Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. J. A. G. Roberts
    Pages 1-39
  3. J. A. G. Roberts
    Pages 79-117
  4. J. A. G. Roberts
    Pages 162-205
  5. J. A. G. Roberts
    Pages 206-255
  6. J. A. G. Roberts
    Pages 256-299
  7. J. A. G. Roberts
    Pages 300-300
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 301-341

About this book


That China will play a leading role in the twenty first century is undoubtedly true but for many Westerners, the record of China's past is a closed book. This new study, which is directed both at the student and at the general reader, provides a clear and accessible account of the history of China from the earliest times to the present day. Its subject matter extends from the ambitions of the First Emperor to the conquest of China by the Mongols and to the triumphs and tribulations of the People's Republic. However, it is not only a narrative, for it also offers an analysis of the interpretations of Chinese history contained in recent scholarly works.


access China Chinese early modern period history history of literature interpret play prehistory present revolution subject

About the authors

J.A. G. ROBERTS is Principal Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where he specializes in the history of China and Japan.

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