China in World History

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Oxford University Press, Jul 9, 2010 - History - 208 pages
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Here is a fascinating compact history of Chinese political, economic, and cultural life, ranging from the origins of civilization in China to the beginning of the 21st century. Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light on some of the larger questions of Chinese history. What is distinctive about China in comparison with other civilizations? What have been the major changes and continuities in Chinese life over the past four millennia? Offering a global perspective, the book shows how China's nomadic neighbors to the north and west influenced much of the political, military, and even cultural history of China. Ropp also examines Sino-Indian relations, highlighting the impact of the thriving trade between India and China as well as the profound effect of Indian Buddhism on Chinese life. Finally, the author discusses the humiliation of China at the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how these recent events have shaped China's quest for wealth, power and respect today, and have colored China's perception of its own place in world history.
 

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This is a very good overview of Chinese history in a global context. It shows how China interacted with the rest of the world from the Qin Dynasty through the PRC. It compares Chinese economic growth ... Read full review

Contents

Beginnings to Third Century BCE
1
Qin 221206 BCE and Han 206 BCE 220 CE
20
CHAPTER 3 The Era of Division 220589
37
Sui 581618 and Tang 618907
50
Song 9601279 and Yuan 12791368
67
Ming 13681644 and Early Qing 16441800
85
CHAPTER 7 Decline Fall and Aftermath of the Qing Empire 18001920
102
CHAPTER 8 Civil Wars Invasion and the Rise of Communism 19201949
119
CHAPTER 9 The Peoples Republic of China 1949 to the Present
135
Chronology
157
Notes
161
Further Reading
167
Websites
173
Acknowledgments
175
Index
177
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Paul S. Ropp is the Andrea and Peter Klein Professor of History at Clark University and author of Banished Immortal: Searching for Shuangqing, China's Peasant Woman Poet.

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