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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
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.
The book is accurate, error-free, written with much historical objectivity, and is based on solid sources.
This is the second edition, so the author seems keen on keeping this book up to date. Also, the latest understandings of East Asia are brought out including the meta-theme of "two Chinas, Japan, and two Koreas."
This is clearly written in good prose that hits the target audience of American undergraduates. All technical terms are clearly and concisely defined. There is a good flow of theme as well as chronology.
This text has a consistent flow and logical framework.
This textbook is divided into a number of smaller reading sections that are easily assignable throughout the course. The tone of the author is professional and without bias, hyperbole, or hubris.
Topics are presented in a clear fashion and progress nicely based on region, theme, and chronology.
The work is easily navigatable with fine images and charts. It is enjoyable to read and is without unnecessary distractions.
There are no grammatical errors in this second edition.
This text is noticeably sensitive to issues of race, ethnicity, background, and regionalism. Examples from many cultural backgrounds are mentioned in the text.
This is fine work on roughly 2,400 years of East Asian history. Sarah Schneewind understates this as an "Outline." Her work easily ranks with the best textbooks for readability, conciseness, balance, and accuracy. The author mentions that this was not intended as a stand-alone textbook but that it should be accompanied by primary and other secondary sources, dates to memorize, and study questions. The reader will be delighted to see fine-colored pictures, as well as relevant maps and charts. Hyperlinks are included which will be a wonderful addition for the classroom or for assignments, and the volume concludes with a helpful bibliography.
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
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.
About the Contributors
Sarah Schneewind, UC San Diego