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An Outline History of East Asia to 1200

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Sarah Schneewind, UC San Diego

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: eScholarship

Language: English

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Reviewed by En Li, Assistant Professor, Drake University on 12/30/21, updated 1/4/22

This text covers many important areas and ideas of East Asia from roughly 1200BC to about AD1200, which contributed to "two Chinas, Japan, and two Korea"; positive: -great slogan for the comprehensiveness, "2400 years, three countries, ten... read more

Reviewed by Mark Norris, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History, Grace College on 11/20/21

In An Outline of East Asia to 1200, Sarah Schneewind covers all areas relevant to the history of East Asia from c. 1200 BC to c. 1200 AD. There is no glossary or index, though terms are well-defined within the text. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One East Asia to 1045 BC
  • Chapter Two The Zhou Period (1045 – 256 BC)
  • Chapter Three From Warring States Two Empire (480 BC -207 BC)
  • Chapter Four The Han Empire and Its Neighbors  
  • Chapter Five Religion and Society in Han (206 BC    – AD 220)  
  • Chapter Six A World of Many Powers (AD 200 – AD 580)  
  • Chapter Seven Consolidating Unified Regimes (c. 500-780)
  • Chapter Eight Aristocratic Societies 1: Tang and Silla
  • Chapter Nine Aristocratic Societies 2: Hei’an Japan
  • Chapter Ten The Commercial Revolution  

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About the Book

This is the second edition of the open access textbook that arose out of a course at the University of California, San Diego, called HILD 10: East Asia: The Great Tradition.  The course covers what have become two Chinas, Japan, and two Koreas from roughly 1200 BC to about AD 1200.  As we say every Fall in HILD 10: “2400 years, three countries, ten weeks, no problem.”  The book does not stand alone: the teacher should assign primary and secondary sources, study questions, dates to be memorized, etc.  The maps mostly use the same template to enable students to compare them one to the next.

The 1st edition is in the supplemental material tab.

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