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by Mason,Colin Mason

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  • ISBN 0333791991
  • ISBN13 978-0333791998
  • Language English
  • Author Mason,Colin Mason
  • Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (May 23, 2000)
  • Pages 328
  • Formats txt doc lrf docx
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Asia
  • Size ePub 1751 kb
  • Size Fb2 1574 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 551


Colin Mason provides a clear, readable introduction to their history and traditions, from the Stone Age right up to. .Enriched with detailed maps and a guide to further reading, this book is the essential guide to the history of a fascinating continent and its peoples.

Enriched with detailed maps and a guide to further reading, this book is the essential guide to the history of a fascinating continent and its peoples.

Colin Victor James Mason (born 28 October 1926) is a New Zealand-born Australian journalist, author and former politician. Mason worked for 14 years as the first foreign correspondent of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and became deeply involved in Asian affairs. In 1968, he wrote Dragon Army, a popular history of Asian communism. He joined the Australia Party and rose to become its national convener (1976).

A Short History of Asia. A Short History of Asia.

Colin Mason provides a clear, readable introduction to their histories and traditions, from the Stone .

Colin Mason provides a clear, readable introduction to their histories and traditions, from the Stone Age right up to the present da.

A Short History of Asia book. Colin Mason provides a readable and clear introduction to their history and traditions, from prehistory right up to the present day. The peoples of Asia now make up more than half of the world's population. They are increasingly well-educated, and successful in every area of modern trade and technology. Their influence in the rest of the world is also becoming greater. Enriched with maps and a guide to further reading, this book is the essential guide to the history of a fascinating continent and its peoples.

A Short History of Asia (Paperback). Colin Mason (author).

Colin Mason was a senator in the Australian Federal Parliament for nine years and served on the Senate Standing . Mason is the author of 12 books, including A Short History of Asia and the international best-seller Hostage.

Colin Mason was a senator in the Australian Federal Parliament for nine years and served on the Senate Standing Committee for Science and Environment. A well-known former foreign correspondent and broadcaster, he was also a SEATO adviser to the Thai government.

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Vathennece
For anyone looking to get more than just a glance at some gorgeous history, this is a great starting point. Although the book claims to be a short history, one should already have a decent understanding of at least one of the countries in which to weave this intricate web of history around. In my case, my focus is Korea.

Allow this book to be the launching point in which to study a specific region or country. It lays the groundwork for future study by being brief yet detailed. The author holds your attention just long enough to paint a beautiful portrait.

Speaking of the author, if anyone should be qualified to write this book, it's Colin Mason. His journalistic approach to writing is elegant, thoughtful and diplomatic. Not to mention his personal stories that accompany some of the most interesting moments in modern Asian history. He keeps his opinions fairly grounded and objectively presents a striking history.

The book's faults include a horribly messy map, a small handful of unrelated photos and an occasional reference of huge importance that gets only two sentences. Otherwise, this chronological look at Asia is well worth your time. If you find the book boring, perhaps you are interesting in the wrong field.
Saintrius
I am a teacher and currently use this book in my Topics in Asian History class. I find this book to be an excellent source of information that we augment with student discussion and research. Short concise explanations are given for many areas and in-depth analysis for more complicated topics are also addressed. I am very pleased with this text.
Shadowbourne
"Don't let your wheels stray from old ruts." So says the Tao Te Ching and interesting enough such explains much of Asian history.

It explains Asian history for the unique way in which inherited Asian tradition seems to effect so much of today's Asian life.

In this short accessible book, Colin Mason goes the extra mile to re visit the roots of Asian history and come forward, explaining just how the modern Asian world came to be as it is.

In accessible pericopes he subdivides Asia into its little worlds: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; China; southeast Asia including Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand; Malaysia; Japan; and Phillipines, along with other Asian countries.

In religion Mason explains the origin of Hinduism and Buddhaism and just why Buddhaism came to spread beyond its point of origin. He also describes Chinese spirituality including Confuciusism and Taoism. He also touches on Shintuism.

In politics he shows how history has made the various Asian nations sometimes friends, sometimes enemies and sometimes in between.

To be sure, careful readers will emerge from this book with more questions but for an introductory work I think it's a pretty fair effort. Highly recommended.
Aurizar
I was assigned the second edition of this as a textbook long ago when I was in high school (back in the days when men were men and wild stallions still ran free).
It was perhaps the only high school textbook I had that I later went back and actually bought later. I read the whole thing, entranced by every page. Each chapter is short and only about a few pages, yet there is always a fairly logical and original explanation of the major historical phenomena discussed. Colin Mason knows his material by heart, and is excellent at explaining it. It is clear in the chapters on South Asian history in the 20th century that he is drawing from experience, and the personal narratives he injects into the work are suspenseful and exciting.
If there were to be any book I would recommend to someone whose travels or career bring them to an east Asian country, it would be this one. If there were to be any book I would recommend to someone looking for quick, accessible, informative nonfiction, it would also quite definitely be this one.
Quendant
I bought this book for an Asian history class. I didn't use it a whole lot, mainly because it was a boring book, but it does have good information. I would not recommend it for the beginner in Asian studies. It's more of an advanced book.