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Encyclopedia of Ancient Asian Civilizations
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  • Authored by: Charles F. W. Higham
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  • ISBN-10: 1438109962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4381-0996-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 03/01/2004
  • Dewey Number: 959
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 464


The civilizations of Ancient Asia have played a major role in humankind's development through their accumulated knowledge and impressive achievements, yet they are little known to most Americans. Encyclopedia of Ancient Asian Civilizations is a new and exciting addition to Facts On File's series of encyclopedias on ancient history. Written by one of the preeminent scholars in the field, this authoritative single-volume reference covers ancient Asia from the Indus Valley Civilization in approximately 3000 BCE through the Cambodian empires of Funan, Chenla, and Angkor that lasted until the 15th century. No previous work has brought together the complete range of early states under one cover. In many cases—for example, the states of Champa in present-day Vietnam, which are only described in French and Vietnamese texts, and the Dvaravati state of central Thailand, which is best covered in the Thai language—the civilizations included have thus far been treated only marginally in the English language.

With 50 black-and-white photographs and 4 maps, Encyclopedia of Ancient Asian Civilizations is the ideal resource for high school and college students researching the subject as well as a useful scholarly reference. Likewise, the many travelers who are headed to Asia will find this historical overview enlightening. The encyclopedia begins with a lengthy introduction to the history of the region, followed by approximately 900 detailed, A-to-Z entries that cover archaeological sites, agricultural and economic development, personalities and political institutions, as well as articles on religion, trade, warfare, and other important topics. Easy to use and valuable for quick reference, more in-depth research, and browsing, this volume is an essential addition to every library's world history collection.

Civilizations covered include:

  • Ancient Burma
  • Ancient China
  • Ancient India
  • Ancient Japan
  • Ancient Korea
  • Ancient Sri Lanka
  • Central Asia and the Silk Road
  • Champa in Vietnam
  • Dvaravati in Thailand
  • Funan, Chenla, and Angkor in Cambodia
  • The Indus Civilization
  • The Maritime states of Southeast Asia.



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