A Concise History of China / Edition 1

A Concise History of China / Edition 1

by J. A. G. Roberts
     
 

The centuries-long complexity of China's political experience, the richness of its culture, and the drama of its economic unfolding are the hallmarks of this short but sweeping history. China's own history is entwined with its response to the West in a rich tapestry depicting its peoples, rulers, and society. More than a nuanced history of a vast continent, this

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The centuries-long complexity of China's political experience, the richness of its culture, and the drama of its economic unfolding are the hallmarks of this short but sweeping history. China's own history is entwined with its response to the West in a rich tapestry depicting its peoples, rulers, and society. More than a nuanced history of a vast continent, this study is sensitive to the multifaceted and changing interpretations of China that have been offered over the years.

In this overarching book, J. A. G. Roberts refers to recent archeological finds—the caches of bronze vessels found at Sanxingdui—and to new documentary reevaluations—the reassessment of Manchu documentation. The first half of the book provides an up-to-date interpretation of China's early and imperial history, while the second half concentrates on the modern period and provides an interpretive account of major developments—the impact of Western imperialism, the rise of Chinese Communism, and the record of the People's Republic of China since 1949.

Concise and direct, this book is a compelling narrative and handy companion for those interested in China.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674000759
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

J. A. G. Roberts specializes in the history of China and Japan and is Principal Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Huddersfield, England. He is the author of four other books on China.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Maps
1The Prehistory and Early History of China1
2From the Period of Division to the Tang Dynasty40
3The Song and Yuan Dynasties79
4The Early Modern Period: The Ming and the Early Qing118
5China in the Late Qing162
6Republican China, 1911-49206
7China since the 1949 Revolution256
Epilogue300
Notes301
Further Reading309
Index317

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