For several years now I have dared myself to take on a formidable challenge: Asia. Prior to the 20th century, it is a historical black hole for me. I have caught glimpses of it from time to time, but have never considered it at length, in its own right. Its sheer size — in geography, abundance of cultures and life — are daunting. This is the year I’m taking my own dare; and, borrowing from Jawaharlal Nehru’s book, The Discovery of India, I’ve dubbed this personal challenge The Discovery of Asia.
The plan: My minimum target is two books a month, alternating between India and China who will carry Korea and Mongolia in their wake. I took a course in Japanese history while at uni, but it will still appear here. While history will reign, I hope to find a good book on Asia’s natural geography and intend on looking for at least one read into Chinese philosophies. Then I will attempt books on modern Asia. While I don’t have a fixed list of books, I do have some possibilities posted in a public Worldcat list.
As with the 2014: Year of the Great War, I will review my progress every three or four months to see if I’m short-changing one area or the other.