China: Its History and Culture

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-09-02
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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'¬SA wonderful job! So lucid, beautfully written, with great range and insight. This will set a new standard for short general histories of China.'¬¯ '¬”Michael Gasster, professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University Newly updated and revised, China: Its History and Culture, Fourth Edition, incorporates the crucial social and economic changes that have taken place in China over the last decade. Through rich detail and engaging illustrations, the book traces China'¬"s history from Neolithic times to the present day.

Author Biography

W. Scott Morton (New York, NY) is a full professor emeritus in Chinese and Japanese history and culture and in ancient history at Seton Hall University, in New Jersey.

Charlton N. Lewis (Brooklyn, NY) is a professor emeritus of Chinese history at Brooklyn College, CUNY.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Foreword by Professor Wing-tsit Chan xiii

Preface to the Fourth Edition xvii

Acknowledgments xix

A Note on Spelling and Pronunciation xxi

Introduction 1

1 The Land and the People of China 5

2 Origins and Early History 11

3 The Formative Period 22

Zhou Dynasty: 1027221 b.c.

4 Religion and Philosophy 29

5 Unification and Expansion 45

Qin Dynasty: 221206 b.c.

Han Dynasty: 206 b.c.a.d. 221

6 Outsiders, Generals, and Eccentrics 71

The Six Dynasties Period: a.d. 222589

7 The Flowering of Chinese Civilization 81

Sui Dynasty: 589618

Tang Dynasty: 618907

8 The Chinese Enter on Their Modern Times 98

Five Dynasties: 907960, North China

Ten Kingdoms: 907970, South China

Song Dynasty: 9601126

Jin Dynasty (Jurchen): 11261234, North China

Southern Song Dynasty: 11271279, South China

9 The Mongol Interruption 115

Yuan Dynasty: 12801368

10 The Restoration and Consolidation of Chinese Rule 123

Ming Dynasty: 13681644

11 The Manzhou: Summit and Decline of the Empire 137

Qing Dynasty: 16441911

12 The Impact of the West in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries 148

13 The Republican Revolution 19001949 175

14 The Communist Revolution 19491965 201

15 The Cultural Revolution and Its Aftermath 19661978 215

16 Deng Xiaoping and the Reform Era 19781992 227

17 The Party, Greater China, and the Wider World 19932003 242

18 A Changing Society 261

Chronology 287

Selected Bibliography 295

Index 299

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