The nations of Asia now make up more than half of the world's population. With increasingly affluent, educated middle classes and vigorous, innovative industries, they are more populous and powerful than ever before, and their influence on the rest of the world is only growing. Colin Mason provides a clear, readable introduction to their history and traditions, from the Stone Age right up to the present day.
This thoroughly revised, updated and expanded third edition contains new chapters on Mongolia, Nepal and Bhutan, separate expanded chapters on the South Asian nations, and revised chapters on all the modern states. A new introduction explores the nature and implications of the new politics of 'guided democracy' and the current clash between industrialisation and the consequences of climate change. 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 Mason has been Chief Correspondent in Asia for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a diplomat, a senator and leader of his party in the Senate.
Praise for the third edition:
This is a really good textbook on the history of Asia, fair and balanced, and with a great deal of accurate and interesting detail about the history of Asia. It is very compact and written in an accessible style that will appeal to students. I strongly recommend it. - Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, Australia
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the histories and traditions that shaped the vibrant nations of contemporary Asia. Concise and balanced, this valuable new edition proves Colin Mason's ample knowledge of the changes and challenges faced by the region. - Ina Asim, University of Oregon, USA
Praise for previous editions:
An authoritative, well-organised and well-written book. - D. R. SarDesai, University of California Los Angeles, USA