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Routledge Studies in the Early History of Asia


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The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of the early history of Asia.

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The Imperial Network in Ancient China The Foundation of Sinitic Empire in Southern East Asia

The Imperial Network in Ancient China: The Foundation of Sinitic Empire in Southern East Asia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Maxim Korolkov
November 19, 2021

This book examines the emergence of imperial state in East Asia during the period ca. 400 BCE – 200 CE as a network-based process, showing how the geography of early interregional contacts south of the Yangzi River informed the directions of Sinitic state expansion. Drawing from an extensive ...

The Birth of Japanese Historiography

The Birth of Japanese Historiography

1st Edition

By John R. Bentley
December 29, 2020

As the first book in English on the origins of Japanese historiography, using both archaeological and textual data, this book examines the connection between ancient Japan and the Korean kingdom of Paekche and how tutors from the kingdom of Paekche helped to lay the foundation for a literate ...

Cultural Astronomy of the Japanese Archipelago Exploring the Japanese Skyscape

Cultural Astronomy of the Japanese Archipelago: Exploring the Japanese Skyscape

1st Edition

By Akira Goto
November 20, 2020

Goto introduces the diverse and multilayered skylore and cultural astron- omy of the peoples of the Japanese Archipelago. Going as far back as the Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods, this book examines the significance of constellations in the daily life of farmers, fishermen, sailors, priests, and ...

The Emergence of Civilizational Consciousness in Early China History Word by Word

The Emergence of Civilizational Consciousness in Early China: History Word by Word

1st Edition

By Uffe Bergeton
December 11, 2018

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 ...

Ancient Chinese Encyclopedia of Technology Translation and Annotation of Kaogong ji, The Artificers' Record

Ancient Chinese Encyclopedia of Technology: Translation and Annotation of Kaogong ji, The Artificers' Record

1st Edition

By Jun Wenren
October 13, 2017

This book presents the first translation into English of the full text of the Kaogong ji. This classic work, described by the great scholar of the history of Chinese science and technology Joseph Needham as "the most important document for the study of ancient Chinese technology", dates from the ...

Asian Expansions The Historical Experiences of Polity Expansion in Asia

Asian Expansions: The Historical Experiences of Polity Expansion in Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Geoff Wade
May 25, 2017

Asia as we know it today is the product of a wide range of polity expansions over time. Recognising the territorial expansions of Asian polities large and small through the last several millennia helps rectify the fallacy, long-held and deeply entrenched, that Asian polities have been interested ...

Women and the Literary World in Early Modern China, 1580-1700

Women and the Literary World in Early Modern China, 1580-1700

1st Edition

By Daria Berg
December 07, 2015

Exploring the works of key women writers within their cultural, artistic and socio-political contexts, this book considers changes in the perception of women in early modern China. The sixteenth century brought rapid developments in technology, commerce and the publishing industry that saw women ...

Globalizing the Prehistory of Japan Language, genes and civilisation

Globalizing the Prehistory of Japan: Language, genes and civilisation

1st Edition

By Ann Kumar
September 18, 2012

This iconoclastic work on the prehistory of Japan and of South East Asia challenges entrenched views on the origins of Japanese society and identity. The social changes that took place in Japan in the time-period when the Jomon culture was replaced by the Yayoi culture were of exceptional ...

Past Human Migrations in East Asia Matching Archaeology, Linguistics and Genetics

Past Human Migrations in East Asia: Matching Archaeology, Linguistics and Genetics

1st Edition

Edited By Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, Roger Blench, Malcolm D. Ross, Ilia Peiros, Marie Lin
September 18, 2012

The study of the prehistory of East Asia is developing very rapidly. In uncovering the story of the flows of human migration that constituted the peopling of East Asia there exists widespread debate about the nature of evidence and the tools for correlating results from different disciplines. ...

Imperial Tombs in Tang China, 618-907 The Politics of Paradise

Imperial Tombs in Tang China, 618-907: The Politics of Paradise

1st Edition

By Tonia Eckfeld
May 11, 2011

Intellectually and visually stimulating, this important landmark book looks at the religious, political, social and artistic significance of the Imperial tombs of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It traces the evolutionary development of the most elaborately beautiful imperial tombs to examine ...

Elite Theatre in Ming China, 1368-1644

Elite Theatre in Ming China, 1368-1644

1st Edition

By Grant Guangren Shen
May 14, 2009

Theatre occupied a particularly important place in the life of the elite, for whom owning a theatre troupe was highly fashionable and for whom theatre performances were an integral part of formal gatherings, various rituals and ceremonies. Based on an exploration of original historical records, ...

Marco Polo's China A Venetian in the Realm of Khubilai Khan

Marco Polo's China: A Venetian in the Realm of Khubilai Khan

1st Edition

By Stephen G. Haw
May 14, 2009

Marco Polo’s famous book about his journey to China, written in 1298, continues to be a subject of considerable controversy. One recent work on the subject argues that Marco Polo never went to China at all, and other scholars have pointed out apparent mistakes and important omissions in Marco’s ...

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