Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. With the world’s 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, Keay’s narrative spans 5,000 years, from the Three Dynasties (2000 220 BC) to Deng Xiaoping’s opening of China and the past three decades of economic growth. Broadly chronological, the book presents a history of all the Chinas including regions (Yunnan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Manchuria) that account for two-thirds of the People’s 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.
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John Keay, formerly a special correspondent for The Economist, contributes regularly to the Sunday Telegraph, Times Higher Educational Supplement, and the Literary Review. The author of numerous books, including the classic India: A History, he lives in Argyll, Scotland.Review:
“Without sacrificing substance for brevity, Keay manages to illustrate China’s history very much as a narrative... Readers already interested in, or wishing newly to embark upon, Chinese history will adore this book. Highly recommended.”
“China: A History marks a welcome advance... [Keay’s] touch is deft and faithful to the tenor of the debates, especially those between archaeologists and literary scholars.”
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, London, 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Pictorial illust. cover, col. & b/w plts., illust., text ills., maps, diag., notes, bibliog., index. Light shelf wear, o/w F. Sages and tyrants, warlords and poets, heroes and villains are all sourced in the historical record. Complex questions about the continuity of Chinese civilisation, the importance of ritual and the uses and abuses of history are addressed. China's military record is questioned, its dynastic obsession explored, and its economic resurgence revealed in an unexpected light. Laid bare, too, are the roots of Confucianism, communism and capitalism. Size: Large Octavo. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 000181
Book Description Harper Press, London, 2008. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 566 pp., colour plates, bibliography, index. An accessible, authoritative single-volume narrative history of China, from the earliest times to the present day, designed both to engage the general reader and to challenge the horizons of the China specialist. Bookseller Inventory # 6673
Book Description HarperPress. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2732724440