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Sources Elsewhere: Early Asia
Afghanistan's Hidden Treasures (National Geographic Magazine)
Photographs of antiquities from the collections of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul.
Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People (National Museum of Natural History)
An online look at the 10,000-year-old culture of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan. The exhibition considers the effects of environmental, historical, and social forces on this culture through the following themes: spirituality, trade, cultural identity, contemporary vitality, and fine art. The Ainu historical experience mirrors the experience of indigenous peoples in many parts of the world, including Native Americans in the United States.
Angkor Interactive (National Geographic Magazine)
Timeline, 3D renderings, reader photos, and more on this 13th-century C.E. Khmer site.
Himalayas: An Aesthetic Adventure (Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum)
This online exhibition devoted to surveying the artistic processes and aesthetic traditions of the entire Himalayan region. On view are gilded sculpture, ritual objects, maps, portraits of kings and donors, manuscripts, and paintings from India, Nepal, and Tibet created over a period of more than 1,000 years from the 8th to 19th centuries.
Southeast Asia in World History by Craig A. Lockard (World History Connected)
A paper attempting to integrate Southeast Asia into world history as more than a sideshow of marginal importance.
The Adventures of Hamza (Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum)
This online exhibition presents approx. 60 illustrations from a manuscript of the Hamzanama (or The Adventures of Hamza) that was made in India for the Mughal Emperor Akbar (reigned 1556-1605) when he was still a teenager. The Adventures of Hamza is a fantastic adventure story, based loosely and only in part on the exploits of Hamza, an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad, who traveled throughout the world spreading the doctrines of Islam.
Wine, Worship and Sacrifice: The Golden Graves of Ancient Vani (Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Museum)
The ancient Asian country Colchis is known as the land of the Golden Fleece, but less well known is its intermingling of Greek, Persian, and local styles and traditions. This online exhibition provides an archaeological view of this ancient Asian country and its administrative center Vani.
From Our Library: Books on Early Western Asia
From Our Library: Early Asia
Books that deal with Asia as a whole, or reference works on various aspects of Asian cultures.
World and Its Peoples
Call Number: REF 950 WOR Vols. 1-11
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
v. 1-2. China and Mongolia: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan -- v. 3-4 India and its neighbors: Balgladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka -- v. 5. Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand -- vol. 6. Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam -- vol. 7. Korea -- v. 8. Japan -- v. 9. Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Brunei -- v. 10. Indonesia and East Timor: Christmas Island, Cocos Islands (Keeling) -- v. 11. Indexes.
From Our Library: Early Northern & Central Asia
Genghis Khan by
Call Number: 950.21 GOL
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
The Travels of Marco Polo by
Call Number: 1402796307
Publication Date: 2012-11-06
Presents the complete text of Polo's travelogue that introduced fourteenth-century Europe to the civilizations of Central Asia and China.
From Our Library: Books on Early South Asia
A Brief History of Pakistan by
Call Number: 954.91 WYN
Publication Date: 2008-12-01
The land and its early history -- Inroads of armies and ideas (500 B.C.E.-700 C.E.) -- The coming of Islam (711-1526) -- The Mughal Period (1526-1748) -- British inroads (1748-1858) -- The Raj Era (1858-1909) -- The road to independence (1909-1947) -- The challenges of independence (1947- 1958) -- A sate of transition (1958-1971) -- Between East and West (1971-1987) -- Search for stability (1987-1999) -- A place on the world stage.
Call Number: 958.1 EWA
Publication Date: 2002-02-19
In the Land of Taj Mahal by
Call Number: 954.02 ROT
Publication Date: 1998-04-15
Describes the history and accomplishments of the Mughal dynasty, with an emphasis on the period from Babur to Shah Jahan.
From Our Library: Articles on World History Topics
The Home tab in the World History guide provides links to several library databases. They serve as good starting places for your research.
Remember that besides articles many databases also include photos and other illustrations, maps, charts, and primary sources!