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A History

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 28, 2008 – China: A Traveler's Literary Companion. Whereabouts, dist. by Consortium. 2008. 231p. ed. by Kirk A. Denton. pap. LIT~Alai's Tibetan fisherman in "Fish!" ignores cultural norms and casts his fishing rod where his culture traditionally forbids it, hooking abundant returns. So do readers of this anthology. Recommended for all libraries. Background: The seismic shifts in China's economic, political, and social climate over the last century reverberate in this varied collection of contemporary Chinese fiction, the volume in the publisher's series (see also Italy, Mexico). Written between 1921 and 2003, the 12 pieces probe the direction this swiftly tilting planet of a nation is hurtling--and the aftershocks such movement\xC5leaves in its wake. Organized geographically by region, the\xC5stories\xC5telescope the modern Chinese citizen and explore notions of place from Xinjiang to Zhezhang, the effects of the displacement of social values in a market economy, and nostalgia for China's past in an increasingly modern and unrecognizable landscape. "Maijin, Baozi, and the White Kid" offers a modern take on a tragic Miao/ Tuija folktale. The dreamy vignette "Sealed Off" imagines an unlikely courtship between two strangers in a stalled Shanghai tram car, where the claustrophobic conditions lend the illusion of freedom to a romance otherwise fraught with obstacles.--Anne Garner, NYPL.
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  • Level: Grades 13 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Asia
  • Published: Oct 06, 2009
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 624 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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