A History of China

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Macmillan International Higher Education, Jul 13, 2011 - History - 400 pages
It has been said that the twenty-first century will be China's century. Such a remark highlights the importance of being informed about China's long and tumultuous history.

J. A. G. Roberts traces the main course of that history, from the earliest times, through the centuries of imperial government, to the present day. Chapters on China's imperial history identify the main political and economic changes, whilst introducing key social themes. Turning to the modern period, Roberts then traces the dramatic events of the Opium Wars, the 1911 Revolution and the Republican era. The book ends with a detailed discussion of China under Communist rule and a wide-ranging review of new developments, including China's economic achievements and its costs.

Thoroughly revised and expanded in the light of the latest research, and now featuring a helpful chronology, this up-to-date, authoritative overview of China's past is ideal for students and general readers alike.

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The Prehistory and Early History of China
From the Period of Division to the Tang Dynasty
The Song and Yuan Dynasties
The Ming and the Early Qing
China in the Late Qing
Republican China 191149
Revolutionary China 194976
From the Era of Deng Xiaoping to the Present
When in 2008 China hosted the Beijing Olympics Chinese leaders used

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About the author (2011)

J.A.G. ROBERTS is a Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He has lectured extensively on the histories of China and Japan and has a special interest in Western perceptions of Chinese and Japanese society. Among his previous publications are Life in Early China and China Through Western Eyes.

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