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The Shortest History of China

Release date: 16 March 2023
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A fascinating, enormously dynamic portrait of a superpower. Essential reading’ JULIA LOVELL ‘A fa... Read More

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A fascinating, enormously dynamic portrait of a superpower. Essential reading’ JULIA LOVELL

‘A fast-paced and witty survey of China’s past ... Iconoclastic, informative and more attentive to female figures than comparable works’ JEFFREY WASSERSTROM

‘Succinct, lucid and with a keen eye for detail, this slim book is an indispensable primer on China’ LOUISA LIM**

**A PACY HISTORY OF CHINA THAT CAN BE READ IN AN AFTERNOON, BUT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR PERSPECTIVE FOR A LIFETIME. **

From kung-fu to tofu, tea to trade routes, sages to silk, China has inf luenced cuisine, commerce, military strategy, aesthetics and philosophy across the world for thousands of years. Chinese history is sprawling and gloriously messy. It is full of heroes who are also villains, prosperous ages and violent rebellions, cultural vibrancy and censorious impulses, loyalists, dissidents and wits. The story of women in China, from the earliest warriors to twentieth century suffragettes, is rarely told. And historical spectres of corruption and disunity, which have brought down many a mighty ruling house, continue to haunt the People’s Republic today. Modern China is seen variously as an economic powerhouse, an icon of urbanisation, a propaganda state or an aggressive superpower seeking world domination. Linda Jaivin distils a vast history into a short, readable account that tells you what you need to know, from China’s philosophical origins to its political system, to the COVID-19 pandemic and where the PRC is likely to lead the world.

 


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Shortest History of China

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Shortest History of China

Shortest History of China

Shortest History of China

Product Details

Title: The Shortest History of China
Author: Linda Jaivin
Publisher: Picador India
SKU: BK0463361
EAN: 9789390742059
Number Of Pages: 288
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 16 March 2023

About Author

Linda Jaivin is an American-born, internationally published Australian essayist, novelist, translator, and specialist writer on China. Her books include The Monkey and the Dragon, the city profile Beijing, and several China-based novels. Her essays have appeared in a wide range of publications in Australia and beyond. She has previously lived, studied, and worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Beijing.

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