“A Concise History of East Asia” is a book by C. P. Fitzgerald that provides an overview of the history of East Asia, with a focus on China, Japan, and Korea. The book was first published in 1972, and has since become a widely used textbook for students of East Asian history.
The book covers the major events and movements that have shaped the history of East Asia, including the rise and fall of dynasties, the spread of Buddhism and Confucianism, the impact of colonialism and imperialism, and the development of modern nation-states. Fitzgerald also provides insights into the cultural, social, and economic factors that have influenced the region’s history.
One of the strengths of the book is its clear and concise writing style, which makes it accessible to readers with varying levels of familiarity with East Asian history. Fitzgerald’s analysis is also objective and balanced, providing a nuanced understanding of the complex historical forces at work in the region.
While “A Concise History of East Asia” has been criticized for its Eurocentric perspective and lack of depth in certain areas, it remains a valuable resource for anyone seeking a broad overview of the history of East Asia.