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Highrise buildings, imported goods, paved streets, and luxurious homes are in evidence in capitals and other urban centers. But village life continues in daily routines inherited over the centuries. Peasants plant rice, catch fish, obey headmen, and follow time-honored social customs. Many of the people remain poor and illiterate. The widely proclaimed ''revolution of rising expectations'' does not seem to be widely understood in rural areas. Except for Japan, the problem of economic development remains foremost, as Asian states strive to transform themselves into modern nations.

1. Asia History. I. Title. M43 1997 950 dc20 95-44450 CIP ISBN 0-8476-8068-1 (cloth: alk. paper) ISBN 0-8476-8063-0 (pbk. alk. 48-1984. D. C. D. D. D. D. C. C. D. D. D. 794) 121 Heian Japan (794 to 1185) 127 Part Two: Traditional Asia 8 South Asia (1206 to 1858) 139 The Delhi Sultanate (1206 to 1526) 139 The Moguls (1526 to 1858) 142 Advent of the West 146 9 Southeast Asia (1300 to 1850) 155 Medieval States (1300 to 1600) 155 Southeast Asia and the West (1600 to 1850) 162 10 China and Central Asia (1279 to 1844) 175 The Yuan Dynasty, the Mogols (1279 to 1368) 175 The Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) 179 The Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty, the Manchus (1644 to 1844) 185 China and the West 189 11 Northeast Asia (1185 to 1868) 195 Korea 195 Feudal Japan (1185 to 1603) 197 Tokugawa Japan (1603 to 1868) 203 Page ix Part Three: Modernizing Asia 12 South Asia (1858 to 1937) 217 Imperial Rule and the Rise of Nationalism (1858 to 1914) 217 Noncooperation and the Struggle Toward Independence (1914 to 1937) 223 13 Southeast Asia (1850 to 1937) 233 Mainland Southeast Asia 233 Insular Southeast Asia 242 14 China and Central Asia (1844 to 1937) 253 Imperial Decline (1844 to 1912) 253 The Republic of China (1912 to 1937) 262 15 Northeast Asia (1868 to 1937) 275 Korea 275 Meiji Japan (1868 to 1912) 278 Imperial Japan (1912 to 1937) 284 16 Conflict in Asia (1937 to 1945) 293 Japan, China, and the Pacific 293 Japan and Southern Regions 302 Book Two: Asia Since 1945 Part Four: South Asia 17 South Asia 315 India 315 Pakistan 322 Bangladesh 328 Bhutan 332 Nepal 333 Afghanistan 335 Sri Lanka 337 Maldives 341 Perspective 342 Part Five: Southeast Asia 18 Mainland Southeast Asia 359 Burman (Myanmar) 359 Thailand 365 Indochina 370 Page x 19 Insular Southeast Asia 401 The Malayan World 401 The Philippines 408 Indonesia 419 20 Postwar Southeast Asia: Some Considerations 433 Politics 433 Economics 436 Society 439 Regionalism 442 International Affairs 445 Part Six: East Asia 21 The People's Republic of China 453 A House Divided (1945 to 1949) 453 The Mao Years (1949 to 1976) 456 China After Mao (Since 1976) 466 22 China's Rim Lands 473 Hong Kong and Macau 473 China Seas Island Groups 475 Taiwan: The Republic of China 478 Mongolia 482 The Koreas 488 23 Japan 505 Occupied Japan (1945 to 1952) 506 Politics 509 Economics and Society 512 Foreign Affairs 517 Appendix I: Selected Statistics 529 Appendix II: Regional Groups Relating to Asia and the Pacific 533 Asia: A Selective Bibliography 535 Index 573 About the Author 605 Page xi LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS Maps Asia 4-5 South Asia 16 Southeast Asia 19 East Asia 23 Asia, c.

The eleven largest contain 90 percent of the population. There are three main island groups. Luzon, in the north, is the most important island with the country's capital, Manila, founded in 1571 by the Spanish. Then come the central Visayan Islands. In the south is the large and underpopulated Islamic island of Mindanao. The Philippines never had important kingdoms, and even under three centuries of Spanish rule, they remained outside the mainstream of Southeast Asian history. Effects of Geography One effect of geography on Southeast Asia has been the development of distinctive architecture, which utilizes thatch, wood, and bamboo products.

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