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China : a history

Author: Harold Miles Tanner
Publisher: Indianapolis : Hackett Pub. Co., ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Eminently accessible, yet rigorous, this engaging introduction to the political, social, and cultural development of Chinese civilization tells the story of China - from its beginnings to the present day - in a way that goes far beyond simple, misleading accounts of a glorious civilization falling victim and Western and Japanese imperialism or of a supposedly isolated country only recently and reluctantly opening  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Miles Tanner
ISBN: 9780872209152 0872209156 9780872209169 0872209164
OCLC Number: 262429335
Description: xii, 610 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The early empire : building institutions and identity, 2070 BCE-220 CE --
From myth to history: the beginnings of the Chinese state and culture in the Xia, Shang, and Western Zhou dynasties --
The age of fighting and philosophy: the Eastern Zhou dynasty --
From feudal states to bureaucratic empire: the Qin and Western Han dynasties --
The decline and fall of Eastern civilization: the Xin and Eastern Han dynasties --
pt. 2. Cultural interaction and transformation, 220-1368 --
The age of warriors and Buddhists : the Three Kingdoms, Western Jin, and the period of North-South division --
A multi-ethnic empire: the Sui and Tang dynasties --
Competing suns in heaven: the Song and its neighbors --
China in the Mongol empire: the Yuan dynasty --
pt. 3. A new Confucian empire, 1368-1911 --
A model government for the ages: the early to mid-Ming dynasty --
Wealth and instability: the mid- and late Ming --
A Manchu empire: the Qing dynasty to 1799 --
The Qing dynasty's 19th-century crises --
pt. 4. The road to wealth and power, 1911-present --
Struggling to build a nation: the 1911 revolution and the early Republic, 1912-26 --
Years of turmoil: China under Chiang Kai-shek's Guomindang government --
The People's Republic of China: the Mao era --
The march toward wealth and power.
Responsibility: Harold M. Tanner.

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"Eminently accessible, yet rigorous, this engaging introduction to the political, social, and cultural development of Chinese civilization tells the story of China - from its beginnings to the present day - in a way that goes far beyond simple, misleading accounts of a glorious civilization falling victim and Western and Japanese imperialism or of a supposedly isolated country only recently and reluctantly opening to the outside world. Characteristic of Harold Tanner's presentation is the development and carefully balanced recounting of important themes - such as the ethnic diversity of the early empires, interaction with other civilizations, and the challenge of transforming a multi-ethnic empire into a modern nation-state - that other histories of China omit entirely or discuss only minimally."--Jacket.

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