A Short History of China

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Oldcastle Books, Limited, Jan 25, 2013 - History - 160 pages
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The turbulent and chequered past of the world’s most populous country is one of the most fascinating in world history, and relatively little known in the West. From the beginnings of Chinese prehistory right through to internet censorship with the ‘Great Firewall of China’, Gordon Kerr offers a comprehensive introduction to the sprawling history of this enormous country. A Short History of China provides an absorbing introduction to more than 4,000 years of Chinese history, telling the stories of the tyrants, despots, femmes fatales, artists, warriors and philosophers who have shaped this fascinating and complex nation. It describes the amazing technological advances that her scientists and inventors made many hundreds of years before similar discoveries in Europe. It also investigates the Chinese view of the world and examines the movements, aspirations and philosophies that moulded it and, in so doing, created the Chinese nation. Finally, the book examines the dramatic changes of the last few decades and the emergence of China as an economic and industrial 21st century superpower, making Napoleon Bonaparte’s words about her ring true: “Let China sleep, for when she awakes, she will shake the world.”

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Review: A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse

User Review  - Jackson Cyril - Goodreads

Good introduction to a long and complex history. Read full review

Review: A Short History of China: From Ancient Dynasties to Economic Powerhouse

User Review  - John Scott - Goodreads

Very good. My knowledge of Chinese history was, and still is to tell the truth, very limited. But this nice primer is the perfect introduction. Gordon Kerr has written a fast paced short history that has me salivating for more. Read full review

About the author (2013)

Gordon Kerr is the author of A Short History of Africa and A Short History of Europe.

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