Overview

It has been said that the twenty-first century will be China's century. Such a remark highlights the importance of being informed about China's long and tumultuous history.

J. A. G. Roberts traces the main course of that history, from the earliest times, through the centuries of imperial government, to the present day. Chapters on China's imperial history identify the main political and economic changes, whilst introducing key social themes. ...
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A History of China

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Overview

It has been said that the twenty-first century will be China's century. Such a remark highlights the importance of being informed about China's long and tumultuous history.

J. A. G. Roberts traces the main course of that history, from the earliest times, through the centuries of imperial government, to the present day. Chapters on China's imperial history identify the main political and economic changes, whilst introducing key social themes. Turning to the modern period, Roberts then traces the dramatic events of the Opium Wars, the 1911 Revolution and the Republican era. The book ends with a detailed discussion of China under Communist rule and a wide-ranging review of new developments, including China's economic achievements and its costs.

Thoroughly revised and expanded in the light of the latest research, and now featuring a helpful chronology, this up-to-date, authoritative overview of China's past is ideal for students and general readers alike.
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the second edition:
"An excellent book. Roberts' account of China over the last few years is fair, balanced, perceptive and comprehensive." -- Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, Australia
 
Praise for the third edition:
"A worthy successor to Roberts' earlier editions. This third edition brings the account up to the immediate present and continues to have the strength of integrating the insights of very recent scholarship on all periods of Chinese history." — Anthony DeBlasi, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies, University at Albany
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230345362
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Series: Palgrave Essential Histories Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 3rd edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,250,113
  • File size: 829 KB

Meet the Author

J. A. G. ROBERTS is Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has taught and written extensively on the histories of China and Japan and has a special interest in Western perceptions of Chinese and Japanese society.
J.A.G. ROBERTS is a Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has lectured extensively on the histories of China and Japan and has a special interest in Western perceptions of Chinese and Japanese society. Among his previous publications are Life in Early China and China Through Western Eyes.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Maps
The Prehistory and Early History of China
From the Period of Division to the Tang Dynasty
The Song and Yuan Dynasties
The Early Modern Period: The Ming and the Early Qing
China in the Late Qing
Republican China, 1911-49
Revolutionary China, 1949-76
From the Era of Deng Xiaoping to the Present Day
Notes
Chronology
Further Reading
Index
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