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Early civilization in the Far East is basically the story of the growth and development of ancient China, for it was from the basin of the Yellow River in North China that art, science and inventions spread to other parts of Asia. Peter Lum tells the history of Ch'in Shih Huang Ti, first Emperor of China, who built the Great Wall and made China into a single nation; of Confucius, whose philosophy was the strongest single influence on Chinese life for two thousand years; of Tang T'ai Tsung, perhaps China's greatest ruler; and of the great Mongol emperors including Genghis Khan, whose empire stretched from the Danube to the Pacific. Here, too, is the history of early Japan, where Chinese culture had an early and lasting influence. We read of the Heian period, a time devoted to art and letters, to all things beautiful; of the rise of feudalism and the Samurai warriors; and the beginnings of the Tea Ceremony and the art of landscape gardening. And in Korea, too, Chinese civilization spread from earliest times and shaped the culture of the country that formed a bridge between China and Japan for centuries. Peter Lum has written an informative, concise account of Far Eastern civilization from Neolithic times to the fall of the Mongol Empire. -dust jacket