History of China – Culture of China


Online books: History of China, Chinese history, culture.

 
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Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “History of China”. Be patient as the page loads.

The Chinese

Becker, Jasper
Free Press 2000        Dewey Dec.    951

“A captivating and enlightening read for anyone interested in Asian or cultural studies.” -Booklist

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

Chang, Iris
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

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

Chang, Jung
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

Buddhism in China, A Historical Survey

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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Shanghai: The Rise and Fall of a Decadent City

Dong, Stella
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

The Cambridge Illustrated History of China

Ebrey, Patricia Buckley
Cambridge Univ. 1999        Dewey Dec.    951

China: A New History

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.

The Great Chinese Revolution, 1800-1985

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

The Dynasties of China

Gascoigne, Bamber
Carroll & Graf 2003        Dewey Dec.    951

“A highly readable and evocative account of Chinese history.” -New Statesman

Selected Articles on Ancient History

A History of Chinese Civilization

Gernet, Jacques
Cambridge Univ. 1996        Dewey Dec.    951

China’s Imperial Past: An Introduction to Chinese History and Culture

Hucker, Charles O.
Stanford Univ. 1975        Dewey Dec.    951

China Between Empires: The Northern and Southern Dynasties

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

The Last Days of Old Beijing: Life in the Vanishing Backstreets of a City Transformed

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

Encyclopedia of China: The Essential Reference to China, Its History and Culture

Perkins, Dorothy
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

Preston, Diana
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

China from Manchu to Mao (1699-1976)

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.

The Long March: The True History of Communist China’s Founding Myth

Shuyun, Sun
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

China: A History in Art

Smith, Bradley
Doubleday 1972        Dewey Dec.    951

The Chan’s Great Continent: China in Western Minds

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

The Search for Modern China

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

Understanding China: A Guide to China’s Economy, History, and Political Structure

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

Narrative of the North China Campaign of 1860 …

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

Swinhoe, Robert
London: Smith, Elder 1861        Dewey Dec.    951

Visiting China’s Past: A Guide to Sites and Resources

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

Books on the history of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island nations, including Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and more, at History of Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands

Modern China: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Nationalism

Wang, Ke-wen
Garland 1998        Dewey Dec.    951


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