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This Is China: The First 5,000 Years (This World of Ours) Kindle Edition


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It is hard to imagine that such a short book can cover such a vast span of time and space. This Is China: The First 5,000 Years will help teachers, students, and general readers alike, as they seek for a preliminary guide to the contexts and complexities of Chinese culture."" - Jonathan Spence, professor of history, Yale University; author of The Search for Modern China

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Haiwang Yuan is a professor at Western Kentucky University, USA. He teaches Chinese and is the web site and virtual library coordinator for the university’s libraries. He is the author of many books on Chinese folklore.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3631 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Berkshire Publishing (15 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00408A69S
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 18 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, concise overview. 8 Nov. 2011
By Ed C - Published on Amazon.com
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Just got back from 6 days in Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Read this book just before my visit and gave me a very good insight of where China has come from and where it is going. A bit overweighted on the history of imperial china. Last 1/3rd to 1/2 excellent summary of recent history and the cultural issues in historic context as Communist China evolves into an economic, consumer superpower.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for anyone who wants a more complete understanding of the history of China 9 Aug. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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There are few countries with as long histories as China. "This is China: The First 5,000 Years" looks at the nation's long history through its early first unions through the Cultural revolution and Communist rule. Dealing with only the basics, Haiwang Yuan gives readers a need to know introductory to Chinese history with plenty of advice on what else to read along the way. "This is China" is a top pick for anyone who wants a more complete understanding of the history of China.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the big picture of Chinese History 5 Dec. 2011
By Carl E. Mosley - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great introduction to the overall picture of the China that is being presented to the world today. If you are a student in an AP World History class, this should help create a simplistic model for the nation (I love the Dynasty Song). I think that it is wise for any reader to understand that trying to boil China's history down is as hard as nailing jello to a wall. The book acknowledges this, and does an excellent job of creating a historical outline based on current world history interpretations. I like that fact that it is short, concise, and not pretentious. I give kudos to Berkshire Publishing for producing another quality book worthy of use by classroom teachers as a supplemental reading (David Christian's, This Fleeting World is another useful book). If you already have a strong background in Chinese history this probably won't be a good fit for you, though it might be a quick read. This book is short (120 pages), so there is no grand thesis to analyze here. That doesn't mean that it is without any bias since it would be impossible to view a nation as young as the U.S.A. that has only been around for 235 years, let alone a nation 5000 years plus in the making.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From an uneducated view: The book is great 27 Aug. 2011
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know much about the Chinese Dynasties. I'm half way through the book and am starting the chapter about the Republic and onward. As someone with little knowledge about China, this book has been a great read and very informative. I highly recommend it to anyone hoping to learn a bit about China.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Room for improvement in Chinese characters insertions 11 Dec. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A rather good synpnosis in limited pages on the vast history of China. The writer has a reasonably neutral position to look at the politics and philosophy of the Chinese. The insert of Chinese character was particularly good to remind the Chinese reader who the historical figure and the theme of philosophy that has dominated China for the millenniums. However, editing of the placement (of the Chinese character) was particularly poor. They are inserted in the wrong places under a different name/translation in the same page. The effect is most damaging for a precise little history book.
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