A History of China

A History of China

Morris Rossabi

Language: English

Pages: 452

ISBN: 1577181131

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Capturing China’s past in all its complexity, this multi-faceted history portrays China in the context of a larger global world, while incorporating the narratives of Chinese as well as non-Chinese ethnic groups and discussing people traditionally left out of the story—peasants, women, merchants, and artisans.


  • Offers a complete political, economic, social, and cultural history of China, covering the major events and trends
  • Written in a clear and uncomplicated style by a distinguished historian with over four decades of experience teaching undergraduates
  • Examines Chinese history through the lens of global history to better understand how foreign influences affected domestic policies and practices
  • Depicts the role of non-Chinese ethnic groups in China, such as Tibetans and Uyghurs, and analyzes the Mongol and Manchu rulers and their impact on Chinese society
  • Incorporates the narratives of people traditionally left out of Chinese history, including women, peasants, merchants, and artisans

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emperors could be capricious, their favorites at one time could easily be abandoned at another time. The current favorites’ �competitors, seeking the emperor’s attention, would repeatedly look for opportunities, either directly or indirectly, to criticize Wang. This was precisely the scenario that confronted Wang and the emperor, as orthodox Confucians, eunuchs, and bureaucrats whose activities, positions, or wealth were adversely affected by the New Reforms questioned Wang’s ideas and the

a recognizable system of writing was created. The populations of the cities were larger, necessitating a more complicated social system. Nearly every site and institution was on a larger scale than in the Neolithic. The modern city of Anyang (in modern Henan province), in which the Shang capital of Yin was located, has turned out to be a treasure house of Shang civilization. The site stretches beyond the old city walls of Anyang to include small villages and tomb complexes. The village of

Tibet to be part of China. The Chinese communist victory in China galvanized the USA to support Tibet and particularly to aid dissidents seeking Tibetan independence. In November of 1950, communist troops occupied Lhasa. The Dalai Lama fled, but he assigned a delegation to negotiate with the Chinese communists. In May of 1951, the negotiators devised a Seventeen-Point Agreement, which ratified communist rule over Tibet. Yet the Dalai Lama, who returned from exile later in the year, would still

potential unifier of China. Wu also had the advantage of state sponsorship of Buddhism, which ensured the support of its monks. An ardent convert to Buddhism, he issued regulations banning the use of animals or parts of them for sacrifices or medicines. He also built temples, encouraged wealthy and pious patrons to donate funds to the monasteries, and lectured and wrote explanations and interpretations of Buddhist texts. His attempts to limit the practice of Daoism and the activities of Daoists

toward administration of an empire. Its rulers recruited Chinese advisers to help them govern; the Chinese were willing to serve the Yan because, unlike the Chinese dynasties, it had maintained order and stability. Thus the Yan began to expand from its base in Liaodong and shortly incorporated much of the modern provinces of Anhui, Hunan, and Shaanxi, subjugating or sometimes merely assimilating both Chinese and non-Chinese peoples in their new domains. By 342, it had resisted an incursion from

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