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By Arthur Cotterell

From one of many world's top historians?a finished narrative of the 3,000 years that experience shaped Asia's humans, tradition, and international destiny
Tracing its origins in Mesopotamia to its sleek function at the worldwide geopolitical degree, historian Arthur Cotterell deals a compelling, energetic, 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 presents a desirable examine the worldwide convulsions?like the increase and fall of Assyria and Persia, the medieval states that flourished after the appearance of Islam, and the trendy variations prompted through the lightning conquests of imperial Japan?that have formed the continent. * Covers the nice occasions and figures of Asian background, in addition to a glance on the enormous is still that endure witness to these instances: the ziggurats of Iraq, the Taj Mahal, the nice 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 challenge to the Qing emperor Qian lengthy; and Toyotomi Hideyoshi's edict of 1587 banning firearms in Japan* gains boxed inserts of particular interest?like a Babylonian recipe for lamb stew circa 1500 BC* comprises over a hundred illustrations, maps, and photographs* different books by way of Cotterell: The Minoan World, The First Emperor of China, The Encyclopedia of Mythology, and Chariot
Destined to turn into a reference staple for heritage buffs and scholars of Asian background, Asia: A Concise heritage bargains readers a wide ranging narrative and wealth of element that make the formative classes, key occasions, and personalities from this as soon as distant a part of the area come alive.

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At great risk Gilgamesh fetches it from the deep and happily turns his steps to Uruk, but on his way home, while he dozes by a waterhole, a serpent smells the wonderful perfume of the leaves, and swallows the lot. Immediately the snake was able to slough its skin, and Gilgamesh realised that there was no way that he could avoid the underworld, “the house of dust”. indd 8 4/5/11 9:39:14 AM Ancient West Asia Ereshkigal, “the mistress of death”, and Inanna’s implacable enemy Our knowledge of the Sumerians derives from their invention of writing, quite possibly the most consequential advance in all human history.

Uruk is also the setting of the Babylonian epic about Gilgamesh, a legendary Sumerian king whose original name was Bilgames. The city’s earliest rulers fascinated later poets, much as the heroes of the Trojan War did the Greek epic poet Homer. They were the favourite subjects of court entertainment, their adventures being retold to ruler after ruler. Though it was the writing school of King Shulgi at Ur that set down for posterity the literary tradition of Sumer just before the close of the third millennium BC, the fullest surviving text of Gilgamesh’s exploits comes from the Assyrian royal library at Nineveh.

Nebuchadrezzar was the fourth king of the new Isin dynasty, ruling in Babylon himself for twenty-two years. In capturing the statue of Marduk, the patron deity of Babylon, the Elamites had utterly humiliated the Babylonians. indd 13 4/5/11 9:39:18 AM Asia: A Concise History return the cult statue to its rightful place in the great temple of Esagila was thwarted by an outbreak of plague in Nebuchadrezzar’s army. Having received favourable omens for a second attack on Elam, Nebuchadrezzar gathered his chariotry together and advanced in sweltering heat one summer.

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