China in World History
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China in World History

By (author) Paul S. Ropp

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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.

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 154 x 238 x 18mm | 480.81g
  • 29 Jul 2010
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • 20 Black and white illustrations, 5 maps
  • 0195170733
  • 9780195170733

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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.

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Anyone who has tried to write on any topic related to China for a broad readership will readily be able to appreciate Paul Ropp's achievement here in telling the whole story from Yao to Mao and beyond in well under 200 pages. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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