Archaeology of East Asia

The Rise of Civilization in China, Korea and Japan

Author: Gina L. Barnes

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 1785700731

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

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Archaeology of East Asia constitutes an introduction to social and political development from the Palaeolithic to 8th-century early historic times. It takes a regional view across China, Korea, Japan and their peripheries that is unbounded by modern state lines. This viewpoint emphasizes how the region drew on indigenous developments and exterior stimuli to produce agricultural technologies, craft production, political systems, religious outlooks and philosophies that characterize the civilization of historic and even modern East Asia. This book is a complete rewrite and update of The Rise of Civilization in East Asia, first published in 1993. It incorporates the many theoretical, technical and factual advances of the last two decades, including DNA, gender, and isotope studies, AMS radiocarbon dating and extensive excavation results. Readers of that first edition will find the same structure and topic progression. While many line drawings have been retained, new color illustrations abound. Boxes and Appendices clarify and add to the understanding of unfamiliar technologies. For those seeking more detail, the Appendices also provide case studies that take intimate looks at particular data and current research. The book is suitable for general readers, East Asian historians and students, archaeology students and professionals. Praise for The Rise of Civilization in East Asia: “… the best English introduction to the archaeology of East Asia … brilliantly integrates the three areas into a broad regional context.” Prof. Mark Hudson

The Rise of Civilization in East Asia

The Archaeology of China, Korea and Japan

Author: Gina Lee Barnes

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500279748

Category: History

Page: 288

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Here is the first synthesis ever published of East Asian archaeology and early history. Drawing on dramatic new evidence made available since the 1970s, it charts the critical developments that culminated in the emergence of the region in the eighth century as a coherent entity, with a shared religion (Buddhism), state philosophy (Confucianism), and bureaucratic structure. The narrative begins over a million years ago, when early humans first colonized the Far East, and it continues through the growth of fishing and farming societies at the end of the Ice Age to the rise of social elites during the Bronze Age, and the emergence of civilization in Shang, Zhou, and Han China. The author follows the spread of rice-based agriculture, trade, and interactions between the different cultures, and the diffusion of common forms of city planning and administration. Copious photographs and drawings complement the text.

China, Korea and Japan

The Rise of Civilization in East Asia

Author: Gina Lee Barnes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500050712

Category: Archaeology

Page: 288

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Charts the critical developments that culminated in the emergence of this region in the eighth century as a coherent entity, with a shared religion, state philosophy, and bureaucratic structure.

State Formation in Japan

Emergence of a 4th-Century Ruling Elite

Author: Gina Barnes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134384688

Category: History

Page: 288

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This volume brings together for the first time a significant body of Professor Barnes' scholarly writing on Japanese early state formation, brought together so that successive topics form a coherent overview of the problems and solutions of ancient Japan. The writings are, in some cases, the only studies of these topics available in English and they differ from the majority of other articles on the subject in being anthropological rather than cultural or historical in nature.

Ancient Jomon of Japan

Author: Junko Habu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521776707

Category: History

Page: 332

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It will prove invaluable to students and researchers alike."--BOOK JACKET.

The Archaeology of Japan

From the Earliest Rice Farming Villages to the Rise of the State

Author: Koji Mizoguchi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052188490X

Category: History

Page: 392

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This is the first book-length study of the Yayoi and Kofun periods of Japan (c.600 BC–AD 700), in which the introduction of rice paddy-field farming from the Korean peninsula ignited the rapid development of social complexity and hierarchy that culminated with the formation of the ancient Japanese state. The author traces the historical trajectory of the Yayoi and Kofun periods by employing cutting-edge sociological, anthropological and archaeological theories and methods. The book reveals a fascinating process through which sophisticated hunting-gathering communities in an archipelago on the eastern fringe of the Eurasian continent were transformed materially and symbolically into a state.

The Archaeology of Early China

Author: Gideon Shelach-Lavi

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521196892

Category: History

Page: 392

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This book covers Chinese archaeology from the first people to the unification of the empire, emphasizing cultural variations and interregional contact.

Sacred Texts and Burried Treasures

Issues in the Historical Archaeology of Ancient Japan

Author: William Wayne Farris

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824820305

Category: Social Science

Page: 333

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Offering an insight into early Japanese history (AD 100-800), this text examines: Yamatai, the lost realm of the third-century Queen Himiko; Japan-Korea relations 350-700; the creation of capital cities 645-800; and the appropriation of Chinese-style governing arrangements during the same era.

An Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology

Author: Werner Steinhaus,Simon Kaner

Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology

ISBN: 9781784914257

Category: Archaeology

Page: 350

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The Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology provides, for the first time a comprehensive visual introduction to a wide range of sites and finds from the earliest occupation of the Japanese archipelago prior to 35,000 years ago to the early historical periods and the establishment of the Chinese-style capital at Heijō, modern-day Nara, in the 8th century AD. The volume originated in the largest ever exhibition of Japanese archaeological discoveries held in Germany in 2004, which brought together over 1500 exhibits from 55 lenders around Japan, and research by over 100 specialists. The Illustrated Companion brings the fruits of this project to an English-reading audience and offers an up-to-date survey of the achievements of Japanese archaeology.

Inside the World's Major East Asian Collections

One Belt, One Road, and Beyond

Author: Patrick Lo,Dickson KW Chiu,Allan Cho

Publisher: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 0081021461

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 466

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Inside the World’s Major East Asian Collections examines the rise of the “LAM,” an acronym that stands for libraries, archives and museums. In doing so, this book profiles leading experts—librarians, archivists and museum curators—who specialise in East Asian collections from across the world. In examining the dynamically shifting role of the cultural institution in the context of managing information and collections, this book provides important themes offered by these cultural experts in understanding the necessary professional skills, knowledge and personalities that are required for working in such environments of varying size, scope and composition in LAMs. As galleries, LAMs manage preservation and access of history and culture, and their missions and goals as cultural institutions continue to converge. As collecting institutions, LAMs share the common mandate to preserve and make accessible primary resources valuable for researchers and professionals, as well as the public. LAMs are mostly publicly funded, publicly accountable institutions collecting cultural heritage materials. Another aim of this book is to enhance the visibility and recognise the efforts of the LAM professionals as cultural institution leaders, since much of their great contributions in the respective fields to preserving our cultural and documentary heritages have gone unnoticed outside their parent institutions. Examines the roles and goals of cultural institutions Brings collections to life through interviews with LAM experts Presents LAMs with a focus on East Asia Serves as a platform for LAM professionals to share and exchange experiences and insights

The Emergence of Civilizational Consciousness in Early China

History Word by Word

Author: Uffe Bergeton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781138344099

Category:

Page: 304

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This book provides a conceptual history of the emergence of civilizational consciousness in early China. Focusing on how words are used in pre-Qín (before 221 BCE) texts to construct identities and negotiate relationships between a 'civilised self' and 'uncivilised others', it provides a re-examination of the origins and development of these ideas. By adopting a novel approach to determining when civilizational consciousness emerged in pre-Qín China, this book analyzes this question in ways that establish a fresh hermeneutical dialogue between Chinese and modern European understandings of 'civilization.' Whereas previous studies have used archaeological data to place its origin somewhere between 3000 BCE and 1000 BCE, this book explores changes in word meanings in texts from the pre-Qín period to reject this view. Instead, this book dates the emergence of civilizational consciousness in China to around 2,500 years ago. In the process, new chronologies of the coining of Old Chinese terms such as 'customs, ' 'barbarians, ' and 'the Great ones, ' are proposed, which challenge anachronistic assumptions about these terms in earlier studies. Examining important Chinese classics, such as the Analects, the Mencius and the Mozi, as well as key historical periods and figures in the context of the concept of 'civilization, ' this book will useful to students and scholars of Chinese and Asian history.

Gyeongju

The Capital of Golden Silla

Author: Sarah Milledge Nelson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317237935

Category: Social Science

Page: 154

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Gyeongju, the capital of the Kingdom of Silla, grew from a loose confederation of villages, called Saro, to become the capital of most of the Korean peninsula. Its relationships with Japan, the Eurasian Steppes, and countries along the Silk Road leading to Europe helped to make the city one of the most prosperous and significant in ancient East Asia. In this seminal new volume, Sarah Milledge Nelson draws on over 30 years’ experience to offer the first complete history of this fascinating city. Gyeongju explores culture, class and rank, industry, international relations, rulers, and socio-cultural issues such as gender, and examines in detail the complex systems of class and rank, Gyeongju’s position as the royal seat of Silla, and the influence and legacy of the ancient city. Excavations in Gyeongju have provided evidence not only of the wealth and power of the monarchy, but also of production and agriculture, and the reach of Gyeongju’s trade routes, making this city a fascinating case study for the region. Augmented with extensive maps and images which illustrate the city’s rich history, this volume is crucial reading for anyone interested in the city, the kingdom of Silla, the history and archaeology of Korea, and early urbanism and state formation in East Asia.

