240Intro09 - East Asia and Its Historic Traditions Hist 240...

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East Asia and Its Historic Traditions Hist 240 Prof. Hastings
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Asia is not a simple concept. NW Asia? SW Asia? North Asia?
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EAST Asia is China, Japan, and Korea (Vietnam): common classics
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East Asia; note Yellow River, Cradle of Civilization
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We start with China, because it had the longest history. Current boundaries.
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China’s Yellow River
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Yellow River flows through north China plain; soil=loess Loess is a fine grained deposit of wind-blown dust Composed of grains of quartz and other minerals. Sediment blanket hills and valleys downwind of glacial outwash. It is easy to dig into and can stand as a vertical cliff without slumping.
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Distribution of loess
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Loess bluffs in Shaanxi
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Houses built into loess hills
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Loess not limited to China Loess bluff near Edwardsville, IL. Loess in Iowa
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formation of the Chinese state. Loess is rich soil, easy to dig; allowed for the accumulation of wealth that led to the Chinese state. The danger of flooding
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2010 for the course MGMT 201 taught by Professor Rowe during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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