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|Introduction : who made the Great Wall of China?||1|
|2||The long wall||47|
|3||Han Walls : plus ca change||66|
|4||Shifting frontiers and decadent barbarians||93|
|6||Without walls : the Chinese frontiers expand||137|
|7||The return of the barbarians||159|
|8||A case of open and shut : the early Ming frontier||181|
|9||The wall goes up||210|
|10||The great fall of China||232|
|11||How Barbarians made the Great Wall||262|
|12||Translating the Great Wall into Chinese||296|
|Conclusion : the Great Wall, the great mall and the great firewall||323|
|App. 1||Principal characters||351|
|App. 2||Chronology of dynasties||359|
|App. 3||Significant dates in Chinese history and wall-building||361|
Posted May 19, 2006
Well written, and good presenation as well. Also, very easy to read, which makes this book unique. But there is one major weakness: it lacks insights on the Chinese bureaucracy. But this is the most significant issue when talking about China. In fact, its bureaucratic issue has been and remains the key problem for China, as brilliantly discussed in a new book: China's Global Reach: markets, multinationals, and globalization by a Chinese scholar.
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Posted December 21, 2010
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