East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History

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Written by top scholars in the field, EAST ASIA: A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL HISTORY, 3E delivers a comprehensive cultural, political, economic, and intellectual history of East Asia, while focusing on the narratives and histories of China, Japan, and Korea in a larger, global context. Full color inserts on such topics as food, clothing, and art objects illustrate the rich artistic heritage of East Asia. A range of primary source documents spotlights women's independence, students-turned-soldiers, and other stirring issues, while intriguing biographical sketches throughout highlight the lives of popular figures and ordinary people alike.

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Patricia B. Ebrey is Professor with Joint Appointment: Early Imperial China, Song Dynasty at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to THE CAMBRIDGE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF CHINA (Cambridge University Press, 1996), she has published numerous journal articles. Her monographs include THE INNER QUARTERS: MARRIAGE AND THE LIVES OF CHINESE WOMEN IN THE SUNG PERIOD (University of California Press, 1993) and CONFUCIANISM AND FAMILY RITUALS IN IMPERIAL CHINA: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF WRITING ABOUT RITES (Princeton University Press, 1991). She is also author of CHINA: A CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND POLITICAL HISTORY (Houghton Mifflin, 2006). She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975.

Anne Walthall is Professor of Japanese History at the University of California, Irvine. She has published numerous journal articles in English, French, and Japanese. Her monographs include SOCIAL PROTEST AND POPULAR CULTURE IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY JAPAN (Association for Asian Studies, 1986), PEASANT UPRISINGS IN JAPAN: A CRITICAL ANTHOLOGY OF PEASANT HISTORIES (University of Chicago Press, 1991), and THE WEAK BODY OF A USELESS WOMAN: MATSUO TASEKO AND THE MEIJI RESTORATION (University of Chicago Press, 1998). In addition, she edited THE HUMAN TRADITION IN MODERN JAPAN (Scholarly Resources, 2002) and SERVANTS OF THE DYNASTY: PALACE WOMEN IN WORLD HISTORY (University of California Press, 2008) as well as co-edited WOMEN AND CLASS IN JAPANESE HISTORY (University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 1999) and RECREATING JAPANESE MEN (University of California Press, 2011). She received her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago in 1979.

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PART I: THE FOUNDATIONS OF EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION IN CHINA. Connections: The Prehistory of East Asia. 1. China in the Bronze Age: The Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties (ca 1500-771 B.C.E.). 2. Philosophers and Warring States During the Eastern Zhou Period (770-256 B.C.E.). 3. The Founding of the Bureaucratic Empire: Qin-Han China (256 B.C.E.-200 C.E.). Connections: Buddhism. 4. Political Division in China and the Spread of Buddhism (200-580). 5. The Cosmopolitan Empires of Sui and Tang China (581-960). Connections: Cultural Contract Across Eurasia (600-900). PART II: THE EMERGENCE OF EAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION. 6. Early Korea to 935. Making Comparisons: Languages and Writing Systems. 7. Early State and Society in Japan (to 794). 8. China Among Equals: Song, Liao, Xia, and Jin (907-1279). 9. Heian Japan (794-ca. 1180). Connections: The Mongols. 10. Goryeo Korea (935-1392). Making Comparisons: Monarchical Institutions. 11. Kamakura Japan (1180-1333). 12. China Under Mongol Rule (1215-1368). Making Comparisons: Food Cultures. PART III: MEETING NEW CHALLENGES (1300-1800). 13. Japan's Middle Ages (1330-1600). 14. The Ming Empire in China (1368-1644). 15. Joseon Korea (1392-1800). Making Comparisons: Women's Situations. Connections: Europe Enters the Scene. 16. The Creation of the Manchu Empire (1600-1800). 17. Edo Japan (1603-1800). Making Comparisons: Neo-Confucianism. PART IV: THE AGE OF WESTERN IMPERIALISM (1800-1900). Connections: Western Imperialism (1800-1900). 18. China in Decline (1800-1900). 19. Japan in Turmoil (1800-1867). 20. Meiji Transformation (1868-1900). 21. Korea in the Turbulent Nineteenth Century (1800-1895). Making Comparisons: Slavery. PART V: EAST ASIA IN THE MODERN WORLD. 22. Rise of Modern Japan (1900-1931). 23. Modernizing Korea and Colonial Rule (1896-1945). 24. Remaking China (1900-1927). Connections: World War II. 25. War and Revolution, China (1927-1949). PART VI: INTENSIFIED CONTACT AND DIVERGENT PATHS. 26. War and Aftermath in Japan (1931-1964). 27. China Under Mao (1949-1976). 28. Korea (1945 to the Present). 29. Contemporary Japan (1965 to the Present). Making Comparisons: Popular Religion. 30. China Since Mao (1976 to the Present). Connections: East Asia in the Twenty-First Century.

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