Good Books to Read on the History of China, Chinese history, culture.
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Free Press 2000 Dewey Dec. 951
“A captivating and enlightening read for anyone interested in Asian or cultural studies.” -Booklist
Penguin 1998 Dewey Dec. 951
“Chang’s book is a memorial to the victims of Nanking, a damning indictment of Japanese political historiography, a valuable addition to Pacific war literature, and a literary model of how to speak about the unspeakable.” -Booklist
Flamingo 1993 Dewey Dec. 951
The author “tells the harrowing life stories of her maternal grandmother, her mother, and herself. Their tales span a period of radical change in China that has touched every aspect of life.” -Booklist
Chen, Kenneth K. S.
Princeton Univ. 1964 Dewey Dec. 951
A volume in the series ‘Princeton Studies in the History of Religions.’
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Morrow 2000 Dewey Dec. 951
An account of a city legendary for decadence, violence, and greedy imperialism. Dong meticulously details the European commercial interests that deliberately promoted opium trafficking and exploited the land and people of Shanghai with every conceivable vice for nearly 100 years.” -Booklist
Ebrey, Patricia Buckley
Cambridge Univ. 1999 Dewey Dec. 951
Fairbank, John K.
Belknap 1992 Dewey Dec. 951
Fairbank covers the history of China from Paleolithic cultures of 400,000 B.C. up to 1989.
Fairbank, John K.
Harper & Row 1986 Dewey Dec. 951
“The book is never pedantic, but gathers together a life-time of scholarship plus a true gift for presentation of complex issues and a fine eye for telling illustration.” -Libr J
Carroll & Graf 2003 Dewey Dec. 951
“A highly readable and evocative account of Chinese history.” -New Statesman
Selected Articles on Ancient History
Cambridge Univ. 1996 Dewey Dec. 951
Hucker, Charles O.
Stanford Univ. 1975 Dewey Dec. 951
Lewis, Mark Edward
Belknap 2009 Dewey Dec. 951
Contents: The geography of the north and south China — The rise of the great families — Military dynasticism — Urban transformation — Rural life — China and the outer world — Redefining kinship — Daoism and Buddhism — Writing
Meyer, Michael J.
Walker 2009 Dewey Dec. 951
“This is a revealing portrait of urban change, and the consequences of China’s unquenchable thirst for modernization.” -Kirkus
The Chinese War: An Account of All the Operations of the British Forces from the Commencement to the Treaty of Nanking
Ouchterlony, John, Lieut.
London: Saunders and Otley 1844 Dewey Dec. 951
Books on the History of Japan
Facts on File 1999 Dewey Dec. 951
The Boxer Rebellion: The Dramatic Story of China’s War on Foreigners that Shook the World in the Summer of 1900
Walker 2000 Dewey Dec. 951
Preston’s account, compiled from the many letters, diaries, and memoirs by European survivors of the siege, captures an odd strain of mordant humor.” -NY Times Book Rev
Roberson, John R.
Atheneum 1980 Dewey Dec. 951
A history of China during the last three centuries, from the time Western nations began to play an important part in Chinese affairs.
Doubleday 2006 Dewey Dec. 951
“In 1934, surrounded by Chiang Kai-shek’s forces in the south, Mao’s Red Army marched more than 8,000 miles to a new base, in the northwest… Mao transformed the march into the founding myth of modern China and in doing so, created a new narrative around victories that never happened. Shuyun retraces the route and interviews the few remaining survivors…” -New Yorker
Doubleday 1972 Dewey Dec. 951
Spence, Jonathan D.
Norton 1998 Dewey Dec. 951
“Spence’s book will appeal not only to those interested in history and literature, but to anyone looking for a perspective on contemporary discourse about China.” -Pub Wkly
Spence, Jonathan D.
Norton 1990 Dewey Dec. 951
Spence’s “own sense of China’s past is so vivid, his understanding so sure and his writer’s skill so powerful that the reader apprehends distant events as if they were contemporary.” -New Statesman
Starr, John Bryan
Hill and Wang 1997 Dewey Dec. 951
“John Starr offers all the background material, basic data, and analysis of the issues at stake that are needed to grasp the truths in China’s crisis-ridden present situation. The purpose of Understanding China is to enable any reader to ask and even answer such questions as: What is the capacity of China’s political system to deal successfully with the principal problems confronting the nation today…” -Publisher
Containing Personal Experiences of Chinese Character, and of the Moral and Social Condition of the Country; Together with a Description of the Interior of Pekin
London: Smith, Elder 1861 Dewey Dec. 951
Thorp, Robert L.
Floating World 2006 Dewey Dec. 951
“In twenty-four short essays, Professor Robert Thorp takes the reader on a guided tour of some of the most important archaeological discoveries in China of the last century. These sites start with the “cave home” of Peking Man near Beijing and conclude with the tomb of the Wanli emperor (d. 1620) in the Ming valley north of the capital. While some of these sites were always known of, if not excavated, many of these finds opened new chapters in Chinese history, art, and culture.” -Publisher
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Garland 1998 Dewey Dec. 951
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