A traveller's history of China

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Interlink Books, 1995 - History - 310 pages
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"A Traveller's History of China provides a concise and fascinating journey from the country's earliest beginning right up to the creation of the economic powerhouse that is modern day China." "Stephen Haw carries the reader back in time to the prehistoric civilizations of 4,000 years ago, to the centuries of China's silk trade with the less developed countries of Europe. Some of the most significant inventions of the pre-modern world, including paper, gunpowder, and the magnetic compass, originated in China and were then transmitted to the West. The author describes the glories of the Tang and Song dynasties, which saw the creation of the great Chinese cities to the period of its decline and the efforts of Europe to conquer and subdue this giant land. It covers the tumult and triumphs of the Chinese revolution and the dramatic changes in political policies since the late 1970s, which have now made it one of the world's fastest developing countries." "A comprehensive and illuminating look at the rich history of this dynamic country and an easy-to-use reference source."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

The Chinese Language and Chinese Characters
5
Geographical Perspectives
11
The Origins of Chinese Civilization
34
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Stephen G. Haw is the author of A Traveller's History of Beijing, The Lilies of China, and China: A Cultural History.

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