I have been requested to read and do a review of this book.
If you have read about China in the news lately but are not familiar with who they are, this book will give a good introduction to Chinese history, culture, and can, in a way, get you to understand their side of the story in international relations. To understand a country, read its history and know its culture.
This book covers 50 different times from their earliest settlements back in the Stone Age, to their gathering of tribes and cultures, eventually forming one civilization. This includes all their dynasties, their conflicts with the Mongols, including the infamous Ghengis Kahn, his grandson Kublai Kahn who ruled China, to the decline of their dynasties leading to the democratization of the country in the early 1900s, the succession over to Chaing Kai-Shek and Mao Zedong, to it reemergence as the industrial power we see today.
Its inventions are covered, such as gunpowder, the invention of paper, the compass, and printing. China’s invention and culture has contributed greatly to the rest of the world.
China did have contact with the Roman Empire and established trade with them on the famous Silk Road.
Britain forcefully opened up China to the world, got them addicted to opium, and with the Opium Wars, China ceded Hong Kong to Britain in the 1840s, beginning a century of humiliation as China decline as a power and dominance by the West, and later Japan.
These facts answer the question on why China is as aggressive as it is today. They are regaining their identity and confidence as a world power, and wants the rest of the world to know that are a strong country, are here to stay, and will no longer be pushed around, by anyone.
This are just a few of the factors that made China what it is today. China is the oldest continuing civilization in the world. You might say that it is the oldest country in the world, and with that, have the most experience of any country in its relations with its own people and the rest of the world. With their age, their culture, and their history, the rest of us are but children compared to them, from their point of view. They also want to regain everything they have lost, which explains their stand amongst their neighbors in Asia.
Every chapter is brief and to the point, but they are also informative, so this book is not boring by any means. They are short and in chronological historical order, so you get to understand the major events in their history which made it what it is today.
☆ Chinese History in 50 Events ☆
As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China has a vast, rich history. In order to assist with the study of Chinese history, this book has been broken down into a series of straightforward, easy-to-read vignettes.
Inside you will read about...
✓ The Great Flood
✓ The Great Wall is begun
✓ The Terra Cotta Army is created
✓ Gunpowder is invented
✓ Great Anti-Buddhist Persecution
✓ Marco Polo travels to China
✓ The Forbidden City is completed
✓ First Opium War
✓ SARS outbreak
And much more!
This book will provide in-depth insights into some of the most important events in Chinese history while providing an overall context within which these events took place. Designed as an introductory overview of Chinese history, this book is the perfect resource for those who are seeking to expand their knowledge of China and world history.