Eastern Civilization

Eastern Civilization

Tibetan Culture at Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan Province, China

EASTERN CIVILIZATION

Course description

Civilization of Persia, India, China, Japan and Korea; Development of political, economic, social, and cultural thinking; The dawn of Eastern philosophy; Epoch of changes through western civilization and its influence on social systems and philosophy of the East, and Eastern civilization’s adaptation towards globalization; The Impact of Islamic, Indian, and Chinese civilizations on other Far East countries.


A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CIVILIZATION

A Brief Introduction to Civilization – Terms and Concepts [PDF]

East Asia Time Map – A Survey of Nation States


POSTER PROJECTS AND PRESENTATIONS – ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND FIELDWORK IN EAST ASIA

PROJECT TYPE ACADEMIC POSTER

Develop an academic poster using PowerPoint or other software which can incorporate text boxes, maps, tables and images.

PROJECT THEME – ARCHAEOLOGY IN EAST ASIA

Choose an archaeologist with deep experience in East Asia and discuss his or her personal and education background leading to their fieldwork. Emphasize the archaeological site or group of sites where s/he conducted fieldwork and research.

Note: Archaeology is the study of the ancient and recent human past, cultures, and civilizations through material remains and may include Cultural Resource Management (CRM) concerning the measures related to handling recovered materials.

POSTER SIZE – INTERNATIONAL A3

Set slide dimensions for international A3, portrait or landscape (297 x 420 mm) (11.7 x 16.5 in)

Archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein in 1909 [click on photo to learn more about his fieldwork in Innermost Asia]

Treasure Buried in the Sands – Century-old Adventure Diaries – Marc Aurel Stein


FEATURED LECTURE SERIES – THE SILK ROAD

On Ancient Tracks and My Journey to the West

I first traveled the Chinese Silk Road in 1995 (Xian to Kashgar) and again in 2001 (Beijing, China to Delhi, India).

My lecture series consists of the the information on my Silk Road Photo Journal page, Pakistan Photo Journal page, and my personal photographs and experiences.

Photo Albums of these and other travels in China are available on my Website Facebook Photo Albums page.

On Ancient Tracks – The Silk Road and My Journey to the West [click to visit this page]

CCTV Documentary Series – Xuan Zang's Pilgrimage

In 2016, China's CCTV produced "Xuanzang's Pilgrimage", a documentary series on Xuan Zang's travels on the Silk Road. Narrated in English, the 12 segments are posted in 6 videos on YouTube. Runtime of each video is approximately 48 minuets.

Xuan Zang (1-2)

Xuan Zang (3-4)

Xuan Zang (5-6)

Xuan Zang (7-8)

Xuan Zang (9-10)

Xuan Zang (11-12)

2016 Biographical Drama  – Da Tang Xuan Zang

The 2016 Mandarin language historical drama “Da Tang Xuan Zang” is based on the life and travels of Xuan Zang during the Tang Dynasty. The film maps the young monk’s travels to India and quest for Buddhist teachings, featuring some of the challenges and struggles he faced.

Xuan Zang 2016 Historical Drama (Trailer)


INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE PHILOSOPHY

Click on image to visit Chinese Philosophy page

Click on image to view this book [PDF]

A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy

Chan, W. (1969). A sourcebook in Chinese philosophy. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Available online at Archive.org

Key chapter reviews by Dr Steven A Martin

Confucius and Chinese Philosophy Handout [PDF]

Introduction to Chinese Philosophy in the Context of Eastern Civilization [PDF]

Introduction to Chinese Thought in the Eastern Tradition [PDF]

2010 Biographical Drama – Confucius

Confucius Motion Picture – Full HD


THE GREAT WALL – SKATEBOARDING THROUGH TIME

Jin Shan Ling Great Wall China - Steven Andrew Martin

Jin Shan Ling Great Wall

Ba Da Ling Great Wall

Huang Hua Great Wall

Smithsonian

TED-ed


TAI SHAN – THE SOUL OF CHINA

Tai Shan, China - Presentation [PDF]

Cultural continuum on the North China Plain

  • Da Wen Kuo archaeological site
  • Tai Shan (Mount Tai)
  • Duke of Zhou
  • Confucius
  • Mencius

UNESCO – NHK

GB Times – Tai Shan


TAIWAN – WINDOW TO HISTORY

In recent years, the Taiwan (ROC) - China (PRC) relationship plays out on the geopolitical stage. However, Taiwan has its own rich history, which I have generally organized into six sections.

  • Early indigenous Austronesian-speaking peoples inhabited the island for an estimated 5,000 years.
  • Dutch, Spanish, French, British, and other cultures prior to Chinese colonization of the Taiwan.
  • A loosely administered territory of China during the Qing Dynasty.
  • The island's annexation by Japanese after the treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895.
  • Post WWII period, as Taiwan became a stronghold for the Chinese Nationalist regime supported by the USA, and the economic miracle which catapulted the country into the 21st century.
  • Democratic Taiwan, including the indigenous rights movement.

The Bunun, an Austronesian-speaking peoples on Taiwan [click to visit my Taiwan page]

Eat Drink Man Woman – Official Trailer


A FEW PHOTOS FROM MY TRAVELS

Hindu Culture - Agra India - Eastern Civilization - Steven A Martin

Hindu Culture – Agra, India

Dawenkuo Archaeological Site - North China Plain - Dr Steven A Martin

Dawenkuo Archaeological Site – China

Buddhist Culture – Lhasa, Tibet [click to visit my Tibet page]

Kung Fu School - Shaolin Temple China - Dr Steven A Martin

Kung Fu School – Shaolin Temple, China

Uyghur Kids – Xinjiang China [click to visit my Silk Road page]

Chinese Opera – Taipei, Taiwan [click to visit my Taiwan page]

Please contact me for more information or resources for teaching or learning Eastern Civilization.

Thank you.

Steven A. Martin