Asia's central valley saw the rise of the first civilizations around fertile river valleys. The civilizations of China, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley shared early inventions and ideas as disparate as mathematics and the wheel. Writing also developed in these areas. Asia would later become a key region in world trade, influencing everything from cuisine to religion around the world.

The cultures of Asia are also incredibly varied, and collecting books on the history of Asia can certainly be a lifelong pursuit.