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The History of China (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)by David Curtis Wright
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As Chinese society and culture evolves on a seemingly daily basis, due to its booming economy and expansion as a producer of consumer and industrial goods, its influence upon the world grows as well. Perhaps now more than any time in the modern era, the history of China is a topic with great importance and relevance.
In The History of China: Second Edition, readers will find a general survey of Chinese society's long history, ranging from accounts of ancient Chinese civilization, to coverage of the individual dynasties of imperial China, through China's whirlwind transition to modernity and its belated arrival in the international community. There is an informative chapter on Taiwan and a final chapter that discusses the formidable challenges China faces in the 21st century, including overpopulation, environmental degradation, and social stability.
Book News Annotation:
Part of a series designed to provide concise national histories focusing on important players on the post Cold War international stage, this volume examines the history of China from the early pre-imperial period to the present. The work covers each important chronological era and presents a progressive narrative designed to shed light on the trends and events that inform later developments. This second edition contains two new chapters on Taiwan and mainland China in the twenty-first century and is revised and expanded to include new first person accounts of important recent events. The work includes several black and white illustrations and maps. Wright is a professor of history at the University of Calgary, Canada. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book presents an informative introduction to China's past and present, from traditional accounts of its beginnings more than 3,000 years ago to its modern emergence as a first-world nation.
• Presents extensive eyewitness accounts written by witnesses or participants in the events discussed
• Includes a chronology, maps, and a bibliographic essay of print and electronic sources
China is both the world's oldest continuing civilization and an emerging global superpower. Over the last two millennia, this rich and complex nation has often been the wealthiest and most populous country on earthand within a few decades, China may surpass all other nations as the most powerful in the world.
• Contains more complete coverage of Taiwan and the history of the Taiwan issue than any general history of China
• Presents information and concepts in an engaging, accessible manner, providing details that increase the reader's comprehension while avoiding tedious minutiae
• Examines the myriad, massive challenges China faces in the future
• Provides concise, insightful presentations of information that will be especially useful for undergraduate students
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