Mr. Sabato's Best of the Web for Education 2

Best of the Web: World History

Asian World

OUP Social Studies Presents

THE ASIAN WORLD

Social Studies Internet Links Supporting

The World In Ancient Times: The Asian World

Published by the Oxford University Press

Websites Selected by George F. Sabato


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Introduction

Oxford University Press invites you to further your study of the the Asian World beyond your studies in The World In Ancient Times:  The Asian World textbook.   You will be able to utilize the power of the Internet to conduct in-depth study.  “Gateways” connects you to websites which provide numerous links about theAsian World. "Maps" will present maps and timeline Asia.   “Chapter Support” offers sites with in-depth information about the Asian World specifically.related to  the key topics presented in each chapter.  "Activities" offers webquests, interactive lessons and quizzes,  and other internet or hands-on activities to support your study of the Asian World. You are also encouraged to do your own investigations using your favorite search engines.

GATEWAYS: Links suggested by the authors of The Asian World.

Ask Asia -- Sponsored by the Asia Society this site has information on Asian geography history arts, and politics, a well as a glossary of Asian terms.

CHINA

China Knowledge -- “A Universal Guide for China Studies," maintained byGerman scholars (but in English). It is a useful source of information on China with detailed coverage of Chinese history.

China Page -- This site about traditional Chinese culture is sponsored by an organization called China the Beautiful.

INDIA

India Nest/Bologi -- A site designed for people of South Asian heritage as well as the general public features information on al aspects of Indian culture.

JAPAN

Kids Web Japan -- Designed especially for American students, this Site has information on Japanese culture presented in a fun and lively way.

KOREA

Korea.net -- Korea Overseas Information Service:  Sponsored by the government of South Korea, this s contains a lot of information on Korea, but more about the present day than historical subjects.

Korea Society -- This site includes overviews of Korean history as well as links to general sites on Korea, news sources, and museums with Koread art collections.

MONGOLIA

Mongolia Society -- A good source of information on all aspects of Mongolian history, culture, and society.

RELIGION

Budha Net -- A site for all things relating to Buddhism, including information on Buddhist studies and an eBook library

THE SILK ROAD

Silk Road -- The University of Washington runs this useful site on Silk Road—related subjects.

Silk Road Foundation - This site has interesting information and links relating to Mongolia and the Silk Road.

Sink Road Project -- Sponsored by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Project, which is devoted to the spread of the arts along the Silk Road, this site covers Silk Road topics with a special emphasis on music.



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MAPS OF ASIA

CHINA

Maps of China – Find a large collection of maps of ancient and modern China.

3 Mapping Lessons -  Three mapping activities in which students fill in locations on a blank map.

Virtual China – Take a virtual tour of the regions of China

China from Historical to Present – Find timelines and maps from the past to present.

Maps of China – This is a broad collection of maps of China.

China Seen From Space – See China from space, including images of the Great Wall.  Learn about the Chinese space program.

China Maps -  This is the Perry-Casteneda Map Collectioin-UT Library Online.

Historical Atlas of the 20th Century – Find extensive links to historical maps of China.

Timeline and Maps –Find a  complete timeline with associated maps.

Timeline with Links – The USC China collection for the East Asia Library.

JAPAN

Maps of Japan -- This is the Perry-Casteneda Map Collectioin-UT Library Online.

Japanese History Timeline – Timeline of Early Japan to CE 1168.

Japanese History Timeline 2 – Timeline of Medieval Japan 1160-1600.

A Timeline of Japan – A timeline of Japanese history with a chronological listing of the Emperors.

Old Maps of Japan – Historic maps of Japan starting in the 1500’s.

Mapquest Map of Japan – Clickable map of modern Japan.

Early to Modern Maps of Japan – Be a witness to history with maps of early to modern Japan.

INDIA

Maps of India -- This is the Perry-Casteneda Map Collectioin-UT Library Online.

Historical Maps of India – Maps of India  from the Historical Atlas of the 20th Century.

Maps of India – Find hundreds of maps of India, from historical to political, outline to clickable.

MONGOLIA

Maps of Mongolia -- This is the Perry-Casteneda Map Collectioin-UT Library Online.

Maps Of Mongolia – Map links to Mongolia from Embassy World—outline maps to Mapquest.

