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China: Its History and Culture (4th Edition)

By W. Scott Morton & Charlton Lewis

McGraw-Hill Education
Released: 2004-08-12
Paperback (368 pages)

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“A wonderful job! So lucid, beautfully written, with great range and insight. This will set a new standard for short general histories of China.”

―Michael Gasster, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University

Newly updated and revised, China: Its History and Culture, Fourth Edition, incorporates the crucial social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the last decade. Through rich detail and engaging illustrations, the book traces China’s history from Neolithic times to the present day.

China: A History

By John Keay

John Keay
Released: 2011-12-06
Paperback (608 pages)

China: A History
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Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country's unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation's complex and vivid past. Keay's authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the present and future of this immensely powerful nation.

China: A History (Volume 1): From Neolithic Cultures through the Great Qing Empire, (10,000 BCE - 1799 CE)

By Harold M. Tanner

Brand: Hackett Publishing Co.
Paperback (414 pages)

China: A History (Volume 1): From Neolithic Cultures through the Great Qing Empire, (10,000 BCE - 1799 CE)
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Available in one or two volumes, this accessible, yet rigorous, introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of China provides a balanced and thoughtful account of the development of Chinese civilization from its beginnings to the present day.

Each volume includes ample illustrations, a full complement of maps, a chronological table, extensive notes, recommendations for further reading and an index.

Volume 1: From Neolithic Cultures through the Great Qing Empire (10,000 BCE―1799). Volume 2: From the Great Qing Empire through the People's Republic of China (1644―2009).

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

By Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Paperback (384 pages)

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
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More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, now in its second edition, noted historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. She follows its development from the rise of Confucianism, Buddhism, and the great imperial dynasties to the Mongol, Manchu, and Western intrusions and the modern communist state. Her scope is phenomenal - embracing Chinese arts, culture, economics, society and its treatment of women, foreign policy, emigration, and politics, including the key uprisings of 1919 and 1989 in Tiananmen Square. Both a comprehensive introduction to an extraordinary civilization and an expert exploration of the continuities and disjunctures of Chinese history, Professor Ebrey's book has become an indispensable guide to China past and present. This second edition includes a new chapter on China's recent opening to the world and a fully revised guide to further reading.

China: China Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in China (Shanghai Travel Guide, Beijing Travel Guide, Backpacking China, Budget Travel China, Chinese History)

By 101 Coolest Things

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (56 pages)

China: China Travel Guide: 101 Coolest Things to Do in China (Shanghai Travel Guide, Beijing Travel Guide, Backpacking China, Budget Travel China, Chinese History)
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Congratulations! You've Found the Ultimate Guide to China Travel!
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You are super lucky to be going to China, and this guide will let you know all of the coolest things to do, see, and eat around the country, in places like Shanghai, Beijing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Macau, and more.

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  • the best shopping so that you can take a little piece of China back home with you, whether that’s in the form of some incredible Chinese porcelain or ingredients for cooking your own yummy Chinese dishes
  • incredible festivals, whether you want to celebrate Chinese New Year with local people or you would prefer to rock out to Chinese rock bands in the Chinese grasslands
  • the coolest historical and cultural sights that you simply cannot afford to miss from ancient Buddhist temples through to caves with ancient art work
  • the best places to have a few glasses of rice wine and party like a local
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China: A History of China and East Asia: Ancient China, Imperial Dynasties, Communism, Capitalism, Culture, Martial Arts, Medicine, Military, People ... China, Communism, Capitalism, Economy)

By Adam Brown

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (124 pages)

China: A History of China and East Asia: Ancient China, Imperial Dynasties, Communism, Capitalism, Culture, Martial Arts, Medicine, Military, People ... China, Communism, Capitalism, Economy)
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Have you ever wondered how China became the most populous and one of the most industrially active nations today? 
This book will take you from Ancient China and Imperial Dynasties to Communism and Capitalism. Discover the rich history of this superpower. 


Here is a Sneak Peek of What you will Learn:
- Ancient Chinese Dynasties and Their Impact on Chinese History
- Communism, Capitalism and Its Role in Shaping China & East Asia
- Ancient Chinese Culture
- A History of Martial Arts in Ancient China
- A Comprehensive Look at Old World Medicine in Ancient China
- Analysis of the Military in Ancient China
- And much, much, more 


Here is what other readers say about this book:

"Well-written survey of China's history in terms of landscape, culture, politics, economy, and philosophies."

"This book covered more information than the documentaries I've seen did - Excellent!"

"The author reveals some interesting information about Ancient China..."

"Wow this book has a wealth of information. China and most of East Asia has seen just about every style of government humankind has invented."

Subjects include: Agriculture, Capitalism, Ancient Chinese Culture, Language, Spirituality & Religion, Literature, Music, Arts, Architecture, History of Martial Arts, Old World Medicine in China, Military History and Sun Tzu.

Dynasties covered: Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing and various others.

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The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press)

By Thomas S. Mullaney

The MIT Press
Hardcover (504 pages)

The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press)
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Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other systems developed with the Latin alphabet in mind. This book is about those encounters -- in particular thousands of Chinese characters versus the typewriter and its QWERTY keyboard. Thomas Mullaney describes a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures, and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter. 

