* Alphabetically listed individual country chronologies
* Each chronology lists the major events from the birth of the nation to the most recent political history
* Records economic, social and cultural developments that have affected political history
*Covers major events including: elections, wars, border disputes, invasions, assassinations, the formation of leading parties, treaties and constitutional changes.
Bringing together information on the political development of the SADC member countries, the book aims to provide easy access to the information. The detailed chronologies show the political events as they unfolded, while the two indexes provide easy access to the events. The book is a useful guide to key developments, the role played by political parties, treaty information, and individual personalities.
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 Minh's declarations of Vietnamese independence. This invaluable reference culminates with three appendices: "National/Independence Days," "Scientific-Technological Achievements in Asia," and "Asia: A Chronological Overview," which provides an accessible summary of key events and developments in various fields of activity throughout the continent.
The Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture features:
three discrete chronologies on (1) Politics/History, (2) Art/Culture/Religion, and (3) Science/Economics/Everyday Life for each of Asia's three major cultures—China, India, and Japan—as well as a combined chronology for each of the other nations;
detailed entries of thousands of historical events as well as important milestones in religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts;
entries on technological developments and natural events (famines, floods, etc.) affecting the lives of ordinary people; and
authoritative and accessibly written entries by a team of Asian scholars from Columbia, Harvard, and other major research universities.
Beyond its detailed accounting of Asia's political history, Columbia Chronologies of Asian History and Culture also gives full recognition to religious, intellectual, artistic, and general cultural achievements, as well as to scientific, technological, industrial, agricultural, and economic developments. Concise yet complete, it will stand as an indispensable reference work in the field of Asian studies.