KOREA

Maps of Korea -- This is the Perry-Casteneda Map Collectioin-UT Library Online.

Historical Maps of Korea – Historical maps from Wikimedia.

Maps of Korea – Find historical to modern maps of Korea collected by Yisunshin.

SILK ROAD

Silk Road Map Quizzes – Interactive maps of the Silk Road.

Silk Road Map – Click on the cities on this “hot map” of the Silk Road.  to retrieve detailed information.



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INTERNET SUPPORT BY CHAPTER

 

INTRODUCTION:  A DINNER PARTY IN TANG CHINA

Emperor Xuazong of Tang China – See the emperor’s picture and read his biography.

Chan'an/Xa'an – Learn about the great capitol of ancient China.  Included is an interactive map with images of Xi’an sites.

Tang Art – See life in the Tang Dynasty through its art on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dinner Show – View a Tang Dynasty dinner show.

 

Chapter 1    TWO TEACHERS:  BUDDHA, KONGZI, AND EARLY INDIAN CHINA

Lost Cities of the Silk Road – Learn about a China Exploration and Research Society project which used radar remote sensing to look for lost cities under the sands of the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China.

Silk Road Maps and Tables – This is a collection of maps and tables of the Silk Road.

In Celebration of the Silk Road – Find out all about the Silk Road along with lots of web links for further exploration.

Buddhism – Learn about Buddha and the “Four Noble Truths”.

Buddhist Studies – Learn all about Mahayana Buddhism at this comprehensive site.

Buddhist Studies -  Here are links on Buddhist studies at the World Wide Internet Library.

Lotus Sutra – The translated text of the Lotus Sutra.

Confucius: The Analects  - Find selections from The Analects  of Confucious.

The Analect – Find the complete text of The Analects.

Confucianism -  Learn about Confucianism and about Confucius himself.

Jainism – Jain principles, practices and history.

Hinduism – What you need to know about Hinduism from About.com.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism – The principles, practices and history of Hinduism.

 

Chapter 2      CHINA UNITED AGAIN:  THE SUI AND TANG DYNASTIES

Yang Jian and the Sui Dynasty – This is Chinaknowledge’s  English text history with the key names in the original Chinese characters.  The texts has links to key topics.

Sui Wendi – Painting of Emperor Sui Wendi.

The Sui --  Ancient China from 589-618.

Sui Dynasty – TravelChinaGuide’s brief history of the Sui Dynasty.

Daily Life – Daily life in the Tang Dynasty.

Tang Dynasty -- TravelChinaGuide’s brief history of the Tang Dynasty.

The Tang – The Tang Dynasty, from 628-970.

Tang Poetry – 300 Tang poems.

Empress Wu – Learn about this female hero, the only woman to rule as Emperor of China.

Foot Binding – Learn about the cruel practice that lasted until it was banned this century.  See pictures of the shoes and graphic pictures of bound feet.

T'ang Dynasty: 618-907  -- Hyperlinked Tang Dynasty Chronology.

 

Chapter 3     RAJAS AND SULTANS:  THE STRUGGLE FOR INDIA

Islam in India – Find out about the arrival and spread of Islam in India.

History of Islam in India – Learn about the “Islamization” of India.

Zoroastrianism – This is the history of Zoroastrianism including its role in India’s history.

India's Zero – Trace the evolution of “zero” and our “Arab” numerals which originated in India.

History of the Pala Empire – Read about the rise and fall of the Pala Dynasty.  The text has hot links to related topics.

Chola Dynasty – Read the history of the Chola Dynasty with links to related topics.

Jain Religion – Learn about the development of the Jain religion.  Also, find links to other interesting topics on India.

 

Chapter 4      TRAD IF BY LAND AND TRADE IF BY SEA

Indonesia  --  Learn about Buddhism in the Srivajaya Empire and the first Malay Rajas and Sultans.

Lost Cities of the Silk Road – Learn about  China Exploration and Research Society project which used radar remote sensing to look for lost cities under the sands of the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China.

Silk Road Maps and Tables – This is a collection of maps and tables of the Silk Road.

In Celebration of the Silk Road – Find out all about the Silk Road along with lots of web links for further exploration.

World of Spice –Learn about the history of the spice trade.

The Period of Hindu Kingdoms – Read about the period of Hindu kingdoms in India and beyond.