The earliest Chinese typewriters, Mullaney tells us, were figments of popular imagination, sensational accounts of twelve-foot keyboards with 5,000 keys. One of the first Chinese typewriters actually constructed was invented by a Christian missionary, who organized characters by common usage (but promoted the less-common characters for "Jesus" to the common usage level). Later came typewriters manufactured for use in Chinese offices, and typewriting schools that turned out trained "typewriter girls" and "typewriter boys." Still later was the "Double Pigeon" typewriter produced by the Shanghai Calculator and Typewriter Factory, the typewriter of choice under Mao. Clerks and secretaries in this era experimented with alternative ways of organizing characters on their tray beds, inventing an arrangement method that was the first instance of "predictive text." 

Today, after more than a century of resistance against the alphabetic, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology. The Chinese Typewriter, not just an "object history" but grappling with broad questions of technological change and global communication, shows how this happened.

A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse

By Gordon Kerr

Brand: Oldcastle Books
Paperback (160 pages)

A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse
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From the beginnings of Chinese prehistory right through to internet censorship, a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous country

An absorbing introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, this book tells the stories of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors, and philosophers who have shaped this fascinating and complex nation. It describes the amazing technological advances that China's scientists and inventors made many hundreds of years before similar discoveries in Europe. It also investigates the Chinese view of the world and examines the movements, aspirations, and philosophies that molded it and, in so doing, created the Chinese nation. Finally, the book examines the dramatic changes of the last few decades and the emergence of China as an economic and industrial 21st-century superpower.

China's Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China)

By William T. Rowe

Brand: Belknap Press
Paperback (368 pages)

China s Last Empire: The Great Qing (History of Imperial China)
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In a brisk revisionist history, William Rowe challenges the standard narrative of Qing China as a decadent, inward-looking state that failed to keep pace with the modern West.

The Great Qing was the second major Chinese empire ruled by foreigners. Three strong Manchu emperors worked diligently to secure an alliance with the conquered Ming gentry, though many of their social edicts―especially the requirement that ethnic Han men wear queues―were fiercely resisted. As advocates of a “universal” empire, Qing rulers also achieved an enormous expansion of the Chinese realm over the course of three centuries, including the conquest and incorporation of Turkic and Tibetan peoples in the west, vast migration into the southwest, and the colonization of Taiwan.

Despite this geographic range and the accompanying social and economic complexity, the Qing ideal of “small government” worked well when outside threats were minimal. But the nineteenth-century Opium Wars forced China to become a player in a predatory international contest involving Western powers, while the devastating uprisings of the Taiping and Boxer rebellions signaled an urgent need for internal reform. Comprehensive state-mandated changes during the early twentieth century were not enough to hold back the nationalist tide of 1911, but they provided a new foundation for the Republican and Communist states that would follow.

This original, thought-provoking history of China’s last empire is a must-read for understanding the challenges facing China today.

The Seven Military Classics Of Ancient China (History and Warfare)

Ralph D Sawyer
Paperback (592 pages)

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The Seven Military Classics is one of the most profound studies of warfare ever written. It presents us with an Eastern tradition of strategic thought that emphasizes outwitting one's opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of force—an approach very different from that stressed in the West, where the advantages of brute strength have overshadowed more subtle methods.Safeguarded for centuries by the ruling elites of imperial China, even in modern times these writings have been known only to a handful of Western specialists. In this volume are seven separate essays, written between 500 b.c. and a.d. 700, that preserve the essential tenets of strategy distilled from the experience of the most brilliant warriors of ancient China.Only one of these seven essays, Sun Tzu's famous Art of War, has been readily available in the West. Thanks to this faithful translation of the complete Seven Military Classics, the insights of these ancient Chinese texts are now accessible in their entirety.It's not uncommon to see a “salaryman” on a crowded Tokyo subway studying one of the many popular Japanese editions of these essays. But why do so many businesspeople in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan study a 2,000-year-old military text? Because it embodies the strategic tradition of outwitting an opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of effort. These principles have been proven both on the battlefield and in the marketplace. Now they are available in the West for the first time in their entirety.The lessons found in this book were exploited by such pivotal Asian war leaders as Japan's Yamamoto, China's Mao Tse-tung, and Vietnam's Giap to inflict terrible defeats on their enemies. And in more recent times, when Japan and others have decided to win their laurels on the field of international economic competition, these principles have been a key to the achievements of many Asian corporations. Executives in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan regularly study the Seven Military Classics. Unfortunately, even those far-sighted Western business leaders who have read Sun Tzu have glimpsed only a fraction of the knowledge their best Asian competitors use to plan corporate strategy—until now.Those who appreciate Chinese literature and philosophy will also discover much that is new in these pages. Here is a substantial but previously inaccessible body of thought that stands in contrast to Confucianism, which deprecated the military sphere in favor of self-cultivation and the ethical life.The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China remedies a serious gap in Western knowledge of Asian thought. This accurate translation is based on the best available classical Chinese manuscripts, some only recently discovered by archaeologists. It is a uniquely important contribution to the world's military literature and is essential reading for anyone interested in China's rich cultural heritage or in the timeless principles of successful strategy.


 
 
 

 
 
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