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A Historical Sketch of Buddhism in Tibet  

Dan Smyer Yü and Sonam Wangmo

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Sep 2018
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Asian History
With the available historical Tibetan written records from late 8th century on and the existing scholarly works on Buddhism, this historical overview recounts how Buddhism was Tibetanized ... More

Ancient Steppe Nomad Societies  

Nikolay Kradin

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May 2018
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Asian History
Throughout more than two millennia, the extensive droughty areas in East Asia were occupied by pastoral nomads. A long history exists of hybridity between steppe and agricultural areas. ... More

Archaeology of Buddhism in Asia  

Himanshu Prabha Ray

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This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History. Please check back later for the full article. ... More

Asia in the Gunpowder Revolution  

Scott C. Levi

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Apr 2018
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Contrary to long-held notions that gunpowder weapons technologies were devised in the West and gradually transmitted eastward into Asia, more recent scholarship indicates that innovations ... More

Asian Indentured Labor in the 19th and Early 20th Century Colonial Plantation World  

Richard B. Allen

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Mar 2017
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The period between the mid-1830s and early 1920s witnessed the migration of some 3.7 million Africans, Chinese, Indians, Japanese, Melanesians, and other peoples throughout and beyond the ... More

Asian Piracy  

Sebastian R. Prange

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Sep 2017
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Asian History
Piracy has been an important and persistent feature of Asia’s maritime history. In fact, the largest pirate organizations in all of history were found in Asia. Although often regarded as ... More

Aviation and Asian Modernity 1900–1950  

Alan Baumler

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Jun 2017
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Asian History
Between 1903 and 1950, aviation technology was spread around the world and became a key concern of governments and a cultural marker of modernity. After 1903, Asia had to be explored ... More

Beer and Whisky in Japanese Marketplaces  

Jeffrey W. Alexander

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Sep 2017
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Asian History
Japan has a local, centuries-old tradition of brewing sake from rice and distilling spirits from ingredients such as grain and sweet potatoes, but pioneering entrepreneurs began producing ... More

Buddhist Medicine and Its Circulation  

C. Pierce Salguero

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Sep 2018
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Asian History
“Buddhist medicine” is a convenient term commonly used to refer to the many diverse ideas and practices concerning illness and healing that have emerged in Buddhist contexts, or that have ... More

Buddhist Religious Practice in Imperial China  

Natasha Heller

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Jun 2018
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Asian History
Buddhist practice transformed the religious landscape in China, introducing new forms of mental cultivation and new ritual technologies within an altered cosmology of spiritual goals. ... More

The Canton Trade, 1700–1842  

Paul A. Van Dyke

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May 2017
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Asian History
In 1684, China reopened its doors to trade with the outside world, which had a huge impact on the development of global commerce. Canton quickly emerged as one of the few ports in the ... More

Catholic Christianity in Korean History  

Franklin Rausch

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Mar 2018
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Asian History
From its establishment on the peninsula in 1784 to Pope Francis’s visit to beatify 124 martyrs, in 2014, 230 years later, the Catholic Church in Korea has experienced massive change as it ... More

China and the Asian World, 1500–1900  

Matthew W. Mosca

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Dec 2017
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Asian History
China’s relations with the Asian world between 1500 and 1900 were shaped by a variety of political, economic, and cultural factors. A common denominator in these international ... More

Chinese Ceramic Production and Trade  

John Miksic

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Jun 2017
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Asian History
Ceramics are the most abundant types of artifacts made by human beings in the last 12,000 years. Chinese potters discern two types of products: earthenware (tao), which is porous and does ... More

Chinese Charting of Maritime Asia  

Timothy Brook

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May 2017
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Navigation played a major role in the integration of East Asian polities and economies prior to and during the arrival of European traders in the 16th and 17th centuries. That arrival ... More

Christianity in Asia  

Barbara Watson Andaya

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Jun 2018
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Asian History
The 21st century has often been touted as the “Asian century,” largely because of the remarkable resurgence of China as an economic power. There are nonetheless other developments afoot, ... More

Civil Law and Jurisprudence in Imperial China  

Nap-yin Lau

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Jun 2017
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Asian History
In terms of jurisdiction and punishment, the border between civil and criminal laws in imperial China is not clear cut. The same officials can handle both civil and criminal cases, and ... More

Climate and Disease in Medieval Eurasia  

Monica H. Green

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Jun 2018
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Asian History
When the first hominins and their successors migrated north from Africa into Eurasia, they created a new, interlinked disease environment. They brought some diseases, such as malaria, with ... More

Colonial Contractions: The Making of the Modern Philippines, 1565–1946  

Vicente L. Rafael

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Jun 2018
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Asian History
The origins of the Philippine nation-state can be traced to the overlapping histories of three empires that swept onto its shores: the Spanish, the North American, and the Japanese. This ... More

The Creation of Pakistan  

Ayesha Jalal

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Nov 2017
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Asian History
The All-India Muslim League first voiced the demand for a Muslim homeland based on India’s northwestern and northeastern provinces in March 1940. Seven years later at the moment of British ... More

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