Hindu-Buddhism Archaeology – Find out the latest archaeological news about the Hindu-Buddhism in Indonesia.

Borobodur Temple – View and learn about the Borobodur, the wonderful Buddhist temple in Java.

Borobodur Pictures – This is a wonderfull collection of pictures of the Borobodur Temple.

Maritime Asia  --  Study the exhibition of historic shipwrecks discovered around Malaysia.

 

Chapter 5      BONES AND BUDDHISTS:  EARLY KOREA AND JAPAN

Treasures of Silla – View the Golden Treasure of the Royal Kingdom of Silla.

Korean History Project – “Ride the Whirlwind” tells of how the Tang of China and the Kindom of Silla launced military campaigns against the kingdoms of Paekche and Koguyo.

Korea Timeline – Follow the history of Korea with the Metropolitan Museum’s art timeline.

Japanese Art – View a slide show of the Asia Society’s collection of Japanese art, including a statue of Prince Shotoku.

Japanese History Slide Show – View Yoko Hatakeyama’s Japanese History 1 slide show.  Murray State University.

Shotoku's Constitution --  View Prince Shotoku’s 17 article constitution.

Haiku –Haiku for teachers and students.

Mr. Donn's Japan – Lessons and activities on Ancient and Feudal Japan.

Creation Myth – Read the creation myth that established the power of the emperor.

Shikibu's Diary – Read the diary of the world’s first female novelist, Murasaki Shikibu.

Tale of Genji – A summary and notes on the characters, culture, and author are presented.

Tale of Genji Images – A summary of the Tale of Genji is accompanied by photographs of the places mentioned in the 1000 page novel.


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Chapter 6      HORSEMAN AND GENTLEMEN:  THE SONG DYNASTY IN CHINA

Northern Song – The Metropolitan Museum presents the history of the Northern Song throught art.

Southern Song -- The Metropolitan Museum presents the history of the Southern Song throught art.

Song Dynasty – Find a brief summary of the Song Dynasty.

Standardized Tests – Learn about the first standardized tests created in Ancient China.

Song Dynasty 宋 – A history of the Song Dynasty with “hot linked”  text.

 

Chapter 7      KHANS AND CONQUEST:  THE MONGOL EMPIRE

The Land of Genghis Khan – National Geographic presents the land of the Mongols.

Virtual Exhibit – The Provincial Museum of Alberta presents the “Treasures of Inner Mongolia.”

The Legacy of Genghis Khan (LACMA) – Los Angeles Museum of Art presents the “Legacy of Genghis Khan.”

Mongolia Page  --  Find the history, culture and images of Mongolia.

Oyunbilig's Great Mongol Home Page – Find everything about Mongolian history and culture.

Genghis Khan on the Web  -- This “web bliography” presents 275 links to sites about Ghenghis Khan.

 

Chapter 8      SUTAANS, SLAVES, AND SOUTHERNERS:  THE SULTANATE OF INDIA

Slave Dynasty  --  Web Chron’s yperlinked history of the beginning of the Delhi Sultanate.

Qutb-ud-din Aybak  -- Wikipedia hyperlinked history of Aybak, founder of the Slave Dynasty.

Battuta's Trip  -- Follow Ibn Battuta’s trip to India with rich text, maps and pictures.

Makkah to India  -- Aramco presents a colorful description of Ibn Battuta’s voyage to India.

 

Chapter 9     KHAN AND EMPEROR:  THE YUAN DYNASTY

Yuan Dynasty: 1280-1368  --  This is a hyperlinked history of the Yuan Dynasty.

Yuan Dynasty Art at the Met  -- View the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Yuan collection.

Mongols in China  -- This is an easy to read telling of the Mongol invasion of China,

Marco Polo and His Travels  --  Find a full account of Marco Polo’s travels.

The Glories Of Kinsay  -- Read Marco Polo’s diary describing his visit to Hangchow.

 Marco Polo: On the Tartars  --  Read Marco Polo’s description of the Mongols(Tarters).

Marko Polo at Korakula  -- This is a description of Marco Polo’s experience at the Court of Kublai Khan.

Kublai Khan's Shipwreck Project  -- Find out what the discovery of Kublai’s lost fleet is telling us.  View the artifacts.

 Dari Rulai Xingyuan Temple, Kulun, Inner Mongolia – View the Buddhist temple built by Kublai Khan.

