A Short History of Asia, Second Edition by Colin Mason

By Colin Mason

The peoples of Asia now make up greater than 1/2 the world's inhabitants. they're more and more well-educated, and winning in each sector of contemporary alternate and expertise. Their effect within the remainder of the realm can be turning into higher. Colin Mason presents a readable and transparent creation to their historical past and traditions, from prehistory correct as much as the current day. This completely revised, up to date and elevated new version contains the enormous alterations and additions made worthwhile by way of the fast-changing scene in Asia, rather China's expanding prominence in global affairs. There are new chapters on Afghanistan and Taiwan, and on international struggle and its value in Asia, in addition to wide transforming of the chapters at the international locations of South Asia. Maps and illustrations now additionally improve the textual content all through, making this the basic advisor to the historical past of a desirable continent and its peoples.

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Another such terrace was built above and below this, until entire hillsides were covered with parallel terraces like giant flights of steps, engineered to follow the Early South-east Asia: Ships from India 37 contour lines. Coupled with this skilful engineering the Ifugao showed a considerable knowledge of hydraulics. The waterfalls and torrents of the hillsides were harnessed, bamboo pipes being used to provide a water supply to the rice terraces. Forest growth was controlled on the divides to prevent flash flooding and erosion.

Loosely organized principalities at the river mouths were regarded as the personal bailiwicks, and the tax revenues the personal property, of the ruler and the clique supporting him. Pre-colonial Malay history is mostly a tedious and repetitive chronicle of the feuds, wars and disputes of these petty princelings. Often these principalities resulted from pirate alliances which preyed on passing merchant shipping – something that has persisted into modern times. Rich soils, found on plainlands, drained swamps or hillsides where water is available, have from the earliest times been devoted to the growing of ‘wet’ or padi rice.

Even the carved hands of figures are so massive they are often more than a man could lift. It is probable that this mania for building finally weakened the kingdom so much it could no longer control its enemies. Here again, it is also possible that the Anopheles mosquito, breeding on the great irrigation lakes, brought catastrophic plagues of malaria. Since only the stone temples survive, where the people of this city actually lived was unclear until imaging radar from NASA (the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in 1994 and 2000 revealed the remnants of a considerable network of canals and streets to the north of the temple complex, which must once have been lined with timber houses.

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