China: A History

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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
RITES TO WRITING
SAGES AND HEROES
THE FIRST EMPIRE
HAN ASCENDANT
WITHIN AND BEYOND
WANG MANG AND THE HAN REPRISE
FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF VICISSITUDE
CAVING
BY LAND AND
THE RITES OF MING
THE MANCHU CONQUEST
DEATH THROES OF EMPIRE
REPUBLICANS AND NATIONALISTS
EPILOGUE
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SUI TANG AND THE SECOND EMPIRE
HIGH TANG
RECONFIGURING THE EMPIRE
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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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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