focuses on the development of the societies,
cultures, and institutions of the Asian Continent
from their origins to the present.
Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History
Introduction to Asia: History, Culture, and Civilization
Asia: A Concise History
Attention Lifelong Learners
you are reasonably certain your answers could be "yes," then consider
this: Are we, as benefactors of Western/Greek intellectual skills,
interpreting Asian history through the lens of Western thought? Is it
possible that many Asian scholars are doing the same?
- Do you have a fascination with Asian, or Eastern, history and
culture that simply does not go away?
- Did your schools present Asian History as some sort of quaint,
also-ran in the fabric of human history?
As independent lifelong learners, we can take a serious look at such
questions and the implications of their answers. We do not have to
satisfy a peer-review board or waste our time an energy with
dog-and-pony shows for institutional grants. So, that being the case,
can you imagine what it would be like to strip away deep-rooted Western
assumptions and look at Asian history as an Asian; or better, as an
alien visitor with no human preconceptions? Imagine what we can learn
about ourselves, as human beings, when we see our human heritage from a
common perspective. Not easy to do, but certainly worthy of a
lifetime of intellectual effort.