A History of China

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jul 13, 2011 - History - 424 pages
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It has been said that the twenty-first century will be China's century. Such a remark highlights the importance of being informed about China's long and tumultuous history.

J. A. G. Roberts traces the main course of that history, from the earliest times, through the centuries of imperial government, to the present day. Chapters on China's imperial history identify the main political and economic changes, whilst introducing key social themes. Turning to the modern period, Roberts then traces the dramatic events of the Opium Wars, the 1911 Revolution and the Republican era. The book ends with a detailed discussion of China under Communist rule and a wide-ranging review of new developments, including China's economic achievements and its costs.

Thoroughly revised and expanded in the light of the latest research, and now featuring a helpful chronology, this up-to-date, authoritative overview of China's past is ideal for students and general readers alike.
  

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First History of China book so I don't have anything to compare it against. I thought it did a good job of condensing a VERY long history into 300 pages. Since it covered such a long time period there ... Read full review

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Contents

The Prehistory and Early History of China
From the Period of Division to the Tang Dynasty
The Song and Yuan Dynasties
The Ming and the Early Qing
Republican China 191149
Revolutionary China 194976
From the Era of Deng Xiaoping to the Present
Notes
Chronology Further Reading
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

J.A.G. ROBERTS is a Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has lectured extensively on the histories of China and Japan and has a special interest in Western perceptions of Chinese and Japanese society. Among his previous publications are Life in Early China and China Through Western Eyes.

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