The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World, 1100 BC to the Present

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Bloomsbury, 2008 - 492
China's story is of warfare and violence, philosophical and political invention, shining artistic achievement and often complex and subtle relations with outsiders. Harry G. Gelber's fascinating general history of this great nation makes sense of China's changing relationship with the rest of the world as never before. From the invasions by steppe horsemen in 200 BC to Genghis Khan and the Mongol conquests, from the arrival of Marco Polo to the Opium Wars, from Communism to the Tiananmen Square protest, Gelber traces the path that led to China's resurgence as a dynamic economy and a powerful international player today.
Informative text boxes elaborate on particular people, topics or key moments to complement the main narrative. These mini-essays deal with a wide range of topics from 'Confucius' and 'Concubines' to 'Tea' and 'Silk', and from the debilitating influence of the last nineteenth-century empress, 'Cixi', to the decisive influence on the 1941-1945 Pacific War of the US Navy's ability to read 'Japanese naval codes'; and from 'Madame Chiang's glamour to 'Mao's sexual habits.'

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Recenzja użytkownika  - sriram_shankar - LibraryThing

When a book about Chinese history devotes a mere 122 pages for covering the period from 1100 B.C to roughly 1500 A.D, it can only be called incomplete. Seminal periods of Chinese history, such as the ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Recenzja użytkownika  - Aubrey - Goodreads

A complete, but somewhat dry, analysis of China's complete history of international relations. A must for anyone studying the Middle Kingdom and it's politics, people, or personality. Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Harry G. Gelber, born in 1926, read History at Cambridge before going on to do a PhD at Monash University in Australia. He has taught international politics at Boston University, Harvard, the LSE, Yale and Monash. From 1975 until 1992 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Tasmania and remains Professor Emeritus there. Most recently he has been Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2004-2006) and Visiting Fellow, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics (2001-2004). His many books include Nations out of Empires (2001) and Opium, Soldiers and Evangelicals (2004). He lives in Australia and travels regularly to the USA and Britain.

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