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China: A History

By John Keay

Basic Books AZ
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 2): From the Great Qing Empire through The People's Republic of China, (1644-2009)

By Harold M. Tanner

Hackett Publishing Company Inc
Paperback (302 pages)

China: A History (Volume 2): From the Great Qing Empire through The People s Republic of China, (1644-2009)
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Now available in 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.

China: Its History and Culture (4th Edition)

By W. Scott Morton & Charlton Lewis

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

China: Its History and Culture (4th Edition)
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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 in Objects

By Jessica Harrison-Hall

THAMES HUDSON
Released: 2018-01-09
Hardcover (352 pages)

China: A History in Objects
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The history of China― brilliantly told and brought vividly to life through more than 6,000 years of artifacts and treasures

This illustrated introduction to the history of China offers a fresh understanding of China’s progress from the Neolithic age to the present. Told in six chapters arranged chronologically, through art, artifacts, people, and places, and richly illustrated with expertly selected objects and artworks, it firmly connects today’s China with its internationally engaged past.

From the earliest archaeological relics and rituals, through the development of writing and state, to the advent of empire, the author charts China’s transformation from ancient civilization into the world’s most populous nation and influential economy, offering historical insights and cultural treasures along the way. This accessible book presents an eclectic mix of materials including Chinese theater, the decorative arts, costume, jewelry, and furniture-making, running through to the most recent diffusion of Chinese culture.

650 illustrations

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

By Gordon Kerr

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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.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

By Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Cambridge University Press
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: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition

By John King Fairbank

Belknap Press
Paperback (640 pages)

China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition
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John King Fairbank was the West's doyen on China, and this book is the full and final expression of his lifelong engagement with this vast ancient civilization. It remains a masterwork without parallel. The distinguished historian Merle Goldman brings the book up to date, covering reforms in the post-Mao period through the early years of the twenty-first century, including the leadership of Hu Jintao. She also provides an epilogue discussing the changes in contemporary China that will shape the nation in the years to come.

The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han (History of Imperial China)

By Mark Edward Lewis

Belknap Press
Paperback (336 pages)

The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han (History of Imperial China)
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In 221 bc the First Emperor of Qin unified the lands that would become the heart of a Chinese empire. Though forged by conquest, this vast domain depended for its political survival on a fundamental reshaping of Chinese culture. With this informative book, we are present at the creation of an ancient imperial order whose major features would endure for two millennia.

The Qin and Han constitute the "classical period" of Chinese history--a role played by the Greeks and Romans in the West. Mark Edward Lewis highlights the key challenges faced by the court officials and scholars who set about governing an empire of such scale and diversity of peoples. He traces the drastic measures taken to transcend, without eliminating, these regional differences: the invention of the emperor as the divine embodiment of the state; the establishment of a common script for communication and a state-sponsored canon for the propagation of Confucian ideals; the flourishing of the great families, whose domination of local society rested on wealth, landholding, and elaborate kinship structures; the demilitarization of the interior; and the impact of non-Chinese warrior-nomads in setting the boundaries of an emerging Chinese identity.

The first of a six-volume series on the history of imperial China, The Early Chinese Empires illuminates many formative events in China's long history of imperialism--events whose residual influence can still be discerned today.

Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient China

By Matt Clayton

Released: 2018-05-11
Kindle Edition (76 pages)

Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient China
 
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If you're looking for a collection of Chinese myths that speaks to all ages and want to get insights into the Chinese culture without reading a college textbook, then keep reading…


Most Americans know about Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology. But folk stories from ancient China give different viewpoints and a deeper understanding of society's roots.

It can be challenging for Americans to find a comprehensive collection of Chinese myths considering that there are several versions and translations available.

How many of these Americans miss out supernatural Chinese tales that could educate and excite them…without even realizing?

Could you be one of them?

You see, most readers make the same mistakes - they either can't find a good collection of Chinese myths, or they only find dull textbooks. You may even fall asleep while reading them.

But now, you have the opportunity to go on a remarkable journey that will spark your imagination.

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Chinese Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Chinese Folklore Including Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends from Ancient China.

This amazing collection of Chinese myths will allow you to enter the Chinese mind so you can gather secrets and wisdom from a proud and respected country.

And best of all, this new book is written in an exciting language and has an easy-to-read format that doesn't require you to be a specialist in order to understand.

In this book, you will discover:
  • A Story about Origin of Earth and Humans
  • A Captivating Tale about the Poor Boy Ma Liang and the Paintbrush
  • Stories about Natural Disasters
  • Li Tieguai – A Taoist Myth
  • Sun Wukong – The Monkey King
  • The Investiture of the Gods
  • A Story about Three Kingdoms
  • Modern Mythology
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China's Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty (History of Imperial China)

By Mark Edward Lewis

Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Paperback (368 pages)

China s Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty (History of Imperial China)
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The Tang dynasty is often called China’s “golden age,” a period of commercial, religious, and cultural connections from Korea and Japan to the Persian Gulf, and a time of unsurpassed literary creativity. Mark Lewis captures a dynamic era in which the empire reached its greatest geographical extent under Chinese rule, painting and ceramic arts flourished, women played a major role both as rulers and in the economy, and China produced its finest lyric poets in Wang Wei, Li Bo, and Du Fu.

The Chinese engaged in extensive trade on sea and land. Merchants from Inner Asia settled in the capital, while Chinese entrepreneurs set off for the wider world, the beginning of a global diaspora. The emergence of an economically and culturally dominant south that was controlled from a northern capital set a pattern for the rest of Chinese imperial history. Poems celebrated the glories of the capital, meditated on individual loneliness in its midst, and described heroic young men and beautiful women who filled city streets and bars.

Despite the romantic aura attached to the Tang, it was not a time of unending peace. In 756, General An Lushan led a revolt that shook the country to its core, weakening the government to such a degree that by the early tenth century, regional warlordism gripped many areas, heralding the decline of the Great Tang.



 
 
 

 
 
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