Asia A Concise History, by Cotterell, Arthur
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- ISBN: 9780470825044 | 0470825049
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 8/30/2011
Utterly unique in offering an overview of Asian history in a single volume, this study at long last provides the general reader with a means of understanding the heritage of a continent in which the majority of mankind resides. It traces the emergence of the world's very first civilization in Mesopotamia around 3000 BC, through the rise and fall of ancient great powers like Assyria and Persia; then marvels at the richness and diversity of the medieval states which flourished after the advent of Islam; and finally explores the modern transformation triggered by the lightning conquests of imperial Japan. The great events and figures of Asian history are discussed along with the monumental remains which bear witness to their times: the ziggurats of Iraq, the Ajanta caves, the mosques of Isfahan, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the temple complex of Angkor, and the sacred monument of Borobodur.