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.