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The Shortest History of China

Linda Jaivin

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China's past is key to the modern world. This nimble history of rogues, revolutions and rebellions can be read in a day, but will transform your view for a lifetime.

A pacy history of China that can be read in an afternoon, but will transform your perspective for a lifetime.

From kung-fu to tofu, tea to trade routes, sages to silk, China has influenced cuisine, commerce, military strategy, aesthetics and philosophy across the world for thousands of years.

Chinese history is sprawling and gloriously messy. It is full of heroes who are also villains, prosperous ages and violent rebellions, cultural vibrancy and censorious impulses, rebels, loyalists, dissidents and wits. The story of women in China, from the earliest warriors to twentieth-century suffragettes, is rarely told. And historical spectres of corruption and disunity, which have brought down many a mighty ruling house, continue to haunt the People's Republic today.

Modern China is seen variously as an economic powerhouse, an icon of urbanisation, a propaganda state or an aggressive superpower seeking world domination. Linda Jaivin distils a vast history into a short, readable account that tells you what you need to know, from China's philosophical origins to its political system, to the COVID-19 pandemic and where the PRC is likely to lead the world.
By:   Linda Jaivin
Imprint:   Black Inc
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781760641122
ISBN 10:   176064112X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   04 May 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Linda Jaivin is an American-born expert in Chinese politics, language and culture. She has been a foreign correspondent in China, and is co-editor of the China Story Yearbook and associate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at the Australian National University. The author of several books, she writes regularly for The Saturday Paper, The Monthly and Australian Foreign Affairs.

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