China: Its History and Culture / Edition 4

China: Its History and Culture / Edition 4

by W. Scott Morton, Charlton M. Lewis, Charlton Lewis
     
 

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,

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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071412797
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
08/13/2004
Edition description:
Fourth Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
227,087
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi


Foreword by Professor Wing-tsit Chan xiii


Preface to the Fourth Edition xvii


Acknowledgments xix


A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation xxi


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 201


15 The Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath 1966–1978 215


16 Deng Xiaoping and the Reform Era 1978–1992 227


17 The Party, Greater China, and the Wider World 1993–2003 242


18 A Changing Society 261


Chronology 287


Selected Bibliography 295


Index 299


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