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China: A History

By John Keay

Basic Books
Released: 2011-12-06
Paperback (608 pages)

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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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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)

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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: Empire of Living Symbols

By Cecilia Lindqvist

Lindqvist, Cecilia/ Tate, John (TRN)/ Loewe, Michael (FRW)
Paperback (424 pages)

China: Empire of Living Symbols
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The origins of Chinese ideographs were not known until 1899, when a scholar went to an apothecary for some medicine made of “dragon bone.” To his surprise, the bone, which had not yet been ground into powder, contained a number of carved inscriptions. Thus began the exploration of the 3000-year-old sources of the written characters still used in China today. In this unparalleled and deeply researched book, Cecilia Lindqvist tells the story of these characters and shows how their shapes and concepts have permeated all of Chinese thought, architecture, art, and culture.

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

By Mark Edward Lewis

Belknap Press
Paperback (336 pages)

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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.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

By Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Patricia Buckley Ebrey
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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
Released: 2006-03-13
Paperback (640 pages)

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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.

A New Literary History of Modern China

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Literature, from the Chinese perspective, makes manifest the cosmic patterns that shape and complete the world―a process of “worlding” that is much more than mere representation. In that spirit, A New Literary History of Modern China looks beyond state-sanctioned works and official narratives to reveal China as it has seldom been seen before, through a rich spectrum of writings covering Chinese literature from the late-seventeenth century to the present.

Featuring over 140 Chinese and non-Chinese contributors from throughout the world, this landmark volume explores unconventional forms as well as traditional genres―pop song lyrics and presidential speeches, political treatises and prison-house jottings, to name just a few. Major figures such as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, and Mo Yan appear in a new light, while lesser-known works illuminate turning points in recent history with unexpected clarity and force. Many essays emphasize Chinese authors’ influence on foreign writers as well as China’s receptivity to outside literary influences. Contemporary works that engage with ethnic minorities and environmental issues take their place in the critical discussion, alongside writers who embraced Chinese traditions and others who resisted. Writers’ assessments of the popularity of translated foreign-language classics and avant-garde subjects refute the notion of China as an insular and inward-looking culture.

A vibrant collection of contrasting voices and points of view, A New Literary History of Modern China is essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of China’s literary and cultural legacy.

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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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.



 
 
 

 
 
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