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Asian history 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

  1. Do you have a fascination with Asian, or Eastern, history and culture that simply does not go away?
  2. Did your schools present Asian History as some sort of quaint, also-ran in the fabric of human history?
If 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?

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.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015