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By Colin Mason

This paintings provides a entire account of civilizations that had credits banking, mass construction industries and entire libraries of published books, whereas Europe was once nonetheless at midnight a long time. Colin Mason covers the background of the full of Asia, from India to Japan, with specific emphasis at the pre-colonial interval. He additionally takes a severe examine imperialism and identifies Asian traditions which proceed to profoundly impression the fashionable states. The chapters on contemporary heritage are enlivened by means of the non-public adventure of the writer, who has lived and labored in just about all of them. this could be of curiosity to is the scholar, businessman and vacationer who search to appreciate the Asian countries that now make up greater than half the human race.

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There can be no question of an Indian ‘nation’ at this time. But there did evolve on the north Indian plain tribal groups and eventually states who fought each other ceaselessly in a struggle for land and power, but who nevertheless shared a common cultural heritage. 3 The Development of Indian Culture: Hinduism and Buddhism One of the major aspects of the culture that evolved during this expansion was a class system of such vigour that it still exists today, although it is now infinitely more complex.

There can be no question of an Indian ‘nation’ at this time. But there did evolve on the north Indian plain tribal groups and eventually states who fought each other ceaselessly in a struggle for land and power, but who nevertheless shared a common cultural heritage. 3 The Development of Indian Culture: Hinduism and Buddhism One of the major aspects of the culture that evolved during this expansion was a class system of such vigour that it still exists today, although it is now infinitely more complex.

24 A Short History of Asia However, social inequality and art often flourish together, and such was the case in ancient India. This era produced the great Indian classics – the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. These writings stress the basic lesson that everyone must maintain his or her due place in society, that ‘it is better to do one’s own duty badly than another’s well’ – thus guaranteeing the privileged position of the twice-born. The Mahabharata, which is a collection of poems rather than a single story, is largely based on the fortunes of two rival ruling families, but its major significance is its statement of the duty of the religious, law-abiding man.

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