Introduction to the History of China: A Concise Reader (volume I)

 

 

Author: The Institute of History of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)

Translated by Chi Zhen

ISBN: 978-1-84464-548-0

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-549-7

Hardback-358 Pages

May 2019

English

£80 €100 $130

 

 

 

Description:

“Introduction to the History of China: A Concise Reader” is a book of historical research and analysis written under the direction of historical materialism, according to detailed and credible historical documents and archaeological finds and data, and on the basis of the historical achievements accumulated by the academic community over the years. The book is a lucid and concise narration of Chinese history from the ancient humans and the origin of civilization within China’s boarders until the break out of the Revolution of 1911 when the Qing dynasty which is China’s last imperial dynasty collapsed.
 “Introduction to the History of China: A Concise Reader” is written by historians organized by CASS, (China Academy of Social Sciences). This major work offers an insight into China’s rich and complex history researched and written by leading historians in China.  It is a unique perspective on China’s history from a Chinese perspective. Much is written about China’s history in the West. This book provides an understanding of China’s history, written in China and available now in the English language.
 

Content:

Volume I

Introduction

The Development Trajectories of Chinese History

1. Chinese Civilizations before Written Records

2. The Evolution of Modes of Production

3. The Evolution of Multi-Ethnic Chinese Nation

4. The Evolution of Political Institutions

Chapter One The Primitive Society in China and Origin of the Chinese Civilization

1. Ancient Humankind and the Paleolithic Era

2. The Neolithic Society and Evolution of the Great Antiquity

3. Legendary Narratives and Great Antiquity

Chapter Two Xia, Shang, and the Western Zhou Dynasties

1. The Xia Dynasty

2. The Shang Dynasty

3. The Western Zhou Dynasty

4. Thoughts, Culture, Science, and Technology in This Era

Chapter Three The Spring and Autumn and Warring States Eras

1. The Rise and Fall of Five Hegemons in the Spring and Autumn Era

2. Wars of Annexation between Seven Powerful States in Warring States Era

3. Wisdom Traditions, Science, and Technology in These Eras

Chapter Four The Qin and Han Dynasties

1. The Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC): A Unified and Power-Centralized Feudal State

2. The Rise and Fall of the Former Han Dynasty

3. The Social Changes and Central Politics in the Later Han Dynasty

4. Society and Economy in Qin and Han

5. Thoughts, Culture, Science, and Technology in Qin and Han Dynasties

Chapter Five The Wei, Jin, and Southern and Northern Dynasties

1. The Rise of the Three Kingdoms and Their Governance

2. The Western Jin’s Short-Lived Unification

3. The North China in the Era of Sixteen Kingdoms

4. The Eastern Jin’s Hereditary-House-Based Politics and the Merry-Go-Round Southern Dynasties

5. The Social Development and Political Vicissitudes in the Northern Dynasties

6. The Social Economy and Class Relations

7. Thoughts, Culture, Science, and Technology in This Era

Related titles:

Introduction to the History of China: A Concise Reader (volume I)

Introduction to the History of China: A Concise Reader (volume II)

Handbook of the History of China: A Concise Reader 

Package: 

Introduction to the History of China: A Concise Reader (volume I and II)

Handbook of the History of China: A Concise Reader 

 

 

 

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