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Publisher Comments:

Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. With the worlds longest tradition of history-writing, its extraordinary past ought to be common knowledge. China, by the eminent historian John Keay, should make it so.

Informed by the latest research and enlivened by wit and anecdote, Keays narrative spans 5,000 years, from the Three Dynasties (2000–220 BC) to Deng Xiaopings opening of China and the past three decades of economic growth. Broadly chronological, the book presents a history of all the Chinas—including regions (Yunnan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Manchuria) that account for two-thirds of the Peoples Republic of China land mass but which barely feature in its conventional history.

Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is destined to become the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the past, present, and future of this immensely powerful nation.

Book News Annotation:

First printed in hardcover in 2009 and now in an attractive reprinted paper edition, this one-volume history of China excels for presenting the long stretch of history in a readable style, engaging with the diverse peoples and religions in a refreshingly objective manner that demonstrates the country's diversity, in part by uncovering the origins of long-standing national myths. Beginning with the earliest dynasties, the first 12 chapters describe China's extraordinarily well-documented ancient and medieval history, with the Ming, Manchu, end of the Ming, and 20th century in the final four chapters. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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An authoritative history of five millennia of Chinese history

Synopsis:

Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the countrys unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nations complex and vivid past. Keays authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the present and future of this immensely powerful nation.

About the Author

John Keay is a former special correspondent for the Economist and contributes regularly to the Sunday Telegraph, Times Higher Educational Supplement, and the Literary Review. His past books include the best-selling India: A History. He lives in Argyll, Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465015801
Subtitle:
A History
Publisher:
Basic Books
Author:
Keay, John
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
World History - China
Subject:
History : Asia - China
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20111206
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 13
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.56 in 27 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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History and Social Science » Asia » China » General
History and Social Science » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » China

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An authoritative history of five millennia of Chinese history
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Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the countrys unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nations complex and vivid past. Keays authoritative history examines 5,000 years in China, from the time of the Three Dynasties through Chairman Mao and the current economic transformation of the country. Crisp, judicious, and engaging, China is the classic single-volume history for anyone seeking to understand the present and future of this immensely powerful nation.
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