A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse

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Pocket Essentials, 2013 - History - 160 pages
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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 Powerhouse

User 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 Powerhouse

User 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

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Gordon Kerr is the author of A Short History of Africa and A Short History of Europe.

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