China: A Macro History

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M.E. Sharpe, 1997 - History - 335 pages
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With the vision and attention to detail that were evident in his highly acclaimed 1587: A Year of No Significance, Ray Huang moves from micro to macro history in the stunning achievement, China: A Macro History, which takes a fresh look at at the full sweep of Chinese history from neolithic times to the present. Provocative, insightful, and displaying an extraordinary breadth of knowledge, Mr. Huang has written a highly readable account of the panorama of Chinese history that will challenge and fascinate scholar and layperson alike. In the words of the late Joseph Needham, I have never enjoyed a read more than Ray Huang's history of China... This revised edition updates the original with a new preface, additional illustrations in the facile hand of the author, and a more reader-friendly format. On the original edition...

Ray Huang's China: A Macrohistory is a most clear, judicious and concise account of Chinese history from antiquity to the present...this study breathes new life into Chinese history, and the past and the present illuminate each other. This work is truly trail-blazing not merely as a text book but as an introduction to China for the general reader. Ying-shih Yu, Michael Henry Strater, University Professor, Princeton University; Member, Academia Sinica, Taipei

He has beautifully succeeded, and his book--whose content is well balanced between the facts, their explanations, and their consequences, and which is very clearly written and accessible to the general reader as well as to the specialist--deserves to become a classic in the field of sinology. Jacques Guillermaz, formerly Professor and Director, Research and Documentation Center, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Social, Paris

What I admire perhaps most is that this book appeals alike to the scholar (to whom it gives much food for thought) and, because it reads so easily, to the interested layman. Herbert Franke, Professor Emeritus of Far Eastern Studies, University of Munchen

An impressive book. A serious work by a mature scholar. Derk Bodde, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Huang's macro-history is most welcome. It builds a structure of novel interpretation and vivid anecdote on a solid base of original research and covers the whole sweep of Chinese history, making comparative references to Western history...a boldy opinionated, freshly written synthesis that will be read with pleasure and profit by all. Library Journal

Only 277 pages for this sparkling survey of Chinese history over the last several thousand years. Most convincing, lucid, a brilliant view of Chinese history. The Book Reader


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User Review  - Donghai - Goodreads

Great book to have a big picture of Chinese history. The Chinese version of it (by Ray Huang himself) published about 10 years later than the original version and have more information on modern China. Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

I've read the Chinese version, and bought this book. This is a very good book. Hope I have time to read this one this summer Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Huang served in the Chinese Nationalist Army as a junior officer for ten years. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

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