A concise History of China

by J. A. G. Roberts

Harvard University Press | December 15, 1999 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.44 × 1 in

Published: December 15, 1999

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0674000749

ISBN - 13: 9780674000742

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A concise History of China

by J. A. G. Roberts

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.44 × 1 in

Published: December 15, 1999

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0674000749

ISBN - 13: 9780674000742

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Maps

1. The Prehistory and Early History of China
2. From the Period of Division to the Tang Dynasty
3. The Song and Yuan Dynasties
4. The Early Modern Period: The Ming and the Early Qing
5. China in the Late Qing
6. Republican China, 1911-49
7. China since the 1949 Revolution

Epilogue
Notes
Further Reading
Index

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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.

From Our Editors

This is an admirable general survey of all of Chinese history from Peking Man to Deng Xiaoping. It is written in clear, spare prose, and conveys an enormous amount of information. -William C. Kirby, Harvard University. 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 anyone interested in China. J. A. G. Roberts specializes in the history of China and Japan and is Principal Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Huddersfield,
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[Roberts] provides both fascinating detail and clear explanations of some of the best-known aspects of Chinese history...[It is] a clear trail into a vast, lovely, alluring land.

This is an admirable general survey of all of Chinese history from Peking Man to Deng Xiaoping. It is written in clear, spare prose, and conveys an enormous amount of information in rather fewer pages than most general histories. It is structured as a chronological narrative, with the rise, maintenance, and fall of dynasties as the chief organizing principle. It is well versed in the basic historiography of Chinese history as written in the West and comments intelligently on the major theories.