By Arthur Cotterell
From one of many world's major historians?a entire narrative of the 3,000 years that experience shaped Asia's humans, tradition, and international destiny
Tracing its origins in Mesopotamia to its smooth position at the worldwide geopolitical level, historian Arthur Cotterell bargains a compelling, vigorous, and readable account of 1 of the main culturally diversified, and sometimes misunderstood, elements of the area. starting with the emergence of the world's earliest civilization in 3000 BC, Asia: A Concise historical past offers a desirable examine the worldwide convulsions?like the increase and fall of Assyria and Persia, the medieval states that flourished after the arrival of Islam, and the fashionable ameliorations caused by means of the lightning conquests of imperial Japan?that have formed the continent. * Covers the nice occasions and figures of Asian heritage, besides a glance on the huge is still that undergo witness to these instances: the ziggurats of Iraq, the Taj Mahal, the good Wall of China, the temple of Angkor Wat* contains attention-grabbing slices of background, together with funeral preparations for Qin Shi Huangdi in 210 BC; an extract from Lord Macartney's magazine of his 1793 diplomatic venture to the Qing emperor Qian lengthy; and Toyotomi Hideyoshi's edict of 1587 banning firearms in Japan* gains boxed inserts of distinctive interest?like a Babylonian recipe for lamb stew circa 1500 BC* comprises over a hundred illustrations, maps, and images* different books by way of Cotterell: The Minoan World, The First Emperor of China, The Encyclopedia of Mythology, and Chariot
Destined to develop into a reference staple for background buffs and scholars of Asian background, Asia: A Concise historical past bargains readers a panoramic narrative and wealth of element that make the formative sessions, key occasions, and personalities from this as soon as distant a part of the realm come alive.
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One disloyal ruler had his skin “draped over the wall of Nineveh”. Massacre, pillage, wholesale resettlement—these were the favourite methods of Assyrian domination, whose sovereignty was “made supreme by the Ashur and Adad, the great gods”. What allowed an Assyrian ruler to behave without apparent restraint was of course the power of his army. At Nineveh, enjoyment of the grape is recorded in a wall relief from the palace of a later Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal. Though the monarch is shown reclining in Greek fashion on a couch, he does not drink in the company of men, as at a symposium.
It did not matter that Inanna’s abundant sensuality also turned her into a love goddess, the protectress and colleague of prostitutes. indd 21 4/5/11 9:39:24 AM Asia: A Concise History he rejects her advances. The distracting effect of her charms is something Gilgamesh well knew: he had sent “the harlot Samhat” to tame the wild man Enkidu. ” In the absence of a human family, he had grown up with them. Thus civilisation had claimed Enkidu, so fascinated was he with Samhat’s account of the festivals held in Uruk, the attractiveness of the city’s prostitutes and the fame of Gilgamesh, its ruler.
His inscriptions show that he styled himself as the ruler of Babylonia and Sumer; he was “King of the Four Quarters of the World”. Although Babylon went on the defensive after Hammurabi’s death in 1750 BC, the hegemony he secured for the city bestowed on it a lasting fame. 25 metres high. In the settlement of disputes between citizens, it reveals how the Semitic custom of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” replaced the system of fines used by the Sumerians, who preferred to recompense physical injury with an appropriate payment, although murder and robbery were punished by death.
Asia: A Concise History by Arthur Cotterell