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A short history of China : from ancient dynasties to economic powerhouse

Author: Gordon Kerr
Publisher: Harpenden, Herts : Pocket Essentials, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume presents an introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, with the author telling the stories of the tyrants, despots, artists, warriors, and philosophers who have shaped this nation. He describes the technological advances that China's scientists and inventors made many hundreds of years before similar discoveries in Europe. The author also investigates the Chinese view of the world and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Kerr
ISBN: 9781842439685 1842439685 9781842439609 184243960X
OCLC Number: 811732909
Notes: Maps on inside front and back cover.
Description: 160 pages : maps ; 20 cm
Contents: Geography of the Middle Kingdom --
Neolithic times and early empires --
Turmoil, re-unification and a golden age --
Chaos, appeasement and invasion --
Recovery and the end of empire --
Prelude to revolution --
From radical reform to global superpower --
China at the crossroads.
Responsibility: Gordon Kerr.

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This volume presents an introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, with the author telling the stories of the tyrants, despots, artists, warriors, and philosophers who have shaped this nation. He describes the technological advances that China's scientists and inventors made many hundreds of years before similar discoveries in Europe. The author also investigates the Chinese view of the world and examines the movements, aspirations, and philosophies that molded it. Lastly, the book examines the dramatic changes of the last few decades and the emergence of China as an economic and industrial 21st-century superpower.

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