An Outline History of China-China Studies

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Bai Shouyi
ISBN: 978-7-119-05296-0
Foreign Languages Press
804 pag. hardcover 16 x 24 cm

China is a country with a long history and ancient civilization. Over tile past 50 centuries, it has created all extensive and profound civilization, as well as a varied and colorful cultural heritage.
An Outline History of China gives a brief introduction to the long historical course of development of China from ancient times up to tile founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. The book first gives an outline of contemporary Chinese geography, population, ethnicity and history. It then describes ancient human activities, and the social and historical meanings of ancient mythologies and legends, anti gives a concise account of the rise and fall of the Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, Wei, Jin, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. There follow, in detail or in brief, as appropriate, introductions to the politics, economy, military affairs, culture laws, inventions, cultural relics, etiquette and customs relationships between classes and ethnic groups in China, and between China and foreign countries, plus an enlightening description of the country's modern social reforms. There is an index at the back of the book for convenience of reference.
This book is aimed at foreign university students, and readers at or above college level.
Bai Shouyi (1909-2000) was born in Kaifeng, Henan Province and educated at Zhongshan and Yanjing universities. Beginning his teaching career in 1939, he taught for more than 40 years, first at Yunnan University, then at Nanjing University and later at Beijing Normal University where he served as head of both the Department of History and the Institute of History.
His works include History of China' s Communications (1937), A Beginner's Miscellany (1962), History of Chinese Historiography (Part One, 1964), and The Hui people's Uprisings' (1953), a collection of historical materials in four volumes.