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A concise and thorough history of one of the world's most powerful nations
This brilliantly lucid and concise study traces China's history and culture from Neolithic times to the present, working into an integrated and authoritative narrative that covers centuries of politics, warfare and government, science and technology, economics and commerce, religion, philosophy, and the arts. Most valuable of all, Dr. Morton illuminates the essential Chinese design, the underlying mental set of the people and the society. He has given approximately equal treatment to all premodern periods, as each has its importance in the evolving history of the Chinese experience, and has illustrated the work with numerous photographs, maps, paintings and drawings and quotations from the literature.
Newly updated and revised, China: Its History and Culture, Fourth Edition, also carefully examines the crucial social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the last decade.
"A wonderful job! So lucid, beautifully 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
"Simple, concise, factual, and yet comprehensive, penetrating and readable."—Wing-Tsit Chan, Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Culture Emeritus, Dartmouth College
List of Illustrations xiForeword by Professor Wing-tsit Chan xiiiPreface to the Fourth Edition xviiAcknowledgments xixA Note on Spelling and Pronunciation xxiIntroduction 11 The Land and the People of China 52 Origins and Early History 113 The Formative Period 22 Zhou Dynasty: 1027–221 b.c. 4 Religion and Philosophy 295 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 EarlyTwentieth Centuries 14813 The Republican Revolution 1900–1949 17514 The Communist Revolution 1949–1965 20115 The Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath 1966–1978 21516 Deng Xiaoping and the Reform Era 1978–1992 22717 The Party, Greater China, and the Wider World 1993–2003 24218 A Changing Society 261Chronology 287Selected Bibliography 295Index 299