China in World History

  • ISBN13:


  • ISBN10:


  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/9/2010
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.

Purchase Benefits

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $59!
    Your order must be $59 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
  • We Buy This Book Back!
    In-Store Credit: $3.68
    Check/Direct Deposit: $3.50
List Price: $22.35 Save up to $11.17
  • Rent Book $11.18
    Add to Cart Free Shipping


Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. Typically, only the book itself is included. This is true even if the title states it includes any access cards, study guides, lab manuals, CDs, etc.


Here is a fascinating compact history of Chinese political, economic, and cultural life, ranging from the origins of civilization in China to the beginning of the 21st century. Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light on some of the larger questions of Chinese history. What is distinctive about China in comparison with other civilizations? What have been the major changes and continuities in Chinese life over the past four millennia? Offering a global perspective, the book shows how China's nomadic neighbors to the north and west influenced much of the political, military, and even cultural history of China. Ropp also examines Sino-Indian relations, highlighting the impact of the thriving trade between India and China as well as the profound effect of Indian Buddhism on Chinese life. Finally, the author discusses the humiliation of China at the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how these recent events have shaped China's quest for wealth, power and respect today, and have colored China's perception of its own place in world history.

Author Biography

Paul Ropp is the Andrea and Peter Klein Professor of History at Clark University and author of Banished Immortal: Searching for Shuangqing, China's Peasant Woman Poet.

Table of Contents

Editors' Prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xi
The Formative Age: Beginnings to Third Century BCEp. 1
The First Empires: Qin (221-206 BCE) and Han (206 BCE -220 CE)p. 20
The Era of Division (220-589)p. 37
Reunified Empires: Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907)p. 50
Diminished Empire and Nomadic Challengers: Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368)p. 67
Early Modern China: Ming (1368-1644) and Early Qing (1644-1800)p. 85
Decline, Fall, and Aftermath of the Qing Empire (1800-1920)p. 102
Civil Wars, Invasion, and the Rise of Communism (1920-1949)p. 119
The People's Republic of China (1949 to the Present)p. 135
Chronologyp. 157
Notesp. 161
Further Readingp. 167
Websitesp. 173
Acknowledgmentsp. 175
Indexp. 177
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

Rewards Program

Write a Review