By Paul S. Ropp

Here's a attention-grabbing compact background of chinese language political, financial, and cultural existence, starting from the origins of civilization in China to the start of the twenty first century. Historian Paul Ropp combines vibrant story-telling with astute research to make clear a number of the higher questions of chinese language background. what's designated approximately China compared to different civilizations? What were the key alterations and continuities in chinese language existence during the last 4 millennia? delivering a world point of view, the booklet indicates how China's nomadic pals to the north and west prompted a lot of the political, army, or even cultural historical past of China. Ropp additionally examines Sino-Indian kin, highlighting the impression of the thriving exchange among India and China in addition to the profound influence of Indian Buddhism on chinese language existence. eventually, the writer discusses the humiliation of China by the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how those fresh occasions have formed China's quest for wealth, strength and admire this present day, and feature coloured China's notion of its personal position in international history.

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