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The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907 (review)

The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907 (review) BOOK REVIEWS The Genesis of East Asia, 221 b.c. ­ a.d. 907. Charles Holcombe. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2001. xii þ 332 pp., maps. ISBN 0-8248-2465-2. Reviewed by Gideon Shelach, Department of East Asian Studies, Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, 91905 Israel A good research book, in contrast to a textbook, is not one that provides readymade answers but one that forces us to ponder fundamental questions that continue to occupy our minds even after we finish reading the book. According to this criterion, The Genesis of East Asia is a very good book, highly recommended for advanced students and researchers of East Asian cultures and history as well as for scholars working in other parts of the world. While disagreement about details or even about the main thesis of the book is inevitable, Holcombe should be commended for having the courage to dive into the endless ocean of primary and secondary sources, and for his ability to distill a coherent and thought-provoking work. As is clearly stated in the title, the book addresses the region defined as East Asia (the area covered roughly by the modern states of China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan) during the last centuries http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Perspectives University of Hawai'I Press

The Genesis of East Asia, 221 B.C.-A.D. 907 (review)

Asian Perspectives , Volume 44 (2) – Nov 21, 2005

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BOOK REVIEWS The Genesis of East Asia, 221 b.c. ­ a.d. 907. Charles Holcombe. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2001. xii þ 332 pp., maps. ISBN 0-8248-2465-2. Reviewed by Gideon Shelach, Department of East Asian Studies, Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus, 91905 Israel A good research book, in contrast to a textbook, is not one that provides readymade answers but one that forces us to ponder fundamental questions that continue to occupy our minds even after we finish reading the book. According to this criterion, The Genesis of East Asia is a very good book, highly recommended for advanced students and researchers of East Asian cultures and history as well as for scholars working in other parts of the world. While disagreement about details or even about the main thesis of the book is inevitable, Holcombe should be commended for having the courage to dive into the endless ocean of primary and secondary sources, and for his ability to distill a coherent and thought-provoking work. As is clearly stated in the title, the book addresses the region defined as East Asia (the area covered roughly by the modern states of China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan) during the last centuries

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Published: Nov 21, 2005

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