Pleasure Dome  -- Tour the “Pleasure Dome” of Kubai Khan.

Mongolian Women  -- Learn about the role of women in Mongolia.

The Realm of The Mongols! – This is a great collection of information about the Mongols.

Kublai Khan In Battle, 1287  -- Read Marco Polo’s description of Kubali Khan in battle.

 

Chapter 10   WARRIORS RULE:  KAMAKURA AND ASHIKAGA JAPAN

Kamakura Period  --  Read about the Kamakura Period accompanied by “clickable” (to enlarge) paintings of the time.

Kamakura Travel Guide  --  Take a virtual tour of modern Kamakura.

Taira Clan  --  Wikipedia’s hyperlinked history of the Taira clan.

Japan, 1000-1400 A.D. at the Met  --  View the history of this period of Japan throught the Met’s art collection.

Minamoto Yoritomo  -- Find out about the founder of the first military government in Japan.  It has a great picture of Yoritomo.

Art History  --  Find web sources and links to wonderful collections of Heian Art.

Samurai Archives  -- Find out about emperors and empresses, military leaders, famous women, battles and view relevant maps.

Code of the Samurai  --  Learn about the development of Warrior Zen.

Japanese Literature  -- Find out about the authors, their writings and historical contexts.  Wikipedia Hyperlinks.

Zen Art Tour  --  Discover the influence of Zen on Japanese art, from calligraphy to landscape gardening.

Traditional Japanese Noh Masks  -- Learn about Noh drama and the beautiful masks influenced by the Zen ideals.

The Castles of Japan  -- Study the history and tours castles of Japan.

 


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Chapter 11   FRESH DAWN:  KORYO AND EARLY CHOSON KOREA

Korea, 1000-1400 A.D.   -- View the history of Korea’ Koryo Period through the Met collection of art.

Korea, 1400-1600 A.D.  --   View the history of Korea’ Chosen Period through the Met collection of art.

A Confucianist Government   -- Learn about the government of Yi Songgye.

Sejong the Great of Joseon  -- Learn about the great king of Korea with Wikipedia and its hyperlinks.

Sejong's Writing  -- Learn about how King Sejong created a new writing system for Korea.

 

Chapter 12   --  RISE AND SHINE:  RULERS AND TREASURE SHIPS OF MING CHINA

Portrait of Emperor Taizu, Hong Wu, Ming Dynasty  -- Painting of Taizu.

1421 – See the evidence that the Chinese mapped the world by 1423!  That is before the European Age of Exploration!

1421 Bunkum  -- This article disputes the claims the Chinese had explored and mapped the world by 1423.  You decide.

Ancient Chinese Explorers  -- See Nova’s “Sutan’s Lost Treasure”, the story of lost Chinese explorers.  Also find out more abot the “Eurnich Admiral”, Zheng He.

Zheng He  --  Trace the steps of the Chinese explorer, Zheng He.  View interactive maps of his voyage or check out the compartments of his ship.

The Forbidden City  --  Take a virtual tour of the Forbidden City.

3-D Panarama of China  -- See site of historic and modern China in Virtual Reality 3-D.

 


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ACTIVITIES

China for Kids – Find lots of fun activities which will help you learn about China.

Ancient China Clip Art --  Free clip art on Ancient China.

Cookbook for Kids--Japan  --  Kids can learn to cook and eat Japanese food.  Kidsweb.

Searching for China  -- ATT Knowledge Ventures presents six activities to help students learn about China, ranging from scrapbooks, treasure hunts to a webquest.

Cyberhunt Kids  --  Learn about Ancient China with this cyberhunt.

Say It in Japanese  -- Students can learn basic phrases in Japanese.  Also they can learn to write kanji. Kidsweb

Games  -- Games that help students learn about Japan.  Kidsweb.

Ancient China Webquest  --  In this webquest students write a report a period of China for a newspaper based on their time travels.

Ancient India WebQuest  -- In this webquest students learn about Hinduism and Buddhism in Ancient India.

Mongols Webquest  --  This webquest has students research the group Mulan helps fight.

WebQuest: The Mongols  --  A student created PowerPoint is the final product of this webquest.

WebQuest:  Marco Polo  -- In this webquest student search out the veracity of Marco Polo’s claims.


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