Sinicization and the Rise of China

Civilizational Processes Beyond East and West

Author: Peter J. Katzenstein

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136460195

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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China’s rise and processes of Sinicization suggest that recombination of new and old elements rather than a total rupture with or return to the past is China’s likely future. In both space and time, civilizational politics offers the broadest social context. It is of particular salience in China. Reification of civilizations into simple categories such as East and West is widespread in everyday politics and common in policy and academic writings. This book’s emphasis on Sinicization as a specific instance of civilizational processes counters political and intellectual shortcuts and corrects the mistakes to which they often lead. Sinicization illustrates that like other civilizations China has always been open to variegated social and political processes that have brought together many different kinds of peoples adhering to very different kinds of practices. This book tries to avoid the reifications and celebrations that mark much of the contemporary public debate about China’s rise. It highlights instead complex processes and political practices bridging East and West that avoid easy shortcuts. The analytical perspectives of this book are laid out in Katzenstein’s opening and concluding chapters. They are explored in six outstanding case studies, written by widely known authors, which over questions of security, political economy and culture. Featuring an exceptional line-up and representing a diversity of theoretical views within one integrative perspective, this work will be of interest to all scholars and students of international relations, sociology and political science.

Japan–China Relations in the Modern Era

Author: Ryosei Kokubun,Yoshihide Soeya,Akio Takahara,Shin Kawashima

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351857940

Category: History

Page: 250

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From before the dawn of recorded history, there has been a rich flow of interaction between Japan and China. Japan has long learned many things from Chinese civilization, and since the modern era China began to learn from Japan. In the twenty-first century, however, China surpassed Japan in terms of GDP in 2010 to become the world’s second largest economy. Amid this rapid rise of China and what has been called a power-shift in Japan–China relations, there are signs that bilateral tensions are rising and that the image each country has of the other is worsening. This volume provides a cogent analysis of the politics of the bilateral relationship in the modern era, explaining the past, present, and future of Japan–China relations during a time of massive political, social, and economic changes. Written by a team of internationally renowned Japanese scholars and based on sources not available in English, this book is essential reading for students and scholars of Japan–China relations, Japanese international relations, and the politics and international relations of East Asia

Archaeology of Asia

Author: Miriam T. Stark

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405153032

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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This introduction to the archaeology of Asia focuses on case studies from the region’s last 10,000 years of history. Comprises fifteen chapters by some of the world’s foremost Asia archaeologists Sheds light on the most compelling aspects of Asian archaeology, from the earliest evidence of plant domestication to the emergence of states and empires Explores issues of cross-cultural significance, such as migration, urbanism, and technology Presents original research data that challenges readers to think beyond national and regional boundaries Synthesizes work previously unavailable to western readers

Danger, Development and Legitimacy in East Asian Maritime Politics

Securing the Seas, Securing the State

Author: Christian Wirth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351606360

Category: Political Science

Page: 238

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Grounded in extensive empirical research, Danger, Development and Legitimacy in East Asian Maritime Politics addresses the major issues of geopolitics in the region that have been and will continue to shape the international politics of the Asia-Pacific for years to come. Covering the nation-states of China, Japan and South Korea, it includes an examination of the key island disputes, as well as analysis of the North Korea–South Korea clashes in the Yellow Sea, controversies in Japan’s relations with both Koreas and the so-called ‘history disputes’, including recognition of World War II atrocities across the region. In doing so, this book explores a range of themes from the ecological environment to the globalized nature of shipping and therein links the East Asian maritime sphere directly to the dynamics and developments in the domestic politics of each country. Thus, it serves to demonstrate how several controversial debates in the international politics of the Asia-Pacific are ultimately and inextricably intertwined. A timely contribution that furthers our understanding of contemporary politics of the Asia-Pacific, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Asian politics, international relations and the Asia-Pacific region in general.

Oasis Identities

Uyghur Nationalism Along China's Silk Road

Author: Justin Jon Rudelson,Justin Ben-Adam Rudelson,Justin Ben-Adam

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231107860

Category: History

Page: 209

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Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in the Xinjiang oasis of Turpan, Rudelson assesses the factors that undermine the creation of a pan-Uyghur identity.

China between Empires

The Northern and Southern Dynasties

Author: Mark Edward LEWIS

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674040155

Category: History

Page: 350

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After the collapse of the Han dynasty in the third century CE, China divided along a north-south line. This book traces the changes that both underlay and resulted from this split in a period that saw the geographic redefinition of China, more engagement with the outside world, significant changes to family life, developments in the literary and social arenas, and the introduction of new religions.

Prehistoric Japan

New Perspectives on Insular East Asia

Author: Keiji Imamura

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824818524

Category: History

Page: 246

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An illustrated introduction to the prehistory of Japan, treated in its own right and not as a minor part of East Asia in general.