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'This book addresses the controversy over the origins of the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. Charles Higham provides a systematic and regional presentation of the current evidence. He suggests that the adoption of metallurgy in the region followed a period of growing exchange with China. Higham then traces the development of Bronze Age cultures, identifying regionality and innovation, and suggesting how and why distinct cultures developed. This book is the first comprehensive study of the period, placed within a broader comparative framework.'

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Some claim the earliest bronze-working in the world occurred in South-east Asia; others dispute this. This book is an up-to-date account of the Bronze Age of South-east Asia, exploring the controversy in depth.

Synopsis:

The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia has been described as an enigma and a challenge. Some specialists have claimed that the earliest bronze working in the world occurred here, suggesting a cultural sequence that fails to fit a world-wide pattern. Others see it as distinct from parallel developments in other parts of the world. This book is the first comprehensive study of the period, placed within its broader regional context. Charles Higham suggests that the adoption of metallurgy followed a period of agricultural expansion into Southeast Asia, originating in the rice growing cultures of the Yangzi Valley. The first acquaintance with copper and tin smelting may have taken place as a result of growing exchange between the late neolithic inhabitants of Southeast Asia and the Shang and Zhou states of the Central Plains of China. The latter provided exotic bronzes, the former adopted the new technology and adapted it to their own needs. However, the chronology remains unclear, and local origins remain a viable alternative hypothesis. When set in a broader comparative framework, the early development of Bronze Age societies in Southeast Asia is found to have more similarities than differences with those in Iberia, the Aegean, the near East and Chinese nuclear area. The author traces the development of Bronze Age cultures into the Iron Age, identifying regionality and innovation. Along the northern borders of Southeast Asia, chiefdoms developed within the context of Chinese Imperial expansion. To the south, societies entered into a growing exchange network which incorporated India and the Roman Empire. Higham shows how these distinct regional developments contributed to the emergence ofSoutheast Asian states. The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia provides a systematic and regional presentation of the current evidence. Using a thematic approach, Charles Higham provides an up-to-date account of the Southeast Asian and Chinese Bronze Ages, documenting evidence site b

Synopsis:

Suggesting that the adoption of metallurgy in Southeast Asia followed a period of growing exchange with China, this study traces the development of Bronze Age cultures in the region. It identifies regionality and innovation, as well as how and why distinct cultures developed.

Synopsis:

This book addresses the controversy over the origins of the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. Charles Higham provides a systematic and regional presentation of the current evidence. He suggests that the adoption of metallurgy in the region followed a period of growing exchange with China. Higham then traces the development of Bronze Age cultures, identifying regionality and innovation, and suggesting how and why distinct cultures developed. This book is the first comprehensive study of the period, placed within a broader comparative framework.

Synopsis:

Some claim the earliest bronze working in the world occurred in South-east Asia; others dispute this. This book is an up-to-date account the Bronze Age of South-east Asia, exploring the controversy in depth.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [342]-364) and index.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The discovery of the Bronze Age; 3. The neolithic of South-east Asia and China; 4. Central Thailand; 5. The Mekong Valley; 6. The Red and Zijang River valleys and coastal Vietnam; 7. The Yunnan Plateau; 8. External relationships of the South-east Asian Bronze

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521565059
Author:
Higham, Charles
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Yoffee, Norman
Location:
Melbourne
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Far East
Subject:
Asia, southeastern
Subject:
Bronze age
Subject:
Asia, Southeastern Antiquities.
Subject:
Bronze age. -- Asia, Southeastern.
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Southeast Asia--Antiquities
Subject:
Bronze age - Southeast
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Cambridge World Archaeology (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
110 b/w illus. 50 maps
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.26x7.42x.94 in. 1.50 lbs.
Age Level:
China, India and Island South-east Asia; 9. Discus

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"Synopsis" by , Some claim the earliest bronze-working in the world occurred in South-east Asia; others dispute this. This book is an up-to-date account of the Bronze Age of South-east Asia, exploring the controversy in depth.
"Synopsis" by , The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia has been described as an enigma and a challenge. Some specialists have claimed that the earliest bronze working in the world occurred here, suggesting a cultural sequence that fails to fit a world-wide pattern. Others see it as distinct from parallel developments in other parts of the world. This book is the first comprehensive study of the period, placed within its broader regional context. Charles Higham suggests that the adoption of metallurgy followed a period of agricultural expansion into Southeast Asia, originating in the rice growing cultures of the Yangzi Valley. The first acquaintance with copper and tin smelting may have taken place as a result of growing exchange between the late neolithic inhabitants of Southeast Asia and the Shang and Zhou states of the Central Plains of China. The latter provided exotic bronzes, the former adopted the new technology and adapted it to their own needs. However, the chronology remains unclear, and local origins remain a viable alternative hypothesis. When set in a broader comparative framework, the early development of Bronze Age societies in Southeast Asia is found to have more similarities than differences with those in Iberia, the Aegean, the near East and Chinese nuclear area. The author traces the development of Bronze Age cultures into the Iron Age, identifying regionality and innovation. Along the northern borders of Southeast Asia, chiefdoms developed within the context of Chinese Imperial expansion. To the south, societies entered into a growing exchange network which incorporated India and the Roman Empire. Higham shows how these distinct regional developments contributed to the emergence ofSoutheast Asian states. The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia provides a systematic and regional presentation of the current evidence. Using a thematic approach, Charles Higham provides an up-to-date account of the Southeast Asian and Chinese Bronze Ages, documenting evidence site b
"Synopsis" by , Suggesting that the adoption of metallurgy in Southeast Asia followed a period of growing exchange with China, this study traces the development of Bronze Age cultures in the region. It identifies regionality and innovation, as well as how and why distinct cultures developed.
"Synopsis" by , This book addresses the controversy over the origins of the Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. Charles Higham provides a systematic and regional presentation of the current evidence. He suggests that the adoption of metallurgy in the region followed a period of growing exchange with China. Higham then traces the development of Bronze Age cultures, identifying regionality and innovation, and suggesting how and why distinct cultures developed. This book is the first comprehensive study of the period, placed within a broader comparative framework.
"Synopsis" by , Some claim the earliest bronze working in the world occurred in South-east Asia; others dispute this. This book is an up-to-date account the Bronze Age of South-east Asia, exploring the controversy in depth.
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