eBook Understanding China: The History of China, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530181X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615301812
  • DDC: 951
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
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Overview

China's unmatched ability to reinvent itself over the centuries is perhaps its most timeless asset. Even in the wake of violent civil wars, Mongol invaders, and turbulent governance, China has endured and, in recent times, achieved a level of prosperity rivaled by few other countries in the world. The events that transformed China from an imperial nation to a superpower are chronicled in this comprehensive volume that introduces the history of the world's largest and one of its most dynamic populations. Accompanied by vivid images, the narrative provides readers with new perspective on this ancient culture.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: The Beginnings of Chinese History.
2: Introduction.
3: Prehistory.
4: Early Humans.
5: Neolithic Period.
6: The First Historical Dynasty: The Shang.
7: The Advent of Bronze Casting.
8: The Shang Dynasty.
9: The Zhou and Qin Dynasties.
10: The History of the Zhou (1046–256 BC).
11: Zhou and Shang.
12: The Zhou Feudal System.
13: Social, Political, and Cultural Changes.
14: The Decline of Feudalism.
15: Urbanization and Assimilation.
16: The Rise of Monarchy.
17: Economic Development.
18: Cultural Change.
19: The Qin Empire (221–207 BC).
20: The Qin State.
21: Struggle for Power.
22: The Empire.
23: The Great Wall of China.
24: The Han Dynasty.
25: Dynastic Authority and the Succession of Emperors.
26: Xi (Western) Han.
27: Dong (Eastern) Han.
28: The Administration of the Han Empire.
29: The Structure of Government.
30: The Armed Forces.
31: The Practice of Government.
32: Relations with Other Peoples.
33: Cultural Developments.
34: The Six Dynasties and the Sui Dynasty.
35: Political Developments During the Six Dynasties.
36: The Division of China.
37: The Era of Barbarian Invasions and Rule.
38: Intellectual and Religious Trends During the Six Dynasties.
39: Confucianism and Philosophical Daoism.
40: Confucius.
41: Daoism.
42: Buddhism.
43: The Sui Dynasty.
44: Wendi's Institutional Reforms.
45: Integration of the South.
46: Foreign Affairs under Yangdi.
47: The Tang Dynasty.
48: Early Tang (618–626).
49: Administration of the State.
50: Fiscal and Legal System.
51: The period of Tang power (626–755).
52: The “Era of Good Government”.
53: Rise of the Empress Wuhou.
54: Prosperity and Progress.
55: Military Reorganization.
56: Late Tang (755–907).
57: Provincial Separatism.
58: The Struggle for Central Authority.
59: Cultural Developments.
60: The Influence of Buddhism.
61: Trends in the Arts.
62: Du Fu.
63: Social Change.
64: Decline of the Aristocracy.
65: Population Movements.
66: Growth of the Economy.
67: Political Disunity between the Tang and Song Dynasties.
68: The Five Dynasties and the Ten Kingdoms.
69: The Wudai (Five Dynasties).
70: Huang He.
71: The Shiguo (Ten Kingdoms).
72: Barbarian Dynasties.
73: The Tangut.
74: The Khitan.
75: The Juchen.
76: The Song Dynasty.
77: Bei (Northern) Song (960–1127).
78: Unification.
79: Consolidation.
80: Reforms.
81: Decline and Fall.
82: Nan (Southern) Song (1127–1279).
83: Survival and Consolidation.
84: Relations with the Juchen.
85: The Court's Relations with the Bureaucracy.
86: The Chief Councillors.
87: The Bureaucratic Style.
88: Chinese Civil Service.
89: The Clerical Staff.
90: The Rise of Neo-Confucianism.
91: Internal Solidarity During the Decline of the Nan Song.
92: Song Culture.
93: The Yuan, or Mongol, Dynasty.
94: The Mongol Conquest of China.
95: Invasion of the Jin State.
96: Genghis Khan.
97: Invasion of the Song State.
98: China under the Mongols.
99: Mongol Government and Administration.
100: Religious and Intellectual Life.
101: Yuan China and the West.
102: The End of Mongol Rule.
103: The Ming Dynasty.
104: Political History.
105: The Dynasty's Founder.
106: Hongwu.
107: The Dynastic Succession.
108: Government and Administration.
109: Local Government.
110: Central Government.
111: Later Innovations.
112: Foreign Relations.
113: Economic Policy and Developments.
114: Population.
115: Agriculture.
116: Taxation.
117: Coinage.
118: Culture.
119: Philosophy and Religion.
120: Fine Arts.
121: Literature and Scholarship.
122: The Early Qing Dynasty.
123: The Rise of the Manchu.
124: Dorgon.
125: The Qing Empire.
126: Political Institutions.
127: Foreign Relations.
128: Economic Development.
129: Qing Society.
130: Social Organization.
131: State and Society.
132: Trends in the Early Qing.
133: Late Qing.
134: Western Challenge, 1839–60.
135: The First Opium War and Its Aftermath.
136: The Antiforeign Movement and the Second Opium War (Arrow War).
137: Popular Uprising.
138: The Taiping Rebellion.
139: The Nian Rebellion.
140: Muslim Rebellions.
141: Effects of the Rebellions.
142: The Self-Strengthening Movement.
143: Foreign Relations in the 1860s.
144: Industrialization for “Self-Strengthening”.
145: Changes in Outlying Areas.
146: East Turkistan.
147: Tibet and Nepal.
148: Myanmar (Burma).
149: Vietnam.
150: Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.
151: Korea and the Sino-Japanese War.
152: Reform and Upheaval.
153: The Hundred Days of Reform of 1898.
154: The Boxer Rebellion.
155: Reformist and Revolutionist Movements at the End of the Dynasty.
156: Sun Yat-Sen and the United League.
157: Sun Yat-Sen.
158: Constitutional Movements After 1905.
159: The Chinese Revolution (1911–12).
160: The Early Republican Period.
161: The Development of the Republic (1912–20).
162: Early Power Struggles.
163: China in World War I.
164: Intellectual Movements.
165: The Interwar Years (1920–37).
166: Beginnings of a National Revolution.
167: Reactions to Warlords and Foreigners.
168: Struggles Within the Two-Party Coalition.
169: The Nationalist Government from 1928 to 1937.
170: The Late Republican Period and the War Against Japan.
171: The Early Sino-Japanese War.
172: Phase One.
173: Nanjing Massacre.
174: Phase Two: Stalemate and Stagnation.
175: Renewed Communist-Nationalist Conflict.
176: The International Alliance Against Japan.
177: U.S. Aid to China.
178: Conflicts Within the International Alliance.
179: Phase Three: Approaching Crisis (1944–45).
180: Nationalist Deterioration.
181: Communist Growth.
182: Efforts to Prevent Civil War.
183: Civil War (1945–49).
184: A Race for Territory.
185: The Tide Begins to Shift.
186: Communist Victory.
187: Establishment of the People's Republic.
188: Reconstruction and Consolidation, 1949–52.
189: The Transition to Socialism, 1953–57.
190: Rural Collectivization.
191: Urban Socialist Changes.
192: Political Developments.
193: Foreign Policy.
194: New Directions in National Policy, 1958–61.