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Summary: This full-color introductory text emphasizes cultural history while also covering political and economic history. Each major Chinese dynasty, Japanese Shogunate, or other discrete period is covered in a separate, brief chapter. Encounters with the West (beginning in the 16th century) are also extensively covered. In addition to Conrad Schirokauer, this text has three new co-authors. Miranda Brown teaches in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the Univer ...show moresity of Michigan in Ann Arbor and focuses on early Chinese culture. David Lurie researches the history of writing systems in Japan and also works on the cultural and intellectual history of Japan through the Heian period. Suzanne Gay is Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. Her research interests include the social and economic history of medieval Japan, with a particular emphasis on the role of commoners in history. This author team combines strong research with extensive classroom teaching experience to offer a clear, consistent, and highly readable text accessible to students with no previous knowledge of the history of China or Japan.Edition/Copyright: 3RD 06
- NEW! Three new coauthors present new chapters on the early and formative years of China and Japan and a new collaboration on the middle period of Japanese history.
- Great scholarship, clear narrative, and strong visuals combine to create a text that is academically sound as well as interesting to students.
- NEW! Coverage of the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) has expanded from 1 to 2 chapters.
- NEW! A new four-color design presents timelines and maps in a more appealing and prevalent fashion, making it easier for students to read and understand. It also greatly enhances the numerous illustrations, mostly of works of art.
- NEW! This new edition brings the latest scholarship to the early and middle periods of history. This includes a reinterpretation of Shinto, a fuller account of state-formation, and a more balanced account of Kamakura and Muromachi periods, with special attention to the nature and role of warriors.
- NEW! Greater attention to religious Daoism (in China), gender, and the history of environment balances the book even further.
- NEW! A Hanyu PinYin to Wade-Giles Conversion Table, located in the beginning of the text, enriches student comprehension. Chinese names are printed in Pinyin with Wade-Giles in parentheses.
- NEW! A 2-page full-color map of East Asia helps students visualize the area being discussed and aids their understanding of the local geography.
- NEW! A master timeline of China, Japan, and other civilizations helps students put the material presented in context of other events.
- NEW! While the text has been updated throughout, special attention has been paid to retain its careful balance between political, economic, social and intellectual/religious, artistic coverage.
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc