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The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1
The Golden Days
Cao Xueqin - Mar 30, 1974 (first published in 1791)
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"The Story of the Stone" (c. 1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents' choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortune...
Wealth and Power
China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century
Orville Schell - Sep 09, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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Through a series of lively and absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today’s foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country’s rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal. How did a nation, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, fore...
China
A History (Volume 1)
Harold M. Tanner - Mar 15, 2010
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Available in one or two volumes, this accessible, yet rigorous, introduction to the political, social, and cultural history of China provides a balanced and thoughtful account of the development of Chinese civilization from its beginnings to the present day.Each volume includes ample illustrations, a full complement of maps, a chronological table, ...
China in Ten Words
Yu Hua - Aug 21, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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From one of China's most acclaimed writers: a unique, intimate look at the Chinese experience over the last several decades.Framed by ten phrases common in the Chinese vernacular, China in Ten Words uses personal stories and astute analysis to reveal as never before the world's most populous yet oft-misunderstood nation. In "Disparity," for example...
The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China
The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun (Penguin Classics)
Lu Xun - Jan 26, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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Lu Xun (1881—1936) is one of the founding figures of modern Chinese literature. His celebrated short stories assemble a powerfully unsettling portrait of the superstition, poverty, and complacence that he perceived in late-imperial China, and in the revolutionary Republic that toppled the last dynasty in 1911. This volume presents Lu Xun's complete...
Mao
The Unknown Story
Jung Chang - Nov 14, 2006 (first published in 2002)
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The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader ever written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao's close circle in China who have never talked before -- and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth o...
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A History
John Keay - Dec 06, 2011
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An authoritative account of five thousand years of Chinese history Many nations define themselves in terms of territory or people; China defines itself in terms of history. Taking into account the country's unrivaled, voluminous tradition of history writing, John Keay has composed a vital and illuminating overview of the nation's complex and vivid ...
Foundations of Chinese Civilization
The Yellow Emperor to the Han Dynasty (2697 BCE - 220 CE) (Understanding China Through Comics (1))
Jing Liu - May 31, 2016
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Who founded China? Are Chinese people religious? What is Chinese culture and how has it changed over time? The accessible and fun Understanding China Through Comics series answers those questions and more.For all ages, Foundations of Chinese Civilization covers China's early history in comic form, introducing philosophies like Confucianism and Daoi...
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China
Patricia Buckley Ebrey - May 13, 1999 (first published in 1996)
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More populous than any other country on earth, China also occupies a unique place in our modern world for the continuity of its history and culture. In this sumptuously illustrated single-volume history, noted historian Patricia Ebrey traces the origins of Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. She follows its development from the r...