Common Knowledge about Chinese History available in Hardcover
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- China Books & Periodicals, Incorporated
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This is an intermediate/advanced reader on China's history. The chapters are as follows (my own edit of the content): 1. Ancient history (the "Peking Man", Confucious,...) 2. the Qin and Han Dynasties (the Great Wall, the First Emperor,...) 3. the Division of China (the Red Cliff battle, the Ballad of Mulan,...) 4. the Sui and Tang Dynasties (the Grand Canal, the Great Poets,...) 5. the Five Dynasties (Bao, Genghis Khan, Marco Polo in China,...) 6. the Ming and Ching Dynasties (Zheng He's voyages, Japanese pirates,...) 7. Modern China (the Opium Wars, May 4th Movement, the Nanchang Uprising, the Nanjing Massacre,...) 8. Contemporary China (Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Hong Kong handover,...) The book tries to cover as much as possible, so do not expect in-depth coverage. In this volume you will read about all sorts of historical events. The dialogues in simplified Chinese are written on the left page, the English translation on the right. There is no glossary listing for each reading and no vocabulary index so you may need a good dictionary at hand. It does however list unusual words that you most likely have not come across in your textbooks, it also has boxes with extra information. There are no exercises in the book. All the books in the series are visually very attractive - there are coloured images and photographs on almost every page, and the layout is excellent. This is a high-quality and high-standard book. I highly recommend the whole series.