The Great Empires of Asia

The Great Empires of Asia

Book - 2010
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From the beginning of the modern era in 1500 CE, Western history has placed Europe at the center of worldwide political, economic, and cultural dynamism. But long before the European powers began to encroach upon the East, Asia itself was the locus of dozens of empires--some, like the Mongols, legendary. In this gorgeously illustrated, accessibly written volume, experts of art and history analyze the Asian imperial enterprise with an emphasis on the cultural and creative. In seven compelling chapters, plus an informative introduction and conclusion, these essays provide a decisive corrective to old myths about European dominance relative to Asia and show instead the polycentric nature of world power during the past five hundred years. Reaching across a vast swath of the continent, the book brings to life a thousand years of history, from the Khmer empire in Southeast Asia in the early ninth century to the end of Japan's Meiji Period in 1945. It shows how Asian kingdoms dominated global political geography and challenged the states of Europe rather than the reverse, and it provides fascinating insights into the characters, events, and influences that shaped them.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780520268593
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Masselos, Jim


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Mar 17, 2011

I skipped all the wars and fighting, but there are some interesting points. For instance, Kublai Khan and Genghis Khan now have new spellings, probably more closely reflecting the original. And we read a lot about Angkor Wat, but there are many such temples shown in this book, and several were carved out of mountain-tops.


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