Beijing: From Imperial Capital to Olympic City

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-29
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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From its founding to its current attempts to be recognized as a major international city, the history of Beijing is a fascinating journey. Three experts in Chinese history take readers along for the ride, showing the city's evolution from Kublai Khan's seat of power to the capital of the Ming Dynasty up to today. Beijing explores how the city is adjusting to the skyrocketing growth of the Chinese economy and its preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The authors highlight the controversial destruction of Beijing's historic districts and the construction of Olympic venues. Vivid maps, paintings, and photographs detail the more than 600-year evolution of this unique and vibrant city.

Author Biography

Lillian M. Li is Professor of History, Swarthmore College.  Alison J. Dray-Novey is Professor of History, College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  Haili Kong is Professor of Chinese Language, Literature, and Film, Swarthmore College.

Table of Contents

The Emergence of Beijing as an Imperial Capital
The Forbidden City and the Qing Emperors
Daily Life in the Inner and Outer Cities
The City Besieged and the Last Emperors
""Old Beijing"" and Republican China
Mao’s Capital and Socialist Transformation
Economic Reform and Cultural Fever
Beijing Boom, Urban Crisis, and the Olympic City
Conclusion: Preserving the Past: The City as Museum and Showcase The Emergence of Beijing as an Imperial Capital
The Forbidden City and the Q
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