A Short History of Asia: Stone Age to 2000 AD

A Short History of Asia: Stone Age to 2000 AD

A Short History of Asia: Stone Age to 2000 AD

A Short History of Asia: Stone Age to 2000 AD

Synopsis

This text covers the whole scope of Asian history in a single volume and requires no prior knowledge of Asian history. It particularly identifies relationships between the developing Western and Asian societies.

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Western attitudes towards Asia are frequently bedevilled by inaccurate perceptions, even at the most fundamental levels. Many Westerners still hold views coloured by the opinions of the colonial period, with assumptions of white supremacy, and vague, shocking concepts like the well at Cawnpore and ‘the black hole of Calcutta.’ Others visualise a picture of ‘Asian tigers’, vast communities almost magically transforming themselves into clones of Western consumerist societies, or equally mysteriously, visited by economic catastrophe. These Asian people sometimes say and do things which seem not to make sense. This, like anything else not understood, prompts uneasiness.

Most inappropriate of all is to visualise ‘Asia’ as a homogeneous unit, when in fact it is a term of convenience embracing widely-varying peoples and cultures. But it is also necessary to recognise a certain commonality of problems, of social and economic attitudes which is increasingly coming to overlay that variety. Many of these ‘Third World’ problems — underdevelopment, extreme poverty, ugly and unhealthy urbanisation, difficulties of government, internal civil war, over-population among them, can be traced back to the colonial era.

Hence a proper understanding of the Asian region demands some knowledge of its cultures and history, including a realistic . . .

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