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Best Chinese History Books

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Best Chinese History Books
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Oracle Bones
A Journey Between China's Past and Present
Peter Hessler - 2006-04-25
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From the acclaimed author of River Town comes a rare portrait, both intimate and epic, of twenty-first-century China as it opens its doors to the outside world. A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. That sense of time—the contrast between past...
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The Art of War
Sun Tzu - 2017-04-12 (first published in 500)
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Twenty-Five Hundred years ago, Sun Tzu wrote this classic book of military strategy based on Chinese warfare and military thought. Since that time, all levels of military have used the teaching on Sun Tzu to warfare and civilization have adapted these teachings for use in politics, business and everyday life. The Art of War is a book which should b...
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China in Ten Words
Yu Hua - 2012-08-21 (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...
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The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China
The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun (Penguin Classics)
Lu Xun - 2010-01-26 (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...
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Life and Death in Shanghai
Cheng Nien - 2010-12-14 (first published in 1986)
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In August 1966 a group of Red Guards ransacked the home of Nien Cheng. Her background made her an obvious target for the fanatics of the Cultural Revolution: educated in London, the widow of an official of Chiang Kaishek's regime, and an employee of Shell Oil, Nien Cheng enjoyed comforts that few of her compatriots could afford. When she refused to...
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Wild Swans
Three Daughters of China
Jung Chang - 1991-09-01
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Three remarkable women--grandmother, mother, and daughter--struggle to survive in a true-life saga that spans 20th-century China with all its violence: wars, invasions, revolution, and continuing upheaval. A thrilling adventure story, Wild Swans is an important work of history, and a breathtaking testimony to the human spirit. 16 pages of photograp...
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Country Driving
A Chinese Road Trip (P.S.)
Peter Hessler - 2011-02-08 (first published in 2009)
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From the bestselling author of Oracle Bones and River Town comes the final book in his award-winning trilogy, on the human side of the economic revolution in China. In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tr...
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Street of Eternal Happiness
Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road
Rob Schmitz - 2017-01-01 (first published in 2016)
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An unforgettable portrait of individuals who hope, struggle, and grow along a single street cutting through the heart of Shanghai, from one of the most acclaimed broadcast journalists reporting on China.Modern Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas, and opp...
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The Story of the Stone, or The Dream of the Red Chamber, Vol. 1
The Golden Days
Cao Xueqin - 1974-03-30 (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...
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Wealth and Power
China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century
Orville Schell - 2014-09-09 (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...
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China
Harold M. Tanner - 2010-03-15
Imperial Twilight by Stephen R. Platt
Red Star over China by Edgar Snow
China in the 21st Century by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
China from Empire to Nation-State by Wang Hui
The Age of Confucian Rule by Dieter Kuhn
The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History by Rian Thum
Mao by Jung Chang
The Penguin History of Modern China by Jonathan Fenby
Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
China by John Keay
Foundations of Chinese Civilization by Jing Liu
China between Empires by Mark Edward Lewis
The Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey
A Bitter Revolution by Rana Mitter