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CONTAINING more information on Asian culture than any other English-language chronological reference work, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture is the first of its kind: a set of more than thirty chronologies for all the countries ofMoreCONTAINING more information on Asian culture than any other English-language chronological reference work, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture is the first of its kind: a set of more than thirty chronologies for all the countries of Asia -- East, South, Southeast, and Central -- from the Paleolithic era through 1998. Each entry is clearly dated and, unlike most chronologies found in standard history texts, the entries are complete and detailed enough to provide virtually a sequential history of the vast and rich span of Asian cultures. The contributing writers and editors have ensured the books usefulness to general readers by identifying individuals and groups, locating places and regions, explaining events and movements, and defining unfamiliar words and concepts. The thirty-two chronologies on individual countries, in conjunction with a detailed index, allow readers to find specific information quickly and efficiently, whether they seek the date for the invention of the iron plow or gunpowder, the fall of the Han Dynasty in China, or Ho Chi Minhs declarations of Vietnamese independence. This invaluable reference culminates with three appendices: National/Independence Days, Scientific-Technological Achievements in Asia, and Asian History: A Chronological Overview, which provides an accessible summary of key events and developments in various fields of activity throughout the continent.