New Century Afterword International Tensions Economic Globalization Contending Trends Cultural Globalization
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