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Asia and After in World History 1600

by: Karina Ann Yeager

Asia and After in World History 1600

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Karina Ann Yeager
Troy University
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Asia and African history summarized down
World History to 1600
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Date Created: 08/12/16
Asia and Africa in Transition  India in the Classical World   Megasthenes (350­290BC) was a Greek Ambassador who visited India   He described the Ruler Chandragupta who may have been inspired by the example of  Alexander   He usurped the throne in 321 BC and controlled present day India and Afghanistan   He had a substantial wooden palace   In 298BC, Chandragupta appears to have ritually starved himself to death  His sons ruled and then his grandson Asoka emerged as the ruler. Under him, the first  documented history of India emerges   Asoka’s Buddhist beliefs inspired a social philosophy known as Dhamma or Universal  Law 1. Dignity of Man  2. Religious toleration  3. Non­Violence   During the Gupta Empire (240­550CE) stone temples, a mathematical system with  decimals and Hindu religious society evolved  th  The Gupta were overcome by the Huns in the 6  century   During the 6th century, Arab traders complicated Indian society by introducing Islam Classical China   Due in no small part to their development of the crossbow, the Han created an empire as  vast as that of the Romans  The Han were very adept at incorporating surrounding tribes into Chinese Civilization  The Chinese, like the Romans, saw themselves as the “center of the world.”   Canon­ collection of books/sayings   The next great dynasty of the classical world before the Medieval period was the Tang  (618­907)  Golden Age of Chinese Civilization: art, literature and technology flourished   Buddhism became the predominant religion for the common people  Japan’s Geographical isolation is an important deterministic variable   Were the Ainu ancestors of the Native Americans?  Modern day Japanese are largely descended from the invaders who crossed over to the  islands between 8000 and ?  Understandably, in view of the map, the centers of cultural evolution were in the south  and west of Japan (closest to Korea)  The real nucleus of early Japanese civilization was the peninsula of Yamato  (southwestern side of the great island of Honshu)  Shintoism  A distinguishing feature of this belief system was that  Shinto did not endow gods with  distinct personalities nor did they represent them with images   Rather, objects of worship were designated as “kami” meaning divine. This was applied  to nearly anything which had mysterious or contemplative properties   The clan which eventually became dominant on the plain of Yamato claimed decent from the Shinto Sun Goddess  Centuries later, this would be the principal reasons Westerners known Japan as the “land  of the rising sun.”  Buddhism’s Impact on Japan  A major result of what began as religious exchange was the importation by Japan of the  Chinese Mode of governance according to the Tang Model  ­According to an edict issued in 645  .  The Foundations of Civilizations in Sub­Saharan Africa   Nubia (ca. 200CE) o Christian  o Had contact with Egypt o Own Language  o Cathedrals  o Nubian Bishop with Virgin Mary and Child


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