Saturday, 14 September 2013

A History of China by Morris Rossabi

A History of China

by Morris Rossabi


"Rossabi is one of the most authoritative scholars of Chinese and eastern Eurasian history. This book—big enough to provide the depth missing in many teaching texts, concise enough to keep long–term connections and narrative coherence at the reader′s fingertips, erudite enough to assess China′s experience in the context of neighboring and competing empires—is one of his masterworks." — Pamela Kyle Crossley , Dartmouth College, USA author of The Wobbling Pivot: China since 1800 "This is a vivid picture, crammed with always relevant and frequently striking detail, of the many transformations of an interactive China. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of Chinese history and world history." — John E. Wills, Jr. , University of Southern California As China’s position in the world has grown in recent decades, so has demand for histories of this fascinating culture. Morris Rossabi places China in its global and historical context and presents the reader with a comprehensive understanding of a China in the World. — Ralph Kauz ,University of Bonn

From the Back Cover

Capturing China’s past in all its complexity, this multi–faceted history portrays China in the context of a larger global world and incorporates the narratives of Chinese as well as non–Chinese ethnic groups. The book offers a complete political, economic, social, and cultural history of China, covering the major events and trends. It differs from other histories of the country in presenting China as part of a larger world. Although it emphasizes events within China, it also portrays China in the context of global developments, from its earliest interactions with local neighbors to later relationships with countries across Asia and around the world. At the same time, the book depicts the role of non–Chinese ethnic groups in China, including Tibetans and Uyghurs, and analyzes the role of Mongol and Manchu rulers and their impact on Chinese society. Drawing on the latest scholarship, the author goes beyond traditional accounts of Imperial families and officials to discuss groups such as peasants, women, merchants, and artisans, who have traditionally been left out of the narrative. In doing so, he provides a rich and nuanced history of one of the contemporary world’s most dynamic societies.

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