What has Asia ever done for us?
This is my introductory essay series for IlluminAsia. Also available as a podcast.
Part I: the Ancient World
Part II: the Medieval World
Part III: the Early Modern World
Part IV: Towards the Modern World
Part V: the Twentieth Century and Beyond
I’ve offered a few reading suggestions at the end of each Part. My own book on all this comes out in January 2024: The Light of Asia: A History of Western Fascination with the East (Allen Lane)