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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 History

By John Keay

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

China: A History
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An authoritative account of five thousand years of Chinese history

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

Hackett Publishing Company Inc
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).

Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History, and Political Culture

By John Bryan Starr

Hill and Wang
Released: 2010-08-31
Paperback (448 pages)

Understanding China: A Guide to China s Economy, History, and Political Culture
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In this succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright book--now revised and updated for the new century--Starr introduces to the uninitiated reader the background, basic data, and issues at stake in China's crisis-ridden present and future.

After ten years, John Bryan Starr has thoroughly revised and updated his classic introduction to the background of, the data about, and the issues at stake in China's present and future. In the new edition, Starr seamlessly weaves in additional material on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government's ongoing efforts to curb the influence of the Internet, and the intensifying trade disputes between the United States and China.

Succinct, modest, and refreshingly forthright, Understanding China remains a necessary guide for the uninitiated to everything from the Chinese economy and political system, to its intellectual freedoms and human rights, to its relationship with the rest of the world.

The Emperor Who Built The Great Wall (illustrated kids books, picture book biographies, bedtime stories for kids, Chinese history and culture): Qin Shihuang (Once Upon A Time In China 1)

By Jillian Lin

Released: 2015-02-06
Kindle Edition (34 pages)

The Emperor Who Built The Great Wall (illustrated kids books, picture book biographies, bedtime stories for kids, Chinese history and culture): Qin Shihuang (Once Upon A Time In China 1)
 
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DID YOU KNOW that China was named after its first emperor—the brilliant, all-powerful emperor who built The Great Wall?

In this book, read about his interesting life and how he became one of the most important men in Chinese history.

Emperor Qin Shihuang may have lived more than two thousand years ago, his memory still lives on. Each year, thousands of people visit the Great Wall, as well as the army of Terracotta Warriors hidden in the emperor’s secret tomb. And did you know that China was named after him?

In The Emperor Who Built The Great Wall, discover why Qin built the Wall, how he made China the biggest country on earth, and what he hid in his secret tomb.

The simple language and beautiful illustrations make this book a wonderful reader or bedtime story. It is suitable for all ages, but children aged 5-12 years will especially enjoy reading this book.

About the Once Upon A Time In China… series
China has a very long history that includes many fascinating stories, but often they are too complex for young children to read. For this series, Jillian Lin has rewritten the most well-known tales in a simple, engaging manner, for children from age five to enjoy. While some stories sound almost like fairytales, they are all based on true historical facts, brought to life with beautiful illustrations. Each book contains the life story of a famous figure in Chinese history, a list of interesting facts, a quiz, and a map.

Other books in this series include:
- The King Without A Throne (Confucius/Kong Qiu) -www.amazon.com/dp/B00TPRSD0I
- The Mountain Man Of Music (Zhu Zaiyu) -www.amazon.com/dp/B00X36J87E
- The Miracle Doctor (Hua Tuo) - www.amazon.com/dp/B01EBRN52M
- The Girl Who Became Emperor (Wu Zetian) - www.amazon.com/dp/B01EDLZMFY
- The Dreamer Of Stars (Zhang Heng) - www.amazon.com/dp/B01EDMFON8
- The Greatest Explorer In The World (Zheng He) -www.amazon.com/dp/B01EE4IHQQ
- The Pirate King (Koxinga/Zheng Chenggong) - www.amazon.com/dp/B01EDOPTRM

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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.

A History of China

By Wolfram Eberhard

Released: 2012-05-17
Kindle Edition (392 pages)

A History of China
 
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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.

The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present

By Jonathan Fenby

imusti
Paperback (816 pages)

The Penguin History of Modern China: The Fall and Rise of a Great Power, 1850 to the Present
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In 1850, China was the "sick man of Asia." Now it is set to become the most powerful nation on earth. The Penguin History of Modern China shows how turbulent that journey has been. For 150 years China has endured as victim of oppression, war, and famine. This makes its current position as arguably the most important global superpower all the more extraordinary. Jonathan Fenby's comprehensive account is the definitive guide to this remarkable transformation.

Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University)

By Paul Cohen

Columbia University Press
Released: 2010-05-20
Paperback (296 pages)

Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University)
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Since its first publication, Paul A. Cohen's Discovering History in China has occupied a singular place in American China scholarship. Translated into three East Asian languages, the volume has become essential to the study of China from the early nineteenth century to today.

Cohen critiques the work of leading postwar scholars and is especially adamant about not reading China through the lens of Western history. To this end, he uncovers the strong ethnocentric bias pervading the three major conceptual frameworks of American scholarship of the 1950s and 1960s: the impact-response, modernization, and imperialism approaches. In place of these, Cohen favors a "China-centered" approach in which historians understand Chinese history on its own terms, paying close attention to Chinese historical trajectories and Chinese perceptions of their problems, rather than a set of expectations derived from Western history. In an important new introduction, Cohen reflects on his fifty-year career as a historian of China and discusses major recent trends in the field. Although some of these developments challenge a narrowly conceived China-centered approach, insofar as they enable more balanced comparisons between China and the West and recast the Chinese and their history in more human, less exotic terms, they powerfully affirm the central thrust of Cohen's work.


 
 
 

 
 
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