China: A History (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins UK, Apr 15, 2010 - History - 512 pages
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Three thousand years of Chinese history in an accessible and authoritative single volume.

Despite the recent rise of China to a position of dominance on the world economic stage, Chinese history remains an elusive subject. Yet it is this vast narrative of appalling loss, superhuman endeavour and incredible invention that has made China the superpower it is today. From the dawn of legend to the succession of great dynasties, from Confucius to Chairman Mao and from the clamour of revolution to the lure of slick capitalism, John Keay takes the reader on a sweeping tour through Chinese history. This is a definitive and indispensable account of a country set to play a major part in our future.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1RITES TO WRITING
2SAGES AND HEROES
3THE FIRST EMPIRE
4HAN ASCENDANT
5WITHIN AND BEYOND
6WANG MANG AND THE HAN REPRISE
7FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE
14THE MANCHU CONQUEST
15DEATH THROES OF EMPIRE
16REPUBLICANS AND NATIONALISTS
EPILOGUE
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

8SUI TANG AND THE SECOND EMPIRE
9HIGH TANG
10RECONFIGURING THE EMPIRE
11CAVING IN
12BY LAND AND SEA
13THE RITES OF MING
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John Keay’s books include ‘India Discovered’, ‘The Honourable Company’, ‘Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East’, the two-volume ‘Explorers of the Western Himalayas’, ‘India: A History’, ‘The Great Arc’, ‘Sowing the Wind: The Seeds of Conflict in the Middle East’ and ‘Mad About the Mekong: Exploration and Empire in South East Asia’. He is married with four children, lives in Scotland, and is the co-author, with Julia Keay, of the ‘Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland’.

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