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Demystifying China : new understandings of Chinese history

Author: Naomi Standen
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For westerners, China's history is often reduced to a choice between timeless Confucian ideals or incomprehensible barbarisms such as footbinding or mass slaughter. This engaging and deeply knowledgeable book vigorously counters such oversimplifications. In concise and accessible style, China experts present cutting-edge research in an accessible format that challenges readers to move beyond the standard portrayals  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Demystifying China.
(DLC) 2012034709
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Standen
ISBN: 144220897X 9781442208971
OCLC Number: 839671932
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 244 pages : maps)
Contents: Chronology of China's Rulers --
Notes on Romanization, Names, and Chinese Characters --
Introduction: The Creation of History in China / Naomi Standen --
Part I. Images of an Ancient and United Nation --
The Chinese / Peter C. Perdue --
The Great Wall / Peter Lorge --
Foreign Conquerors of China / Naomi Standen --
Confucius : The Key to Understanding China / Tim Barrett --
Part II. Cultural Traditions --
The "Decline" of Buddhism in China / Tansen Sen --
Islam in China / Michael Brose --
Chinese Medicine / Bridie Andrews --
Traditional Chinese and the Environment / Ling Zhang --
Chinese Martial Arts / Stanley Henning --
Women in Chinese History / Clara Wing-chung Ho --
Part III. Imperial China --
China's Age of Seafaring / Ruth Mostern --
Civil Service Examinations / Elif Akcetin --
Modern China's Borders / Andres Rodriguez --
Xinjiang at the Center / Judd Kinzley --
Tibet / Elliott Sperling --
The Opium War and China's "Century of Humiliation" / Julia Lovell --
Part IV. Making Modern China --
Sun Yat-sen / Wasana Wongsurawat --
Republican China under the Nationalists, ca. 1925-1945 / Felix Boecking --
The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party / Christian Hess --
Simplified Characters / Imre Galambos --
The One-Child Policy / Barbara Mittler --
The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976 / Marjorie Dryburgh --
China's Political System / Hai Ren --
Tiananmen 1989 / Fabio Lanza.
Responsibility: edited by Naomi Standen.

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For westerners, China's history is often reduced to a choice between timeless Confucian ideals or incomprehensible barbarisms such as footbinding or mass slaughter. This engaging and deeply knowledgeable book vigorously counters such oversimplifications. In concise and accessible style, China experts present cutting-edge research in an accessible format that challenges readers to move beyond the standard portrayals of Chinese history and develop more complex and nuanced understandings of the historical background and legacies that are essential for any realistic comprehension of twenty-first-c.

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