A Concise History of China by J. A. G. Roberts

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The centuries-long complexity of China's political experience, the richness of its culture, and the drama of its economic unfolding are the hallmarks of this short but sweeping history. China's own history is entwined with its response to the West in a rich tapestry depicting its peoples, rulers, and society. More than a nuanced history of a vast continent, this study is sensitive to the multifaceted and changing interpretations of China that have been offered over the years.

In this overarching book, J. A. G. Roberts refers to recent archeological finds--the caches of bronze vessels found at Sanxingdui--and to new documentary reevaluations--the reassessment of Manchu documentation. The first half of the book provides an up-to-date interpretation of China's early and imperial history, while the second half concentrates on the modern period and provides an interpretive account of major developments--the impact of Western imperialism, the rise of Chinese Communism, and the record of the People's Republic of China since 1949.

Concise and direct, this book is a compelling narrative and handy companion for those interested in China.

 

About J. A. G. Roberts

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J. A. G. Roberts specializes in the history of China and Japan and is Principal Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Huddersfield, England. He is the author of four other books on China.
 
Published December 15, 1999 by Harvard University Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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China specialist Roberts (Modern China: An Illustrated History, not reviewed, etc.) begins with the discovery of the remains of homo erectus nearly a half-million years old, proceeds through dynasties, uprisings, and revolutions, and ends with the Yangzi floods of 1998.

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Capturing the full sweep of China's tormented history, this succinct yet highly informative chronicle skillfully incorporates the latest research, whether the topic is China's vast, cosmopolitan eight

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Capturing the full sweep of China's tormented history, this succinct yet highly informative chronicle skillfully incorporates the latest research, whether the topic is China's vast, cosmopolitan eighth-century cities of the Tang empire, the widespread practice of female infanticide during the Min...

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Starting with the prehistory and early history the work takes readers through a brief synopsis of the “after the 1949 revolution period.” Readers will find information on both more popularly known figures such as Genghis Khan, Confuscious, as well as often less well-known people like the early em...

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