Living History: A History of China, India and Southeast Asia for Lower Secondary Book 2 – Legacies of Ancient Civilizations

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Understanding history is essential for learners to develop a broader view of the world and their place in it, becoming the best global citizens that they can be. Based on this premise, the Living History series provides students new to history with an insight into answering the following questions:

  • What are the ancient and modern origins of China, India and Southeast Asia?
  • What have archaeologists and historians discovered that make this history ‘new’ and ‘living’?
  • How does this history impact the way in which people, cultures and ideas interact?
  • How do they shape and impact today’s modern world?

Each volume of this series is designed to introduce a range of historical events, civilizations, figures and topics in a learner-friendly and engaging way focused on selected Asian regions. In each book, historical concepts such as evidence, artefact focus, change and continuity, and historical significance are closely interwoven with each chapter to develop student interest for historical inquiry. Filled with interesting sources, statistical representations, cartoons, colourful maps, useful research tips and glossaries, and interspersed with global perspectives, this series will make history both relevant and fun for every reader. Because chronology and conceptual development are such important education principles in history, Books 1 and 2 focus on the ancient civilizations (3000 BC to the 15th century) and provide scaffolds for students to reflect deeply on the modern world that they live in today.

Book 2 explores the theme of how the governments, religions, philosophies and social structures are closely intertwined which each other in ancient China and India, and how they are still relevant today. These ancient legacies impacted the diversity of ancient Southeast Asia through trade, contact and diplomacy in a distinct and unique way. The book also explores how the achievements of those civilizations can be viewed in our modern world.