China: A History

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Hackett Publishing, Mar 13, 2009 - History - 624 pages
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Eminently accessible, yet rigorous, this engaging introduction to the political, social, and cultural development of Chinese civilization tells the story of China—from its beginnings to the present day—in a way that goes beyond simple, misleading accounts of a glorious civilization falling victim to Western and Japanese imperialism or of a supposedly isolated country only recently and reluctantly opening to the outside world. Woven into the narrative are the striking stories of heroes and villains, of women and men, of tragedy and comedy, of high culture and coarse humor, of extremes of wealth and poverty, of feast and famine, and of exquisite art and terrible suffering.

Characteristic of Harold Tanner's presentation is the development and carefully balanced recounting of important themes--such as the ethnic diversity of the early empires, interaction with other civilizations, and the challenge of transforming a multi-ethnic empire into a modern nation-state--that other histories of China omit entirely or discuss only minimally.

Includes a chronology, suggested further readings, illustrations, maps, and an index.
  

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Contents

From Myth to History The Beginnings of the Chinese State and Culture in the Xia Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties
33
The Age of Fighting and Philosophy The Eastern Zhou Dynasty
59
From Feudal States to Bureaucratic Empire The Qin and Western Han Dynasties
83
The Decline and Fall of Eastern Civilization The Xin and Eastern Han Dynasties
109
CULTURAL INTERACTION AND TRANSFORMATION 2201368
133
The Age of Warriors and Buddhists The Three Kingdoms Western Jin and the Period of NorthSouth Division
135
A MultiEthnic Empire The Sui and Tang Dynasties
167
Competing Suns in Heaven The Song and Its Neighbors
201
A Manchu Empire The Qing Dynasty to 1799
340
The Qing Dynastys 19thCentury Crises
379
THE ROAD TO WEALTH AND POWER 1911Present
417
Struggling to Build a Nation The 1911 Revolution and the Early Republic 191226
419
Years of Turmoil China Under Chiang Kaisheks Guomindang Government
457
The Peoples Republic of China The Mao Era
501
The March Toward Wealth and Power
542
FURTHER READINGS
584

China in the Mongol Empire The Yuan Dynasty
239
A NEW CONFUCIAN EMPIRE 13681911
279
A Model Government for the Ages The Early to MidMing Dynasty
281
Wealth and Instability The Mid and Late Ming
310
TEXT AND ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
594
INDEX
596
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About the author (2009)

Harold M. Tanner is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas.

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