China: Its History and Culture

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“A wonderful job! So lucid, beautfully written, with greatrange 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 ...

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Overview

“A wonderful job! So lucid, beautfully written, with greatrange 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780690018639
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1981
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 276

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation
Introduction 1
1 The Land and the People of China 5
2 Origins and Early History 11
3 The Formative Period 22
Zhou Dynasty: 1027-221 B.C.
4 Religion and Philosophy 29
5 Unification and Expansion 45
Qin Dynasty: 221-206 B.C.
Han Dynasty: 206 B.C.-A.D. 221
6 Outsiders, Generals, and Eccentrics 71
The Six Dynasties Period: A.D. 222-589
7 The Flowering of Chinese Civilization 81
Sui Dynasty: 589-618
Tang Dynasty: 618-907
8 The Chinese Enter on Their Modern Times 98
Five Dynasties: 907-960, North China
Ten Kingdoms: 907-970, South China
Song Dynasty: 960-1126
Jin Dynasty (Jurchen): 1126-1234, North China
Southern Song Dynasty: 1127-1279, South China
9 The Mongol Interruption 115
Yuan Dynasty: 1280-1368
10 The Restoration and Consolidation of Chinese Rule 123
Ming Dynasty: 1368-1644
11 The Manzhou: Summit and Decline of the Empire 137
Qing Dynasty: 1644-1911
12 The Impact of the West in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 148
13 The Republican Revolution 1900-1949 175
14 The Communist Revolution 1949-1965 200
15 The Cultural Revolution 1966-1979 214
16 The New Communism 1980-1992 226
17 China, The Pacific Rim, and the World Community 246
18 Chinese Society 264
Chronology 294
Selected Bibliography 304
Index 309
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