A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse
From the beginnings of Chinese prehistory right through to internet censorship, a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous country
An absorbing introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, this book tells the stories of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors, and philosophers who have shaped this fascinating and complex nation. It describes the amazing technological advances that China's scientists and inventors made many hundreds of years before similar discoveries in Europe. It also investigates the Chinese view of the world and examines the movements, aspirations, and philosophies that molded it and, in so doing, created the Chinese nation. Finally, the book examines the dramatic changes of the last few decades and the emergence of China as an economic and industrial 21st-century superpower.
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Review: A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic PowerhouseUser Review - Sven - Goodreads
Good introduction covering a timespan of about 7 thousand years. Would recommend it as a first read, to gain a general overview about the topic. The well compiled "further reading" list at the end provides a good orientation, to dive deeper into the subject. Read full review
Review: A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic PowerhouseUser Review - 4ZZZ - Goodreads
Very good. My knowledge of Chinese history was, and still is to tell the truth, very limited. But this nice primer is the perfect introduction. Gordon Kerr has written a fast paced short history that ... Read full review