China Simplified: History Flashback

China Simplified: History Flashback

by Stewart Lee Beck, Zhumin Sun


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Better understand modern China with this entertaining journey to the heart of its 5,000-year history. Ideal for business persons who want to raise their China game, students who seek to make deeper cultural connections, and travelers in search of valuable insights into Chinese culture.

History Flashback co-authors Stewart Lee Beck and Sun Zhumin have collaborated in China for over 20 years to produce innovative content for diverse audiences. In this fast-read book of only 183 pages, storytellers Stewart and Zhumin captured the essence of five millenniums of Chinese history: the revolutionary ideas of its most celebrated philosophers, the bold visions of its dauntless leaders, and the pivotal events which shaped the modern nation. Their passion is to share these stories with you and perhaps discover along the way that we’re not that different after all.

The China Simplified book series explores and demystifies the country and its people for the rest of the world. By shifting our collective attention beyond the 1% (hot-button issues in the mass media) to the other 99% (relevant conversations about history, language, business, and more), the China Simplified team hopes to raise cultural awareness and increase mutual understanding.


"You'll enjoy yourself so much you might not realize how much you're learning." —Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford

"This is the history book for people that didn't know they love history!" —Yue-Sai Kan, Chinese American television host and producer

"A delightful romp through 5,000 years of Chinese history." —Andrew Browne, China columnist, The Wall Street Journal

"A clean, clear line to the main developments in China's history...entertaining and enlightening." —James Fallows, The Atlantic

"Those who want to understand China can now do it with ease." —Jesse Wu, International Vice President, Johnson & Johnson

"Makes five millenniums of Chinese civilization accessible to readers of all levels." —James B. Heimowitz, President, China Institute

"Stewart and Zhumin both entertain and inform as storytellers." —Brantley Turner, American Principal, Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School

"An exciting tour through a long, varied and fascinating history." —James Uden, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Boston University

"Both informative and fun; a masterstroke!" —Bruno Lannes, Partner at a well-known consulting company in China

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996095068
Publisher: CS Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/16/2017
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Stewart Lee Beck is a writer and producer who's lived and worked among the Chinese for 24 years. Stewart has helped raise nearly $15 million for children's charities in China. He refers to his Malaysian-Chinese wife as "the crazy woman who keeps me sane."

Sun Zhumin pursues her storytelling dreams as a producer, screenwriter, editor, and translator in her native China. During the creation of this book, her first, Zhumin had imaginary conversations with ancestors, received input from her two kids, and debated it with her history-buff husband.

Table of Contents

1. Dawn of the Middle Kingdom

What really happened 5,000 years ago?

2. China Catches the Smart Virus

Philosophers who blew everyone’s mind

3. You Can Take It With You

The First Emperor, his Great Wall, and his afterlife army

4. Anyone Here Order a Caravan of Silk?

Han Dynasty intrigues and game-changing inventions

5. Naked in the Woods

Seven Bamboo Sages redefine the meaning of life

6. Poets, Prophets and Pulchritude

Living large in the Tang Dynasty

7. Why Rule When You Can Be an Artiste?

The Song Dynasty cultural explosion

8. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

The Mongol conquest of the Chinese heartland

9. This Chapter For Mature Audiences Only

Autonomous desires in the Ming Dynasty

10. Mind Your Ps and Queues

The Qing Dynasty’s potent peaks and quarrelsome quagmires

11. Enter the Fashion Icons

Revolutionaries who ignited a nation

12. Dragon in the Spotlight

Thanks for coming; we’ve got it from here

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