Designed for the East Asian history course, this text features the scholarship on the region and offers a range of cultural, political, economic and intellectual history. It also focuses on gender and material culture. It features color inserts that illustrate the rich artistic heritage of East Asia.
Part 1: The Bronze Age: Shang and Western Zhou (ca. 1500-771 B.C.E.).
1: The Geography of the Chinese Subcontinent.
2: The Shang Dynasty (ca. 1500-1045 B.C.E.).
3: Developments Outside the Shang Core.
4: The Western Zhou Dynasty (1045-771 B.C.E.).
Part 2: Philosophers and Warring States During the Eastern Zhou (770-256 B.C.E.).
5: The Multistate System of the Eastern Zhou.
6: Warfare and Its Consequences.
7: The Hundred Schools of Thought.
8: Warring States Literature and Art: The Case of Chu.
Part 3: The Founding of the Bureaucratic Empire: Qin and Han (256 B.C.E.-200 B.C.E.).
9: The Qin Unification (256-206 B.C.E.).
10: The Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.-220 C.E.).
11: Intellectual, Literary, and Religious Currents.
12: Chinese Society in Han Times.
13: Central Asia and the Silk Road.
15: Maintaining the Empire.
Part 4: Political Division (200-580).
16: The Three Kingdoms (220-265) and the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316).
17: Non-Chinese Dominance in the North.
18: The Southern Dynasties and Aristocratic Culture.
19: The Buddhist Conquest of China.
20: Daoist Religion.
Part 5: The Cosmopolitan Empires of Sui and Tang (581-960).
21: The Northwest Military Aristocracy and the Sui Reunification of China.
22: The Founding of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
23: The Tang at Its Height.
24: The Rebellion of An Lushan and Its Aftermath.
25: The Achievements of Tang Men of Letters.
26: The Dunhuang Documents.
27: The Tang Dynasty’s Final Decades and the Five Dynasties.
Part 6: China Among Equals: Song, Liao, Xia, and Jin (907-1276).
28: The Founding of the Song Dynasty.
29: Song’s Rivals: Liao and Xia.
30: A New Era.
31: The Fall of the Northern Song and the Jin Dynasty.
32: Hangzhou and the Southern Song.
33: Song Culture and Society.
Part 7: Mongol Rule: Yuan (1215-1368).
34: The Mongol Conquest of the Jin and Xia Dynasties.
35: The Mongol Conquest of the Southern Song.
36: Life in China Under the Mongols.
Part 8: The Ming Dynasty (1368-1600).
37: The Founding of the Ming Dynasty.
38: Diplomacy and Defense.
39: Social and Cultural Trends.
Part 9: Manchus and the Qing (1600-1800).
40: The Ming Dynasty Lapses into Disorder.
41: The Manchus.
42: Ming Loyalism.
43: The Qing at Its Height.
44: Contacts with Europe.
45: Social and Cultural Cross Currents.
Part 10: Disorder and Decline (1800-1900).
46: Economic and Fiscal Problems.
47: Midcentury Crises.
49: Foreigners in China.
50: The Failures of Reform.
51: The Boxer Rebellion.
52: The Decline of the Qing Empire in Comparative Perspective.
Part 11: Remaking China (1900-1927).
53: The End of Monarchy.
54: The Presidency of Yuan Shikai and the Emergence of the Warlords.
55: Toward a More Modern China.
56: Reunification by the Nationalists.
Part 12: War and Revolution (1927-1949).
57: The Chinese Communist Party.
58: The Nationalist Government in Nanjing.
59: The Japanese Invasion and the Retreat to Chongqing.
60: The Chinese Communist Party During the War.
61: The Civil War and the Communist Victory.
Part 13: The People’s Republic Under Mao (1949-1976).
62: The Party in Power.
63: Departing from the Soviet Model.
64: The Cultural Revolution.
65: The Death of Mao.
Part 14: New Directions (1976 to the Present).
66: The Communist Party After Mao.
67: Restructuring the Economy.
68: Social and Cultural Changes.
69: Critical Voices.
71: China in the World.