Synopses & Reviews
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 introducting key social themes. Turning to the modern period, Roberts then traces the dramatic evenuts 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.
Praise for the second edition:
"An excellent book. Roberts' account of China over the last few years is fair, balanced, perceptive and comprehensive." -- Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, Australia
Praise for the third edition:
"A worthy successor to Roberts' earlier editions. This third edition brings the account up to the immediate present and continues to have the strength of integrating the insights of very recent scholarship on all periods of Chinese history." -- Anthony DeBlasi, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies, University at Albany
This absorbing history of China from earliest times to the present covers the country's complex political and economic structures and culture in a concise yet nuanced manner. The third edition has been revised and expanded in the light of recent research, bringing the story right up to date and including a new chronology.
About the Author
J. A. G. ROBERTS is a Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Huddersfield. 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.
Table of Contents
List of Maps
The Prehistory and Early History of China
From the Period of Division to the Tang Dynasty
The Song and Yuan Dynasties
The Early Modern Period: The Ming and the Early Qing
China in the Late Qing
Republican China, 1911-49
Revolutionary China, 1949-76
From the Era of Deng Xiaoping to the Present Day