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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 (2000220 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 Chinasincluding 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.
An authoritative history of five millennia of Chinese history
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.