This book gives an overview of all of Asian history from the eastern borders of Europe to the Pacific and from the birth of civilization to the present. It provides a broad framework and flexible method for thinking about the history of the people of Asia.
Preface to Volumes I and II -- Introduction to Volumes I and II -- Glossary -- The Birth of Civilization in Asia -- The Political Organization of Civilized Societies -- The Crisis and Ethical Protest in the Mid-First Millennium b.c. -- The Rise of Universal Empires during the First Millennium b.c. -- The Persistence of Empire in the Face of Change -- The Rise of Universal Religions -- The Regional Fragmentation of Civilizations -- Eurasian Integration under Central Asian Dominance -- Early Modern Empires in Asia