History of East Asia

The History of East Asia generally encompasses the histories of China, Korea, Japan, and Mongolia from prehistoric times to the present. East Asia is not a uniform term and each of its countries has a different national history, but scholars maintain that the region is also characterized by a distinct pattern of historical development.[1] This is evident in the interrelationship among East Asian countries, which not only involve the sum total of historical patterns but also a specific set of patterns that has affected all or most of East Asia in successive layers.[2] It is also argued that East Asia and Southeast Asia form a single ethno-cultural unit, sharing history and common ethnic roots.[3]

The Four Elegant Accomplishments (kin ki sho ga) by Japanese artist Utamaro depicts the traditional Four arts of East Asia. From left to right, the arts depicted include the game of Go, Painting, Calligraphy and the Guqin string instrument. Produced in 1788.
Contemporary political map of East Asia

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