The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907
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344pp. May 2001
The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907
Author: Holcombe, Charles;
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book

The Genesis of East Asia examines in a comprehensive and novel way the critically formative period when a culturally coherent geopolitical region identifiable as East Asia first took shape. By sifting through an impressive array of both primary m
Asian Interactions and Comparisons Series
Published with the Association for Asian Studies
“Highly recommended ... insightful and thought-provoking” —Asian Perspectives 44 (2005)

“A very stimulating book ... It is well researched and well written and its central argument will provoke much debate amongst readers.” —History Now

Author: Holcombe, Charles;
Charles Holcombe is professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa and author of In the Shadow of the Han: Literati Thought and Society at the Beginning of the Southern Dynasties (UH Press, 1994).
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Introduction, 1

E Pluribus Sericum, 8
China, Plural, 11
The Sinification of China (How China Became Chinese), 18
"The More Things Change ...": The Tenacity of Diversity, 25

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