A History of Asia
A History of Asia places an emphasis on social history, paying particular attention to cultural and religious trends and offering explicit comparisons among the major Asian traditions and between Asia and the western world. The second edition includes a new chapter on Japan, increased coverage of social history, urban history, women, and the environment, and an updated bib...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 479 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Longman Publishing Group
(first published February 1992)
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May 25, 2014 Carlos Burga rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This book was really good in giving the reader a notion of the history of Asia, but although Murphey does a splendid job of discussion the intricate history of this most-populous of continents, the amount of information is such that the reader will almost certainly feel overwhelmed. Murphey clearly writes for an uninformed audience and thus manages to divide this great continent into several sub regions that will make keeping track of them easier. He then embarks to give a detailed and well-writ...more
Great book for those of us who are trying to learn about Asian history with one source. I would say that it goes into a medium depth level on the majority of monsoon Asian countries. It does not touch on Siberia or Australia, however it does cover the rest of the Asian countries in enough detail. Overall, I had a great time reading this book and am very please it is now part of my reference collection for future discussions and lookups.