By Arthur Cotterell
From one of many world's best historians?a complete narrative of the 3,000 years that experience shaped Asia's humans, tradition, and international destiny
Tracing its origins in Mesopotamia to its smooth position at the worldwide geopolitical degree, historian Arthur Cotterell deals a compelling, full of life, and readable account of 1 of the main culturally varied, and infrequently misunderstood, components of the area. starting with the emergence of the world's earliest civilization in 3000 BC, Asia: A Concise background presents a desirable examine the worldwide convulsions?like the increase and fall of Assyria and Persia, the medieval states that flourished after the arrival of Islam, and the trendy variations prompted by way of the lightning conquests of imperial Japan?that have formed the continent. * Covers the good occasions and figures of Asian heritage, in addition to a glance on the enormous is still that endure witness to these instances: the ziggurats of Iraq, the Taj Mahal, the nice Wall of China, the temple of Angkor Wat* comprises attention-grabbing slices of background, together with funeral preparations for Qin Shi Huangdi in 210 BC; an extract from Lord Macartney's magazine of his 1793 diplomatic undertaking to the Qing emperor Qian lengthy; and Toyotomi Hideyoshi's edict of 1587 banning firearms in Japan* positive factors boxed inserts of particular interest?like a Babylonian recipe for lamb stew circa 1500 BC* comprises over a hundred illustrations, maps, and photographs* different books through Cotterell: The Minoan World, The First Emperor of China, The Encyclopedia of Mythology, and Chariot
Destined to develop into a reference staple for heritage buffs and scholars of Asian background, Asia: A Concise background deals readers a wide ranging narrative and wealth of element that make the formative classes, key occasions, and personalities from this as soon as distant a part of the area come alive.
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In spite of the decipherment problem, the material remains of the Indus valley cities bear witness to an influence on the subcontinent’s chief concern, namely religion. Defeated though they were by the Aryan invaders, the Indus valley people were not without their revenge because their beliefs came to have a profound effect on the outlook of the Aryans. indd 4 4/5/11 9:39:11 AM Ancient West Asia The arrival at the British Museum of an Assyrian bull statue that was excavated at ancient Nimrud in 1847 fascinated by the possibilities of yoga, whose austerities were supposed to empower the rishis, divinely inspired seers.
To this ceremony the gods of the other major cities were brought as witnesses, until unsettled conditions towards the end of Nebuchadrezzar’s reign caused a temporary interruption of the practice, because it was too risky for their cult statues to be carried to Babylon. There were only minor skirmishes with Assyria, which occupied an area to the north of Babylon centred on the confluence of the Tigris river and one of its major tributaries. The rolling hills of Assyria sustained both herders and farmers thanks to a regular rainfall.
A later version of the Sumerian hero Atrahasis, this venerable sage was prepared to impart truth only to the man who dared to find him and was capable of doing so. The reason for Gilgamesh’s visit to Utanapishtim was the grief that had overwhelmed him on the death of his companion Enkidu, something the distraught hero refused to accept as the inevitable end to life. Gilgamesh “wept over the corpse for seven days and seven nights, refusing to give it up for burial until a maggot fell from one of the nostrils”.
Asia: A Concise History by Arthur Cotterell